How to Create Open Shelving in a Kitchen Without a Remodel
Every month a group of bloggers and I post a quick and easy decorating idea, one that is so easy it can be done in 10 minutes. This month we are sharing ideas for the kitchen.
If you have been following me for the past two months then you have seen this photo of the kitchen in my new-to-me house.
I wish we could take on remodeling the kitchen all at once like they do on episodes of Fixer Upper, but it may take some time to save up enough $$$ to do it the way we envision. For now, instead of a major remodel, I will be tweaking it with paint and giving it my style using my bag of decorating tricks. (Here is how the kitchen looks a year later) It is my favorite kind of decorating… making what I have the best it can be on a dime and some DIY. :-)
After living in the house for a few days, we found the counter microwave (above photo – previous owner left it) was awkward to use and took up way too much counter space.
In my search to find another place to put it, I looked up at an empty cabinet and wondered if the microwave would fit. I created open cabinets in my previous kitchen and really liked the look so I thought it just might work.
I took out my tape measure to find out. To my surprise, it fit! We even had an electrical outlet nearby to run the cord and plug out the side of the cabinet and into an outlet.
How to Remove a Kitchen Cabinet Door
Taking a cabinet door off takes about 3 minutes, all you need is a screwdriver. Depending on how your cabinets are finished you may need to do some touching up on the cabinet frame where the hinges were.
If the cabinets are stained, a DAP Blend Stick will fill in the holes and blend the color where the hinges used to be. All you do is rub it over the holes and presto-chango…they will be filled in under a minute. These sticks come in many different shades from light to dark and are sold in packs of four colors so you are bound to find just the right color to match the wood tone you need.
There are also many other ways to do the touch-up… pens, markers, and even wood stain cloths. I like the DAP Blend Sticks the best since they fill in the hole at the same time you are touching up the color. If you ever want to put the door back on, the holes will be easy to find again to make re-hanging the door easy.
If your cabinets are painted, it may take you 12 minutes from start to finish since you will have to open up a jar of touch-up paint to dab over to touch-up where the hinges were attached.
AFTER: Cabinet Minus the Door
Presto-Changeo… looks like a custom built-in. :-)
To add more interest, I added my favorite cookbooks and white pitchers to the top shelf.
I liked how well it looked since it broke up the row of identical doors that I decided to remove the two cabinet doors above the fridge, too. They are impossible to reach so I had left them empty.
In a few minutes I had the doors off. I also used the claw end of a hammer to remove the middle bar that separated the doors.
Interesting that the builder of the cabinets didn’t stain the cabinets before placing the hinges on. If they had, you wouldn’t see the raw wood where the hinges were.
A little rub of the DAP Blend Stick and a Minwax touch-up pencil and the raw wood blends in.
Now I have shelves to display my collectible white dishes, pitchers and platters.
Do you have an unused or hard to reach cabinet in your kitchen that could be better used in a functional or decorative way? Try it, if it doesn’t work, you can just hang the cabinet back up…no damage done.