Yesterday I regaled you with the tale of how I installed the wood and metal shelves in our kitchen. And today, my friends, I’m here to show you how they look in their natural habitat all loaded up with my stuff.
First the before:
And now the after (although actually there are still several projects left on my to-do list):
I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make me nervous to have a very heavy set of china plates up there, but the brackets are steel and they seem pretty sturdy so I’m trying to relax.
I’m still working on finding a new home for the microwave. I’d really love to get it off the counter but every idea I come up with for relocating it gets met with some roadblock.
The bottom shelves hold the dishes we use every day (yep, we eat pizza off our wedding china) and the top shelves hold items that are pretty enough to display and used so rarely that we’d probably rinse them before use anyway. I wouldn’t want to have all open shelves in my kitchen because of the dust but I think these two categories of items are well-suited to it. You can see in some of the other photos that there are several other items I’ve been storing above my cabinets for years–a couple of cake stands, a punch bowl, etc. It gets nasty up there so I just give them a good cleaning whenever I need them which is maybe once or twice a year. I’m hoping the everyday stuff gets rotated frequently enough that it never has time to collect dust.
Full disclosure: there was a tiny pile of clutter that I moved around the kitchen to be out of view from whatever angle I was shooting. Part of my plan for improvements going forward is to organize things more efficiently so the counters stay clear but I’m not there yet.
And here’s the view from the dining room. I tidied up for you.
These are the next projects on my list:
- Remove the ill-fitting bifold doors from the pantry and install new cabinet-style doors
- Add an additional shelf to the pantry as well as baskets and bins to make the most of the available space
- Finish the undersides of the upper cabinets with painted plywood and re-install the stemware rack that was hanging there before (it was not really installed properly before, hence the need to finish the undersides of the cabinets before putting it back)
- Possibly have an electrician drop a box for an additional light fixture over the food prep area, then move the existing light over there to function as a light/pot rack and install a new light in the center of the room
- Possibly have an electrician drop an outlet in a cabinet or the pantry for the microwave
- Switch out one of the standard electrical outlets with one that will accommodate USB plugs
- Repair or replace two of the drawers that are not opening smoothly
- Replace the cabinet handles and pulls with something more my style
- Upgrade the vent over the stove (the one that’s there now is really old and mostly just makes a lot of noise)
- Add more art/accessories/decor as I go
It feels so good to finally be making these changes after literally years of thinking about it. Little by little I’m getting it done without going beyond my normal budget for discretionary spending. Good things come to those who wait!