Good Question: How Can I Re-Decorate My Kitchen Around My Country Cabinets?

A kitchen redecorating question today, from reader Libby. She writes:

Any ideas on how to re-decorate my kitchen around these heart pine cabinets? My house is the ubiquitous suburban ranch-style, built in the early 1960s. Despite its small size and ordinary details, I love it.

I want to redecorate my kitchen, but I am at a loss on how to work around these country-esque (notice the fixures and decorative accents) cabinets. Replacing the cabinets is not an option, nor is painting or refinishing them.

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Libby, thanks for the question. It's hard to give a good answer without seeing the rest of your kitchen, but we can get a glimpse of your style through charming vintage Jadeite collection in the corner of your cabinet!

Our primary suggestion is to remove the cabinet doors. Take a look at this kitchen spotlight to see how this can make a very average rental kitchen a little more modern and open:

Tara's Tiny Yet Powerful Rental Kitchen

Then perhaps you can paint inside the cabinets, or use a removable wallpaper? You can see a good option for removable wallpaper over at AT: San Francisco:

EasyChange Removable Wallpaper from Sherwin Williams

Taking the doors off the cabinets does expose your cabinets' innards, which is challenging; some of us aren't organized or curated enough to expose the insides of our cupboards! But if you are fairly organized and limited in what you put in your cupboards, this could be a beautiful way to open up your kitchen. Make your storage beautiful with vintage glass jars of spices and grains, and put your cereal into jars too. Repackage your baking supplies into reused jars to keep them looking nicer.

Any more ideas for Libby? Other thoughts on how to coordinate her kitchen around these country cabinets?

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