i should be mopping the floor: Simple Shelf Styling for the Kitchen

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Simple Shelf Styling for the Kitchen

Here's a few tips for simple shelf styling for the kitchen.

Simple Dish Shelf Styling Ideas, Tips & Tricks
Do you remember the red buffet I made over in May {you can read about her story here}? She finally is in her forever home in the kitchen's breakfast area. Although she made a great mail/toy/junk catch while she awaited her permanent placement in the entry hall {insert eye-roll}. I just love how she looks in here. Is it annoying that I'm over-personifying this thing yet?

I can't wait to serve off of this piece! Can't you just see it lined with pies at Thanksgiving? Or stuffed with cookies for the Christmas goodie swap? It makes me kind of giddy, y'all.    

Simple Dish Shelf Styling Ideas, Tips & Tricks
I decided since the buffet was such a dark and heavy piece, I wanted something light and airy above it. My husband originally thought I would be using these new Ikea shelves to alleviate the overflowing kitchen cabinets we have going on {I have an insane addiction to plates and glassware}. Much to his chagrin, I showed him the stash I'd been thrifting for the last few months to fill these babies. {I don't know how he didn't see that one coming}.

Simple Dish Shelf Styling Ideas, Tips & Tricks
Again, these shelves were straight from Ikea. The key to this was finding anchors that held over 70 pounds each...and each bracket has two anchors. So technically, we can hold over 280 pounds of dishes for my *slight* obsession with anything serving related. We aren't. But we can

Simple Dish Shelf Styling Ideas, Tips & Tricks
To keep the look light and consistent, I went with three basic ideas:
1. Only clear, white and wood tones went on the shelves. And wood tones were kept to a bare minimum.
2. Items that can easily be changed out for the holidays {I plan to fill the two domes with jingle bells, ornaments, peeps, conversation hearts and much more throughout the seasons}. And I can easily hang a little greenery or a burlap banner from corner to corner of one of the shelves.
3. I used multiple styles of white dishes {bought at several thrift stores and one set of Ikea} to add some fun and whimsy.  

Simple Dish Shelf Styling Ideas, Tips & Tricks
{Above...in the working stages.}
The wooden base of the cheese dome along with the cutting board on top are meant to tie in to the dark top of the buffet. I may sand down the cutting board and add a darker stain to it...still thinking on it. 

Simple Dish Shelf Styling Ideas, Tips & Tricks
The rectangular plates I used were given to me by my friends at Cafe Press. I was able to create my own graphics to use on them {I've always wanted hotel-logo plates, which is where the one on the left comes from}. I also created a couple of holiday ones to switch out for the seasons. I decided to keep the one on the top of the stack in display mode...to kind of break up the monotony of stacked plates over and over.

Want to make your own plate like the ones above? Check out the selection of design-your-own plates and serving platters over at the Cafe Press site. {If there's enough interest, I'm happy to put the two holiday images on here for free downloads...just leave me a comment; they're the design size of their large serving platters}. 

While you're there, be sure to check out the other cool things they have to design...including t-shirts and tons of cool invitations.

{While this is not a sponsored post, I was given free product from Cafe Press to review and give my opinion on.}

Simple Dish Shelf Styling Ideas, Tips & Tricks
I'm not 100% sure on this printable yet. I like it, but not sure this is the spot for it. Since those plates above it have writing on them, I wonder if the wall is too wordy with all of it together. I might just print a simple graphic or something instead. I will put this out as a Friday's Freebie for those interested {look for it at the end of the month}.

Can you see the ladder in the glass reflection on the above printable? The entire room is still a work in progress. It's slowly killing me. A part of me dies every time I walk into it. Every. Time.

Simple Dish Shelf Styling Ideas, Tips & Tricks
So, what'cha think? I'd love any thoughts or suggestions.
And I'm dying over what to do with that stupid phone jack. 
I can't Photoshop it out in real life.
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Here are some of my other finished kitchen projects thus far:









Neglect your chores like me and don't miss a thing:



10 comments:

  1. Lookin good! Do you need the phone jack? Cause a drywall patch is pretty simple to do (since you are in reno-mode anyway, LOL), or you could just try painting it the same color as the wall to make it fade out without losing the functionality of it. Just sayin.

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  2. Thanks for posts like this. I struggle with this layer of decorating a lot. I do ok until that final accessory layer and kind of fall on my face. I have a question though, given your restraints of clear glass white dishes and wood tone, why did you use a black picture frame instead of wood?
    Thanks
    Natasha

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    1. Hi Natasha-- By answering this question, I'm definitely going to be revealing my neurotic side...so stick with me on this path of crazy! :) I have a weird "thing" about decorating in odd numbers...both with colors, shapes and textures. I thought about mentioning this in the post, but even I know how crazy it really is once I verbalize it. I felt like I already used three wood items and four would take me to crazy land since it was more than I can visually be okay with. With that being said, on the plates, I used three roundish stacks of white {two plate stacks, one bowls}...but again it's a set of three. The rectangular white plates were even a stretch for me...but they're part of the reason I have the rectangular cutting board as well as the picture frame {again, three}. I also have three sets of the glasses as well. I felt like the black of the frame made the four black brackets more "okay" on my end since it brought the black items to an odd number. If you decide never to read my blog again after this insane reply, I totally understand...LOL! :)

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    2. Noooooooooooooooo I wouldn't abandon your blog. I love it. You had me at your blog title. That's funny, your explanation, because I was going to ask why you didn't spray paint the brackets white, I know now what kind of disaster that would have turned out to be.... I love the buffet. I loved it when I first met her. Love your blog, hope to be reading well into the future.

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  3. looks great! I was totally thinking, gee, I hope this can hold all that. we installed ikea shelves in the kitchen, and I thought I was going to do more useful storing, but instead they house my whites/milkglass collection. it did open some storage space in the closet, but not in the kitchen. oh well.

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  4. Kristi, I love how how you styled your shelves and I am absolutely in LOVE with your rectangular plates...I have total plate envy right now!! :) Lots of amazing inspiration! Thanks for sharing, pinning and have a fantastic Monday! :)

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  5. Great addition, and I love the art! I'd love if you'd link up to The DIY'ers: http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-diyers-and-our-country-weekend.html

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  6. Your shelves look great and I do like the way you've styled them!

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  7. They had these shelves when we were on vaca in Canada. Love the idea! I need more wall space to try it :) Looks gorgeous Kristi.

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