You all were so helpful last time I needed a decision (the kitchen table) that I thought I would pick your brain again. This time, it is a wall cabinet in our hallway. It holds our extra glassware and is above a nook that used to contain a desk. There are doors on this cabinet but when I took them off to paint the hallway (and also the wood cabinetry), I started to like the open feeling so now I’m stuck. (Sorry there isn’t a picture of the real before. I’m not sure where those pictures are!)
In this nook now is a kegerator (Conner’s baby so he can have a freshly poured beer whenever he wants) and will hopefully have wine storage on either side of it someday soon. I want this area to be a wet bar/entertaining spot/butler’s pantry since we have glassware storage here and its a drinking station.
There are actually two sets of doors that go here. One for the top shelf (they are thin, small, full wooden doors) and a large set for the other three shelves (they are wooden frames with a pattern glass inside). They don’t match and the glass pattern definitely dates itself back to the 1980′s but if I decided to keep the doors, could always just use regular glass and make the top doors match. Have I lost you yet? Okay, look below to see what I’m thinking.
Love, love, love the patterned wallpaper as the back of these open shelves!! Such a statement and a great way to introduce color/pattern/texture in a different way. Since all we have is clear glass in these cabinets, I want to paint the inside no matter what to help the glasses stand out more but if we left them open it would be fun to do something like this!
This is an example of what I could do if I decided to put the doors back on (and also a space I would love to have in this house or a future one). These glass doors are much prettier than what I have but you can see the dark paint color coming through it and it makes a nice statement without being face to face with everything that is on the shelves.
Normally open shelving makes me nervous but for a small area like this with only one type of object on it, I feel like it could be a fun way to experiment with something new. I also like the thought of lightning up this hallway since it is a long one that connects several rooms so it makes me go back to keeping the doors off and using a bright and fun wallpaper in the back. In a perfect world, I could rip out the soffit and redo the whole thing with glass shelves and a wallpaper back but of course, we aren’t in a perfect world and I’m trying to make a change on the cheap.
So, what say you? Keep in mind, the hallways will be a light tan and the woodwork (crown molding, baseboards and cabinets) will all be white. If the doors stay, they will go white as well. If they stay off, you will see the white shelves with painted/wallpaper backs. Let me hear it, people! What’s your vote?