Weekend Project

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So… we got back from our week-long excursion at 11:30 p.m. Friday night.  As my husband and I were sitting with our morning coffee at 8:00 the next morning, we talked of the various house projects in the line-up.  30 minutes later, he had the air compressor and nail gun going.  I think it’s an addiction, this hobby of ours. 

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The old kitchen (above) had a cupboard built into the backsplash to the left of the sink.  See?  It was extremely impractical.  Being 5‘3”, my little arms can only stretch so far.  We always thought a shelf under our lower cabinets could come in handy, but the cupboard and it’s doors prohibited us from building one. 
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So this weekend, we covered up the glorified hole, and built the shelf we always wanted.  Using leftover wood, the project was free!

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My husband built the brackets, so they are one of a kind.  Like him.  ;)

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The antique salt and pepper shakers belonged to my grandma.  I adore them. 

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They were passed down to my mom, and then on to me.  I don’t think I’ll ever let them go - until death do us part.  Sorry girls.

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I wanted the shelf to be utilitarian, stacked with things we use multiple times a day.

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Practical…

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but pretty too.

36 comments:

  1. The shelf is practical and looks really nice. Great job! :-)

    XO,
    Jane

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  2. Gorgeous as always! I love how practical open shelving is! It great that you have such a handy and motivated spouse. I am still waiting for mine to help me with one of my guest bedroom projects! Your grandma's shakers are gorgeous and even better because they belonged to her! I just love your projects!

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  3. Oh my! Your cupboards are so high you must have to stand on the counters to reach them...

    Your brackets are beautiful. This new addition will also make an easy reach for the children.

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  4. What a fabulous idea. The shelf looks wonderful and love the brackets. Fantastic. Hugs, Marty

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  5. It looks so good! I love shelves in the kitchen, and have been thinking for a long where I can put one in mine.

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  6. That's crazy , it looks so perfect just the way it should be

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  7. LOVE it Rie!!! If you have time to enter my first giveaway that would be wonderful!! Hint..French..Burlap...and Lavender... ;)Hugs,Rachel

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  8. Oh and Im going to try to get my hubby to build me a shelf too!!lol.. HUGS,Rachel

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  9. You and your Hubby have beautiful taste! I love it!

    ~Julia

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  10. the kitchen looks a m a z i n g. love the shelf. you've got a nice way of editing your belongings...everything looks just right. practical and perfect, a winning combination.

    xo
    ~molly

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  11. Your new shelf is fantastic, I love that alphabet tray under it as well!

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  12. Practical and Pretty are always my favorite type of projects! The two of you had a great idea and it looks fantastic!

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  13. It looks wonderful...but I LOVE your kitchen so I think everything in it is beautiful. I love that your husband got right on this project - I'd have to leave hints all around the house and make a couple big dinners to bribe mine.
    Enjoy this holiday season!

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  14. can I have a new favorite project of yours?
    I swear.
    Every single project becomes my next favorite.

    Rie! I WILL save these pictures in my file, and I WILL have a shelf just like it one day.

    you are so inspiring...you and that hubby of yours!

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  15. I love it! Looks like it was always there!

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  16. It looks wonderful...and practical...and stylish! Rie~ I love how your hubby is so handy! hugs-Diana

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  17. I love it. It fits right in with the rest of your kitchen. Nice job.
    Kim :)

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  18. Oh, that looks so good! I love that look!!

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  19. it's so pretty! and practical is a bonus :) susan

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  20. Perfect! I love it when you post a new project!

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  21. Wow, what a great husband! It looks great!!!!

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  22. Pretty plus practical. You two are quite a team.

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  23. Gorgeous Rie! Do you mind telling me where you found your bead board?
    Health and happiness,
    Angela

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  24. Angela- we get our beadboard from Home Depot.

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  25. You have such a pretty kitchen and your new shelf is a perfect addition. I love those brackets :)

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  26. popping in out of reader to say i love what you have done!!

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  27. fabulous, I love open shelving in kitchens! Rachaelxo

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  28. K, dumb comment here...I LOVE the kitchen...BUT, I am now constantly thinking about why your alphabet tray has no "j" and no "w". Is there a "duh" answer? Or...I can't believe no one else brought that up...makes me think there's an obvious reason and I'm having a brain fart! LOL :D

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  29. I love it! Your cupboards are so different too!

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  30. just amazing... i'm dying over that sink with the canvasy curtain thingy underneath.. your blog is gorgeous!

    cindy

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  31. This is such a practical and pretty solution. I think having the shelf for the most used items is a perfect idea (dust and all that). It really adds more charm to an already charming space!

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