So let me ask you a question, do you have the tops of your kitchen cabinets decorated or do your cabinets extend all the way to the ceiling? Brutal truth, I had no idea where to start this post.
The tops of the kitchen cabinets in my house have been decorated for a few months. Even writing the word decorated seems to immediately make them seem dated. I know it’s popular right now to have the kitchen cabinets go all the way to the ceiling. But I only have a handful of friends that actually have a set up like that in their kitchen.
I searched Pinterest for a little inspiration and it didn’t seem a very popular idea there either. It’s like decorating your upper kitchen cabinets is totally uncool somehow. I was determined not to let that stop me though.
I started gathering materials I’ve been collecting for a while now. The truth of the matter is that I like these cabinets. Do I wish they were white? Of course! But the style is my simple kind of style and I live with a lover of wood grain, which is equally as important to me. We’ve decided on white, black and wood grain as commonalities throughout the house and I can happily live with all of three.
It took me all afternoon but I was able to achieve a look I love. Over and over again I layered my favorite things on the tops of the kitchen cabinets: ironstone, baskets and metal pieces. I don’t have a certain design principles so to speak I just keep playing with each vignette by varying the height, shape and layers of texture until I’m satisfied with the way it looks.
It was definitely a fine balance. I don’t want someone to walk into my kitchen and say, “Wow, I love the tops of your cabinets.” I just wanted to bring a simple collection of trips spent with my mom and sisters treasure hunting in everything from cobwebbed infested barns to well appointed estate sales.
I had 23 inches between the tops of the cabinet molding and the 9-foot ceilings, which gave me plenty of room to display. Anything less than 18 inches of display space would have probably made the kitchen seem squatty.
We’re so close to getting the kitchen finished. It feels like it’s taking forever but I know we’ll get there. Fingers crossed the white subway tile will go up soon. It’s going to look amazing!