So, just to recap where we started in the kitchen, we moved in to this builder-grade land of oak. I had also removed cabinet doors to give an open shelving feel.
Then, last month I used gel stain to completely transform the cabinets, and we added hardware. But, we left one of the cabinets as is so could take it down and add open shelving.
A few weekends ago, we picked up the supplies and some paint as well, to add some warmth to this room. Here I am prepping to paint, with the cabinet down.
For the shelves themselves, we actually used solid pine stair treads at $10 each and gel stained them (I'm on quart #2 now!).
We also picked up three 2-packs of these brackets. They were also about $10 each.
The installing of the shelves was actually done 100% by Matt, so he filled me in on the process. He measured out the space and marked the center to place the brackets. Unfortunately, because of where the studs are in our wall, he was only able to put one of the three brackets per shelf, in a stud. For the other two brackets per shelf, he used these Toggle Straps with Screws. He had never used them before, but said they were really easy to use. Plus, they have a weight capacity of 80 lbs.
Once you attach the brackets to the wall, you can attach the shelves to the brackets. Make sure you are checking that everything is level before screwing them altogether.
This project took a few hours, but we love the end result. Also notice the beige color on the wall. It's nothing too special, but goes well with the cabinets and our now-white baseboards and door frames!
I am thinking we need to add some pops of color on the shelves, and maybe some type of art/sign above them. Any thoughts/recommendations?
P.S. Speaking of pops of color, how awesome do the towel and tea kettle look in the kitchen now?!? My Aunt and Uncle got this kettle for me for Christmas and I lu-ove it!
We have plans to eventually update the counters, backsplash, flooring and appliances, but we're not sure when any of those things will happen yet!
Update: I added some art to the shelves, so the kitchen is looking a bit better now: