I’m dreaming of new kitchen shelving

Even before this winter of baking, my cabinets were overstuffed with beans, peas, rice, raisins, spices, canned pumpkin, etc., etc., etc. Now that I’m also trying to jam in five different types of flour, my cabinets runneth over. Here’s the situation in one of them right now:

If that doesn’t look so bad from this angle, try finding anything on that second shelf:

In the word of my dear husband: Blurgh. Either I need to recover from my legumes addiction or I need better organization, something that’s hard because we don’t have a dedicated pantry. (What we do have is waaaaaay too many kitchen appliances, but I’m going to ignore that problem for now.)

Here’s what I’m dreaming of for a solution:

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Open shelving! It would be easier to install than cabinets, and we do have an open wall we could put some on. I love the beefy braces (the fancy name for them is “corbels”) in these photos:

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Instead of putting dishes and decorative items on the shelves, I want to line up all of my beans and grains and flours in pretty glass jars. So even if they get a little greasy/grimey/dusty, I could just give them a quick wipe down whenever I use them to keep them looking decent. That would free up some cabinet space for all the other pantry staples that are now sitting on the kitchen table looking for a home.

What do you think? Which do you like best? I’m hoping to drag Craig shopping today….

2 thoughts on “I’m dreaming of new kitchen shelving

  1. I like it! The first picture is my favorite. I think I just like the contrast and cleanliness of the wood. The “beefy braces” look good, but it seems almost like they clutter it up by adding bulk. Good luck!

    • Thanks! Went shopping today and the really thick corbels are $30+ each, so we’d have to spend $180 just on those for three shelves. Floating shelves are starting to sound better and better…

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