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.
This vintage-style, white kitchen features unique design touches, like the custom range hood made from recycled shiplap, green cabinetry with black iron pulls, and custom windows with storage above the sink letting in all the natural light.
This vintage-inspired farmhouse kitchen highlights the red brick chimney as the focal point in the space. Complimentary green cabinets ground the room with a white, tile backsplash and floating wooden shelves above the stainless steel warming drawer.
An open plan makes this a combination kitchen and dining room area. The kitchen's dark wood cabinets and stove are offset by the modern white of the cabinets, built-in eating bench, curtains and chair covers and contrast nicely with the lime green walls. The eclectic lighting fixtures highlight the beamed ceiling.
When it comes to its dining area and kitchen, this apartment is an exercise in efficiency. A glass dining table fits snugly against a long built-in banquette. The petite kitchen packs in beautiful wood cabinets and drawers from floor to ceiling.