Lawyer's Bookcase in the Kitchen

We've written about using bookcases in the kitchen before, but this is probably the best example we've come across yet. Featured in Sunset Magazine, this sunny yellow kitchen includes a classic barrister's bookcase updated with a coat of white paint. Lawyer's bookcases are vertical shelves, usually stacked 3 or 4 high and covered by a glass front that flips up and slides into a slot above the shelf. Constructed from metal or wood, they were originally designed to hold legal volumes and documents, but now they're commonly used as shelving in homes. They're not hard to find on craigslist or in thrift stores, and they often pop up in our Scavenger columns...

They're a perfect fit for the kitchen, since the glass fronts can be used to protect dishes or left open for easy access. The vertical height creates a small footprint, and the see-through cabinets make dishes easy to find. For more ideas from Sunset's article on freestyle decorating, click here.

Photo: Thomas J. Story for Sunset Magazine

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