Open Shelves & A Freshly Painted Buffet

I’ve wanted open shelves in our kitchen for a long, long time.  I even have an entire board dedicated to Open Shelving on Pinterest.  They’re great for storage and display, all at the same time.

And oh how I love how our open shelves turned out!  We turned a useless wall into a wall with purpose and that’s more pleasing to the eye.  Well, at least I think so.

This is how the wall looked before:

Here’s how it looks today:
We used 12 inch common board and corbels purchased from The Home Depot.  Since I was painting the shelves, the type of wood didn’t matter.
I’m so happy I decided to go with two different length shelves.  I originally intended on making two shelves the same size as the one on the bottom, and then changed my mind at the last minute (much to the hubby’s chagrin) to make the one on top be the same length as the buffet.  It provides more storage and I think it’s more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
I also brought up my Nana’s ladder back chair from the basement and placed it against this wall.  It provides a little texture and extra seating.
The large prints we used to have hanging up on the wall covered up the house’s old intercom system, but I decided to leave it exposed now.  I think it adds to the vintage character of this entire look.

Now I have a place to display all of my antique ironstone!
The little glass bottle is just a bottle I had lying around and the antique clock face was a purchase from Chippy Shabby at the holiday market I attended back in November.  I tied the clock face around the bottle with a piece of thread and now it has a perfect home sitting up on our new shelves!

I purchased these beautiful, very real and very temperamental myrtle topiaries from Diane Passi a couple of weeks ago, the same day I purchased the marquee letters I used in our Spring Mantel.  I love their moss covered pots.

I also purchased this little antique drawer from her, complete with moss filled terracotta pots.  Love!

I even found a spot for an antique rolling pin I bought recently at an antique mall.  It’s simply hung with two 4 inch nails.

Oh and I’ve had so much fun pulling out my ironstone collection.  I still have more to pull out, but this is how the shelves are accessorized for now.  I’m sure the displays will morph and change again and again over time.

And I can’t show you this wall without acknowledging the fact that I painted the Trash Pick of the Century.  GASP!  I know so many of you protested enthusiastically when I mentioned I might paint it.  It’s the post that has received the most comments since I started this blog.  In fact, I even received an email from the buffet.  Yes, the buffet wrote me an email asking me not to paint it!

It was in really bad shape.  I know the pictures I showed you made it look like it was in perfect condition, but it had severe water damage on the top, portions of veneer were missing, there was paint splattered on it in some spots and too many knicks and dings to count!  I promise you, I would never paint a perfectly good piece of antique furniture!

I painted it this past weekend in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and then distressed it, as usual.  It was my first time painting since last September and to be honest, I was a little nervous.  But it all came back to me just fine.

I’m hoping that now that you’ve seen the entire look brought together, the wall of open shelves with the beautifully painted buffet underneath it, that you’ll find it in your hearts to forgive me for painting it.  Yes?

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  1. The buffet just emailed to say that she could not believe how much better she felt with a fabulous new coat for sprng!! ;-)
    Love the way this looks and stealing the idea for hanging up the rolling pin. Mine is not so vintage, but still wood and I think it will be great for storage!

  2. It’s so lovely, bright and fresh! What a fun new look for you. Sure is wonderful =) Enjoy!

  3. We just put up some open shelving in our kitchen at Christmas and have loved them every second since they’ve been installed. Ours are just cheap Ikea ones and aren’t as pretty as yours.

    Did I mention that yours are pretty? Soooooo pretty. ;)

    P.S. With ya all the way on the painting the buffet thing. So worth it!

  4. Very pretty and functional, too. I love your big cabinet….you did a great job! We have open shelving and I love it!


  5. Oh Laura,
    Everything looks amazing. Loving the shelves and that buffect looks beautiful with it’s new coat of paint. Some times a girl just has to paint, paint, paint. I love it! Can’t wait to look around your blog some more. Wishing you a wonderful evening.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  6. What an awesome idea to do open shelves, love it all. Especially the freshly painted buffet, just lovely!

  7. Woohoo! Absolutely LOVE the new look! And all if the plants!!!!

  8. Gorgeous!

  9. That looks gorgeous! Love the entire piece and everything on it and above it. Just signed up as a new follower and cannot wait to have more time to look around.

    Nice to meet you and God bless. Amy

  10. That is a great look, and I like the two different lengths of shelves. The buffet looks lovely painted, and I can understand how you must have struggled painting it. I do that too, but like you said sometimes the damage makes it a bit easier to do. I love your ironstone collection and the myrtle topiaries are so cool. We also have open kitchen shelves, two shorter ones that I love to change seasonally. Right now they are decorated for Spring and I included some of my ironstone collection too. I’m following and hope you get a chance to stop by.

  11. Your buffet looks gorgeous painted. And your whole wall is absolutely lovely!

  12. I LUV it!!! I’m so glad that you painted that lovely buffet! It really looks so much better now and ties in with your awesome new shelves! LUV!!!!!!

    xoxo laurie

  13. Looks GREAT! I am in love with pure white- such a great bright neutral!

  14. Oh my word I LOVE your style!!! This is absolutely STUNNING :) I pinned it!

  15. i love the light and bright look! it’s gorgeous!

  16. You did a fantastic job! We just built open shelves for our bathroom. Jim used good plywood and then put molding round the edges. We didn’t worry about the kind of wood either, because we were also painting.

    How did you secure the shelves to the braces? That’s one thing we’re working on, trying to figure out the best way without having whatever we do show.

  17. Your buffet and shelves are just dreamy! They are so my style! You did an awesome job!

  18. I just love all the different details and decor. It all ties in together well and looks classic. Love love love.

  19. Amazing! I love your new shelves, they seem perfect for the space. you have such a great talent for arrangements too. Your one talented lady!!!

  20. I forgot to mention that I think the buffet looks fantastic! It looks so much better painted. I’m glad you didn’t listen to the email the buffet sent to you. Everyone is a little afraid of change, but I bet the buffet likes it better than he thought he would.

    Oh! and I love how you hung up your rolling pin. I have a marble one that my mom gave me years ago, and I think it’s too heavy to hang up by the handles that way, but now you got me thinking about whether there is another way I could do it.

  21. I just love how you pulled everything together. It looks fabulous!

  22. I just reread your post and realized that you mentioned Diane Passi in it! I see her at the Allegan Antique Market every summer. She is one of the first booths I have to rush to when I get there. She always has some of the best things!!!!

    xoxo laurie

  23. You are forgiven for painting it because it looks AWESOME! Love the entire vignette. Stopping by from the Beyond the Picket Fence blog hop, I’m your newest GFC follower, please take a moment to visit me at and perhaps follow back!

    Great work!
    Barbara @ Chase the Star

  24. Absolutely perfect! All of it!!!

  25. LOVE it! Congrats on the the Miss Mustard Seed feature! WOOT! :)

  26. It’s gorgeous! Yes, sometimes you have to weigh out the value of the antique left alone vs. the damage and how good it would look painted. Good choice! Little Bit

  27. This is so beautiful. Congrats on the MMS feature. I love the white upgrade to the cabinet and your small pops of color on the shelves. Lovely!

  28. wonderful job! Found you through Miss Mustard Seed. Following now…

    Happy Easter!

  29. Following too! Also found you through MMS!

  30. Love the display! You gave me a great idea for a blank wall in my dining space and I’m so on the hunt for a fabulous buffet! The white is so pretty!

  31. I’m glad the buffet was in a sadder state than it looked. I love painted wood but only when the piece needs it. Love how it came out and your vignette is stunning, where did you purchase the corbels?? Love the open shelves.

  32. Love this–and the two different length shelves really works.

  33. I’ve been wanting to do something similar in my “formal” dining room, to un-formalize it. Great inspiration! Found you on Embracing Change 0-) Hope you’ll stop by!
    Chris {aka Freckle Face Girl}

  34. just wonderful, love the white!!

  35. So beautiful. I love the way you styled the shelves.

  36. WHAT A DIFFERENCE!! AHHH the white and the shelving and the staging…all come together so beautifully. mmmmm I’m gonna have to get some shelves up soon!

    would love to have ya pop by for a visit anytime!

  37. Beautiful… you made the space come to life! Love the open shelves and the buffet is more than perfect!! I saw this featured at “A Diamond in the Stuff” and had to come over for a closer look. So glad I did… new follower :) AJ@queenofmynest

  38. W.O.W.!!! I LOVE how you transformed this space! I’m coming over to inspect every little vintage thing in person! Just beautiful!

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