It’s unfortunate, but our 1904 Craftsmen kitchen was remodeled in the early 1990’s (or so it looks).
On one hand, there’s newer electrical, newer plumbing and a more open feel, but on the other hand, they took out all the craftsman trim, and the cupboards with glass doors, amongst other details.
(below is a pic after their reno, before ours)
It’s a little tough to see here, but the middle, right cupboard on top is larger than the others.
I get that they were probably just trying to make the cupboards as long as the counters, but I’m sort of a symmetry freak and the slightly larger cabinet drove me nuts.
Now I love open shelving, but this house is about resale so I was hesitant to make an entire wall of open shelving.
Therefore, I decided to take out the two middle cupboards and add some open shelves where the cupboards were.
To do this I grabbed some corral boards off of my parent’s farm.
These were fairly deep boards, very old, and oh so rustic!
We started by taking out the middle cupboards and cutting the boards to perfectly fit.
Next we pre-drilled holes through the cupboard and into the wood where the screws needed to go.
Then used 2.5 inch screws and washers.
To prep the shelves, I tried to wash them.
Cows have rubbed against these things…..not in recent decades, but in the past, and dirt and mice and lots of bird poop. Yuck!
They were super dirty, so I took them to the bathtub and with a rag, I tried washing them down as best I could. I’m sure I didn’t get all of the dirt off, but I sealed them in poly, and figured we would all live.
After I let the washed boards dry, I used natural stain by Minwax and a stain polyurethane by Minwax.
I sealed them twice to keep all of the yuck in.
I LOVE how these turned out!
They add some rustic to the kitchen, but a bit of modern.
We left a lot of cupboard storage, but also gave some open shelving.
(I obviously finished these and took photos during the winter, hence the snowflake!)
I am really enjoying these shelves, and they were free!
If you are thinking about something like this, I totally recommend this project!
For other kitchen tutorials, see the projects at the bottom of this post.