Inspired by M moving in with me, I've started downsizing & organizing. The kitchen hutch was one of the first to go. In its place, I wanted to put an open pantry for our dry goods. This not only inspires us to eat healthier, but it transforms utility into decor, which is a huge goal of mine.
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We started with an open back bookshelf built by M's grandfather, and filled in the back with scrap wood. I love the look of rustic, mismatched planks. We also added a distressed finish to the shelves, and, MY FAVORITE, a "secret poetry" wall.
|The original open backed bookshelf|
|Left: Sanded, Primed, Filled with Scrap Wood. Right: Hand Punched Poetry, Filled with Ink|
|Martha Stewart "Oregano" Paint; Distressed Finish|
Using my Harbor Freight punching set, I handstamped the poem into the left side of the bookcase after it was primed. Keeping it rustic, the letters are a little offset, including a typo. Afterwards, I filled the letters with black ink, sanded, and finished with the final color.
I chose William Carlos Williams' poem "This Is Just To Say":
I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold
Nothing seemed more perfect for both our kitchen and our relationship than this particular poem! The final effect is very subtle. It is like our "secret poetry."
The shelves are filled with dry goods and baking goods, mixing bowls, kitchen towels, and vases. It is STILL too crowded, but it's a good start towards downsizing and organizing goals!
|Close-up of Poetry|
|Jars from Target: $5/ea; Vintage Corningware Teapot; Vintage Medicine Bottles; Secret Poetry|
|Open Pantry Living!|
|BEFORE 1: Ginormous Hutch (in process of dismantling)|
|BEFORE 2: Open Backed Bookshelf|
|AFTER: Open Pantry Living!|