Monday, 13 September 2010

Modern Country Kitchen: shelf reveal

Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to introduce you to our completed kitchen shelves. Please try to avert your peeping eyes from the gorgeous paint colour changes....more on that to come! Never let it be said I don't spoil you. ;-)

Farrow and Ball Blue Grey
Take a peek at the 'before' photo below. Do you see that corner with the ugly old boiler? That's the space I was working with for this project. What a huuuuuuuuge waste of potential, as well as a humungous eyesore.


We had the boiler moved upstairs to the bathroom airing cupboard. Then our lovely carpenter came and installed three beech shelves and upstands to match the existing beech worktops.

Modern Country Kitchen
Modern Country Kitchen

I've so enjoyed toying with ideas of how to fill this whole space. So, so, soooooooooooo enjoyed it. I loved the whole process. Loved, loved, L.O.V.E.D.....Should that go here?.............Can I fit that in there?.......................I'm not sure about those.............Aaaah, now that's more like it!!

Here's the shelf-by-shelf lowdown. Take it from the top......

Modern Country mugs


Modern Country

And in second place...........

Modern Country jars

Modern Country open shelving
old jars
And, last but not least, the bottom shelf........

Wooden shelves

Shelves

And, now, a serious moment, if you please. Here, revealed for the first time just for you, is the whole gamut of shelvery (that *so* should be a word):

Modern Country Kitchen
Farrow and Ball White Tie
To be honest, I couldn't really help but improve on the monstrosity that was there before but I really am glad we bit the bullet and got the boiler moved. It was an expense but soooo worth it! Look at all the space we've gained!

Farrow and Ball White Tie
I've got lots of my favourite kitchen pieces out on show now, as well as practical items easily to hand. No more fishing around in the back of cupboards for the flour/sugar/ rice (not that my kitchen cupboards are anything but the epitome of organisation, you understand....).

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37 comments :

house things said...

Well done - it looks great!

Roseanna said...

Really lovely, great job!

::cottage instincts:: said...

Sweet! I LOVE open shelving. YUMMY. so glad you could Mi4M....love your blog :)

Leigha said...

It all come to together so lovely! Styled to the nines my dear.

Leigha

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Looks wonderful, what a drastic improvement from what was there before. And how nice to have a place for all the cookbooks, a Nigella fan?! Janell

Jessica said...

Wow, what a great, stylish and practical use of that space. It turned out great!

Anna @ Around My Table said...

Hi, a new follower here:) I like open shelvings in the kitchen, it makes it so easy to reach for things you need when cooking plus you can display nice things.

michelle said...

Your kitchen is beautiful! I love the shelves and how you arranged all your great things on it!! The color is so calm and soothing as well! Nice job!!

Mrs Buttercup said...

What an inspiration your pics are to me... really love what you've done in the kitchen.

Julie Johnson said...

Your kitchen is beautiful. I love those shelves! Happy to have found a kindred spirit while clicking along in blogland...and glad to be following you too!
julie

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Oh my! The difference is like night and day. It turned out great. Look at how nice and organized you are :)

Shelia said...

What a difference. I love your shelf! You have it decked out so prettily too! I know you're enjoying the space to decorate.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Katie @ Katie Beth Interiors said...

I love all the added space that can now be used, great job!!

The Cloth Shed said...

What a transformation....love the plate with the hearts,
Julie x

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

This is fabulous! I love the pottery and all the glass jars! You did a wonderful job!
XO

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

This is fabulous! I love the pottery and all the glass jars! You did a wonderful job!
XO

Melissa K said...

Hello!
I love the completed shelves, you've truly transformed your kitchen, it looks so lovely :)
Thanks for your comments on my blog - the cycling, swinging etc was exactly what I was thinking! Can you just imagine swanning around the village like that now! lol
Melissa x

michelle said...

It all looks LOVELY!!

Well done, worth all the hard work:)

You have got a link:)

I am now going to change that last Blog, its getting on my nerves, I just dont know what happened!!

So come back later and leave a comment again. But dont worry if you dont!!

I have put your name down for the give away already:)
love
Michelle x

Room Seventeen said...

Great job! And your blog becomes succesfully :-)
A lot of commnents and 43 followers already!

Mrs. Sutton said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS makeover. The colours are especially lovely - I have similar in my kitchen! Thank you for visiting my blog - I've tagged you by the way - feel free to answer the questions if you like on my blog! x

michelle said...

;)
love
Michelle x

Helen said...

I have shelf Love!!!

Belinda said...

Loving the gorgeous colours of those cups!

Found you as a fellow tagee of Mrs Sutton, and immediately found familiarity as I am also a mum of four, slightly at a loss with them all packed off to school but also relishing the chance to bring calm back to our post-holiday home and focus on my teeny flower business before the cold sets in.

Nigella Express my fave!

STYLIZIMO said...

What a great job you have done! I can tell that you like to be organized :)
It looks really nice!

Thank you so much for the lovely comment on my blog today btw.


Nina x

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Stopping by from Fern Creek Cottage. The shelves are great and I like how you have styled them. You are making some huge and great changes in your kitchen.

karina said...

congrats! keep up the good work/this is a great presentation.

Kitchen Cupboards

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Sarah...your kitchen is fabulous! What an amazing renovation! I looked ahead and saw your other posts and it's beautiful! You included so many quality details...love the open shelving. Love the kitty in the pic, too.:) So glad you joined in MM!
Hugs,
Susan

Kim said...

GORGEOUS!!!! this is what i need to do in my basement childcare kitchen!

Melissa said...

Ok, so I love this! I want to know where you got all of your bowls and jars? I want them.

sherry said...

It looks great! Definitely worth every penny!!!

Amy Bowman said...

You were most clicked on link at "Anti-Procrastination Tuesday" at New Nostalgia last week! I featured you this week...thanks for linking up! Love those shelves...

Ruth said...

Hi-
I'm not sure how I found your blog, but I definitely glad I stumbled upon it. Those Kilner jars are fantastic!

Brandi said...

I love your shelf display! I have a very small collection of old pitchers and jars that I would love to be able to display the way you did.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a fabulous idea. Love the shelves and the way you have all of your items displayed. Wonderful. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

shannon i olson said...

wow! great look, wonderful shelves and a fabulous display!

Blondie's Journal said...

What a great idea...the shelves look built in {well, they are!!} And it's always fun to have something to decorate. I love all of your bowls and dishes!

XO,
Jane

hip-chick said...

I love it! I love the color of the walls...sort of a slate blue?? It is such a nice calming color. I love that the window lets in such pretty light. And, the shelves themselves...so nice. I have never cared for kitchen cabinets. I even love the stuff you have put on the shelves. You must be cooking up a storm in there...or just standing there looking at it.

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