Maybe you don’t know this, but I hate our kitchen. It’s orange, for starters, but that’s not the worst part. The cabinetry is outdated and drives me crazy on a daily basis. The doors don’t stay shut, the drawers don’t slide well, the lower cabinets are always a total mess because there are no drawers, the laminate countertop is ugly, the faucet leaks, there is no dishwasher… etc etc. We don’t have the budget to replace the whole thing anytime soon, but the other night we had a brain wave and decided to do part of it now, and save the bigger part for later.
We started by removing all the orange doors from the upper cabinets, then decided to go all the way and take all the upper cabinets down completely. They were only about 18″ off the counter which made it hard to work without hitting your head, and also cast large shadows underneath that made it hard to clean properly. Plus they were covered in about 40 years of grease and dust. Yuck.
J started by patching the holes, sanding, and painting the wall with black chalkboard paint. Once that was dry we assembled some conduit piping into shelf brackets and mounted them on the wall and ceiling with metal wall anchors for strength.
Once the pipes were mounted J cut two 1×10 boards to the right length (8′ total) and we slid them into place. J added a coat of varnish and we let it dry overnight before moving our dishes back into place.
We purged a ton of old dishes we didn’t need anymore, and focused instead on just the pieces we really liked. We have a lot of colourful dishes!
We are both really happy with the final result and how inexpensive it was. The paint and shelf together were about $160 and made a huge difference!! Next comes the other side of the kitchen which we have a slightly different plan for right now. Updates soon!