Kitchen Progress {Open Shelving}

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DIY open shelving kitchen

I am pleased to report that I have made progress with my kitchen per my “home goals” this year (Read about all of our ambitions HERE). Over the last week, I managed to paint and install the open shelving in my kitchen.

installing open shelves

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Here is a “before” of the wall space:

These were very easy to make. I had been considering Ballard Designs Cafe Shelving for this space, but realized I could make similar ones fairly easily. I used corbels from Home Depot and {get this} the shelves are actually stair steps–which are available right across from the corbels, so easy.

I thought the stair boards would be too long but figured I could cut them down. However, once they were up on my wall they turned out to be perfect at 48 inches across. I really liked the rounded front. Isn’t it nice when things work out so well?

{Here is an in progress-lots of leveling}

I am still tweaking the items up for display, but like how simple they are right now.

The best part? My husband, who is rarely in favor of my taking a hammer and nails to {our brand new} walls gave me high praise. He told me they looked like they came with the kitchen, I was pleased.

I also have completed the shades for the light fixture in my kitchen.

I don’t love this light fixture and I am still not sure whether I will keep it. For now the shades soften the light fixture, it was an economical fix for the short-term.

I am really contemplating a more sparkly light,

like this one in this gorgeous room:

via pinterest


I am still working on finding a cabinet to go next to my new shelves and finishing our new kitchen table and bench (and maybe getting a new light?), but its a start!

See more of my Kitchen HERE

See my Pantry {organized 🙂 } HERE.

See the whole House Tour HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Great job, and I love the picture that you posted of the white kitchen. I want mine to look that good!

  2. Your kitchen looks fabulous with the open shelving!! I have been in the process of making shelves for about 6 months….seeing how pretty yours are might make me finally get them hung in my bathroom! Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Ohh the shelves look GOOD Amy! Look at you go! Stair treads, who knew?! I’m stoked about this Home Goals thing and you are working your magic girl!

  4. This is stunning!!! I just love the way the space turned out. Thanks for linking up. XO

  5. Amy, Adorable! They look fabulous! I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to keep everything so neat and tidy but they look awesome! Thank you for sharing!
    PS Will you come show off at my place today? You could win a $5 Starbucks card!

  6. This looks fantastic. I love the shelves and how you styled them. Very beautiful.

  7. they look absolutely brilliant. bravo.


  8. Ohh I am loving your open shelving!! It’s gorgeous!! Feathered Nest Friday will be up shortly if you want to come share over there too!! 🙂

  9. The shelves are perfect! What a resourceful idea! I love them and want to rip down my ugly cabinets right now!!! Ok, reality check–that would be a lot of work and I should probably get the husband on board first. Sigh…

  10. I really like what you’ve done so far in your kitchen. Looks so clean and crisp!
    Your newest follower, Mary Alice

  11. oh my goodness – just gorgeous – sleek & crisp & fresh – love it!

  12. LUV LUV LUV! They look fabulous!!!!!

    xoxo laurie

  13. Those looks so good and just perfect in that spot. That’s a nice tip about using the stair steps.

  14. open shelving
    is on my (lengthy) kitchen to-do list
    and i love how yours turned out

    would love for you to share at my linky
    Fridays Unfolded!


  15. Wow, that looks good! I love that you used stairs for the shelves! who woulda thought?! Your current light fixture is pretty, but I agree that one more like your inspiration photo would really take your kitchen to the next level. It’s a beautiful room; great job!!

  16. LOVE your new shelves! Funny because I was in HD the other day and briefly looked at the stair treads too! I must go back! I would love to know more details about the construction of them. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration!

  17. Looks absolutely fantastic!!!!

  18. LOVE your open shelving! Looking around my kitchen for a place to do it as I type!! Came over from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia…following you now and can’t wait to see more of your beautiful projects!

  19. Love open shelving- yours is so charming! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

  20. So pretty! I love that you used stair treads! Your whole kitchen is beautiful.

  21. Everything looks great. I love your light in your kitchen now. Ballard’s? Also love the stainless steel one. 🙂

  22. Amy,
    Your kitchen looks beautiful! I love the open shelving and the neutral colors!
    Thanks for linking to my party.
    I will be featuring your kitchen in my next post.

  23. Hi! I love your idea of the open shelving! Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I was wondering if you attached the shelves to the brackets or are they just sitting on top and if you did attach how did you do it??

    Thanks so much!!

    • Hi Jenn,

      Actually, no they are just sitting up there. I never secured them. It wasn’t ever a problem. If I needed to I would have used liquid nails I would guess? You can give it a try first just resting the riser on the corbels and see if you need to secure them. If they are level you probably won’t. Good luck!
      Thanks and have a great day!

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