This DIY kitchen open shelving is one of my favorite ways to organize and display baking items. Of course, open shelving doesn’t just have to be for baking items…you can use them everywhere in your house! If you do enjoy baking though, and don’t have a dedicated baking space…look around your kitchen and see if you can’t find an empty wall to add a little baking area, you’ll love having everything in one place.
Open shelving has a special place in my heart, they are one of the best tricks to making sure you don’t collect clutter, that you can showcase what truly matters…and of course they look awesome! Perhaps the best part of all though is that this is one of the easiest and inexpensive DIY projects you can do for home improvement, and they make such a HUGE impact!
I obviously took these photos in the golden hours of the evening so everything kind of has a warmer light to it, but this is how I see it when I look at it. It evokes feelings of warmth and happiness, so I decided not to cool them down to a more true color. Baking is warm.
Let me remind you what my baking counter looked like before. The bottom cabinets were a practically free upcycle that turned out fantastic! This upper cabinet was originally over my main counter in the middle of my kitchen and blocked my view of everything so I had my husband and brother in law move it not long after we moved in.
Long story short, we now have a giant hole in my counter top that I cover with a cutting board until we can finally get to my major kitchen remodel overhaul. (insert laughing crying face emoji here) In the meantime I am just doing what I can to make the kitchen feel like my own and that included finally taking these cabinets down completely and putting in open shelves so I could see all of the baking stuff that I had stashed in the cabinets.
For this project I just purchased a couple of 2×6 boards and stained them with my most favorite wood stain from Minwax in white wash pickling. LOVE this color! Just enough white to satisfy my needs to ‘white all the things’ while still showing the natural wood grain to give my home the warmth my all white house needs so it doesn’t feel like a sterile hospital. I’m not worried about that, but other people who live and visit, like to mention that I am eventually going to live in a completely white sterile house, I don’t see the problem! Anyway the stain is…Perfect!
While I was staining, my husband painted the wall behind the cabinet that I hadn’t gotten with my white brush on yet and put up the brackets. I went with black to give a little bit of contrast with all the white.
He’s so good at leveling and measuring things…if I ever do anything like this I am such an eye-baller, which is why I’m not allowed to hang things that would cause wall patches to be needed if I don’t like it after I hang it. That’s the rule. No more wall patches! Ha!
Filling the shelves is really my specialty anyway. I wanted everything in glass jars so that I could see everything, and if anything needs to be filled.
The top shelf is too high, even for me Amazon warrior princess, to reach on a daily basis so it is more just for decor. I keep my glass milk bottles up there and in my silver buckets I have cookie cutters that I use on a semi-regular basis. The big mason jar canvas I got at a store called Real Deals. I love it!
The glass jars can be purchased from World Market and Hobby Lobby. They are filled with all the normal baking stuff that I use pretty much every day along with some noodles and rice for quick access for dinners. I didn’t label any of the big jars because I know what’s in them just by looking at them, that may change at some point but for now it works.
These small little jars I did label, there are four. Salt, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder…you don’t want to mix up those last two when the soda will overpower the taste of the recipe.
I also put my vanillas in glass bottles. Vanilla jars aren’t the prettiest, and I’m all about the pretties. These fit the bill nicely. That clear vanilla from Mexico is my favorite baking indulgence, makes things taste just that much better!
Down below my kitchen open shelves in the cabinets I have my mixing bowls, hand mixers and Kitchen Aid attachments. I also have aprons and all of my cookie decorating supplies behind those.
The drawer above that I keep my measuring cups and spoons, mini spatulas and silicone mats…and anything else I might need to bake. The other drawers hold silverware, napkins and an embarrassingly full drawer just of paper straws.
I keep my Kitchen Aid and Vitamix over here too, everything I need to bake up something delicious besides butter and eggs stay right here…and some day I may install a mini fridge to keep those kind of things here, you never know! Ha!