Monday, March 18, 2013

Rustic Wood Shelves in the Kitchen

We made some major progress in the kitchen over the past couple of weeks.  

First of all, the open shelves Doug build for the space beside the window were installed.  Originally I had planned to do white painted shelves to match the ones on the opposite side of the kitchen, but I kept seeing pictures of  rustic looking natural wood ones and just had to give it a try!  Turns out it was a pretty good option for the budget too since they were free-- instead of buying more materials to construct paintable shelves and then pay to have them sprayed Doug was able to use wood already sitting in the shop to build these two shelves.  I wanted a wood tone that contrasted with the dark floors so I opted to seal them with a clear coat and skipped the stain.  I love the tone of this wood-- they're maple-- in case you're a wood nerd-- like my hubby.  Bet you wouldn't be surprised to find out that Doug in a huge fan of the natural wood shelves...

Once the shelves were installed the tiling could continue.  Like the open shelves on the other side of the room, Doug took the subway tile right up to the ceiling.  It looks so great.


The shelves are so awesome for our everyday dishes and cups... I unload the contents of the dishwasher  below and put it all up on the shelves... so quick and easy to put everything away :)


After getting those shelves in and the tile work done I figured we'd be waiting a while before the grouting could happen, but Doug randomly had some time off during one afternoon this week and he was able to get it all grouted in a few hours with the help of his brother.  I mentioned in an earlier post that I'd decided to go for a light grey grout-- and the colour/brand we ended up selecting looks exactly like I wanted.  It's not too light, not too dark, not too beige-y, defines the tiles without drawing too much attention-- pretty much perfect.

I love my tile backsplash.


Got a few more things to finished up and then this kitchen will finally, be completely and totally done.  The end is near.  I can't wait.

And on rare days when I have a little bit of sunlight streaming through my kitchen window, I get pretty excited to enjoy this beautiful (and finished!!) kitchen this summer!!  A sunny and warm kitchen is one of my favourite things...


19 comments:

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

The shelving looks fantastic! Good choice keeping them neutral. It is a great look (plus you can always paint down the road ;-)

Jennifer Hibberd Mundy said...

I love the whole room -- the shelves, the drawers pulls, the subway tile -- it is just gorgeous!

LOVE!

Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.ca

KDees said...

Looks awsome! Yay for making so much progress:)

kelly ens said...

soooo lovely!

Martha Anne said...

I love those shelves! I'm a big fan of the natural wood contrast as well... I think you made a good choice not to paint them! :)

Andrea Peterson said...

AAAAAAACK!!! It looks gorgeous. Love, love, love it all. How did you mount the shelves? I didn't notice any brackets or braces. Your kitchen looks soooo pretty.

Andrea said...

Looks beautiful! I second the question about the shelves...how are they attached??

Carol said...

Great choices!

Keira said...

Ditto, how did you mount them? Looks fab! Love the natural wood.

Richelle said...

How did you mount those shelves?

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Wow, the kitchen is looking so awesome. I do love the contrast of the wood shelves!

:)

tan said...

Your kitchen looks great, you guys did an awesome job!! I love the subway tiles(they are my favourite too!).

Paula said...

Hi! Your kitchen looks AMAZING! But I see these ladies have the same question as I....how are the shelves mounted? Is there a bracket installed in the wall and grooved into the shelves? Or are they supported at the ends?

Dish up!

Kirsten said...

Wow! Looks incredible. I could enjoy many an hour baking in that kitchen : )

Trev and Rebekah said...

Looks great!!

robyn said...

your kitchen is PERFECTION. we're in the process of gathering inspiration for our own kitchen, so i've been kitchen obssessed lately- and yours is my absolute favorite. dreamy.

Anonymous said...

what a great kitchen!

Love the natural wood with the white!

I DO need a floating rustic shelf - in our bar area...we got stuck and left it unfinished!

Cheers!
Shannon
8footsix.com

Jeanette deBoer said...

I love them! They look great. Your whole kitchen looks like a dream!

JTay said...

Gor-GEE-ous! I love it all! Good job you guys! And I love the natural wood against the clean tile.