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The Shelves Are Up!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012



As promised, I have pictures to share of the new kitchen shelves.  The NFL tried its best to slow this project down, but the determined will prevail when it comes to DIY ;).  Sorry for the late post, but I was waiting for a little sun to shine in the kitchen.



In case you are stopping by for the first time or missed the post, here is what we started with - a cabinet minus doors until we could decide if open shelving was for us.  The cabinet is located directly over the dishwasher and is filled with dishes and glasses that we use every day.  This has made our lives so easy!  We loved it so much that we finally decided to take it to the next level with open shelving (besides, our cabinets were cheap & ugly).


We used these brackets from IKEA and pine boards from Lowes which were cut there, yay!   The brackets were primed and painted twice.  I used white satin spray paint.


I really wanted stained shelves to add some warmth to the room and to tie back to our old farm table.  I used special walnut stain and finished with a coat of polyurethane to seal it.


We wanted a clean finish on the shelf surface so we screwed up through the bottom of the brackets into the wood.  Notice how I use the word "we" ...obviously that isn't my hand ;).  This flexible screw driver attachment is my new favorite toy.  As a matter of fact, this project may not have been possible without it. 



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30 comments:

  1. OMG! They look amazing! The NFL has tried to slow me down many times - those linebackers have nothing on a gal's DIY determination! :)

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  2. Those look awesome! Saw you in House of Fifty, yesterday! Great article!
    -Trish

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  3. Rene they are a beautiful improvement. And so much more 'cottage looking' with the stain/white contrast. You've got me thinking about my own kitchen, thank you!

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  4. I love the combination of the white bracket and wooden shelf. They look great Rene!

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  5. So, so good!!! Love it! And now I'm fascinated by that new screwdriver attachment. Tell us more...

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  6. I just recently installed some open shelving in my kithcen too! I love having everything exposed where I can see it. Yours look great!

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  7. Thanks everybody! As far as the flexible screwdriver attachment, I think ours came from Lowes. Here is something similar if not exactly the same.

    http://www.amazon.com/12-Inch-Long-Flex-Bit/dp/B00004Z063/ref=sr_1_3?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1347368517&sr=1-3&keywords=flexible+drill+extension

    Hope this helps. René

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  8. they are just gorgeous!!! we are still in the dreaming stage for our kitchen, but i am dreaming of open shelving!

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  9. Looks so good! Glad you prevailed over the NFL.

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  10. And another kitchen cabinet bites the dust....all over America! Open shelves unite...I am way late to this party! They look fab....

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  11. Gorgeous, Rene! As usual, a beautiful update to your home. :)

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  12. Rene, They look fantastic, as does everything you touch! Great job!
    Mandy

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  13. What a gorgeous transformation - thanks for showing us! I too love the white bracket/wood finish combination. Lovely. Where did you find that cute topiary?

    Best Wishes,

    Judith

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  14. I love it! It looks very functional and clean looking. I will be doing this in my kitchen soon. Thanks for letting us know how you did it. By the way- I love your blog.

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  15. Perfection Rene! That is one cool screwgun attachment!

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  16. That last photo is your money shot. It looks great Rene - great work done by all. And that flexible screw driver is new to me - that might be a new gift to add to my hubby's Christmas list. I'm assuming it's just a bit that you buy separately right?

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  17. Holly, yes, it is just an attachment. I think we all need one as ours has come in handy several times lately.

    Judith, the topiary was a DIY project & you can read about the topiary here http://cottageandvine.blogspot.com/2011/10/about-topiary.html

    P.S. You all are too kind :)

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  18. Oh my gosh -- I love it! It looks absolutely beautiful, and it is perfectly styled! :-)

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  19. Oh my gosh, they're SO perfect! I may have misread your post, I wasn't expecting shelves, just spiffed up cabinets! :) Great job to you and your football fan!

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  20. Looks simply wonderful!! I love it!! I'm toying with removing a few cabinet doors too, just for a fresh look (but I'm thinking my husband may think I've fallen off my rocker).

    LOVE that drill attachment! I'll have to add it to my Lowes shopping list!

    Jen
    athomeinthenorthwestblog.com

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  21. whoa - looks FANTASTIC. how much would you say those shelves hold? obviously a good amount since you have your glassware on them. looks amazing

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  22. Bethany, it is hard to say how much they hold, but they do not budge when the dishes are placed on them. They are mounted on studs which helps.

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  23. Rene` love the look! You did a great job! Would love to see the rest of the space! Also, loved your article in House of Fifty! Didn't realize we were both raising boys until I saw the article!

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  24. Yay for intentional! They look great, and let me tell you, I could use one of those screw driver attachments.

    Nice styling too, Rene!
    Camille

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  25. The shelves look fantastic and I love that you used the wood! The Ikea brackets are so nice and unassuming too.

    -Lane

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