While our house has a whole lot of style on its own, our bookshelves leave a lot to be desired. We have very little hidden storage and so a lot of our things are on display all the time. This means that our shelves tend to be more utilitarian than aesthetic.
On Sunday, I woke up feeling incredibly motivated and decided to take a stab at making some of our shelving look more beautiful, while still being useful. I specifically focused my attention on the built-in in our kitchen. This is actually a side of our kitchen that has never been posted on this blog. Hey, everyone has their good and bad sides for pictures right? Our kitchen is no different.
As you can see it was all about the storage and not about the style. My first step was taking everything down and determining what should and shouldn’t be seen. I took all the less than attractive items, like travel mugs, large plastic food storage containers, etc and made a home for them under the cabinet.
Then it was time to find just the right spot for the rest of the items. I went back and forth for about an hour until I landed on the solution.
On the bottom shelf I placed items that we use daily: food storage containers, french press, and medium sized mixing bowls. I put the storage containers inside a basket to keep them organized. That’s right, I put containers in a container.
The next shelf stores fresh produce that we used to keep out on the counter. Now they are out of the way and its a bonus that they look beautiful in the white ceramic serving ware.
The middle shelf is the tallest one due to the cutout of the next shelf. This is where I decided to keep the cake dish so it can be safely out of the way, but still admired. This shelf also has some of our commonly used but not every day items. Behind all of that stuff, is a large framed photo that is being used to hide the less than attractive remnants of the upper shelf.
Lastly are the top 2 shelves that hold extra glass and ceramic dish ware that are less commonly used. The pilsner glasses on the left and the espresso cups on the right are organized in their own dedicated spaces. On top, we store extra cocktail glasses, vases, and mugs.
The white mugs were also used to hide the extra non-matching mugs that we use for larger servings like hot chocolate.
John and I will continue to use this setup for the next week and see if it really is functional and pleasing to the eye. We will probably have to make some adjustments, but completing this gives me hope that I can successfully accomplish this in other places in the house. That’s right loft, I’m coming for you.
What do you think of this set up? Would it work for you? Do you have some suggestions on what might work better? We would love to hear it!