Emily
Emily
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  • South Milwaukee, WI

Adding Functional Decor to an Empty Kitchen Wall

5 Materials
$35
3 Hours
Medium

Our new home has a great kitchen but the wall around the sink is completely empty. We have plenty of cupboard/cabinet space on the other side of the kitchen so we didn't need to add much storage space. I thought this would be a great time to add a coffee/tea station. I also thought little shelves for plants, candles, and décor would be a nice touch.

adding functional decor to an empty kitchen wall

This is where we started. To me, the empty space seemed accentuated by the tall ceilings.

adding functional decor to an empty kitchen wall

We had an old wall shelf/rack that we had in a bathroom at our old house. I thought it would be a make great coffee/tea storage. To give it a bit of a coffee bar feeling, I added some café art above the shelves.

adding functional decor to an empty kitchen wall

For the shelves on the bigger wall, I just found an old piece of wood that was probably leftover form an old project. I cut it to size and gave everything a thorough sanding. In this photo, you can see that I cut four pieces, but I ended up only using two for this project.

adding functional decor to an empty kitchen wall

After sanding, I gave the wood two coats of Minwax ebony stain. To give it a shiny look, I used a high gloss Rustoleum Clear Topcoat.

adding functional decor to an empty kitchen wall

Here is the finished shelf.

adding functional decor to an empty kitchen wall

I used Ekby brackets from IKEA. I also used IKEA Kungsfors Rail Bars to add hanging storage below the shelves.

adding functional decor to an empty kitchen wall

Here is the final look. Functional and decorative. All of our appliances are stainless steel and the countertops are black, so we thought the stainless bars and black shelves would blend into the look of the kitchen.

adding functional decor to an empty kitchen wall

Here is a closer look at each section.

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  • Nic
    on Jan 30, 2019

    While looking at your project, I fixated on your wood floor. Did you install the floor or is it original to the house? If you installed them, what wood are they? Thanks!

    • Nic
      on Feb 6, 2019

      What a treasure you have! I knew they were super cool. People pay a TON for reclaimed wood floors! Lucky you!

  • Vicki
    on Feb 20, 2019

    Very nice update.

    I have a question about your cabinets. They look like oak, but did you do anything to them for that darker color?

    • Emily
      on Feb 21, 2019

      We didn't do anything to the cabinets. That's the way they were when we moved in and we like the dark wood so we're leaving them as is. (well, we removed the white cabinet handles and updated with satin nickel handles, but the wood will remain.)

  • Ima34230502
    on Feb 24, 2019

    How about a small black corrugated steel roof over that window?

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