You all remember those pantry inspiration pictures I showed you all a few weeks ago? As I was studying the common elements between those photos and assessing our true needs for that area to function, I was really excited to see the capability for open shelving. I have spent so much time pouring over glossy interior design magazines and seeing these incredible wooden shelves built from beautiful rustic slabs of wood.
Well…we live in Dallas and are on a budget. So we have to make do with what we have, which currently does not including barn wood or distressed slabs of rustic flooring. So we did the next best thing and took (yet another!) trip to our old pal, Home Depot. We knew we wanted the shelves to run the width of our countertops and that we wanted two of them, so we were very glad to find these 9’ long by 10” wide slabs of wood to bring home with us.
Once at home, Scott treated and stained the wood with Minwax Honey stain—our favorite! We matched the stain and the look of the other shelves that are already in our kitchen (no comment on how the herbs are doing. 😛 Just kidding they aren’t that bad). It helps tie the two rooms together.
After letting it dry for a day or so, it was time to hang them up, hooray! We had picked up some white brackets while we were at Home Depot. Each one said it could hold 150 pounds which was important to us since we were planning on loading up the shelves with all kinds of breakable items.
We figured out where we wanted the brackets to go and made sure they were completely level by using a laser-level tool. Then it was go time—all we had to do was screw into the wall, right?
Like most things in DIY-land, hanging the brackets was much more challenging than it should have been. The stud-finder malfunctioned a few times, leading us to believe there was a stud in two places where there wasn’t. So we had a few more holes than we would have liked but that’s nothing that some drywall patching and repainting can’t fix (tutorial here). We had to use a combination of screws because the ones that we purchased for the shelves wouldn’t fit in the holes. There were some frustrating moments. We both walked away from the kitchen entirely at different points to take a breather. But in the end Scott was the more patient one (always) who got the job done. Woo hoo.
After the brackets were up and we double-checked that they were level, Scott screwed the boards into the brackets so they were super-secure.
Then he coated the shelves with a coat of Zinsser Shellac. Shellac is non-toxic when it dries completely, so even though we weren’t planning on stacking food up there, it made me feel a lot better to have our dishes touching that over stain!
Finally, a few days later when we were positive the Shellac was dry, it was time for the best part—loading those shelves up! Scott was out with real-estate clients so I put on Pride & Prejudice in the background and got to work. 😉
Again, I tired to make everything as easy and categorized as possible. Coffee beans and our French press went on the bottom shelf above the coffee station and a teapot and to-go containers went above them on the top shelf.
Above the smoothie area I put our straws and extra Vitamix container with some to-go containers for our smoothies. I made sure baking items were over the stand mixer. The mason jars that I use for canning are on the very top shelf—I have to use a stepladder to reach them but since they aren’t used daily, that’s okay. We happen to have the perfect spot for a stepladder right in the pantry, which I’ll show you all later. 🙂
Ya’ll. I was so in my zone. Organizing AND Pride & Prejudice? I love, I love, I love you. Swoon. 🙂
So…here’s the pantry now. We have just a few things left to do and this guy is done (for now!)!
Are you all fans of open shelves in the kitchen? I feel like people can be very divided here. I really love the look, but if you are afraid of dust or the dishes getting dirty, glass cabinets can be a great option too. 🙂 Show off those pretties!