Kitchen Cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri transformed a dated and dysfunctional kitchen into this modern rustic space that's specially conceived to be the ideal baker's kitchen. A custom baking station is a keynote feature that incorporates a generous amount of open shelving and a dedicated prep area with butcher block countertop.
Open Pantry Shelving in Transitional Chef's Kitchen
For the kitchen island, the butcher block surface was deliberately distressed to give a well-worn and less formal appearance. Kitchen Cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri used a grinder with a buffing wheel and some strategically placed strikes with a heavy metal chain to achieve the distressed look.
This bright pantry offers open shelving with white wire storage baskets and glass snack containers. Black granite countertops and a stainless steel sink offer space for food preparation, while white Shaker style cabinets complete the look of the space.
Joanna Gaine's kitchen design included plenty of open shelving, further contributing to an open and airy feel in the redefined space. She also sidestepped her often preferred choice of subway tile backsplash in favor of handmade tile in muted blue and white, a favorite color combination of client Stacie Childers.
Lighten up a heavy, closed-off kitchen by converting your ordinary cabinets to open shelving. The kitchen shown belongs to blogger Judy Meek, who first tried open shelving in 2011 and documented her steps for her readers. “I have loved the open shelf concept,” Meek says. “Besides the open shelf over the peninsula, I’ve also opened up a shelf over the dishwasher for glasses, a shelf over the coffeemaker for cups and a long cabinet over our cooktop for our everyday dinnerware. The key is filling the shelves with items you use often.” Meek started by painting her oak cabinets white, and is now changing over to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ with wax, which makes spill cleanup a snap.
Featured on HGTV's "Cousins Undercover," this cottage-style open shelving along with the white cabinetry, warm wood tones and reclaimed wood paneling makes this kitchen feel light and airy. The butcher block countertop lends visual interest and warmth, giving it a true cottage feel.