Recently I came to the realization that my kitchen had turned into a mini disaster zone. What was once the perfect set up from my Kitchen Facelift (here) had become a cluttered, unbearable mess. To remedy the problem I swapped out my beloved pedestal table for a shelf that could hold a toaster oven, cookbooks and miscellaneous kitchen supplies.
If you want the entire back story with photos you can find it here. But, here is a quick reminder of what I was unfortunately working with.
Yikes! I know, it’s kinda embarrassing to show my life’s chaos. Clearly something had to be done. Up next is my solution. Ikea’s Varde shelving unit.
Much tidier right? But, I still wasn’t happy with this solution. Short of tearing out all my cabinets and starting fresh with a design that actually works for us I decided to paint the shelf. By painting it white I was hoping to achieve a more integrated look.
Having an all wood piece just stood out too much in my white kitchen. I love the warmth the butcher block top lends to the space, so only the legs needed some brightening.
And there you have it! A semi-custom kitchen shelf to hold my life’s chaos.
The process couldn’t have been easier either. I primed the untreated wood with 1 coat of Zinsser 123 and then added 3 finish coats of Rustoleum’s Premium Latex Paint in Gloss White. *Side Note: I painted a shelf with this paint in black 5 years ago and it’s held up perfectly (it’s now in my daughter’s play room so it gets lots of wear and tear.)
I love how fresh and uncomplicated this area of my kitchen is again. What do you think of the white paint?!
++ ps: Best of the Nest is today! Stop by (here) to see some great home projects, there’s always scads!