Refurbished buffet matched with open shelves

I’ve wanted open shelves in our kitchen for a long, long time. I even have an entire board dedicated to Open Shelving on Pinterest. They’re great for storage and display, all at the same time. And oh how I love how our open shelves turned out! We turned a useless wall into a wall with purpose and that’s more pleasing to the eye. Well, at least I think so.

This is how the wall looked before:


Here’s how it looks today:

We used 12 inch common board and corbels purchased from The Home Depot. Since I was painting the shelves, the type of wood didn’t matter.

I’m so happy I decided to go with two different length shelves. I originally intended on making two shelves the same size as the one on the bottom, and then changed my mind at the last minute (much to the hubby’s chagrin) to make the one on top be the same length as the buffet. It provides more storage and I think it’s more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

I also brought up my Nana’s ladder back chair from the basement and placed it against this wall. It provides a little texture and extra seating.

The large prints we used to have hanging up on the wall covered up the house’s old intercom system, but I decided to leave it exposed now. I think it adds to the vintage character of this entire look.

Now I have a place to display all of my antique ironstone!

The little glass bottle is just a bottle I had lying around and the antique clock face was a purchase from Chippy Shabby at the holiday market I attended back in November. I tied the clock face around the bottle with a piece of thread and now it has a perfect home sitting up on our new shelves!


I purchased these beautiful, very real and very temperamental myrtle topiaries from Diane Passi a couple of weeks ago, the same day I purchased the marquee letters I used in our Spring Mantel. I love their moss covered pots.


I also purchased this little antique drawer from her, complete with moss filled terracotta pots. Love!

I even found a spot for an antique rolling pin I bought recently at an antique mall. It’s simply hung with two 4 inch nails.

Oh and I’ve had so much fun pulling out my ironstone collection. I still have more to pull out, but this is how the shelves are accessorized for now. I’m sure the displays will morph and change again and again over time.

And I can’t show you this wall without acknowledging the fact that I painted the Trash Pick of the Century. GASP! I know so many of you protested enthusiastically when I mentioned I might paint it. It’s the post that has received the most comments since I started this blog. In fact, I even received an email from the buffet. Yes, the buffet wrote me an email asking me not to paint it!

It was in really bad shape. I know the pictures I showed you made it look like it was in perfect condition, but it had severe water damage on the top, portions of veneer were missing, there was paint splattered on it in some spots and too many knicks and dings to count! I promise you, I would never paint a perfectly good piece of antique furniture!

I painted it this past weekend in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and then distressed it, as usual. It was my first time painting since last September and to be honest, I was a little nervous. But it all came back to me just fine.

I’m hoping that now that you’ve seen the entire look brought together, the wall of open shelves with the beautifully painted buffet underneath it, that you’ll find it in your hearts to forgive me for painting it. Yes?

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