You would never guess by looking at my white kitchen that there was a time when the last color I would have chosen to paint it was white.
White walls reminded me of every apartment I’d ever lived in, where every single room was white, and I didn’t have any choice in the matter.
So when we moved into our first house, I painted the kitchen walls country blue.
It was back when ducks, geese, and hearts were all the rage in country decor, and I jumped on board that wagon.
I tired of country blue, so the next house we bought, I got bold and painted the kitchen walls dark green. I traded in the ducks, geese, and hearts for an apple theme, and the dark green walls went with that.
By the time we bought our third house, I suddenly understood why apartments are usually painted white. It looks clean and bright, and it goes with any kind of decor.
I forgot all about my old apartments and began embracing white kitchens. Now I wouldn’t pick any other color.
Just google “farmhouse kitchen” and you’ll see image after image of clean bright spaces. That’s what I love so much about my white kitchen.
One of the walls in our kitchen is tall and very narrow. It’s an awkward space that I’ve never really figured out what to do with.
When we first remodeled the kitchen, I used it mostly as a space to hang vintage decor on.
Because we have very limited storage space in our kitchen, last year I decided to turn it into a Pegboard Wall Organizer.
While it did give me a lot more storage, the pegboard made me think it looked like it belonged more in a craft room or a garage than in a kitchen. I just couldn’t really love it.
I still need the wall to be a working wall with storage, but I removed the pegboard and decided to go with shelves instead.
I installed brackets that match the other open shelves in the kitchen and cut boards to fit the narrow width of the wall.
The wall is tall enough that I could have fit three shelves, but there would have only been about six inches between the shelf and the ceiling, and only really short things could have been put on it, so I went with just two shelves instead.
I painted the shelves with the same Olympic kitchen and bathroom paint (Amazon link) that I used when I refreshed the walls a few months ago.
I have a stack of plastic cups that I always use when I’m painting or staining wood. It allows me to paint the top and sides of a board and work on several at the same time. Once the tops dry, I flip the boards over and paint the other sides.
Now comes the fun part – dressing up the shelves!
Right now, I’m using the top shelf to display some of my ironstone pitchers. Eventually, I plan to put storage baskets on the top shelf, but I haven’t found any I love yet.
I wanted some flowers to put in the largest pitcher, but when I found these “green trick” dianthus stems, I had to get them.
They look like moss puffballs on stems and are so springish, and I’m craving anything that looks like spring right now.
The lower shelf holds a canning jar filled with coffee beans and a woven basket to hold wooden spoons.
And there’s a glass jar filled with candles with a vintage image transferred onto the front of it (tutorial HERE).
Under the lower shelf sits my large antique stoneware mixing bowl. It’s big enough to hold a 10 lb. bag of potatoes, so it earns the space it takes on the counter.
At the very top of the wall, I hung a chipboard welcome sign that I painted black.
A vintage cutting board is behind the mixing bowl to hide an electrical outlet. I just pull it out when I need to plug something into the outlet.
I’m loving how useful and pretty the wall looks now. It’s exactly what my white kitchen needed all along!
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