Thursday, August 13, 2015

How To Make Open Shelving Between Cabinets


Do you remember when I tore out one of my kitchen cabinets?


It was only 8 months ago.

And I'm here to tell you that instead of 2 years to do a project, I only took 4 months!

And then another 4 months to do the last little bit and take pictures of it.


I'm getting fast!

When I tore out my cabinet I was trying to accomplish a few things.

I wanted a place to display my pretty vast collection of vintage Ball jars.

I wanted a place to store all the stuff that people with larger kitchens store in their pantry.

I wanted the shelves to be slightly rustic and slightly industrial.

But not obviously either one.

Here's what you need.

  • how many? as many as shelves you want
  • how wide? as wide as you want your shelves to be (or 1/2 that size and use 2 for each shelf)
  • how long? the measurement between your cabinets minus the depth of your brackets 

  • I bought L-braces that were 10 inches long and about 5 inches wide 

Paint for brackets
  • I used Rustoleum Enamel in Black. 

Screws to attach brackets to the cabinet
  • I used stainless steel large gauge screws. It isn't a bad idea to use a nut and bolt here since you have access to the inside of the cabinet.

I bought the brackets at Lowes. They are not available online so I can't show you a picture.

They are shaped like this except they have a steel finish.

Do this:

Paint your brackets. Let them cure. Since they are metal it's a good idea to use primer first. I can't remember if I did or not!

Mark the holes in the brackets for hanging

Drill guide holes for each screw.

Attach the brackets with screws.

Finish the boards to your liking - paint, stain, whatever...

Place your boards on the shelves. If they are too tight shave a little off the end with a sander or saw.

That's it.

Quite easy, don't you think?

Then all you have to do is load 'em up.

They actually hold a lot more than I was able to fit into the cabinet that I took down.

The boards I used were from the temporary fireplace surround I had been using. They were painted white on the edges and on one side. I haven't decided what finish I want on the shelves so I'm staring at them for a while. I did try sanding the paint off of the front edge so I could get a good idea of what it would look like unpainted. Since the boards are rough-hewn it is pretty tough to get all of the paint off. It does give me an idea of what it would look like if I white washed the boards though!

You may notice that I still need to finish the gap between the wallboard and the ceiling. . .

Well yes! I do need to do that.

But I'm not going to do that until I put in the bead board that will be covering that nasty fake tile board stuff.

I've only had the board for that in my garage for 3(4?) years now.

But it seems like a VERY daunting task. I either have to take the cabinets down to install or cut the boards to fit just the back splash area. 

Neither way looks like fun to me.

Here's something fun -

Mr. Quirky made this little cup with his great-grandmother when he was quite young. I think it's pretty stinking cute!

These Blushing Bride Hydrangeas are the mass-sum of the production on that bush this year.  I think I want to protect my hydrangeas from the wind this winter and see what happens. I just haven't figured out how the wind wraps will hold up under the snow.  

Anyone have any ideas about that???

How do you like my open shelving pantry?

Bliss Ranch
Concord Cottage
Shabby Art Boutique
The Crowned Goat


Susie said...

Karen, I love how fast you work.LOL. you are so funny. I do like your new shelves. I actually I like that you are using your jars as storage . That is nice. I have always like open shelves. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Kirby Carespodi said...

Hey! I use my Ball jars the same way! All my flour and stuff. I actually like the open shelving a lot more than the cabinet. And when you were going to show something cute, I thought you were going to show Mr., not his cup. (Though the cup is really cute.)

Unknown said...

I like the shelves just as they are, with just the touch of the white to tie them in. It looks awesome.

Art and Sand said...

We are working on cosmetic changes in the kitchen and I wonder if there is anywhere I could put shelves like yours.

Scribbler said...

This looks really good. I especially like that bar across where you can hang things. Are you tall? That would be the only drawback of this arrangement for me. I would have to climb up on a ladder to reach the jars.

Wendy Johnson said...

I like your shelves a lot. Nice job.

The Crowned Goat said...

Karen, oh my word, this looks ah-mazing! I love the boards, I love the vintage ball jars, the brackets, I love it all - totally awesome.

Unknown said...

I LOVE your rough hewn boards in there Karen - what a great idea it was !
I keep everything in glass jars too - would love shelves like this ANYWHERE in the house really - beautiful job !

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love your shelves! Very rustic and perfect for that spot. Don't have an answer for the hyrdrangea. I got one flower on one of my bushes this year and none on the other!!


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