Note: Our shelves were featured at Apartment Therapy on March 21, 2012!
I did a major kitchen renovation over the last twenty four hours that cost me less than thirty bucks. It was totally out of control. Lookie here.
Last night I got a wild hair to finally tear down the aphid infested, dried up succulent vine that has graced the ceiling of our kitchen for almost a decade. It was fairly easy to do, but in the morning I was left with a little hole in my heart and a big void in our kitchen.
Here's what I was dealing with:
Before: The vine (and me) in better shape, circa 2007.
The vine in its last few hours, circa last night.
After: What was left this morning. So sad.
I had a momentary sense of emptiness upon arising this morning. But by the time I was trudging home in the rain after dropping Stella off at school I knew just what to do. A stop at the hardware store for four small metal shelf brackets, four medium metal shelf brackets, a 12" x 48" laminated board I had ripped at the store into two 4" x 24" and two 8" x 24" segments, and some screws, and I was in work mode.
By noon I was dealing with this, and with Oliver, who had a virus and a high fever, but was a good helper regardless:
Would I have liked to have waited and found some wonderful vintage cabinet or shelvery (NEW WORD ALERT!) for this area? Sure. But we aren't going to live here forever, and it's not ours to begin with, so this works to fill the void beautifully. Not to mention I desperately needed more storage. It's crazy. Forty eight hours ago I didn't have a clue I'd be embarking on this little project. Love it when inspiration takes over like that. It allows for no anticipation or dread over the workload, and I really appreciate that.
Although I dream of one day outfitting our kitchen in salvaged items that we hand pick ourselves, or in beautiful custom cabinetry that I design, it matters to me less what the shelf is made from than what is put upon it. No?
Here's what we do with all those coffee cones, by the way.