Painted Kitchen Shelf: Before + After

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. 


Kitchen Nook Clutter-2

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


New Kitchen Shelf-FancyFreeMe

New Kitchen Shelf 2-FancyFreeMe

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. 


Painted shelf in White Kitchen \\ FancyFreeMe

Painted shelf in White Kitchen \\ FancyFreeMe

Kitchen Shelf Accessorizing \\ FancyFreeMe

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! 

Pam, Lisa, Jennifer, and Kris never disappoint. 

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