*That was blown on Day 1 of the project. Just sayin’.
Well, The Hubs finally finally FINALLY finished his training this past weekend and drove home from Georgia on Monday…he beat me home from the office and this was literally the very first text message he sent me when he walked in the door:
Did I marry the right man or what? =) I was a little nervous considering all the changes that I had made while he was away. But he loves it (and I would have tarred and feathered him if he had said anything different. Yeah, I get my threats from the 18th century. What about it?). His comment on the new grey living room: “It’s a grown-up color. It makes me feel calm.” His comment on the kitchen open shelving: “I HAVE A WHISKEY SHELF!!!” Lol. Yeah, that’s my husband. He cracks me up.
Anyway, this has been a crazy ride. There have been ups and downs. Money has been spent as part of the plan, and money spent that wasn’t part of the plan. I’ve cried, thrown up, eaten chocolate, agonized over wood stain colors and consumed far too much wine. There have been a few “holy crap that’s perfect and I didn’t even plan it!” moments, and even more “well, it’s good enough…” moments. I laughed, I cried, it moved me, Bob!
Here’s a rough budget breakdown for my open shelving project:
- 1″x12″ white pine boards from Lowe’s, $27 for 8′ and 10′ boards
- Everbilt 8″x10″ black metal shelf brackets for $12 from Home Depot, $1.46/each x9
- Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut Wood Stain, $4.97 at Lowe’s
- Rust-Oleum Soft Touch Poly Matte, $6 at Lowe’s
- 4’x8′ Bead board wall panel x3, $54 at Lowe’s
- 1 1/4″ shoe trim, 15′ long, $15-ish at Lowe’s
- Olympic kitchen & bath paint, bright white semigloss, $23 at Lowe’s
- Screws – $0, had on hand or raided Dad’s stash
- Tools : saw, screwdrivers, drill bits – $0, had on hand (or borrowed from Dad)
- Caulk – $0, had on hand
- Paint pan, liner, brushes and rollers – $0, had on hand
Now, that’s not counting the $30 under-cabinet radio & iPad dock (which is now up to $70 on the site for some reason), or the $32 I spent on two Snapware 10-piece canister sets (no longer sold on the Carson’s website, but on Amazon) that I bought for organizing the pantry cabinet. But since those aren’t *technically* part of the open shelving project, I’m leaving them off the list. Also not on the list are the kitchen curtains that I SWEAR I am going to make one of these days. But anyways, without further ado, my first before-and-after=)
Open shelving is one of those things that tends to polarize people…they either love it, or hate it! I’m firmly in the “love it” camp (duh). I have no problems with running a swiffer duster over my shelves once a week, and rinsing plates or bowls off before I use them. I want my kitchen to feel used and loved, for pretty plates and vases to be proudly on display, and for no one to ever, EVER have to ask me which cabinet is the cups, ever again.=P Plus, in such a teensy kitchen, removing the upper cabinets let in so. much. space! I can work at the counter without feeling like my face is smashed into a cabinet (surely I’m not the only one that would feel that way!). Appliances are stashed in the lower cabinets and I’m enjoying my abundance of counter space.
I don’t regret going over-budget by finishing the wall off with beadboard. I don’t regret getting rid of that behemoth over-range microwave. I don’t regret choosing to stain my shelves dark instead of painting them white or leaving them natural (it’s all about the contrasts!). If I had to find a regret, it would be that there are so many kitchen appliances I feel like I have to have. We have a microwave, a toaster, a waffle maker, my (precious) kitchenaid, my keurig, a bread maker, a George Foreman grill, a rice cooker, a juicer, and a blender! Aside from using the microwave and keurig daily, the bread maker and rice cooker are used weekly, and everything else is used maybe once a month, or every other month. Except the George Foreman, actually. I haven’t used that since we moved in over a year ago. Hmm, I should probably give that away soon! So I’ve got all of this STUFF that has to be stored. I’ll let you know if I come up with a better way to do it. Until then, enjoy my pretty open shelves, but don’t open the cabinets;)