Sunday, March 24, 2013

Open Shelving Instead of Upper Cabinets

I've seen quite a few photos of kitchens with open shelving instead of upper cabinets. 

Update: My cabinet was falling off the wall and we did have to install open shelves.

What do you think of this trend?
It is super cute, but is it practical?
I know myself.
I would have great plans to keep things neat and organized but in reality I wouldn't be able to keep my stuff as neat as a magazine photo.
I would have to weigh some factors before I ripped out my cabinet uppers and installed shelves.

would totally do something like this if my cabinets or my cabinet doors were in horrible shape and there was no repairing or painting them. 
It would be a cheaper alternative to installing new uppers which is why many home owners have resorted to this option. 
My sister did it many years before it was trendy.
When I took some cabinet doors off in my kitchen I thought through the storage I would lose and decided that the impact outweighed the loss of storage. Read about how I did it here. 

My little nooks are filled with my brown transferware that I don't use so nothing ever gets out of place. 

My pantry

Oh, how I miss Hostess, Coffee Cakes. 

laundry room

are testaments to the realities of my everyday life. 
These open shelves looked wonderful for photo's but everyday life gets in the way. 
 Junk gets put on the shelf no matter how cute things look on photo shoot day. 
What do you all think?
This is a darling look, but will it last?

Is it a look for you?


  1. Love the open shelving.I have that in my kitchen and I do love it.But I don't think I could do it in my laundry room.But our washing machine vibrates so much I would be afraid whatever is on a shelf would not be for long LOL.Wish I could do that.

    1. Haha. It gets cluttered but I love vintage laundry stuff.

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  4. I totally love the top picture as this is so desparately what I want. We ran out of money in a home improve project several years ago and this would give me the courage to be a hostess again! thank you so much for posting it!