Open Shelving

4 Feb

kitchen after

I spent today installing open shelves in my kitchen. Originally, I wanted to have real cupboards here but that was cost prohibitive at this time. Even with used cupboards it was too expensive ( I could never find them in the right size anyway). I was thinking that these would be the next best thing. The major drawback here is although I am gaining storage, it can only be for things I’m interested in looking at and things that  are worth getting on a stool for.

It took most of the day to trim and paint the shelves but once I figured out what I was doing the whole job went pretty smoothly. I’m happy with the results and even  with the meager gains in storage, I think it adds a hint of personality to the kitchen since there isn’t any other place to display anything. It’s definitely better than the empty space that was there before.

kitchn before

I am stuck with one dilemma though. You see, I’d like to add one more shelf beside the fridge, over the microwave. However,  if you look at the first picture you can see that the bracket on the right for this little shelf is not going to be able to line up with the others in the middle because of the fridge.

I could do a couple things:

1. )  Move those middle brackets that are centered on the wall to line up with the new brackets for the shelf over the microwave, but I think that will look silly on the top.

2.) Place four evenly spaced brackets under each of the top two shelves allowing the brackets on the left to line up all the way down with the two new brackets on the proposed new shelf. (I think this is the best idea but the stupid brackets are not cheap and I’d then have to by four more)

3.) Stop fussing about it, just put up the new shelf  and forget about the middle lining up.

Now, If only I had a Kit Kat Clock for this place.

5 Responses to “Open Shelving”

  1. Reuben February 4, 2012 at 7:26 PM #

    Definitely go with 4 supports for each shelf. Best option.

  2. John February 4, 2012 at 8:07 PM #

    Everything you do looks great, you have such an eye for possibilities.
    The kit kat clock would be great, I remember our neighbor had one when I was growing up!

  3. Karen Anne February 5, 2012 at 1:15 AM #

    3. It looks fine as it is, and it wouldn’t have occurred to me that the shorter shelf bracket should line up with the other shelves.

    It doesn’t look like you need four supports.

  4. jayne February 5, 2012 at 10:10 PM #

    I’d just hang up the other shelf and not worry about the brackets lining up. When you get the shelf up and the stuff on it, you won’t even notice. (Also, I agree with Karen Anne that it doesn’t seem that the brackets would have to line up.) My grandma had a Kit Kat Klock in her kitchen when I was little, and I loved that thing.

  5. joe February 12, 2012 at 6:58 PM #

    looks awesome!

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