The kitchen shown belongs to blogger Judy Meek, who first tried open shelving in 2011 and documented her steps for her readers. “Besides the open shelf over the peninsula, I’ve also opened up a shelf over the dishwasher for glasses, a shelf over the coffeemaker for cups and a long cabinet over our cooktop for our everyday dinnerware.
“We’ve probably all been there; tired of the look and feel of our kitchen but unable to take on a full renovation either because of time or money, or both!
It can make the whole room glow, especially if you take a multi-directional approach.
This kitchen features uplighting from energy-efficient LED tape on the top cabinets, and task lighting from LED under-cabinet fixtures on the bottom cabinet, both from Kichler.
You might be surprised to hear it, but I’m actually a huge fan of oak cabinets…that’s right, a HUGE fan. Well, unlike melamine, thermofoil and veneers, oak cabinets are almost always REAL solid wood. Potential for and today I want to add to those ideas with a few more thoughts… If you’re looking for a low-contrast look, antique brass is a beautiful finish with oak cabinets.
The bonus is that most oak cabinets (if they have their original hardware) have hinges in this colour, so that’s just one less thing to worry about! Another beautiful finish with oak cabinets, adding a bit of contrast and drama without being as stark as black.
Mix up colors on upper and lower cabinets, or on cabinets and islands as shown here, to add richness.
If your kitchen has good bones but simply looks tired, painting your cabinets can be just what the doctor ordered.The good news is that there are a myriad of ways to update your kitchen without tackling a complete overhaul and most can be done in a single weekend!I’ve listed my 10 favourite ways to give you some inspiration.You can do any or all of these – but be warned, once you start, there is often a domino effect!What you don’t touch, might all of a sudden be screaming for attention when everything else is looking fresh and new. Start at the start Often just a fresh coat of paint is all that is needed to freshen up a tired kitchen – especially if it is a new paint colour. Update your cabinetry Keep the carcasses (internal structure of the cupboards) as they are, but remove and either repaint, refinish or replace the doors and knobs.