There is just something about open cupboards.
I love the breezy look of a cupboard or cabinet with it's doors off.
It's shelves and structure exposed...
a pretty paper in the back, a paint treatment or rustic plank board finish.
I don't mind if an old piece has broken doors
or even if they have been lost over the years... it's just character to me.
I almost bought a gorgeous Louis Armoire that had water damaged
doors thinking I would use it as an open bookcase...
Old kitchen cabinets without their doors is another favorite look of mine
as long as I have plenty of storage for all the dishes that aren't so pretty!
Our kitchen came with gorgeous, tall cabinets that are original to the house.
Old white paint, simple style ~
I loved them the instant I walked in the room.
They were built into the kitchen, not enclosed 'units' like todays-
The back is actually the walls, the ceiling is the top, etc.
I don't know how they made them and
attached them- they are like frames so to speak.
They are constructed of thick pine ...
Pine. Pine. Pine.
(Good thing we aren't allergic to pine - our cottage is filled with
knotty pine walls in nearly every room!)
One of the top cupboard doors was damaged and as I was taking it off
to be repaired, I stepped back, paused & stared at them.
The old shelves. The open feeling.
I looked at the overall design - there were 3 doors on each side of the sink-
and decided to try an open cupboard in each section.
Off the second door went -
I wanted to add a bit of detail to finish the tops a bit -
I thought of several different options but decided on an arch.
I took a 1x6 smooth pine board and used a large platter (of all things)
to create the shape of the arch and cut them out with a jigsaw.
I had no idea exactly how I was going to get the arch pieces to stay up
and impatient as I am to see how something is going to look, I thought I would just try
use something for the time being until the nail gun was unjammed.
I used my favorite all around fix it friend...
My old house is quirky and not perfect ...so...
'Caulk' helps smooth lines and fill in holes and gaps...
it covers a multitude of sins in wrong cuts, trim that just doesn't quite go together,etc.
( don't ask me how I know!)
My favorite little construction motto-
' Caulk is your friend.'
I filled the open shelving with my collection of vintage red transferware
and painted the insides a soft shade of cream for a little depth.
I love how they came out.
The open shelves add so much charm to the kitchen
and are perfect spots to display favorite dishes or collections.
Back to work on finishing up a project~
Hope to be sharing shortly!