Thursday, October 14, 2010

A kitchen question

I am annoyed by my kitchen cabinets. Partially because the shelves are all wobbly and I have to drill out and replace a bunch of those little broken shelf supports, partially because there are approximately 14,285 different types of Contact paper in them, but mostly because they are so big that I can't reach parts of them (and I have long monkey arms).

I have plans for ripping out the Contact paper and painting the insides (what a pain, but won't it be pretty?) and I can fix the stupid shelf supports, but that doesn't address the not being able to reach parts of them. To show you what I'm talking about, here is an obviously unstaged photo of the kitchen. This one's from a few days ago, and it's probably cleaner now (that pitcher isn't in the middle of the peninsula anymore, I know that) but I'm too lazy to go take another one.

The cabinets I'm referring to are the two in the corner, the painted and unpainted cabinets. Reason for that, by the way: we have no stove hood. I think it's stupid to paint a cabinet that's going to have the paint ruined by cooking steam. I have to order a hood--the stores around here don't stock black hoods, only white and stainless steel--and I keep spacing it off.

The painted cabinet is more than 50% unusable because I don't want to put stuff in the back because it'll get forgotten. Another annoying thing is that the cabinet over the stove doesn't have interior sides (who thought that was a good idea, really?) so spices are constantly getting knocked into that unpainted cabinet.

I've been thinking about that cabinet. I need a new project like I need a hole in the head, but I've been eyeballing that cabinet pretty good. I'm wondering if I can just take those two corner cabinets down and put up paint shelves. Obviously there are things that could happen. I could rip a hole in the wall. I could ruin the cabinet above the stove. I could wreck the ceiling above the sink taking down that trim piece that connects the two cabinets on either side of the sink. Really, that's all typical old(ish) house stuff. You never know when you're going to knock over the first domino.

We store mostly food in that corner, so I would definitely have to get some cute decanters to store stuff. Or rearrange cabinets, maybe.

And now, some kitchen porn to get your juices flowing.

I like these type of shelves. No complicated hardware, just screw them to the wall and pop in the wood plugs.

Coastal Living Kitchen  kitchen

I still haven't finished the floating shelves in the living room and I'm about sick to death of them. Definitely won't be using them, but pictures that show an open shelf in a corner seem to be kind of hard to come by.

solid cherry cabinets, marble subway tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances contemporary kitchen

I LOVE the little drawers under this shelf. I don't really have a use for them, but they're so cute.

So what say you? Tear it out and throw some shelves up there? Leave it alone and finish the other 400 projects on the to do list? Mandatory option C?


  1. Okay, so I'm not helpful because I have absolutely no ideas for you, except to put in a lazy susan thing? But that wouldn't help the height issue.

    I am wondering about the paint thing though: I never use my hood (okay, MAYBE once a year) and I've never had a problem with the paint. Not that you have to paint them, but if you decided to, the steam shouldn't be an issue.

  2. why not paint them all?
    I have been dying to do something in my kitchen too, like you I need another project like a hole in the head.... where should I put that hole???