Kitchen Reno part 2! Woo! I love making progress on our kitchen! We left off last time with the kitchen cabinets raised and painted. That was a long but fairly easy part of the project. Now we get to move on to the more fun and pretty part… shelfing it up.
Let me start by saying that tons of people doubted my vision for this part of the reno. My hubby, my mom, my sister, those guys at Home Depot. They all doubted that an open shelf below raised cabinets would look good. The only way I was able to get the hubs onboard with my idea was by showing him my inspiration (here and here). I am happy to say, this post will prove those people wrong!
Okay… back to how we made the shelf. First, before hanging the cabinets back up, we put up that blue tape line as a reference to where we wanted the shelf to sit. According to my favorite Home Depot employee, Sandy, standard height from counter to cabinet is 18 inches. So we made sure our shelf would be at least 18 inches above the cabinet (it is 19 inches).
After our run to Home Depot for a 12×2, 1x2s, and corbels, we got to work! We started by trying to figure out the placement of the corbels. The slightly OCD side of me wanted a nice, symmetrical amount of 3 and 3 on either side of the stove, but that just looked strange with the breakfast bar. So eventually, the hubby convinced me to do 3 corbels to the right and 2 to the left.
Then we got to work hanging the corbels. (heh. heh. Corbels. Such a fun word to say. Corbels. Corbels. Corbels. The word has lost all meaning.)
To get the placement just right, we followed these instructions for hanging brackets. It is a kinda genius method. Note: the plan is for these shelves to hold some weight… not tons, but some. So we opted to use 2-50 lb. anchors for each corbels to help add to the support.
Next came adding the shelf on top. Woohoo! We placed two 12x2s trimmed with the 1x2s on top of the corbels to make sure they fit.
Once we were sure everything was the right size and none of the corbels would fall off the wall, we took them all back down and painted them. They were painted the same white as the cabinets (Martha Stewart’s Picket Fence). You know, to keep it all cohesive-like.
So, once the paint was dry, we hung the corbels and then placed the shelf on top of them. And to make EXTRA sure that the shelf wouldn’t go anywhere, we screwed 3-inch screws through the top of the shelf into the corbels. Because of my worry wart ways, I was still a little concerned that it wasn’t quite secure enough. Luckily, that all got tested last week when we had our roof and some of the siding replaced (more on that long story another time). I am happy to say that the shelf and cabinets were still
standing hanging after a heard of elephants jumped on the roof all week.
I’m still working on styling my shelves to be exactly how I want them, but I love having those everyday necessity items easy to reach and grab. You know… like my coffee. Momma needs her coffee. I had some concern that the dishes would get dusty but they don’t! I use them all so much that they don’t have enough time to get dusty!
To the left of the stove we added little bit more pizazz. SHE-BAM! Check out those new shelves! No no. Ignore the dog treats and my lack of styling. Check out all that extra storage!
We made the lower shelf extend over the top of the breakfast bar so we could hide the wifi modem in that basket. Plus, I figured that would be unused space when we put stools along the bar. Then we popped 3 small shelves along the side of the cabinets. We did that by screwing a brace into the wall and then screwing through the cabinets into the side of the shelf. Those shelves will be mostly used for decorative stuff so I’m not too worried about them supporting heavy stuff.
On this side I added some of my most used DIY kitchen canisters. It is so nice to not have to run to the pantry to grab something I forgot. Plus, they are pretty! And I love having a little pretty in my kitchen.
And here is where we stand after adding the shelf. Yes, you will notice that we already added the hardware. I’ll show you how we did that next week. But I’m seriously loving my shelf. It adds so much more storage! Sure, I’m now too short to reach the top shelf of the cabinets, but most of that shelf is empty because we gained so much space under the cabinets!
Checking back in with the to-do list:
Paint upper and lower cabinets Raise upper cabinets
- Level tops of cabinets and add crown molding
Add a shelf under cabinets Add decorative shelves to the left of cabinets
- Replace cabinet doors
- Replace countertops & sink
- Replace faucet
- Add tile backsplash
- Replace appliances with stainless steel appliances (
dishwasher, microwave, stove, fridge)
- Lower breakfast bar (it is currently 4 inches taller than a normal breakfast bar, resulting in zero stools being the correct height)
- Add hardware to doors/drawers
- Add under cabinet/shelf lighting
- Build a kitchen island??