Kitchen Makeover Phase Four: Creating an Open Cabinet

August 5, 2011

You’re probably saying to yourself…”Isn’t she done YET?”  Who takes this long to redo a kitchen.  Well, between work and summer activities with the kids, my kitchen makeover has definitely been dragging.  And being away this week, hasn’t help matters.  But I can promise you, the FINAL REVEAL will be very soon!  I pinky swear!!

Before I left, I made another change to the kitchen that I am very excited about.  In the ‘before’ kitchen, I had a baker’s rack with baskets that housed alot of misc things.  I didn’t think it meshed with the look of the ‘new’ kitchen, but I still needed a place to put the items that were in the baskets.

So I came up with this solution ~

Here is how the cabinet looked before~

Then I painted it~

After much thought, I decided to make the side cabinet open and removed the door (the previous home of all the cleaning supplies ~ hmmm…where am I going to house them now?).

I painted the interior~

And it was done!

I found the perfect baskets at Tar-Jay (I splurged ~ they were $12.99 each) for the two top shelves and designated the bottom shelf for some of my cookbooks (which add a pop of color to the space).

And here it is ~

Because this upper cabinet sits by itself, it seemed perfect for this type of transformation.  Of course, I wouldn’t throw out the door….I’ve got another project up my sleeve for that :)

So I promise, I will definitely be making the FINAL REVEAL very soon!  I hope you’re having a wonderful week!!


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Comments

  1. Looks great! We have an awkward stand-alone cabinet in our kitchen too which currently holds alot of plastic preschooler dishes. Maybe I’ll transform it to a cookbook holder like yours (when we no longer need all that darn plastic stuff!) :)

    • Hi Kyra, The baskets that I got for this cabinet are going to be for that exact same thing – all the plastic preschool dishes. Thanks for the comment! Jenna

  2. Looks great! I can’t wait to get started painting my kitchen cabinets and getting rid of the ugly oak! Although I’m sure that will lead to painting all the trim in the house as well! HA! Can’t wait for your final kitchen reveal!

    • Thanks Ange! I have ugly oak trim as well and have thought of painting it, but that would be quite a task….maybe someday in the near future. Have you decided on a color for your kitchen cabinets?

  3. Hi Jenna! I just recently found your blog and LOVE the look you achieved in this post! I have been thinking about painting my kitchen cabinets, but I am so scared I may “mess” it up. What paint finish did you use? Did you use any type of primer beforehand? I live in the SE so the humidty here is dreadful so I don’t want the cabinets to stick when I open and close them. Any suggestions you have would be great!

    Have a wonderful day!

    • Welcome to SAS Interiors, Katie!! I totally understand your thoughts on “messing” up the cabinets, but to be honest, it was the best thing I ever did! I was very nervous, but then said heck with it…what can I really do wrong, and then just started painting? The finish of the cabinets is a semi-gloss and I did use a primer for the cabinets and the face frame. Since you live in an area with high humidity, it’s most likely going to take longer for the paint to dry and cure. Even though it might feel dry to the touch within a few hours, the curing process can take a week or more. After I painted the doors, I waited a few days before putting them back on. Also, make sure to use bumpers on the inside edge of the cabinet so you avoid wood to wood contact. Just go for it ~ I know you will be so happy that you did. Please feel free to ask any questions and send pictures once you’re done!! xo Jenna

  4. I love the idea and the look! The baskets were well worth the $12.99 you invested in them. One question: Did you get all those cleaning supplies that were on your cabinet in those two baskets?

    • Thanks Cindy! I actually moved the cleaning supplies to the laundry area, and the baskets will be filled with my kids plates, bowls, etc. I’m always moving things around, lol…

  5. Jenna i adore this!
    I could really see this in my home too!
    The open-ness gives it such a beautiful look!
    And the paint colour is so nice and the baskets and cookbooks are the perfect accents!
    Bravo!!!

    Deborah xoxo

    • Taking off the cabinet door and showing off the open shelving, really gives a whole new look to the kitchen. Since the cabinet sits by itself, it makes perfect sense. Thanks for the kind comment!! xo Jenna

  6. perfect update! I like the look of converting a cupboard to stacked cubbies – very fresh. Looking forward to seeing the entire room ~ love kitchen updates!

  7. this cupboard is exactly the inspiration I have been waiting for…perfectly done- painting the interior is what made it just right!!! thanks

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