Madigan made… a quick update with café shelves in the kitchen.
Some days… I’m gung-ho and ready to make something myself for our home. Other days… if I can find a simple décor solution that meets my needs and does not cost that much? I’m going to take it. And with a baby on the way, I’m finding I really need to prioritize my time and projects. (Like last week when I showed you the shaker peg hooks for our foyer that I decided to buy vs. make.)
In the back of my mind for a long time, I had planned to make my own DIY café shelves to go above our kitchen cart (to replace the large picture frame that I had hanging there). To make the shelves, I intended to build two larger versions of the ones I made many years ago for our guest bath pictured below. (I used a simple pine board and shelf supports to create that one.)
This month, my parents came for a visit on Mother’s Day weekend and my dad offered to help me get started on the kitchen shelves. I already had 2 pieces of pine pre-cut at the hardware store. We started to prep and sand the boards for painting and then we ran to Lowes to look for shelf supports. While we were in the shelving aisle I spotted this white, pre-finished café shelf that looked almost identical to what I was planning to make.The shelf was the perfect size (36 inches long) AND each shelf was only sixteen bucks. SOLD! I grabbed two of them and walked out of the store grinning.
While I enjoy having my dad around to help with projects when he visits, (I think he likes it, too) it was nice to just come home, hang the shelves and be able to spend time with my parents. (and not have to build or paint anything!)
I’ve had fun decorating the shelves so far. I was able to move the white creamware pitchers off the bottom shelves of the cart and add more baskets to the cart for storage. (I’ll tell you more about those basket tags soon! They were a simple little project.) And I’ve always wanted to add a little turquoise color into our kitchen, so one of my salt shaker painted vases and a vintage Pyrex bowl with a blue rim were a great way to do that.
I also added a couple mortar and pestles… because they are practical in the kitchen… look cute… and are a nod to my day job as a pharmacist.
Did you notice the valence above our sliding door looks different? I updated that a little, too, and will share more about that in the coming weeks.
As a DIY and craft blogger, I’m a BIG fan of making things yourself when it makes sense or if I can’t find what I’m looking for. But there are some days when it’s OK to go the store bought route, especially when it fits your needs perfectly!
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