Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lookie What I Did!


It's no secret that open shelving in kitchens is the trend these days.  I absolutely love how it looks and would even be bold enough to try it myself if the trend of openly displaying sippy cups with cars on them was also in style.  Since it's not, I took the baby step of removing the cabinet doors over my fridge instead.  This was the easiest peasiest lemon-squeeziest project of all time.  I didn't even need hubby's help........much.

Before, the top of the fridge was the gathering place amidst the dust for school papers that need to be signed (cause I'm orderly like that) and random photos that still need to be shoved in a random box in a random drawer - no I am NOT a scrapper - and an article out of last month's newspaper that I wanted to save because I might need to read it one day, as well as Birthday cards that are too cute to throw away but have nowhere to go until I decide it's finally time to throw them away.

Now,  the top of my fridge is clean, dust and clutter-free and I have a place to display my pretties.


Once I took off the doors there were gaping holes on either side so I used hubby's table saw to cut out some leftover white beadboard I had in the shed.


You can see in the pic above that it still needed some trim to cover the edges of the beadboard.  That's where hubby showed mercy and mitered some trim for me.



It will be fun to switch out the accessories for the seasons.  I've already changed it since I took these first pictures.

Here it is at Christmas and you can see the pretty trim that hubby added.


And here's how it looks today.


A super-easy, super-fun project!




Thanks for visiting and have a fabulicious day!

xoxo,
Kim

37 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great idea, Kim! Love the beadboard and trim. The cabinet over our refrigerator in our new place is so far back, it is absolutely useless to me to store things in. Unless I'm looking to store things I never, ever use!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

It looks great! I love the open cabinet look too.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I like that - a lot! Open shelving would not work in my kitchen either. :D I did take the door off of the one over the sink and put a wine rack up there when I moved here years ago.
Enjoy your day.

Dana Bishop said...

What a great idea! It looks perfect and so tastefully arranged. You would never have known the cupboard once had doors. I have a very dust house because of our wood burning stove. I am afraid to try open shelves. It will be interesting to learn what you think after a trial period. I am not as brave nor as tidy as you (inside my cupboards).

Thank you so much for joining my blog. I value each follower!

Blessings, Dana

Rebecca said...

I love it, Kim! Now...if you want to be in for a shock go and look at my blog post from yesterday. My kitchen is torn down to nearly the studs! You've given me a sweet idea. LOVE IT!

xoRebecca

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

So cute! You did a fabulous job! I want to do it so bad, but my house is 6 months old. I can't bring myself to chop into the brand new cabinets, and hubby might have a heart attack if he caught me doing it... :D

♥Linsey

Pat said...

I love it. Great idea and well executed!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Kim,

Fantastic idea!! I love the different ways you decorated the shelf.

xo,
Dee

Kimberly said...

Your so creative!

The Tablescaper said...

Great job! It's always fun to have a little spot to change around with the seasons. Perhaps you'll link this post to Seasonal Sundays this Sunday?

- The Tablescaper

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Kim, Great idea and I love the extra space to display things.
Hugs, Sherry

Becca said...

It looks great, Kim! You know I love open shelving since I (I mean, my HUBBY) took down one lone cabinet for me where I added open shelves. You'll love accessorizing it ... your vignette looks awesome!

Shelia said...

Hi Kim! You are so smart! I love this and it looks beautiful! :)
I just may try this!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Love Of Quilts said...

It looks great!

CAS said...

Great idea for the cupboard in our kitchens that is always so awkward to get to. I like the way you decorated it & will be so much fun to arrange for the seasons.
CAS

Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz said...

That looks great! I opened my cabinets in my laundry room and used baskets to put things in. I covered the holes from the hardware and it works! I have the doors stored so I can put them back on some day. Your idea looks great and a lot better than the usual stuff people pile up there!
THX for coming by my blog! You have good taste- those pieces you like were expensive!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love it. Such a great idea and I love how decorative everything is inside. Great job. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

The Decorative Dreamer said...

That is a wonderful idea for finding an extra display area. I love the beadboard you used inside. Pretty vignettes too, both of them! Great job!

Daffodil Hill said...

Looks great! I've been thinking of doing something similar in my kitchen, but we are so pressed for storage. Funny how such a simple change can make such a big difference.

Country Dreaming said...

What a great idea!
You did a super job.

Melinda

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Kim, this was such a great idea! Oh, the fun you can have changing out all of the vignettes up there! Love it!

Tanya@takesix said...

That looks so sweet, Kim! I love it. It will be perfect for switching out decor for the seasons! Thank you so much for visiting Take Six. I am your newest follower! Have a super day!

Shanee @ LivingLifeSouthernStyle said...

Great idea! I don't think I have a thing in my above fridge cabinet....oh boy you have inspired yet another project for me! Thank you for sharing.

Jo's This and That said...

Love the trim and bead board! Thanks for stopping in, Joann

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

The shelf looks wonderful!!! You did an amazing job transforming it! And I love the old scale!

Marla and Steve said...

Brilliant idea!! It just opens up that space. I've seen so many kitchens with open cabinets and they look soooo good but what about for those of use that use the doors to disguise the chaos? LOL, you have the best of both worlds with that little nook.

chateau chic said...

Above the refrigerator is the perfect place to try a cabinet without doors. Love how it turned out with some tweaking!
Your newest follower, Mary Alice

The Flowering Angel (Celebrations by Cynthia) said...

Talk about your upcycle, this is quite amazing, i think i might build something for craft stuff when we upgrade our fridge next month. Wow, you really do SEE this stuff in a different way. LOVE it!
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Debbiedoo's said...

That looks fantabulous Kim! I love the look and like you said you can change it out per season.

Anne said...

Sweet! Good for you, it looks wonderful.

xox

Jemsmom said...

Now THAT is clever!!!!

Carol said...

Great idea for that space! I'm so happy you stopped by for a visit & became a follower! I'm following you now on your blog & on Pinterest. I look forward to reading more of your previous posts & pins.

Smiles,
Carol

Susy said...

What a great idea! Surprising how a small change makes a such big difference. So glad you found my blog ~ I'm following you back (:

Susy said...

What a great idea! Surprising how a small change makes a such big difference. So glad you found my blog ~ I'm following you back (:

Linda Young said...

Oh, Kim! I love it! I love the open look too. Great place for the cookbooks, but I'd have to keep a stepstool close by! Neat idea to change with the seasons! You are such a fantastic decorator!
I just celebrated one year of blogging! And I finally got my Etsy shop up and running! Yeah!
Wishing you joy!
Linda

Designing Domesticity said...

Great idea. Love it. And such a fun space to decorate per season. Thanks for sharing, liz

Linda Leyble said...

Hi Kim - wonderful project. I always wanted to do that. Great idea adding the beadboard.

Thanks for following my blog! Head on over again - I am doing a great Giveaway this week!

Thanks,

Linda