DIY Open Shelving Reveal

I am so excited to share our new open shelving project in our kitchen, after about three years of thinking about it, and three weeks of working on it, it is finished! And we love it!

I thought I would share a little bit about the process in case any of you were considering doing something similar. We started by pulling down the existing cabinet that was on the wall, which was a little harder than we expected, but it came down without too much damage to the wall. Next, we worked on removing the bricks on the left side of the wall. The brick is real, although it is just a partial brick, so it is about 1/2 inch thick. We had to cut through the brick using a metal cutting wheel attached to a dremmel, which required quite a bit of drywall work afterwards to smooth out the surface. My dad was the plaster master & it turned out great!
We found our floating shelf brackets on Etsy, the sizes were completely customizable & the amount of weight they hold was well over what we needed. We were thinking of using raw cedar for the shelves but went with pine instead, since it was easier to get in the size that we needed, we used 2x10s. We had a custom stain made at Sherwin Williams that complimented the color of our floors, but just a bit lighter. Once the holes were drilled in the back of the wood, the shelves were assembled enough that we could hold them up in the space and level them. Then we marked the wall with a pencil to where the brackets should be (since drilling into the wood was not exactly level, the brackets had to compensate for that in order for the overall shelf to be straight). Hanging them was pretty seamless, we were pleasantly surprised! 🙂 I can’t wait to finish accessorizing them now, I just threw a few of my favorite things up, while waiting for my new Gatherware bowls to arrive that I am super excited about! I may also find (or make!) some fun artwork to prop up as well.

Whisk & Mix Bowls old from West Elm (similar here) // Cake Stand // Gold Flatware // Recipe Box

This was such a fun project for us, it wasn’t terribly hard to pull off (although my husband might disagree after all of his crazy measuring, drilling & work to make sure they all fit just right) but we are so happy with the results! And I am so thankful for all of his hard work!! 🙂 It gives our kitchen a much more custom look & it’s going to be so fun to display festive things on the shelves over the holidays!
Hope you find a little inspiration to take away! XO

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  1. Looks gorgeous! I can't believe the difference it makes with having it open. I wish we could do that but we have such little cabinet space we would have no place to put our dishes but this is definitely gorgeous and an upgrade.

    liz @ j for joiner

  2. I want to be you when I grow up! lol! but seriously I wish we were friends, so you could teach me your ways! I have one 18 mo old daughter and she alone wears me out! you go momma!

  3. I forgot to mention, have you thought of replacing the outlet and phone jack covers with gold ones? Or the bronze ones like your faucet? We did stainless steel ones for the light switch covers downstairs and it's something small but a nice detail!

  4. Love this! I'm wanting to do something similar in our kitchen. Where did you get the wood shelves from? Love the color of the stain?

  5. Looks great! If you don't mind me asking where did you get both the picture frames in the second to last picture? Thanks so much. Love your blog 🙂

  6. Shelves look AAAA-MAZING! But, I was wondering if you would share where you got the reclaimed wood looking picture frame on the right wall. I've been hunting these lately with no luck.

  7. I think it looks beautiful! Completely love it. I don't know if I could give up all the cabinet space though, and I would miss the functionality of shoving all my junk in he cabinet haha.

  8. This is exactly what I need. I really like and appreciated your work. I read deeply your article, the points you have mentioned in this article are useful.Will you tell me how I too can participate in that?

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