I am giddy over my new pretty, pretty pantry shelves. Just days ago, they were a hodgepodge of mismatched boards and faux-wood stickers. It's amazing what a little paint and the old switcharoo will do!
When we started working on our new house, I was pleased to find a set of shelves in the pantry. They were nothing to write home about, but they would hold things and they were free and they were fine. There were 2 rose gold-colored pilaster strips, 2 brass-colored strips, 4 gold shelving brackets, 4 fake woodgrain brackets, 2 wooden shelves, and 2 fake-wood shelves. It was all functional, and I was grateful for it all.
...But not so grateful that I wasn't going to attempt to improve matters. I pulled everything down so I could wash the pantry walls, prime them, and paint them a very pale grey. You all, like my partner, are just going to have to take my word for the fact that they're grey and not white. My mom can back me up on this.
I scrubbed all of the strips, brackets, and shelves, and took stock of what I had. I decided to paint the wood-look brackets white with some leftover appliance paint I found, but the paint bubbled on the first one. This was serendipitous, as it forced me to understand that I could just peel the stupid "wood" stickers off! The resulting brackets were beautiful aluminum, and I decided I liked the look of the mismatched metals. I had enough paint leftover from painting the pantry and kitchen to paint all four shelves, and I feel good knowing that the semi-gloss paint will be easy to clean.
Finally, I paired the rose gold strips and aluminum brackets on the uppermost (more visible) set of shelves, and the brass strips and (virtually impossible to see) gold brackets on the lower set. I am pleased as punch about it, and would appreciate it very much if you all allow me to go on believing that these shelves will hold nothing but sweet teapots and darling jars of jam and rustically-packaged handmade pastas. Thanks!
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(Image credits: Tess Wilson)