Open Shelving Ideas

On Monday, I showed you our new industrial shelving unit that we bought at the flea market last weekend. I also told you that we’ve been planning to do open shelves in our kitchen for a while, and I’m thinking they would be perfect right above the industrial ones. Then we would basically have floor-to-ceiling shelving – all that decorating and organization! I mean, I’m excited just thinking about it!

This is of course a project that is months away because I have to finish our master bathroom, then I need to tackle the buffet in the dining room that I’m turning into a campaign piece, and THEN I’ll be able to think about the kitchen. However, it doesn’t stop me from looking at ideas!

Here are some photos that are helping to start my wheels turning…

This one is from Veranda Interiors, and I love the dark, wood on top of the white subway tile.

Veranda Interiors

Veranda Interiors

Better Homes & Gardens featured photos on “decorating with white.”

White and Blue - BHG

White and Blue – BHG

Stainless steel shelving featured on BHG as well.

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

And I just feel like this one speaks my language. Reclaimed wood, with industrial brackets, on top of white subway tile, with bright yellow light fixtures! A blogger named Anne Sage featured this photo from the magazine Rue on her blog.

Open Shelving Ideas (Rue) - Open Shelving Ideas (Rue) –


Again, this is obviously all down the road a little, but fun to start dreaming! Have a great weekend everyone!





Industrial Shelving

Oh West Bottoms, you did it again. Amazing items all over the place. Even Kingston bought his very first flea market find – an old ice cream scooper. He just had to have it because it had that little mechanism on the side that pushes the ice cream out. So fun for a four year old.

Anyways, back to our big buy. We found this fantastic industrial shelving unit! It appears to be something they might have used in a convenient or grocery store to hold soda. She’s a little rusty around the edges, but we’ll get her cleaned up. She was only $48, so I think we can deal with having to use a little elbow grease at that price.

Industrial shelf -

Industrial shelf –

It’s just perfect for the space next to our kitchen cabinets, and we’re going to add some wooden boards across a couple of the shelves to hold our dishes. Haven’t figured out the rest of it yet. Just excited about the possibilities!

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I’m going to get rid of the rug in the kitchen since it’s hitting right under the shelf. And I’ve debated on removing it anyways because for some reason half of Kingston’s dinners end up on it every night. So probably not worth having a rug in there until he’s a bit older. We’ll see. We’re also planning to install open shelving right above this pretty lady, so I think I’ll be taking away the top section of the industrial unit – yes, it all comes apart, which makes it even better! It will just fit that space a bit better if one of the levels is gone.

Can’t wait to get it all filled!

Don’t you love it??