Alrighty, pressing on: A friend contacted me by email a few days ago. She and her husband are young, fairly newly married, and just bought their first house. Side note: I remember when Mr. Marvelous and I bought our first house six years ago. After closing we went straight to the house and laid on the floor in the living room, the house entirely empty, and just made plans for our life together in that space. There is absolutely nothing like coming home, whether it is for the first time or the thousandth time.
My friend sent me a few pictures of her kitchen and wanted some decorating advice. She has white cabinetry, but it appears pretty dated. The first thing I told her was that I would either take the upper cabinet doors off the frames and leave the frames as open shelving, or take the upper cabinets down all together and put up open shelving instead. (I am sure her husband is very happy with me right now.) I combed through my inspiration files on my laptop and found plenty of pictures of open airy, open-shelved kitchens. Then this morning, I stumbled on this kitchen, here.
There is just something about open shelving in a kitchen that is magical to me. Don’t you agree?
Our first house had oak veneer cabinets. I borrowed an electric sander from a friend, bought a big bucket of white paint, and after 2 weeks of back-breaking labor had transformed my kitchen for less than $30. I should dig out those pictures to share. I think that anyone itching for a kitchen redo could work wonders with a bucket of white paint, some open shelving, and great chandelier. Maybe some new hardware and an updated faucet down the road . . .