Monday, September 28, 2009
How to Convert Cabinets to Open Shelving
I’ve always loved the look of open shelving. The lightness of having things open, and the easy accessibility of everything appeals to me.
So not long after we finished redoing our cabinets when I noticed a guest open every door to find a cup, I began thinking. That thinking turned into a little project-isn’t that what always happens?
Here’s what the cabs looked like when we were all done with the redo, before I did the open shelving.
To get the open shelving look I just took two doors off one part of the top cabinet. And then I resisted the urge to buy new, pretty dishes and just gathered up all my white dishes. I also found a few fun orange dishes on the clearance rack at Target. Love Target, love the price on these plastic dishes-less than a dollar for each one. Yippie!
But after I was done with that the whole thing looked a bit unfinished-like we just forgot to put the doors on. I looked at it for a few weeks until I just couldn’t take it any more. I grabbed some burlap and put it up in the back. All I did was cut the burlap to size and hot glue it up around the edges.
It seemed a bit undone so I drug the family to Lowe’s and found a piece of trim. Our first thought was to trim out the whole thing, around the edges and all. But I thought just trimming the edges of the shelves would be easier-no corners to miter and all.
I measured and cut four lengths to fit the inside of the shelve. I just used my little miter box and a hand saw, then I painted the trim with a few coats of the cabinet paint. To adhere them I just hot glued them.
The difference is subtle but it’s still a difference. It looks more intentional now, and complete. And since it’s all up with hot glue, it should be pretty easy to undo if we ever get a hankering for that.
Here’s one last closer look. I think it works, and I’m pretty happy that I was able to do this one myself. So is my hubby.
Now, what to do with two cabinet doors? I’m thinking I’ve got another project on my hands!
I’m linking up to Kimba’s DIY day today-click the link to find some fun DIY inspiration.
Another cool place to visit today is The Shades of Pink Room a Month, she's got an awesome Roman Shades tutorial today!