Taking the Doors Off

I have been longing to do some renovations to our 50-year-old kitchen. The cabinet doors are “clacky”, being made from (what I can tell) plywood, painted white. The solid wood drawers without guides are super heavy and do not glide whatsoever. I’m thankful that it is painted white though. Since we don’t have a budget for a kitchen remodel, I’ve been thinking on what cheap and easy changes I can make.

Inspiration Photo:

Plum Cushion via Little Green Notebook

I decided to go for it and take off all the upper cabinet doors on one side of my kitchen.


I had to make a few tweaks to what I had in the cabinets, since I wanted only dishes in the ones I was converting to shelves.


I still need to fill in the holes and paint the backs of the shelving, but I love the difference it makes! The kitchen feels more open and modern. I plan to paint the backs of the shelves, remove the old-fashioned scalloped edge above the sink, put crown molding above the cabinets, and change some lighting. (Cuter dishes would help too…hmm…) As you can tell in the picture, the shelves are now a bit dark feeling.



  1. Kate Sousa
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I really like the scalloped edge above the sink. I think it’s charmingly retro!

    • Posted February 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Well thanks! Others have said in person that they liked it, but it hasn’t grown on me…

  2. Christie
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I love that you have a shelf for the microwave. Taking the doors off really made a difference, I like it. 🙂

    • Posted February 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Christie! I’m excited to get it more finished looking!

  3. Posted February 3, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Lookin’ good! What color are you going to paint the backs?

    • Posted February 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I have some paint chips up now – considering a midnight blue or a dark chocolaty brown!

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