What happens when you try something new and don’t totally love it? At our house, we try, try again! Over the past year, I painted our kitchen cabinets white, and the walls a light gray. I still am really happy with both of those choices. Because our kitchen is pretty small, I wanted to make use of the space above the cabinets, and also try to conceal the lumps on the ceiling from someone else’s soffit removal job. I tried using labeled bins and some other containers above the cabinets, and it actually worked very well for storage. The only thing I didn’t love was that it felt a bit crowded or dark for the high space. I left it for awhile, because I really liked the increased functionality.
Then, I saw this image, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do:
I really like the open feeling of no upper cabinets, but since our space is smaller, we need the additional storage.After the cabinets were reinstalled, there were noticeable gaps along the upper edge by the ceiling.
I ended up just using a paintable caulk to fill in the spaces. It made a huge different in how finished and clean the final result looked.
We added an open shelf underneath the cabinets at typical cabinet height (18 inches). We used the same shelving from IKEA that we used for the open shelves above the dishwasher. We made a few modifications in the corner, and Jer reinforced underneath with some wood pieces.
I store most often used items on the open shelf, like spices and flours. We opted to hang mugs from underneath the cabinet by the coffee prep area instead of adding a shelf. We love the convenience and the added color from the mugs.
The cost of the shelves and a few brackets was our only expense for this project (so about $75). It feels so much more open to us, and having the lower open shelf has been really handy for cooking and baking. What do you think?