Remove a Kitchen Cabinet for Openness

Our kitchen is dark. The sun doesn’t peek in until the afternoon.
I wanted a brighter look in there – plus, a little “cool factor”.

Before above.
I took the two cabinets down. I know that sounds like a brave thing to do in a rental house, but I used to do a little kitchen design before the kids were born and watched many new kitchens be installed. 
The cabinetry is just screwed into the wall studs in three or four places each. I could see the screws inside behind the shelving. I left the holes in the wall so I can line the cabinets up again to re-install them when we move. This was easy since there was no crown molding on the top of the cabinetry.
I painted the walls a fresh color.
Artichoke – Valspar by Lowe’s. It’s a rich grey with a hint of green under tone. I used chalk paint where the cabinets were and used some old ‘garbage’ plywood for a frame.
Look how old and rough the wood is. I just used my nail gun to frame out the black area with this sheet of wood that I found in a dumping area. I just cut the plywood sheet into 4 equal slats with my table saw.
Then added a simple shelf underneath for a few dishes. You wouldn’t believe how much bigger the kitchen seems. It feels like I have so much more usable counter space, too.
See the antique mirror in the photo above? I will show you the breakfast nook soon.
Hope you are enjoying your summer!

39 Replies to “Remove a Kitchen Cabinet for Openness”

  1. Wow, I never would have thought of anything like this. You ARE brave. Looks great though! Gives your kitchen some character.

  2. This is such a great way to open up a kitchen. I have a single cabinet next to my kitchen window that I'd love to take down. Hmmm!!Mary Alice

  3. My hero!!! Using words like table saw and nail gun the way I use paint and brushes… Whew!!! Holly it looks wonderful. I am luving the rough wood strip frame. Tapping.. tapping.. ready for the breakfast area reveal. I am hooked. 🙂 Hugs, Gee

  4. I love how that looks! Good thing you're handy with tools and know how cabinet construction works. I wouldn't have known how to remove the cabinet like that. I like the look of it removed and the chalkboard in it's place with the shelf below it. Adds instant charm!

  5. I agree Holly, I love what you did here and it does take a lot of bravery in doing things in a rental home. I love the fact that you can do things in a rental to make them more of your own, without a demolishing process. I am in a rental also…if we can manage four more years here at least…until my youngest is out of HS !

  6. That is amazing. I never would have believed that removing one cabinet would make it feel so open. I love the chalkboard. It is darling.

  7. that is most definitely a WOW factor….it looks great. Lucky for you the kitchen is big enough to were you can afford to go without 2 cabinets. what a great idea, why am I not surprised?

  8. I love your idea Holly, it looks amazing. If I had enough cupboards I'd do it myself. It's perfect.

  9. first, the kitchen is awesome! and i love how you used junky wood to put this chalkboard together:)

  10. That looks awesome Holly, I love the idea and would love to do that. My husband would have a cow LOL! Between wanting to do that and paint the island, yeah, not a good day it would be.

  11. Shut the front door!! This is awesome on sooooo many levels!! First, I love the fact you took it down in a rental and second…'s fabulous!! Love, love!!~~Ang

  12. Oh WOW! What a GREAT new LooK!! Something so simple give a wonderful change! LOVE it, LOVE the rustic frame! You are a BRAVE soul! (but the right decision!) Blessings~~~Roxie

  13. Holly, I think I said this before but I think you are so brave! You never seem to be afraid to just right in and change things around. I could use a little bit of your spirit! Love the changes you made to your kitchen. I think the owners will want to keep it this way! Have a great 4th.xoxo Michelle

  14. Love the color and it does make the kitchen and counter look much more open! I love anything chalkboard and adore the \”junk\” framing around it! I think I spy a couple of things from your old headboard… look forward to seeing more!Hugs,Pendra

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