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3/15/2015

My Rental Kitchen Pantry Upgrade + Ikea Shelf Hack

Yellow Shelves


After my recent kitchen face-lift, I got super motivated to finish brightening up the weird room or breakfast nook that's connected to my kitchen.  It's a rather bizarre "dead-end" room that I'm assuming the builder in the 70's intended people to put their dining table in. This makes absolutely no sense to me for many reasons... One, it is completely cut off from the rest of the house; you have to pass through the kitchen to get to it. Then, your elbows would practically be rubbing on the orange peel walls while sitting down to eat, the room footprint is about 8 ft by 8 ft.  It also has a soaring 22 ft ceiling {all the way to the second floor} with a pass through window into the master bedroom. Why!!?  Besides being a death trap, this window allows the pleasant scents of dinner to infiltrate your nice clean sheets in the evenings, and breakfast noise to infiltrate your dreams in the mornings. Oh, and a gaping hole in your bedroom wall for no good reason. But wait there's more. It was painted in the most awful shade of chocolate milky brown, dirty flat paint, like ever. So awful, I didn't take 'before' pictures of how awful it was. Yuck.
The whole room just makes no. damn. sense. But with a less than 1200 sq.ft. home, we can't afford to waste any space.
When we first moved in, The Room inevitably became a catch-all for junk because it had no defined purpose. I have been determined for months...actually years now to make it into a usable and valuable space in our home. The answer had eluded me until recently, when it dawned on me that I could make it into an extension of our teeny tiny galley kitchen as well as a desk/studio space {I recently shared my finished studio space HERE}.

: : My Inspiration : :

Yellow Kitchen Shelves

We started by plugging and insulating said bedroom hole/window to prevent any jumping deaths/fried onion scented sheets. There was another perfectly reasonable place to put our dining table so no worries there. I repainted all 22 feet of them soaring walls in a fresh but warm white, by myself, like a lunatic. My muscles still hurt but man it was so worth it.
I started the hunt to find some kitchen pieces that would make a functional work space and add plenty of much needed storage. Unfortunately thrifting the pieces for this project wasn't really realistic. I eventually settled with some Ikea pieces, the scale of them was just right and I couldn't argue with the price.
The kitchen cart is a smaller version of the one in the inspiration picture above. It's just the right amount of additional prep space we needed and the handy drawers house all my kitchen linens.
The galvanized metal shelves were a no brainer at $14.99 a piece but I wasn't crazy about the finish. I knew right away I wanted to paint them a bright color and toyed with a few different ideas before I saw that bright yellow door and then I knew I had to have the yellow.  It's definitely a step outside my usual color box but it makes the once dark and dreary room so bright and happy now! I also added the rail with hooks to hang all my pans and it makes my life so much easier now that I don't have to dig them all out of a jumbled pile on the daily.

Yellow Kitchen Shelves

The metal shelves were super easy to paint, once I figured out which paint to use.  I was fooled the first time by the wide color selection at the home improvement store of Valspar paints and ended up buying 4 cans of it.  It was so awful to use I had to quit after twenty minutes, everything but the shelves was covered in yellow paint over-spray and the chemical smell was unbearable even while wearing a mask.  So if you're planning on spray painting anything, go with Rustoleum {like I did the second time around} . It was hands down a superior and much less stinky product . I used two cans per shelf and could have probably used one more to make them really perfect.

Yellow Kitchen Shelves

The entire project cost a total of about $160, which is a damn good price for a whole new half kitchen addition if you ask me. I love that I have a entire new temporary kitchen where there wasn't one and that I can just take it all with me and re-purpose it when we move.  Between the new white paint on the walls and my yellow shelves it's hard to believe how dark and depressing it was before.  We use the space constantly now and I've even added a cozy chair to the other corner to hang in while my daughter plays drums on the pots and pans on the rug.

Yellow Kitchen Shelves

Yellow Kitchen Shelves

I still have some perfecting to do once I rearrange my cabinets and I'm excited to add some finishing touches to the room like hanging plants and some new window treatments. When I get everything pulled together, I'll do a post of the complete finished space. So what do ya'll think? Am I crazy with the yellow or what?
xoxo-Andrea

12 comments:

  1. It's perfect. I love the yellow!

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    1. Thank you! The yellow is def speaking to me too!

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  2. I like it! It's bright. It's alive & "happy"!

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    1. Exactly what I was hoping for! Thanks!

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  3. The yellow is perfect! The room looks wonderful! Bright and cheery!

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  4. Love it! very cute

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    1. Why thank you darlin'!

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  5. I bought a yellow ikea cabinet for $30 bucks at a resale shop and it really made such a difference in our kitchen. I love what you did here! Plus I'm excited to find a blogger with similar aesthetic in tr Houston area. I'm right outside in Katy. Nice to meet you :)

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    1. Hey! Nice too meet you too! Amazing what a little yellow will do for you isn't it? It certainly is a happy color!

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  6. Such a cute and very practical use of the space. I was wondering how those fake tiles that you put in as the cool back splash in your kitchen would look above the center wooden piece going all the way up to the pots and pans. Might be a cute idea to tie the rooms together even more. I love the yellow shelves too! So cheery.

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    1. Oh my! What a FANTASTIC idea. Thanks for the {very valuable} input :)

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