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A weekend project.

I promised to share my project from last weekend with you, and here it is: the pantry shelf in the kitchen!

So this is the corner where the old stove used to be. We had it ripped out in late summer last year, and then I very badly plastered over the mess, and subsequently I avoided eye contact with this corner. The original plan was to build a massive wood shelf here, but time and budget just did not allow this. So we bought two Ikea Besta shelves and the husband did some serious sawing to make them fit into the space.

And then this happened. See the "Before" picture on the upper left? The whole arrangement looked kind of sad. But! There´s nothing paint couldn´t make better. I had some "Down Pipe" left and I thought a nice dark background could be nice.

And I think it is! I really like it now. Do you?

Happy weekend!

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Reader Comments (17)

It looks great and I love the rest of your house too. I can't remember how I found your blog but I'm glad I did, it's one I come back to again and again. Can I ask how you prepped the Ikea shelves for painting? I've never painted surfaces such as this because I'm worried the paint would peel.

March 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Thank you so much Karen, I am glad you like it. Yes very smooth surfaces are tricky indeed. My main advice is to use a good primer and let the paint dry thouroughly, especially in between the steps (I do 1x primer and 2-3x paint). Sanding is certainly helpful too although a bit overrated in my opinion. I usually only slightly sand stuff with a sponge.

March 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterKatrin

Painting Down pipe inside the shelves really pulls this together. This will sound a silly question, but did you dis-assemble the shelves for painting or did you have to wriggle your arms and paintbrush into the corners? I really like how the room opens out in the long view through to the comfy chair with the island/workstation in the foreground.

March 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSally

I really like it. The gray pulls it together, and because everything fits so nicely, it looks high end custom and not IKEA hack ( not that I have anything against a good IKEA hack!) Pretty great.

March 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

It looks really nice - I agree with everyone that painting the inside of the shelves dark really makes it :)

March 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatja

Sally - no I didn´t disassemble the shelves as they were already fitted into the corner, but this would have been a sensible thing to do otherwise! It was a pain to paint.

Thank you Emily and Katja j:)

March 18, 2013 | Registered CommenterKatrin

Was soll ich sagen? Ich möchte Dich engagieren. Hier gibt es so viel zu tun und es gibt genau zwei Menschen, denen ich es zutrauen würde, aus unserer Wohnung etwas zu machen. Einer davon bist Du! Gratuliere, das Regal sieht phänomenal aus!

March 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

Woher ist das Bild über deiner Bank?
Hast du es selbst gemacht...ausgedruckt und in nen Rahmen?

March 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTamara

Danke Connie!

Tamara, ich habe das Foto vergrößern lassen und dann gerahmt.

March 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterKatrin

So simple and yet genius. I can never see my way past what something is to what it could be. It's a gift you have.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJustine

Hi Katrin

I've been following your blog and photos on Flickr for a while now. What a nice surprise to see the photo of a puppy - I'd thought you were a cat-only fan. Ludwig looks adorable. I look forward to seeing more of him in future photos.


ps. We've got a miniature schnauzer called Taxi. She's now 6 months old.

April 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNovi Djenar

Congrats on beeing featured on thekitchn.com with this awesome post about your kitchen improvements!

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJane

I love this simple change that made all the difference! Though I can't help but notice an open container of what looks like pet food on the bottom!? God bless if you can train your dog to stay out of those; mine never would! ;)

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHillary Reeves

are the canned goods at the top stuff you canned yourself? I'm interested to know if you reused old jars or if you found colored 1-piece lids somewhere. Thanks!

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdawn

Hillary, these are walnuts :) Actually we aren´t very successful in training our dog :)

Dawn, these are new jars from our local hardware store!

April 12, 2014 | Registered CommenterKatrin

Sehr gelungen. Hätte ich nie gedacht, dass es Ikea ist.

June 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterombia

I for one LOVE the new look. How did you think of this?! I am just really surprised at how much better it looks, its still white and fresh looking, but even more so.The dark color makes everything in it crisp and clean. When it was all white it looked more cluttered. Impressed. Wish you could pop over to my house (Seattle, WA, USA) and give me some tips. Or we could trade houses.

August 31, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

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