Monday, July 9, 2012

Dining Room Shelving Inspiration


For months now I have been trying to decide what I am going to do above my new (newish now it's been a few months) dining room built ins.  I thought I'd share some of my ideas.  Maybe you can help me decide.  Here's what I have now,



It's way too small and not deep enough.  I built the shelf years ago and it had to be shallow because of the weird stairs that were there.  Now with the built in's I can have something deeper.  I really just want it for display.  I love my white dishes and hope to collect more pretties. 

Just for fun here are some options,

Plate rack

I love the look but it limits what I can display. 


 

Open shelving

great for displaying all kinds of fun things not just plates.  


Cabinets with glass doors

with glass doors there's less dust to deal with but it's a little formal.
 

Open cabinet shelf

I like the quirkiness of this cabinet but it may be a bit much. 


I am leaning towards open shelves or an open cabinet shelf.  I'd love to hear what you think?



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19 comments:

  1. I like the open shelves idea, either way I'm sure it will look fabulous.

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  2. Open shelving would look great! So would the glass doors, but the open shelving sounds much easier to build!

    --Katie

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  3. I'm all for the glass fronted doors type shelving. I detest having to move and dust everything every week!! It may be a little more complicated in the initial building process- but sooo time saving and energy efficent in the long run!!

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  4. Why not do a combination of things. A section on each side with glass doors and a middle section with open shelves. The best of both worlds. Using molding across the top that connects the whole thing together. Just my two cents. Can't wait to see what you do.

    Holly

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  5. Oh I love the last one!!! and the plate rack one, too. Oh and the open shelves... and the glass door cabinets. Crap, the only way to choose is to decide what you really want to display or use it for and see how much space you have.

    Go for the gusto Mimi, I'd do the last one if I were you. Super cute and quirky.

    xox

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  6. I love the open shelving and I adore that home anyway, but I'd go for the glass fronted door display shelving. You have things on display but they are protected by the dust. Dust in my place seems to add another layer even if I just look into my kitchen, which is why this type of display is on my list for a blank wall space I have. Plus, you can have things softly lit if you choose. Anyway, hello from me.....Suzy, your new follower. I've been a fan of yours for some time and you really inspire me as I too love working with wood. x

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  7. Oooops, silly me, just realised I already follow you! Hang head in shame :) x

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  8. I like the idea of open shelves. You can still put a groove in it for plates or add a bit of molding to allow for that. It just seems more versatile to me. I can't wait to see what you decide.

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  9. I go for the doors -dust resister and if we ever have one of those shaker happenings, you won't lose as many pretties!! :) You can make it similar to your lower cabinet so it's not as formal. The combo idea from Holly is a good one, as well. Good practice for you, too!! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

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  10. I was going to suggest the same as Holly, shelves with glass fronted doors at each end.

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  11. I love all of the ideas, especially the open cabinet shelf's quirkiness but I would go with the plate rack. Not as common and it would be easy to dust and you could display larger items on top of the buffet.

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  12. If it was me, I'd want the glass cabinets cause I hate to dust! But it you don't mind the dusting I like the quirky. Plus you can see the stuff better in open shelving. If it is too quirky, maybe the color (or some color) with a more traditional shelf or the quirky shape with a more traditional color like black. Oooo! Shelving and displaying stuff is so fun!

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  13. Hi Mimi,
    So nice to meet you.
    I'm a new follower,
    Deb@LakeGirlPaints

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  14. Hi, I happily found my way to your great blog via your My Repurposed Life feature today. I love the shelves you shared there made out of recycled bi-fold doors and the detailed instructions. My two cents-worth on your new dining room storage is if you use the contents a lot, open shelves; if you don't, glass shelves. Dusting = yuck, right? Interested to see what you decide.

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  15. I vote for open shelving! Must have in my next home. :)

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  16. I also found you today through My Repurposed Life, love the shelves.
    I like the last one but maybe painted a different color. The shelves look deep enough for display options and there is a lot of room. Eagerly waiting to see what you decide!

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  17. I agree with Laurel who said "if you use the contents often = open". I also wanted to say I like the funkiness of the bold green open cabinet. Sometimes adding one thing, even if it's huge like the cabinet, can add a touch of whimsy = fun to a room that might be otherwise be very staid. Looking forward to seeing what you settle on.

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  18. I agree with Laurel who said "if you use the contents often = open". I also wanted to say I like the funkiness of the bold green open cabinet. Sometimes adding one thing, even if it's huge like the cabinet, can add a touch of whimsy = fun to a room that might be otherwise be very staid. Looking forward to seeing what you settle on.

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  19. What about using old windows for the doors? That way you aren't building them from scratch and they won't look too formal. Because they probably won't be the right size, you will have open and covered shelving. I am sure you have some lazing about, so put them to work!

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