Easy Open Shelving

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2 Hours

You know those cabinets over your fridge? You know, the ones you can't reach so you just store random stuff in there and forget about it. Or you just keep them empty. Yeah, you know the ones. These:

There has been absolutely nothing in these cabinets since we bought this house 2 years ago. SOOOO- Let's take it down, shall we?

Step 1: Remove cabinet doors

Go ahead and take those useless doors off. We wont be needing them.

Step 2: Remove screws

Remove all screws that are attaching the cabinet to the wall and to the other cabinet.

Step 3: Loosen molding

Loosen molding if you have it with a flat head screw driver. Try not to break it as you still need it on the other cabinets.

Step 4: Pull that thing down!

I was shocked at how quickly this came down with a little tug! So glad this shocked/excited face was caught on camera  . Cut the molding at the edge of the cabinet with a saw.

Step 5: Paint

Paint your newly exposed wall to match the other walls.

Step 6: Prepare for Brackets

Move the fridge out of the way and mark where your brackets will go. Ideally these would go into a stud, however my studs are not placed correctly here so I will use anchors for my screws.

Step 7: Drill

Drill pilot holes for your anchors. Insert the anchors and then attach your brackets!

Step 8: Mount Shelf

Attach your lower shelf to the brackets!

Step 9: Repeat

Repeat the same steps for the upper brackets.

Step 10: Mount Upper shelf

Attach your second 2x12 to the brackets

Step 11: Style!

Style your new open shelves with whatever you'd like! Plants, vintage glasses, books, seasonal decor, whatever! As long as it isn't something you use daily- you can't reach it, remember?

That's it! Step back and enjoy the view and contemplate taking the rest of your cabinets down

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  • Jackie Jackie on Oct 31, 2020

    Me too. Just took doors off and made the open look my shelves

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jan 09, 2021


    Having a fridge open the wrong way so that you have to 2-step around the door all the time is terribly inefficient. If there really is not enough space on the left for the door of this fridge to open completely when the handle direction is switched, don't dismay, as there are a couple of solutions:

    1/ Remove the back baseboard behind the fridge. Then notch out the hole in the drywall where the electrical plug is, and install a recessed wall outlet cover, so that when you plug in the fridge, the plug will be in the wall and not in front of the wall.

    Doing these two little things will enable you to push the fridge back a couple of inches. This may be enough for fridge door to clear the door molding trim on the side door. You might also want to consider removing the thick molding from the laundry room door completely, and replacing it with a narrow minimalist style.

    2/ Sell this fridge, and purchase a counter-depth fridge, which is shallower. The models that are narrower as well are commonly seen in Europe and in the UK and in new-build smaller condos. Look for one with a handle that does not protrude far, or better yet, one with a recessed handle. French doors on any fridge are generally half the depth of standard single doors.

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