Welcome back to my series How to Add Fixer Upper Style to Your Home. Be sure to check out my previous posts as well:
Intro to Series – explaining why I wanted to start this series
Kitchen Accessories – where to find awesome kitchen accessories for super cheap, just like the ones Joanna uses in the show.
So today I thought we’d take a look at open shelving. People either love them or hate them, but if you take a close look at the kitchens on Fixer Upper, you’ll notice that almost ALL of them feature open shelving in the kitchen. And I found she uses 3 types of shelving:
1. Floating Shelves
Floating shelves are a great clean look to add to your kitchen, but they can be a little tricky to install. If you want them to hold any weight at all (think plates, glasses, flour & sugar canisters, etc..) they MUST be anchored well into the wall!
My initial thought was they must be anchored into a stud, but then I found this post by Jenna Sue Design. She has a great tutorial where she used these anchors from Lowes which are rated to hold 265lbs.
Jenna used this tutorial from Shanty 2 Chic to create her shelves:
We recently added a similar style shelf above the sink in our last flip house:
2. Pipe Shelving
Don’t those look cool? This type of shelving will add a rustic industrial look to your kitchen – not to mention a definite unique touch!
There’s lots of great tutorials out there but here are a few of my favorites:
Don’t have enough time to go the DIY route? Etsy has lots of ready made items available here.
3. Shelves with Brackets
Open shelves with brackets are my personal favorite 🙂 Joanna used them recently in her new Magnolia House B&B. I also think these are the easiest to install (and hubby is all for easy installation!)
Joanna used similar brackets like these from Etsy for the shelves above.
I currently have these from ikea in my kitchen.
and I have these brackets ($9.53 each) from Home Depot in my laundry room:
and we used those same HD brackets in the kitchen at a flip house we did several years ago too:
So what about you? Do you like open shelving in the kitchen? I personally LOVE it – not to mention it’s a lot cheaper to install a few nice shelves vs. an entire bank of upper cabinets! Plus I love being able to add decorative touches to my shelves seasonally or whenever I need a new change. Which I need to do soon -so I can show you some pics. But then I better clean…ugh.
must. get. off. computer. first.