Catch up on our kitchen renovation:
- Part 1 - Getting started
- Part 2 - Ikea to the rescue!
- Part 3 - All in the details
- Part 4 - The longest night
- Part 5 - Finishing up
It doesn't seem possible that this series is coming to an end. But you (and we) have waited long enough for this final reveal so let's get to it!
First things first, we had to get the shelves up. We had removed our old upper cabinets in the demo and decided to replace them with open shelving. This decision came down to a few factors: cost, style and functionality. The cost of open shelving is far cheaper than even Ikea upper cabinets. The style is trendy right now and we realize that but it's also functional in that everything is within arm's reach. It did mean that we would have to pare down our dishes collection and be more careful about staying clean and organized since everything would be on display. But honestly, that wasn't too difficult to do because we only have a few items that we use daily and we're usually pretty tidy, even behind closed cupboard doors.
So, inspired by the likes of Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper, we went for the open shelving and in hindsight I can say that it has worked out perfectly for our little space. There are a lot of options out there for creating open shelves. Originally, we wanted to make floating shelves with no visible supports but it quickly became clear that supporting heavy dishes on a floating shelf was more difficult than it was worth. Luckily, we located some brackets at Lowe's that fit our look. We paired that with 1.5" white wood lumber (nothing too fancy) that we finished and stained the same color as the countertops.
Staining inside of the house was terrible and I don't recommend it. Whereas we had stained and finished the countertops outside in the fall, it was now getting closer to winter and the temperature and darkness were not conducive to staining outside which meant a lot of stinky nights in our house. The shelves ultimately took two coats of stain and three of sealer to make sure they could stand up to wet dishes being placed on them. The overall staining and drying process took a full week.
Then it was time to install! The process was fairly straightforward except for some issues with hitting a stud for the brackets. We were able to hit studs for three out of the four rows of brackets. For the fourth row we used heavy-duty butterfly drywall anchors. I'm confident that if someone were so inclined, they could climb these babies with no problems!
The shelf installation procedure was pretty much a one man job so I washed and organized our dishes while Denny installed the shelves.
Then it was time to fill 'em up. We put the least used items on the top (which I require a stepladder to reach) and our daily items closer to the bottom. As a full disclaimer, we have a hutch in the dining room that holds our "fancy" glasses and serving ware. And we also built a cart to hold all of our pots and pans so those aren't on display here either.
What's that you say? You want some non-GoPro final pictures taken in daylight? Enjooooyyyy...
And what would a final reveal post be without some before and afters?
This was by far our most involved project we've ever done together. We learned so much and saw such an improvement in our home renovation skills. It's a wonderful time that we live in where if we have a super specific question about anything, the internet is right there with the answer. And if not the internet, then very knowledgeable family members. We're also blessed with so many DIY blogs, renovation shows, and countless Pinterest boards that fuel creativity and make designing a project of this scale doable for two people.
If you're interested in seeing my Pinterest inspiration board, you can view it here. You can really see a progression of ideas from the beginning at the bottom to the last few at the top.
And finally, I leave you with this. Denny created a timelapse video of the north side from the first night of demo to the final glass being placed on the shelf. Relive it all in a convenient 3:40 clip.
Hope you enjoyed this project! We'll have many more to share with you in the future.