Who doesn't love some extra shelving in their home?
I think nearly anyone would say oh heck yes. Many homes don't have the luxury of built in bookshelves to display books, knick knacks and of course family photos. So if you're lacking in the shelf department one solution might be to purchase a hanging cabinet or shelving so you can add some extra visual interest to your space but simultaneously get things that you use out and at hand for practical use instead of stored. Years ago I bought this hanging cabinet from HomeGoods that has doors that open, shelves inside and nifty hooks along the bottom edge to hang stuff from. In the previous post we covered how to style shelves for the bathroom. But as I pointed out in that post the great thing about buying shelves or in this case a cabinet is it's so versatile to whatever your storage and display needs are... and for any room.
This post is featuring how the cabinet was used in the kitchen and using various items to style it. The options are truly endless. I mean, think about all those spices taking up valuable real estate in the back of your pantry or in the door of it or on a swirly-gig (is that a word?!) on your kitchen counter top. They would look super cute on this cabinet which were added in this post... we also pulled those tiny bowls I bought years ago from HomeGoods, Marshalls and TJMaxx (which I LOVE for mini portions of ice cream (let's be real, you know I go back for seconds and thirds, ha) or for the kids. and along with mugs, salt and pepper shakers, etc. You could also use tiny votives to hold toothpicks for baking, a cup of teaspoons, matchbooks, etc.
Check out the super cute mini hand towels we hung from the hooks... scored from Target dollar spot around Easter time. So sweet and sized just right. I use a pack of clothespins from the dollar store as "chip clips" because they are so much cheaper ya'll and work just as well if not better! Those are in the lil cup top shelf left side. You could even let your kiddos paint the clothespins for a fun afternoon project and they'd have a blast contributing to the kitchen decor. (I'm all about letting the kids be involved as it helps with creativity... and summer boredom haha). Tiny vases, lil plates you use for cheese and crackers and favorite most used summer napkin rings... and you have a cute style shelf or cabinet for your kitchen. I believe cuteness and practical CAN go hand in hand!
I truly believe kitchen storage (and display) is often lacking in most kitchens. We flip through those impressive home magazines and ohh and ahh over all the open shelving in home kitchens only to wish we had such easy access to items and built in decor all at once. A kitchen overhaul may not be in the financial cards but we can work with what we have and make it cute. And let's be real, this look is doable even in a tiny apartment or condo.
I hope you enjoyed this post and found some inspiring creativity from it that will help you see your space and it's potential with fresh eyes.