time for some new kitchen shelves

I think I mentioned here awhile back that I had a national magazine come by recently and shoot my house. As you can imagine, getting ready for that day (especially when you are as house obsessed as I am) took a lot of preparation. Luckily for me, I had done my homework and knew where I wanted to make changes or improvements. Believe me, there is no motivation or should I say excuse, like knowing that your house is going to be splashed across the pages of a magazine to finally get a move on some of those projects you've been dreaming to do! One of the things I had been itching to update in our house was the dark green cabinets on the East side of the kitchen. I'm not really sure how we ended up with these cabinets. I've always been a fan of open shelving in a kitchen and I don't know why we didn't go that route the first time around. (I'll blame it on pregnancy hormones and that rush to get things done before the baby arrived!) Here are the homework entries I made a few months ago about the kitchen.

Of course, I didn't have the budget this time around to do the marble island. In fact, my allowance for the new floating shelves was very low as well. I was determined to spend no more than $500. Other things that I had to take into consideration were turnaround time as we were working against the clock for the magazine shoot and possible damage to the wall behind the existing shelves. I also had to decide whether this was going to be a custom piece, something salvaged, or something ready-made. I was also pretty determined that he shelves would be made out of wood.

Here's a few of the different looks and styles I considered.

I love the open shelving in this kitchen primarily because it really emphasizes the height of the ceiling and balances the hood so nicely. I think the shelves were made from a tree that fell on the property. I imagine getting something like this made would be fairly simple and not too expensive.

These shelves are in a similar vein where a piece of reclaimed wood is simply placed on some kind of bracket. This could even be a DIY project if you could get your hands on some good wood.

Using salvaged wood crates ganged together in a line seemed like a possible way to keep the budget on track and on time.

A long wood horizontal shelf was another option. Simple and lovely.

I love the design of this long horizontal shelf with the solid back and flared edges. It's a bit more unusual and original than some of the other options. The closed back might also come in handy if we have damage to the wall.

While these shelves are low to the ground I could imagine them placed higher and stretched out. There is nothing fancy about them just simple and functional. Of course, the question with the last two images is could I get something like them for $500, who would make it, and would it be ready in time.

Stay tuned, in the coming weeks I'll let you know what happened when we removed the green shelves from the wall and what direction I ended up going in. In the meantime, do you have a preference for any of the styles above?

Image credits:
1-2 - The Marion House Book
3 - Debi Treleor
4 -5 -Remodelista
6 -  Mark and Sally Bailey
7-  Francois Halard
8 - Designer Suzanne Shaker's Long Island summer house, by Deborah Berke & Partners Architects via Remodelista
9 - Bloesem - Linnea Dulham's home
10 - Elle Decor - Ellen Pompeo's home - Tim Street-Porter