As promised... here are the before and after photos of my kitchen.
I loved my kitchen... but it was dark and moody, especially in the evenings so...
I decided to lighten and brighten it by painting out the dark lower cabinets, island base and stools in the white of the upper shelves. I also refinished the repurposed island top to a beautiful natural finish.I like the results. It feels more open and airy.
I wanted to design something unique that reflected our interest in antiques, architecture and entertaining, a space for people to relax and stay awhile.
Often people will come in and comment on how beautiful they look displayed with our collections of crocks,woodenware, baskets and Sophie Conran Dishes
Usually, the next thing out of their mouth is
" I could never have them in my kitchen, I couldn't keep them looking like that, they would get all messy."
I understand the reluctance, It feels a bit "exposed" but don't forget the benefits...
How many beautiful treasures do you have hidden away never to be seen, only taken out once or twice a year?
Wouldn't it be nice to have the pleasure of seeing those pieces on display?
I use some of the items on my shelves daily, some once a week and others only rarely but they are all a part of the texture of my kitchen, always to hand, and never forgotten... because, I can see them!
I have lots of storage in my lower cabinets, pantry and island, it is more than enough to keep the clutter concealed.
Open shelves are also wonderful way to open up a space. I decided to paint ours white and the beadboard wall behind is a gutsy colour called Woodpecker from C2 paints. The lower cabinets are also painted in Woodpecker.
If you would like to see my full blog post on open shelving with some great photos here is the link.
Commented on Oct 14, 2012
I just saw your kitchen on another blog, city farmhouse... They were white? Did you paint them?