A start to finish open shelving kitchen guide for how to install floating shelves, what height to hang kitchen wall shelves and more!
We’ve lived with our open shelving for 5+ years now and, throughout those years, I’ve gotten asked all about the open kitchen shelves. On this page, you will find a round-up of all the blog posts that I’ve created on floating shelves: including how to attach floating shelves, how to install floating shelves over tile, how to finish floating shelves and what my wood kitchen shelving looks like today!
In a nutshell, adding the wood shelving in the kitchen was an instant charm addition to our space. Yes, you lose closed storage but, to me, they were worth that loss. I have so much fun changing out art on the shelves, styling coffee cups, etc., and really, the shelves just make the kitchen feel bigger and more open.
Let’s get to the nitty gritty details!
Our Open Shelving Kitchen Details
How To Install Floating Shelves
If you are wanting to learn how to attach floating shelves including how to install floating shelves over tile, this is the post for you!
Determining Floating Shelf Height
Are you stumped on how to determine height between the countertop and shelf in your kitchen? I'm sharing many examples of kitchen wall shelves with different heights to give you an idea of what your floating shelves could look like.
How to Seal and Finish Wood Shelves in the Kitchen
Learn how to finish and maintain kitchen shelves with a wood finisher and more.
Let’s Chat Kitchen Storage BEFORE Opting for Open Shelving
Before you jump right in to open shelving, I think it’s a good idea to think about how you store items and what your current kitchen has in regards to storage. I’m a bit of a minimalist when it comes to little appliances and pots and pans. If we had an abundance of tools, serving dishes, etc., then we’d be lacking on the storage by taking down the upper cabinets.
For us, we were willing to sacrifice not having a Kitchen Aid mixer or Instant Pot or a bunch of place settings for 8+ people, for the aesthetic we wanted. Not everyone will value the aesthetic over the items though so I definitely want to point out that, by choosing to have open shelves for the kitchen, we did lose closed storage.
Some people have an abundance of cabinets so it wouldn’t be a big deal to them either way, but I wanted to share my perspective on it.
If you are curious to know more about the scope of our kitchen renovation that we did back in 2017, definitely check that out! I’ll add a few photos so you can see how the open shelving really changed the space!
Kitchen Before and After
Anyways, just a reminder that homes take time to develop, time to renovate and time to make them your own. Projects definitely haven’t happened overnight over here!
Anyways, I hope this DIY Open Shelving Kitchen Guide was helpful! I started a Pinterest Board with lots of different types of open shelves for the kitchen. If you want more inspiration, definitely hop over there to see.
p.s. I’m working on writing even more on kitchen open shelving including how to style an open shelf, what types of items add function and interest to the kitchen wood shelving and more. Stay tuned for that.