Hello! I´m sorry I went missing for so long. But! I´ve been busy with some house projects and I finally have a few pictures to share. Back story for those who haven´t reading for long: We got a new kitchen three years back, and I am still very happy with it. But the shelf situation wasn´t quite right, so last year we installed new shelves. It was an improvement but I never really loved them. I can be a bit obsessive about these things (understatement of the year) so in January I ordered new shelves on a whim. I had come across old kitchen pictures and realized that I really loved the single long shelf, and that without the questionable brackets this could indeed be the solution I was looking for all the time. Previously I had dismissed floating shelves as too modern for this house, but I figured I´d give it a try anyway.
At the same time, the kitchen was long overdue for a new paint job (dirty walls are one of my pet peeves, and with all the animals our walls get grimy real quick). Since I had ordered massive oak shelves that would basically disappear with the dark wall, I decided to dismiss it entirely and paint the whole kitchen the same color. That was kind of hard because I loved the shade on this wall (Charleston Gray by Farrow & Ball), but at the same time I am kind of over feature walls and I was ready for a change.
The kitchen is now painted Strong White from Farrow & Ball which is, well, a strong white. It reads white but it´s really a soft, warmish grey. I love it. I had considered some of their warmer, darker greys (Shadow White, Slipper Satin) but these read too beige/yellow for me. Anyway, really happy with the paint choice. Also very happy with the shelves, although their installation nearly caused a divorce. I still don´t know why but when we first installed these, there was a definite tilt. It took some serious tweaking to get it right which is not something I expect with custom-made, not-so-inexpensive shelfing. The massive wood is beautiful though and I don´t think it looks too modern, just clean and simple, which is right up my alley. So mixed reviews with a happy ending (the shelves are from here, for those who do not fear for their marriage).
For those who wonder where all the stuff from the old shelves went - I did some serious re-organisation and purging at the beginning of the year and suddenly I had lots of free space in my kitchen! Miraculous. So most of it is now stored away but there is still enough space to display my little ceramics collection. Priorities!
Have a good week and see you soon with pictures from another painting project that I´ve finished today! I am a painting machine these days.