Thursday, December 01, 2011

diy display cabinet

well, it happens every fall.  i finish editing weddings and i start to think about my house again and all the things on my "to do" list.  last week, i was sitting in my living room, looking across at my kitchen and decided i hated looking at my microwave.  although, i really like my kitchen, i would do it completely different, had i the chance to start over.  but with the budget we had at the time, and the existing layout, we couldn't do much at the time.  

one thing, i never liked, was staring at the microwave :(
so my brain got to thinkin'
what if we pulled it out, stuck it in one of the large pantry cabinets, and created a display shelf in the process???!!

fabulous idea, i think :)

so, we went from this:


to this:


nice right?  i was originally wanting to add glass doors, but haven't made the trip to IKEA yet!  not sure what options they'll have in the size and finishes i want, but at least, i don't hate it exposed either!

we have a large pantry cabinet next to this microwave cabinet, which was in serious need of decluttering/organizing....so....the microwave has moved into this space...


all we had to do, was remove the doors, line the back of the cabinet with some leftover wallpaper, and voila!!




we have to figure out some way to plug the hole in the cabinet, as we needed that originally for the microwave cord....




now time to buy new wine glasses, b/c i'm missing some and these aren't so pretty anymore! :)

a great way to add some visual interest, hide a not-so-pretty element, and repurpose an exisiting space for NO MONEY - love that!

33 comments:

  1. Wow! Your kitchen is so lovely! I love that blue backsplash tile. That room is modern and fresh.

    I'm your newest follower. =)

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  2. Wow! Your kitchen is so lovely! I love that blue backsplash tile. That room is modern and fresh.

    I'm your newest follower. =)

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  3. So gorgeous! I love the cool hits of blue in your crisp white kitchen! I'd be thrilled if you came to share this awesome project at the Head to Head Showdown at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com ~Jen

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  4. amazing job! I love what you did- looks so great!!! :)

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  5. So glad to find your special place here. I will follow on my way out and hope you will find the time to come visit me and do the same. For now I was just dropping by to wish you a Happy New Year. I look forward to engaging more with you in 2012. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  6. Nicely done, the touch of blue does add a sweet fresh touch to the decor.

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  8. Very nice. Great idea to put it in the pantry. You can plug the hole with a tiny round piece of sheetrock then spackle And paint.
    I love the open shelving, and turqoise dishes. Very nice touch!

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  9. Your post was incredible and I like it. You had a great idea as well. Big thanks for sharing.

    Charles A

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  10. Great insight! It looks amazing. Enjoy shopping for new glasses, but personally I love the ones you are displaying certainly the mix. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  11. absolutely LOVE the fresh look with the wallpaper...I also cannot get enough of your subway tile. I'm in love! so happy to have stumbled on your gorgeous blog! xoxo {av}

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  12. You have a very nice blog! Happy I got a chance to take a look around! Your newest follower!

    Mark @ room 363

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  13. I love what you did with your kitchen and for no money! We live in a rental apt. but we are always looking for ways to spruce things up! I think I will give this idea a shot and see how it goes! Thanks for the great inspiration! -Kate

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  14. I love that blue backsplash! Do you know where it came from? I'm actually looking to tile behind some built in shelves we have in our bathroom and that is the EXACT tile I'm looking for!

    http://lifeofanortiz.blogspot.com/

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  15. What a lovely transformation! Have a gorgeous day, Kellie xx

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  16. stumbled onto your blog and just wanted to show some blog luv! def enjoyed this post! LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors of your kitchen! will you PLEASE come re-do my kitchen for me!? LoL new follower via email :-)

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  17. Love this! We just recently re-did our small kitchen space in a similar way, I saw the idea on BHG mag, but wanted to say I love love love your color scheme, and everything about this. Really beautiful. <3

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  19. I absolutely love your blog!! Such creative ideas you have!

    ang-closet365.blogspot.ca

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  20. Love all that you've done to your beautiful home! Any chance there's an "after" pic of the pantry? Thanks!

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  21. LOVE, LOVE! I hope you don't mind that I used your "painted vases" photo and tutorial on my blog, Style 'n Decor Deals. I, of course, linked to your wonderful blog!
    :)
    http://stylendecordeals.blogspot.com/2012/06/diy-weekend-painted-glass-bottles.html

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  22. We miss your posts! Will you ever come back to blogging?:)

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  23. Excellent work. It has changed the shape of kitchen.

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  24. I love your post! I hope you return to blogging soon.

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  25. Love the post! The colors are so fresh!

    xoxo

    Julia from aboyeur.blogspot.com

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  26. Lovely kitchen, and I love the idea behind your blog.. just a shame you haven't updated in a while.

    Caged Canary - Live The Fairytale
    www.cagedcanary.blogspot.co.nz

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  27. Where have you gone? Waiting for two years for your blog....did you move? I adore this blog and want more, more, more! Hope all is well!

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  28. I really like those subway tiles in the kitchen. I'm actually thinking about doing that in mine.

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  29. Thank you so much for this post! This really helped me out. Keep up the awesome work on this blog!

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  30. Thanks so much for this post! I've been wanting to do this for a while now, and this was super helpful. Keep up the awesome work on this blog!

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