- Take the doors off one of your cupboards
and display some of your decorative items on the open shelving. If you like,
replace the wood shelving with glass. Some of the things that look good
displayed in a kitchen shelf are dishes, glasses, pottery, cookbooks, and
home-canned goods; as well as items in decorative containers, cookie jars,
or clear storage containers, such as colored pasta, candies, and spices.
- You can also buy or build something to
store your dinner plates upright. You've seen them in expensive kitchens- dishes
standing up on end between dividers. Go to the hardware store, see how
it's done, and copy it- adapting it to your skill and price point. Or you
can take down cupboards and put up some open shelving.
- Next think about removing some of the wood
in a couple cabinet doors and replacing it with glass. Most doors can be cut
away, leaving 2-3 inches around the perimeter, which you can then replace with
glass. There are many styles of glass to choose from. If you don't want
people to be able to see into your cupboards, yet want clear glass, you can
place a small drapery pole on the inside of the cupboard door, and sheer some
fabric on it. It has a wonderful country look.
This will add elegance, color and personality
to your kitchen. Use the same fabric elsewhere in the room if you like that
look, or just blend fabrics. Small checks and prints look great. Remember when
buying the fabric to scrunch it up so you will see how it will look shirred.
- Other possibilities for the glass- you can
etch it, or use gallery glass and leading. You can even forget the glass and use
- There are many different paint finishes you
can use, in addition to adding designs by stenciling and decoupage.
Be sure and choose your paint carefully. Talk
to a paint professional about your options. It may not take a lot of money, but
it is going to take some work, and you want to do it right. Also, don't forget
to paint the inside of the cabinets for a fresh, clean finish.
Remember the importance of details. Choose
new hardware that goes with the style you have chosen. It may be your biggest
expenses, but well worth it.