Monday, August 13, 2012

Open shut case?

It's the great shelf debate... I'm actually not supposed to write about my kitchen again until progress is actually made.... (I think cabinet color swatches count!) BUT.... I am in a pickle. I love open shelving especially in a small kitchen like mine. (Very small) However all my nearest and dearest tell me NO because of my bad shoving habit. My name is Ann and I shove EVERYTHING behind closed doors. "Hi Ann"... I'm not the neatest person alive ...fo sho...

In my head my shelves could be this pretty...
I can't imagine not having open shelves in this space...the lights, the ceiling, the bricks... I heart this space...
This is more my reality... simply taking the doors off the cabinets makes for great organized open shelving...

Barn wood, stainless, subway tile, and light gray cabinets... now we are talking... exactly like my kitchen only BIGGER and probably in a way cooler house... I wish I had that much natural light pouring in. I love everything about this space...
But here's the kicker... In real life (unless I had someone coming over for dinner) my shelves would probably look like this...

I do not think I am sleeping with the enemy enough to keep them any other way.

What do you think? Friends be nice...could I do it? Would you? Are open shelves trendy or here to stay...
hmmm...

Bye, bye Birdie,
~A

4 comments:

cc said...

I, too, am a shover/crammer. And my kids unload the dishwasher which has made things worse. I'd stick with doors. Then you can still have people over!

Anne McAllister said...

LMAO on the "I'm not 'sleeping with the enemy' enough" comment. I do really like the look of open cabinets....but then you gotta have matching dishes and line your teacups up all pretty. Just doesn't seem functional with little ones and our soccer water bottles. There has got to be a good compromise. Can you just open up some of the cabinets??Ttyl8ter.

Susan Gosman said...

I am always surprised that no one mentions the one thing that keeps me away from open shelving in kitchens. Dust and grime. You cook in there, gease travels, dust sticks to it. Yuck! I think w/open shelving you wind up spending an awful lot of time cleaning them. Why not try a few glass front cabinets instead?

Birdsofafeatherdesign.com said...

Good point Susan! I did read that if you only put what you constantly use on them (dishes, glasses, everyday wear) then that is not much of a problem. But then again I never think too much about cleaning details! And take out doesn't produce that much grease (haha!) But glass front cabinets probably would make the most sense!

 
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