Friday, April 20, 2012

Farmhouse Kitchen: Part Two

I had been tossing around the idea of leaving a couple of cabinets open shelving to open things up even further - but I confess right up front that I could not keep more than one or two cabinets clean all the time!

The cabinet right above the dishwasher seemed a great candidate for being open since it houses our dishes. Plates and bowls stacked is easy to keep looking nice! And, since I can't reach the top shelf without a stool, it was fun to make it pretty and store a bunch of canning jars at the same time:

Everything inside was painted to match the outsides while scrapbook paper provides a pretty backdrop - pieces are simply cut to fit and hot glued in. I bought one roll of new shelf paper for these shelves and found a lovely fabric canvas liner that is just my taste at Wal-Mart. The neat cameo patch on one of the jars was a thrift store find just a day or two after this was all done for only a quarter!

I've struggled to get really good pictures of this area with the glare and all - but you get the idea!

Over the phone, there is one tiny cabinet all by itself and I showed the inside the other day - I should've taken a before picture of the inside of the door because it was full of taped on notes and cards with phone numbers on them, etc... here's how I fixed up this spot:

Again, all painted to match inside - I wanted to dress it up a little more! Scrapbook paper on hand that looked like ticking lines the back of the cabinet and I laminated more paper and made liners out of those! Pom trim is hot glued on to the edges of the shelf and I pared down what was in there adding a jar for pens with a scrap of the ticking paper around the middle. To spruce up the door - I typed out phone numbers we needed to keep and added a few more and laminated all of that on pretty paper and taped that inside the cabinet door.

I love that this re-do did not cost me any additional supplies as I worked at using what was already on hand! The only thing I bought for both of these cabinet makeovers (insides) was just the one roll of shelf liner for the shelves with my dishes!

It just shows that even little changes can add up to a big difference!

14 comments:

LynnMarie said...

Well done! It looks very nice.

Wendi said...

Loving all the changes! You have inspired me to do something with the inside of my cabinets.

Enjoy the weekend!

Patty Williams said...

It looks so beautiful !

I thought I was the only one that taped things to the inside of cabinet doors! I have lots of my favorite recipes that I use all the time taped inside. Plus a few locker combos/keys etc.

You have a beautiful home !

Mom said...

Big difference indeed! Great job! :) Love you, Mom

Melissa said...

So cute! Can't wait to see your new kitchen!!!

Annie said...

I love the changes! I'm slowly doing the same thing with my house. It was built in 1890 and though more traditional, the previous owners played up the more Victorian elements. I'm undoing that and going for a more farmhouse look. I love the open cupboards, too. Our kitchen has 2 that were here before. They match the other cupboard doors, but have glass instead of the panels. Neat ideas you have!

Angelia said...

You really put your heart into your redo. I envision you delightfully enjoying the light you have added to your home. We have wanted to paint our cabinets for so long too and I would like hard ware, as well. Would you please share where you got yours. I found a place an hour a way that sells the awesome chalk paint. I plan to talk with hubby this week end about it. I like the ocher and old white. . Thank you for inspiration and beauty here at homespun heart. Angelia in Tx

Mary Ann said...

You are doing great! I really like the looks of a few open shelves too--so cottage like! Also really like what you did to the other little cabinet. So cute!

The little things do make a big difference--I used some polka dotted wrapping paper on the back of my hutch once and then lined the drawers with it as well; made me so happy to look at it!

M. said...

Hi there. Your kitchen redo looks beautiful! You put such love into everything you do. Your blog gives me such peace. Thank you. I loved the 1,000 Gifts post and downloaded all that good stuff. I am in love with the set of yelowish and brownish footed bowls you show in this post. Can you please tell me, did you get them recently and from where. Thank you. Mona @ peaceandquilts@gmail.com. Thank you again for your thoughtful and lovely blog.

Bevy said...

I love it. It looks so pretty - those two cabinets -open- side by side.

Rachel said...

Monica, your kitchen looks great! I keep wondering if I want to paint my orangey-oak cupboards. Maybe this summer. Your great projects on a real-life budget are an inspiration.

HeatherMavis said...

deelightfully done! I love cottage style as I live in a cottage on a christian campground .

Trish said...

Laminating scrapbook paper to use as a shelf liner! What a fabulous idea! I was just thinking that I need to replace my shelf liner because it's old and not sticking down any longer. I'm so excited about this!

Kelli said...

I just love your kitchen! I love the open cabnits.
I love your blog...I feel a sense of peace and calmness when I visit.