New Stained Shelves in Our Kitchen

Happy December! I have been busy decorating our home for Christmas and finishing up some last minute projects after painting our entry, dining room, family room and kitchen last month.

One of those projects was changing out the shelves in our kitchen. I bought some 2" x 10" pine lumber and used Varathane Gel Stain in Early American. I really like the rustic feel of these shelves with our white cabinets and newly painted Simply White (Benjamin Moore) walls.

The shelves we replaced (shown here in our Christmas 2011 photo) were thinner and painted white. The walls were previously BM Stone House.

I sold the barstools with backs that were here and now I'm looking for tall industrial metal barstools (that don't cost as much as the barstools for shipping!) that we can tuck under the breakfast bar. We plan to buy some chunkier breakfast bar supports.

I have been keeping the shelf display simple lately, using my favourite aqua CROWN mason jar collection and four ironstone pudding bowls. 

I love the chunkiness of the wood with all its rough texture. I still need to paint the little wood screw covers and add them to the shelf supports.

I will soon be decorating our kitchen for Christmas and I am going to see if I can keep this shelf display simple with a bit of greenery. Time will tell! Do you ever find yourself walking into a room just to admire a new little addition? I feel like this little area really reflects my style now.

I am sharing this at the following parties...
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse.Stone Gable, Confessions of a Plate Addict and Worthing Court
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style


  1. I love your jar collection and the shelves look nice!

  2. Love the stained wood against all the white- very pretty!!

  3. The shelves look great ad I love your jar collection displayed there!

  4. Elizabeth, if your shelves this Christmas look anything like your 2011 photo (and I feel certain they will only be even better with those great, new shelves you've DIY'd), then I can only imagine the rest of the house, which I look forward to seeing more of as your newest follower!
    Rita C at Panoply

  5. The stained shelves add such a touch of warmth and will be great background for any number of things.

  6. The new stained shelves in your kitchen look fantastic and give the whole area more presence. I think you are wise to keep the decorations on the shelves simple. Well done!


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