Project – Kitchen Shelves

I confess, I don’t spend much time cooking. I do, however, want it to be functional and nice so my cook doesn’t quit.  Our kitchen is a smallish galley with a little breakfast nook – lots of wall space but only one upper wall cabinet – definitely not taking advantage of the height.

kitchen wall after

kitchen wall before


I knew I wanted to put in open shelving to hold our cookbooks and some of my more colorful pyrex since the room is pretty stark white.

cowboy corbel

I was shopping around for vintage corbels on ebay when I stumbled across these reproduction crossed-gun brackets. I think they’re a nice crossover between my love of kitchen knick-knacks and kitchy cowpokes (a collection I seriously want to expand!). I just sprayed them white. We cut down two pre-milled laminated shelves from Ikea. They’re strong and heat resistant.

kitchen cabinet

The kitchen also has this cute free-standing cabinet that apparently was built later to match the built-in cabinets. I put some of my favorite mini harlequin fabric behind the glass doors.  (yes, some of the same stuff is in this picture as on the new shelves, this pic was taken before the shelves were installed. I wish i had two of those cookie jars, though!)

I am searching now for the perfect fabric for curtains to help with the stark whiteness. I’d also love to paint above the chair rail. Maybe use up the robin’s egg blue I have left over from the last place.


  1. very cute I love it 🙂

  2. The brackets made me squeal like a little kid – LOVE! I also really, really love the counter tops. I’ll be the first to admit that if I bought a house sure I’d want granite counter tops however I’m always the first to gravitate toward vintage tile work, especially in bathrooms. Other than cleaning being a pain I would kill for these counters in my kitchen!

    We were looking for homes a while back (the boyf and I) and we found a home that was fairly updated but the bathrooms still had old tile and old fixtures. One was Navy Blue (master bath) and the other was butter yellow – the thing I loved they had these same tiles on the floor as your counter, BUT they were butter yellow w/ a few maroon flower designs made and a few white ones w/ yellow centers. The bathroom alone made me want the house! SO cute!

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  6. OMG OMG Mehleeeeeesaaaaaaa, seeing your place makes me so happy! I mean, even if it’s just a teeny tiny bit… adooooooorable kitchen! I wish I’d thought to look you up earlier, but I was thinking of you today, and here I get a bit of what you’re up to (um, months later…) I love seeing ‘our’ kitchen knowing that you’re nesting with Fabulous Prof P! Miss youse guyse!

  7. melissa

    August 2, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Thanks Sandyyyyy! I’ve been thinking about you guys since we got your beautiful invite! Glad you checked in on me. I’m sure you are too busy to blog lately, me too but for different reasons. My most up-to-date stuff is on Flickr and facebook. You guys need to take a nice trip to Sunny San Diego!

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