So I have a little design dilemma that I am hoping you can help me with today! I need to make a decision on what to do about cabinet doors/open shelving in my kitchen. (Before I move forward with painting the cabinets, replacing the hardware and hopefully changing/painting the countertops and installing a backsplash – LONG term project.)
You have seen pictures of my kitchen looking like this and probably wondered what in the world is up the missing cabinet doors?? That’s ok, I think the same thing!
It helps when I remember Nester’s mantra – “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” – that saying is pretty much true in EVERY area of my life. My house is never clean enough (ha – or just plain clean!), my decorating is usually not quite as good as I would like it, my cakes – we won’t even start there, if I can make them taste good regardless of how they look, I feel ok. Nothing I do or the way my house looks is even close to perfect. But if I think it looks pretty or the people I am doing it for think it looks pretty, that is all that matters! (Hard for the semi-perfectionist in me to swallow, but I am working on it…)
Anyways, our home was a HUD home when we bought it and when we moved in it was missing the corner cabinet door. I removed the other one and took it to every store around to see if they could match it – no one could match it identically unless I was to get it “custom made” = mega $$$$ (for a cabinet design I am not in love with to begin with.) So it has looked like this for oh….about 8 years (way to get on that again, Christina!)
When I cleaned out and reorganized my kitchen cabinets a few weeks ago, I rearranged these two cabinets to look more “decorative” along with being functional.
I wanted to see how I liked this look so I could make a decision on whether to leave them open or add glass cabinet doors or something totally different.
Here it is again with a few more pop of red added for Valentine’s Day.
I have always thought I would add glass pane cabinet doors like this (instead of leaving them completely open)
I would also like to close in the sides of the both cabinets (as you can see in first picture the shelves go all the way through across the whole wall so there is no wall separating the two end cabinets from the cabinet above the microwave). First of all, so that I could add glass shelves like the above picture and install lighting to shine down through it. And second of all so it looks more finished and you don’t see through to everything in the cabinet over the microwave.
So as I have been thinking and browsing for ideas, I saw this photo of Traci’s kitchen from her last house (from Beneath My Heart)
Looks a lot like my cabinets/wall and exactly what I was thinking about doing! Gorgeous, right? (One difference though, do you see it?)
And I found this – a feature of The Lovely Cupboards kitchen cabinets
And this idea from Remodelaholic
I do like open shelving … but I think it has to fit in your kitchen style. My kitchen is very traditional in style and I am not sure that open shelving fits into the look of my kitchen. (And no plans to gut and redo the kitchen, either – going to make cosmetic changes, not major changes )
Here’s a picture of my whole kitchen…
Hmmm… so much inspiration?? Can’t decide – glass cabinet doors or open shelving???
The picture from Traci’s kitchen got me thinking though – did you see the one difference? The cabinets on the sides have glass cabinet doors, glass shelves, and lights – BUT the middle cabinet above the microwave is OPEN!
So I took the stuff out of that cabinet and arranged a little vignette to see what I thought? What if I was to do the glass cabinet doors on the sides and remove the cabinet doors above the microwave? (I could possibly even remove the brace in the middle once I closed in the side cabinets?? could also put a glass shelf in there?? or even remove the middle shelf to make one really large space??)
So what do you think? Can you visualize it?
Glass pane doors on each sides with glass shelves (with pretty lighting!) and cabinet in the middle open?
Or the same glass pane doors with glass shelves and leave the regular cabinet doors in the middle (I could definitely use the storage although I like the “pretty display space” )
And one more idea while I am throwing them out there!
(Still trying to get my pretty display space somewhere… )
I am also playing with putting something at the end of my cabinet…
Or see the little shelves at the end of the cabinet in this picture – from House 4 featured on Remodelaholic
Too much for this little space? I think either one would be easy and very cheap to add.
I would love to know what you think!
Here’s the choices:
- Leave the cabinets open as is (not really liking this option, since I have lived with them this way for 8 years and always wanted to change them.)
- Add glass pane cabinet doors, glass shelves, and lighting in the two side cabinets – LEAVE the cabinet doors over the microwave in place.
- Add glass pane cabinet doors, glass shelves, lighting in the two side cabinets – TAKE OFF the cabinet doors in the middle above the microwave to create a display space.
- Add something to the side of the cabinets – shelves, hanging something?
Which one do you vote for?
By the way whichever way I choose, open cabinets or glass doors, I plan to add some sort of fun patterned fabric or paper or paint treatment on the back of the cabinets. Example from this pin