Monday, November 14, 2011


This weekend I made some progress on my Kitchen Renovation.  I know I should have been finishing my entry bench but the paint hasn't arrived yet so what else could I do?  

My plans for the kitchen are:

-new Island/peninsula
-plate rack cabinet
-paint walls & ceiling 
-paint cabinets
-paint archway
-granite counter top 
-farmhouse sink
-new tile back splash

I completed my plate rack cabinet.  To build it I used an existing 24" cabinet that was in the garage.  I have been searching pinterest for ideas and found a great link to a the blog Nest,Nesting,Nested with a tutorial found here.  It was exactly what I had in mind.


To make my version I cut twenty 1/2" dowels to 12".  I used 1 x 2's to hold the dowels and drilled the holes 2" apart on center.     

This really is an easy project all you need is a drill, 1/2" drill bit and something to cut the wood with.  I used my chop saw but you could do it with a hand saw. 

I installed the racks by screwing the top to the shelf from above and the bottom from underneath. I placed the racks about 1 1/4 inch from the front and back of the cabinet.

I really like it.  I think it makes this side of the kitchen more interesting and it gives me an area for display.  The best part is if I get tired of it I can remove it from the cabinet with only a few screw holes to fill. 

Those maple cabinet doors will soon be painted white as well.

Hopefully I will get the new island finished soon so I can show you pictures of the kitchen that aren't so closely cropped.  With only half of it painted white and a half finished island it is looking pretty funky right now, but I have a plan.

Oh and I finally settled on a white I like.  It is called Oyster Shell by Glidden.  Same name as the white my sister used on her cabinets but hers was a Behr color chip.  It's funny how different they are.

Now my list looks like this.

-new Island/peninsula
-plate rack cabinet
-paint walls & ceiling 
-paint cabinets
-paint archway
-granite counter top 
-farmhouse sink
-new tile back splash

Dontcha just love crossing things off your list?

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camp and cottage living said...

Did you say you made this? Wow, are you ever handy. I just love it. I wish I had room for something like this in my kitchen! I can't wait to see how the rest of your re-do turns out.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

You sure are one handy girl and you have made it sound so easy! Love it!
I also love your dog in your header, we have one just like it!
I'm your newest follower and I'm in the midst of painting my cabinets white, stop by when you have a few minutes!


Feral Turtle said...

That is beautiful! I wish I could have something like that in my kitchen but we live on a gravel road and I would forever be dusting. You are one talented lady!

Robin said...

Crossing off something on a list is one of the best feeling for us DIYers! Your plate rack turned out wonderful. It's such a great idea.

Anonymous said...

I love this Mimi ~ you did such a great job! I love being able to display pretty dishes and accessories in the kitchen!

Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic said...

Oh yeah, crossing something off the list is so satisfying! Love your plate rack and I would never have guessed it would be that easy to do! Thanks for the instructions. I chuckled over your comment about close cropping the photos. Glad I"m not the only one that does it for that very same reason.

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

That's amazing! Wow, you are really talented.

Claire said...

Just wanted to let you know I featured this fabulous plate rack cabinet on my blog!

gail said...

Mimi-your cabinet plate rack is awesome! Very creative.
I don't even make lists anymore. :(
thanks for linking up and linking back to catch as catch can.
ps catching you this week

Junky Vagabond said...

This is awesome! Going to tackle this project for my cottage - thanks for the info and tips!

Linda Miller said...

would you make me one? I'll pay whatever you think it's worth, been looking for this exact cabinet!!!!!

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