Kitchen Update, Summer 2009

I am excited to reveal the finished product of our kitchen shelving project!

The simple back story is that we had a big empty wall in the kitchen that needed some attention. I knew that I wanted open shelving on the wall to match the style and feel of our kitchen cabinets, but I assumed it would be an expensive project and I put it on the back burner. Low and behold, a trip to Home Depot proved that we could do this project for about $50! We bought the lumber and bare wood brackets and painted them the same color as our kitchen cabinets. We are so happy with the results! Someone asked me in a previous comment the dimensions of the shelves, and the boards themselves are 6 feet long and 8″ deep.

I recommend building your own shelves in this manner rather than buying the pre-packed ready-to-hang shelving. The later is rarely hardwood and its hard to find shelving that is a decent length for a large wall. These would also be a great replacement in any closet where plastic and wire shelving currently resides.

We might just have to work on our linen closet next . . .


  1. I absolutely love the shelves! They are beautiful! I have a small space in my kitchen that I am thinking about doing the same thing (boards and brackets), but ours will probably be black. Thanks for sharing these inspirational pictures!

  2. Beautiful, Erin! I love the breath-taking simplicity of your stlye. So fresh! So peaceful and uncomplicated. Thanks for sharing.

    Blue skies!

  3. Hi Donna, Mr. Marvelous just measured for you πŸ™‚ and the boards are 3/4″ thick, and yes, they were what Home Depot had labeled as “better pine.” They did have a large selection of wood species though, we also looked at poplar which was about the same price as pine and oak, which was about four times as much and also a lot heavier.

  4. Oh Erin! Your house is gorgeous! It is exactly what I want my house to look like. It is half way there but we still have a lot of work to do. You have such great taste. You always have been great at everything you do. πŸ™‚ Cheyne

  5. Erin,
    I really like this and I am glad you posted it. I was trying to figure out what to do with the alcove above our TV area in the family room. Huge wall. Blank. Needs SOMETHING! Looks like I will be making a trip to HD this week too! How did you all attach them to the wall? Did you just screw them into beams behind the drywall? What are those things called? LOL! My brain is fried this monday morning!

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