Kitchen Coffee Bar and Open Shelving …

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Kitchen Coffee Bar and Open Shelving… extra storage, an excuse to go shopping for new decor and a little extra personality added to the kitchen, what’s not to love about that? And of course, I have Pinterest to thank, because how else would I have known I needed open shelving in the first place. 🙂

Quick reminder, this is what we started with (↓) before we painted and hung the new shelvesKitchen Midway Renovations 2If it wasn’t obvious, we’ve recently formed somewhat of a coffee and tea obsession (not the cheapest habit), so we wanted the shelves to not only be decorative, but functional. Additionally, we were able to free up some of our (limited) cabinet space by hanging our coffee mugs off the shelves.

Let’s take a closer look at the new decor, shall we?
Kitchen Open Shelves 6 resizedKitchen Opening Shelving Kitchen Open Shelves 1 resizeFirst off, that vintage carafe (↑), I swoon over it daily. I found that and the tarnished creamer on an Instagram shop that curates vintage finds. There Wednesday auctions are not good for my bank account.

The shelves and coffee mug hooks are from Ikea … naturally.

I found both the prints, here and here.

In case you missed it, Jeff painted the tea tins with chalkboard paint – a little DIY tutorial here.

As for the cookbooks, which I use ALL the time 😉 – I finally have a place to display my signed copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Like many people blog lovers out there, she was the first blog I read religiously.

As for the “Simmons Family Recipes,” sorry folks, that’s one of a kind. 😉

The little green teapot (short and stout) was an Amazon find, here.

Lastly, all the glass canisters, including the one holding the peaches (how could you possibly tell they’re fake?) are from Crate & Barrel. Kitchen Open Shelves 10 resizedI think I got most of our finds, but if you have any other questions, send them my way!


DIY Chalkboard Tea Tins …

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… I probably shouldn’t file this one under our list of “super original” ideas, but in keeping with the motto “sharing is caring” I thought I’d let you in on the details of our small DIY project. DIY Chalkboard Tea Tins GuideIn our quest to make the new open shelves in our kitchen both decorative and functional, we decided to add a little DIY touch to the new tea tins we bought. The shelves are partly serving as storage for our little coffee/tea bar (file that under a not-so-original idea found on Pinterest), and we we’re looking for a way label our different teas … which, as many of you probably know by now, chalkboard spray paint is an easy way to do that!

Here’s how we did it:

  • The tins we used are just over four inches tall, so we measured a rectangle area – in the center of the tin – that was 1.75″ x 3″, marking the points as we measured.
  • We covered the entire portion of the tin we didn’t want sprayed with chalkboard paint in blue painters tape.
  • Using chalkboard spray paint, we sprayed the first coat on each tin and then let them sit in the sun (finally a sunny, warm day!) for about 45 minutes, before spraying the second coat. It varies as to what surface or item you’re spraying the paint on, but these particular tins called for two coats.
  • We let the tins dry for another 45 minutes – making sure they were fully dry – before removing the blue painters tape.
  • Lastly, with a utility knife and a dab of Goo Gone, we cleaned up the edges of the painted area. If this step is necessary, be sure to go very slowly when using the utility knife, so you don’t accidentally scrape off more than than needed.

And that’s it folks, the tin was ready to be labeled! I didn’t get overly creative (I’m no Grace) on that step – we’ll likely be changing out the names often – but, I certainly tried to make them look respectable. 🙂

Let me know if you have any questions!

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Styling shelves, bring on the inspiration…

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Hanging Shelves… seriously, send me what you got.

Last weekend, in our never-ending quest to put off finishing painting the trim and ceiling in our kitchen, we decided instead to go shopping in search of shelves. Shopping > painting.

I’ll give you one guess where we went? 😉 I don’t know about you, but Jeff and I always say we’re going to branch out from Ikea in an attempt to be more “adultish” – whatever that means – it’s just that when it comes to functional items like shelves, they make it so easy and cheap. And good news, we made it out of there still married. Whew.

We ended up a with a white double shelf that was the perfect fit for the space above this cabinet ↓ (note, that picture was prior to the new paint). Kitchen Midway Renovations 2But now, what to put on those shelves! I already had a few things, like this print, and this one too, but I’m struggling with how to make the shelves decorative and functional. In our tiny kitchen, we need to maximize all the storage space we can.

To start, I put a few things on the shelves – not to mention our coffee cups hanging on the bar beneath the lower shelf – but I plan to live with the new look for a few weeks and sort of rearrange/acquire things as needed.

I know I want the space to serve as a mix of a “coffee bar” and open shelving storage … so, what better place to turn than Pinterest for a little “pinspiration” (super original, I know). Here’s a few looks that caught my eye ↓. Kitchen Shelves Inspiration


Truthfully, I want a combination of all of these. I love the look of white dishes, with pops of greenery. I also want to incorporate clear glass canisters, especially for storing sugar, coffee beans, tea leaves, etc … part of that whole “coffee bar look” I’m going for. And I plan to throw a few frames and prints in the mix.

See anything good I might’ve missed? Send it all my way!

Hopefully, I’ll be back soon with the new and improved look!

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