A New Look for My Kitchen–Open Cabinets is a pictorial description of a project in my kitchen involving removing doors from a few of the upper cabinets
Have you ever noticed how going on vacation makes you want to change something or start anew when you come home? Seems like I’ve been in a “change mode” ever since we came back from Seattle.
God has blessed me with a house perfect for our family, so I don’t want to move, but I love to change the look of things– rather often. Couple that with my obsessive organizational tendencies and this is what happens.
I decided to take the doors off a few of my kitchen cabinets. Blame it on my blog-reading and magazine habit.
I’ve seen it on the internet and in food magazines. When Pioneer Woman wrote about it, I wondered how I could do it in my own kitchen. Then I read a Q and A post on another blog called The Inspired Room and this post on The Lettered Cottage. I decided to take the plunge.
Yes, I took the doors off two of the upper cabinets in my kitchen…
and I’m not putting them back on, at least not for awhile.
After painting the inside of the cabinets red to match the existing red on the outside, I chose only the dishes that were white, red or otherwise fit my color scheme. Everything had to be something I use daily or weekly so they don’t have time to gather dust or a greasy film.
To make the whole look more intentional and cover the holes where the doors were attached, I framed the openings with molding. I used small finishing nails so I can easily rip the molding off when it’s time to reinstall the doors.
Admittedly, it’s not for everybody, maybe only a few but….I absolutely love it because:
- I can instantly see what I need and reach it more easily. Dishes tend to get crowded and confused behind closed doors.
- Guests know right where to find a plate or glass. Easier for people who might help you clean out the dishwasher too.
- I’m forced to keep the shelves neat.
- The kitchen look a little more inviting-like something is going on.
- Easier not to have to open and close the doors especially when cooking a lot.
Now that my family and a few friends have seen it, I’ve noticed a distinct difference in reactions according to gender. Women are at first curious, then thoughtful, seemingly considering the possibilities. Men are resistant. Initially, my husband accused me of “going off the deep end” when he realized what I was doing. I told him to mind his own business while repeating over and over, “We can always put the doors back on.” He says he keeps noticing the open shelves out of the corner of his eye and finds himself thinking, “I need to go shut the cabinet doors.”
I’m confident he’ll get use to it. Last night he actually admitted it’s starting to grow on him. He’s already doing better cleaning out the dishwasher.
While we’re talking about organizing, here’s a few more pictures of little things I’ve done in my kitchen to make life easier. No big deal but maybe one of them will give you an idea.
P.S. Don’t worry. The red cabinet doors are safely tucked away in a closet waiting for the next time I’m struck with the need for change. My husband is taking bets on how long before they go back up. What do you think?