Friday, January 18, 2013

Discussing open shelves in the kitchen


'Removing kitchen cabinets will affect resale value.'

True.

BUT...

What if your kitchen has plenty of cabinets but is lacking in 'personality'?

While having lunch today with my bestie, the topic of open shelving came up in conversation. She just bought her very first condo (yay!) and is in the process of injecting a little 'her' into the place. On a related note, she loves my mason jar pantry and would like to do the same, but doesn't have any room to add any shelves to her kitchen. What she does have however, are MANY kitchen cabinets, for a condo. Would it be so horrible to pick a spot or two in the kitchen and create the open shelving look, while leaving the rest (and majority) of the cabinets intact? We discussed how kitchen cabinets were a definite + for resale value, but that when there was no lack of storage space couldn't a little personality be just as important?


If my own kitchen doesn't spell it out clearly enough for you, I'll help... I LOVE open shelves in a kitchen. I firmly believe that not only have they hit the ground running popularity wise in the recent past even if they have been around forever, but they also inject a certain level of personality given that they are so atypical in our spec house world. I was left to consider if I would still like it as much when it wasn't actual shelving and simply cabinet doors removed? A little research yielded many results of both varieties and I find myself enjoying both. In the condo in question, it would likely be best to consider only the doorless varieties. This way, she could either just remove the doors and use as-is or fancy it up a little with some trim or moulding and mill work. The one benefit of going with either of those options versus removing the cabinet boxes and replacing them with actual shelves is simple; if you really must, when preparing to sell, just put the doors back on and no one is the wiser!

Here are some examples to help you form your own opinions -

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Mason jar pantry? BINGO!
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Oh and by the way, if it's good enough for Martha, it's good enough for me!
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I love these! With all of these examples, I cannot be the only one!


With all of that said, does anyone have any opinions one way or another that they'd like to share?



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