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!
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Debra Oliver
June 26, 2013 11:35 pm

LOVE this look, the boards are super fun and rustic! you ARE very brave!!

June 26, 2013 11:36 pm

This looks amazing! I need you to come work your magic on my kitchen 😉

June 26, 2013 11:37 pm

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

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
June 26, 2013 11:38 pm

The change is fabulous! I love the rustic chalkboard. It looks so perfect there.

chateau chic
June 26, 2013 11:44 pm

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

Gee Singh Newbanks
June 26, 2013 11:59 pm

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

June 27, 2013 12:29 am

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!

Donna Wilkes
June 27, 2013 12:36 am

It looks like a totally different kitchen. The home owner may want it to stay this way. Love that color and the plywood frame.

June 27, 2013 12:51 am

Per usual you amaze me!! I love it and the way it opens up the kitchen. It's amazing..

June 27, 2013 12:53 am

That looks great what a big difference.

June 27, 2013 12:53 am

That looks great what a big difference.

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside
June 27, 2013 12:56 am

Wow, what a difference that may! Love the new look!

June 27, 2013 1:14 am

Love the new look! Thanks for sharing.

June 27, 2013 1:16 am

Love it Holly and yes my first thought was OMG you took the cabinets down in a rental!;)

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage
June 27, 2013 1:41 am

Whoa…you are a brave renter! I am barely able to make myself put a nail in the wall! It looks much better w/o the cabinets and I LOVE the rustic chalkboard!!

Symanthia J
June 27, 2013 1:42 am

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 !

Julie @ Restlye Relove
June 27, 2013 2:27 am

Holly I love this! It looks so bright and open and totally amazing. Do you think you might go white with the other cabinets? x Julie

Katie Mansfield
June 27, 2013 3:54 am

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.

Christine Vandormolen
June 27, 2013 4:37 am

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?

June 27, 2013 5:06 am

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

June 27, 2013 11:08 am

I love how you think outside the box, even when the box is rented. You have such great ideas!

June 27, 2013 11:31 am

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

Susan Homeroad
June 27, 2013 12:11 pm

I love the junky wood Holly, your kitchen looks gorgeous!Susan

June 27, 2013 12:58 pm

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.

reFresh reStyle
June 27, 2013 1:26 pm

Awesome and I love the way you hung the shelf. Great idea :)Debbie

Leslie Lambert
June 27, 2013 1:32 pm

I adore this idea…how open! This would be perfect to link up to my Create It Thursday post…it's live now!

June 27, 2013 2:35 pm

Holly I love this, the frame is nice a rustic and chippy. Great move!Cynthia

June 27, 2013 9:14 pm

Oh my Holly! I love what you have done here….you are so talented and creative!!

Angela Ryder
June 27, 2013 10:02 pm

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

Katherines Corner
June 28, 2013 3:16 am

so clever! love it. Hugs!

June 28, 2013 3:19 am

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

June 28, 2013 2:30 pm

Once again you turn old wood into gold.Bliss

The Bold Abode
June 28, 2013 4:04 pm

Your a BOLD one! It looks amazing, Holly!

Ali Richardson
June 28, 2013 4:46 pm

WOW! That makes a huge difference. Looks great! I love the rustic chalkboard. Awesome 🙂

The Bashful Nest
June 29, 2013 1:35 am

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

July 1, 2013 10:23 pm

Wow I LOVE it!!! You need to come and redo my island!!!

Angela Santaniello
July 3, 2013 1:36 am

This looks so wonderful & you are brave to do it in a rental! Love the open feel, the chalkboard and the shelf.Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

July 5, 2013 11:42 pm

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

genny poulin
August 7, 2017 2:02 am

What an amazing job you did, it's just beautiful! Modular Kitchen CabinetsKitchen Cabinet Remodeling