Open Shelving in the Kitchen for Under $50

I am one of those people that would crinkle my nose and shake my head whenever I saw open shelves in a kitchen. After all, I’m a neat freak and minimalist when it comes to kitchen decor, and I knew that I would never have open shelving in my kitchen. How do the dishes stay clean? Who wants to see all that stuff?

It doesn’t happen often, but I can honestly say that I was so wrong about them. 

Beautiful DIY open shelving in the kitchen for under $50. A great way to add rustic, farmhouse charm instead of cabinets in the kitchen. www.chatfieldcourt.com

I know they’ve been talked about all over blogland but they’re so darn versatile, inexpensive to do and they look great. What’s not to love, right?

I knew when we moved in that I would have them in this house.

There was a wine storage cabinet on one of the walls in the kitchen that would never get utilized (talk about a dust catcher), so I decided pretty quickly that it would have to go and that wood shelves would be the best solution.

Beautiful DIY open shelving in the kitchen for under $50. www.chatfieldcourt.comI had a barn wood shelf in our Illinois house, that we installed during our kitchen remodel, and I loved how useful it was, so it wasn’t a difficult decision to do them again. This time though, we would do 2 and try to keep the budget under $50.

Open shelving in a newly remodeled galley kitchen. www.chatfieldcourt.comI love this kind of project because it’s relatively inexpensive and it’s super easy to do. The hardest part was trying to figure out how to hang the shelves so that I could put my dishes on them without everything crashing to the floor.

The studs didn’t line up on the wall so that we could use shelf brackets the way they are supposed to be used, so we had to improvise. There was a lot of discussion back and forth with the hubs and I, and we finally decided to hang these shelves the same way that we hung the bathroom shelves, with a metal strap on the back of the shelf.

That way we could screw it into the studs so that they were secure. 

open shelving Before we hung the shelves though, I had a bit of work to do fixing the holes and painting the wall. 

I went with Benjamin Moore Paper White, which is a very pale gray, and I love how it came out. So much better than the pale yellow that was on all of the walls when we moved in. We’ll talk more about the paint color when I share the whole room reveal.

open shelving I didn’t want the kitchen shelves to be exactly like the bathroom shelves, so we used shelf brackets, from Home Depot, to add a farmhouse touch. Since the metal straps are doing all the work, the brackets are mostly for looks.

open shelving You can barely see the metal strap behind the wood and, from across the room you can’t see them at all. .

Beautiful DIY open shelving in the kitchen for under $50. www.chatfieldcourt.comJust like the shelf in our Illinois kitchen, these shelves hold our everyday dishes and glasses and a few plants. I didn’t want to be dusting a lot of stuff so 2 small shelves were the right choice for me.

Beautiful DIY open shelving in the kitchen for under $50. A great way to add rustic, farmhouse charm instead of cabinets in the kitchen. www.chatfieldcourt.com I brought the barn wood with us from Illinois, so our only expenses were the metal strap for $10 and 4 shelf brackets, which were $7.95 each. That’s a total of $42 for just the shelves. I did spend money on a gallon of paint but I was going to have to do that even if we didn’t put shelves up.

Adding beautiful DIY open shelving in the kitchen for under $50. A great way to add rustic, farmhouse charm instead of cabinets in the kitchen. www.chatfieldcourt.com If you wanted to do this in your own home, and you didn’t have or want to use barn wood, you could use a piece of pine and stain it or paint it. 

How to install beautiful DIY open shelving in the kitchen for under $50. A great way to add rustic, farmhouse charm instead of cabinets in the kitchen. www.chatfieldcourt.comSo this is it for me. I’ve almost used up my whole supply of barn wood so I won’t be building anymore shelves.

I’m almost positive. 😉

How to add beautiful DIY open shelving in the kitchen for under $50. A great way to add rustic, farmhouse charm instead of cabinets in the kitchen. www.chatfieldcourt.com Now I have to finish painting the rest of the kitchen and dining room walls and I’ll be ready to give you a proper tour of the space. 

How to hang beautiful DIY open shelving in the kitchen for under $50. A great way to add rustic, farmhouse charm instead of cabinets in the kitchen. www.chatfieldcourt.com

Hope you have a great week!!!

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  1. Monday,February 13, 2017 / 7:18 am

    Your shelves look amazing, Kristi. I love the rustic touch of the barn wood. You and hubby did a great job!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,February 14, 2017 / 2:02 am

      Thanks so much, JoAnne. I’m so glad that we finally have this wall done. 🙂

  2. Melanie
    Monday,February 13, 2017 / 7:24 am

    This is jaw-dropping gorgeous! I have a place in my family room for such shelves and do actually have the barnwood….hmmmm

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,February 14, 2017 / 2:04 am

      Awww, thanks Melanie. I hope you’re able to give this project a try. I’ve love having mine and they really are super easy to do.

  3. Monday,February 13, 2017 / 7:46 am

    Those look so much better than the cabinet!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,February 14, 2017 / 2:04 am

      I know, right? 😉 I was so happy to take that cabinet down.

  4. Laura Santo
    Monday,February 13, 2017 / 8:20 am

    Love the shelves. I am going with a similar look in my kitchen, but got the black shelves from Ikea. My color scheme is black, white and grey.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,February 14, 2017 / 2:06 am

      Thanks Laura, I love them too. Black, white and gray sounds like a great color scheme. I’m sure they will look awesome!

  5. Brenda Lane
    Monday,February 13, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Brenda, Florida

    The shelves look so neat and clean. What a nice change.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,February 14, 2017 / 2:06 am

      It is a very nice change. Thanks so much, Brenda!

  6. Sherry Darlington
    Monday,February 13, 2017 / 10:21 am

    I just took down the same type cabinet. We don’t even drink wine so it was a total waste. We do however drink coffee so….. I am replacing with white floating shelves & making it a coffee bar.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,February 14, 2017 / 2:51 am

      A coffee bar sounds like a great idea, Sherry! I’m sure your floating shelves will look awesome.

  7. Tracy
    Monday,February 13, 2017 / 10:26 am

    I love everything you do. I am still working on doing my ceilings, like you did in your last house. I just don’t have enough time and money to get it done just yet but it will get done. Thank you again for sharing.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,February 14, 2017 / 2:52 am

      Awwww, you are too sweet, thanks Tracy! Love that you are doing your ceilings. I’d love to see when it’s done. 🙂

  8. Pat M.
    Monday,February 13, 2017 / 10:37 am

    Your shelves made such a difference – I love them. And the barnwood adds such a welcome bit of color and texture to the walls and cabinets. I know when you are finished (if we’re ever finished) with your re-do, it will be a wonderfully cozy and welcoming home. I’ve told you many times how much I love your little cottage, and the more you do to it, the more I love it. I would be so happy with a little home just like this.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,February 16, 2017 / 2:38 am

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Pat. Reading your comments always brings a smile to my face.

      I’m loving the shelves and the rustic feeling of the barn wood. I think I need to show some restraint though and not add anymore. You know what they say? Too much of a good thing… 🙂

      Thanks for stopping in and I hope you have a great weekend.

  9. Monday,February 13, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    You did it again! Looks so much better with the open shelves dear! Perfect!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,February 16, 2017 / 2:39 am

      Thanks so much Vel, I appreciate it. I’m loving the way they turned out.

  10. Debbie H
    Monday,February 13, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    Looks great and much nicer than the cabinet. I have a wall by the kitchen window I might use this on. Now to find barn wood. :}

    • Kristi
      Thursday,February 16, 2017 / 2:41 am

      I agree Debbie, much nicer than that cabinet. I didn’t like that thing from the first time we stepped in the house so I’m glad to be rid of it. 🙂

      Hope you give this project a try. I’m sure you’d love them.

  11. Monday,February 13, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    Fabulous job! Can you please come to our house and help me create a beautiful kitchen like yours?

    • Kristi
      Thursday,February 16, 2017 / 2:44 am

      Thanks so much Ivory.

      I’d love to help you with your kitchen…anytime. 😉

      I appreciate you stopping in.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 22, 2017 / 4:11 am

      Thanks so much, Sue, I appreciate it.

  12. Tuesday,February 21, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    Kristi,
    your shelves look beautiful! I am a big fan of open shelves. We also partially removed kitchen cabinets and installed DIY open shelves. We didn’t have such a pretty barn wood like yours, so we had to make new wood look old 🙂

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,February 22, 2017 / 4:49 am

      Thanks so much, Nadia. I love having open shelves and I’m sure yours looks awesome, barn wood or not. There’s so many great products out there now to help you make new wood look old. Enjoy your shelves! 🙂

  13. Thursday,February 23, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    Beautiful! Love that bright, airy feeling of your farmhouse style kitchen. Very welcoming. Thanks for sharing it with us at our Encouraging Hearts & Home blog hop today 🙂

    • Kristi
      Friday,February 24, 2017 / 1:27 am

      Thanks so much, Linda, I appreciate it! 🙂

  14. Friday,February 24, 2017 / 9:32 am

    These look great! I also worry about clutter, yours are so perfect!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,February 25, 2017 / 2:28 am

      Thanks so much, Heather! I really love them. 🙂 Happy weekend!

  15. Saturday,February 25, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    Your rustic shelves really stand out against your white walls and cabinetry. I like the way you’ve styled the shelves, too. They make a nice addition to your kitchen.

    • Kristi
      Monday,February 27, 2017 / 4:38 am

      Thanks so much! I really love the way they turned out and I’m so glad to be rid of that wine storage cabinet. 🙂

  16. Saturday,February 25, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    I love the look of your open shelves. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. I’ll be featuring this at today’s party. Hope to see you there!

    • Kristi
      Monday,February 27, 2017 / 4:46 am

      Thanks so much for the feature, Beverly!

  17. Wednesday,March 1, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    Your kitchen is so lovely! I makes me want mine finished even more. It’s been a WIP for too long. Great ideas. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party @DearCreatives

    • Kristi
      Friday,March 3, 2017 / 6:23 am

      My kitchen always seems like it’s a WIP. 😉 Thanks for visiting Theresa and for pinning and sharing.

  18. Thursday,March 9, 2017 / 11:28 am

    So pretty! I am a huge fan of open shelving!

    • Kristi
      Friday,March 10, 2017 / 12:19 am

      Thanks so much, Courtney. I love open shelving too.

  19. Friday,March 10, 2017 / 10:57 am

    Oh, I love those shelves….and old barn wood at that.
    They are lovely!
    We have a place in Capistrano that sells old wood…we went to see…because I was thinking about having large shelves in the kitchen…but the wood was prohibitive! (and we have plaster walls that crack if you don’t do things like that just right….) so we never did it.
    Still dream about shelves like yours.
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

    • Kristi
      Sunday,March 12, 2017 / 3:22 am

      Thanks Nancy. I guess you could say that I’m slightly addicted to reclaimed wood shelves. I love the way they look and they’re great for extra storage. I was afraid we wouldn’t be able to put them in this house because we too have plaster walls. It took a bit of planning to make sure they would be sturdy and not damage the wall, but we did it.

      Thanks so much for stopping in. I hope that someday you’ll have shelves to call your own. 😉

  20. Amy
    Friday,April 7, 2017 / 10:04 am

    I love your shelves! So gorgeous. I am hoping to put up some shelves like this in our basement kitchenette this weekend. Do you remember the name of the shelf brackets that you bought at Home Depot? And also what is the measurement of the wood? Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home with us!

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