During our house hunting days, the kitchen was on the top of my list of important things. It trumped fireplace. It trumped huge yard. It trumped a lot. I'm not saying that I wanted a gigantic, glamorous, Food Network grade kitchen (although that would be nice), I was on the hunt for a kitchen that could be super functional, but also one that had some room for me to customize and make "our own". Once we closed on this house, the plans started immediately. Open shelving moved it's way to the top of my projects list.
Once I had finally decided on what would be "just right for our space!", the doing part was easy. I picked pine boards that were 3/4in thick, 12in wide, and 4ft long. I stained them with Minwax in Cherry (to match the other wood in the kitchen). We hung them with sturdy white brackets that can hold up to 500lbs. And we finally had a space to put up all our favorite glassware and our "big dinner serving dishes".
Ready for some before, during, and after?! Me too
Want the total breakdown for this project?
3 pine boards (I purchased them pre-stained)
6 heavy duty brackets in white
Minwax Stain in Cherry
package of 25 heavy duty 21/2 inch screws
Paint brush (for stain)
1. I stained the boards according to package directions, and let them dry over 24 hours
2. Hubs helped me find studs and mark off where the brackets would go. It's really important to hang something this heavy using studs! That way they will be secure.
3. Screw the brackets into the studs using the power drill.
4. Place your boards on the brackets. I literally placed them. I didn't screw mine to the brackets because they are pretty heavy boards, and too high for pets or kids to reach.
5. Place all your pretties on your new excellent open shelving!
Total cost for the project? About $100.
Total time (not including the "waiting" time while the boards dry)? About 2 hours
This was the first major project in the kitchen, and I can't wait to finish it up and show yall the rest!
(linking up with Molly and Liz Marie!)