You fine readers have been very vocal in letting us know how you feel about open shelving. Some of you love the idea of turning your kitchen into a museum, with all your dinnerware on display. The rest of you? Well, you just can't imagine. You need a place to hide your ugly plastic containers and pile up your mismatched bowls!
No matter which side of this divide you fall on, we're betting you're going to be pretty darn impressed by this kitchen makeover. It was done in just two weekends and cost less than $200.
Home stylist Heather Douglas and her husband, Brian, recently purchased a solid (yet outdated) 1960s house. "We knew right away that we'd want to update the kitchen, but with a tight budget, we knew it might be a while until we could do a complete overhaul," she says.
In the meantime, they decided to pull off a quick, budget-friendly update. They tore down a wall of cabinets, repaired any holes, and painted. They then covered the wall in removable peel-and-stick gold-speckled wallpaper from Target and installed some bracket shelves.
"The change is like night and day! Our kitchen is so much brighter and more spacious feeling," Heather says, pointing out that unloading the dishwasher is a lot faster now, too. Clearly a fan of open shelving, she suggests incorporating it into your kitchen if you have the space. "And if you don't, that's where tearing out cabinets comes in," she half jokes.
See the complete transformation: How to Create a Brighter & More Spacious Kitchen With Open Shelving at Mysa Home Styling