Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Friday, July 3, 2015

Sneak Peek Friday - No Uppers

If you remember, our current kitchen cabinets are temporary. Steve will make our permanent kitchen cabinets  with some of the black walnut we brought with us from our Saginaw trees, but that may be a few years down the road yet. We purchased some unfinished cabinets from Menards to use in the meantime (lowers only), and I painted them. These will be moved to the basement for a craft area one day. Since we didn't want to spend the additional money on temporary upper cabinets, but we knew we needed some additional storage in the kitchen, we decided to use some open shelving. We used some inexpensive brackets with pine boards. The trick was to get it the shelving up high enough that the screw holes we needed to make in our tongue and groove pine walls would be covered by our upper cabinets in the future. Thus, the shelves work fine for me, since I'm fairly tall. If you're short. . . fugettaboudit!

Here's a peek at the open shelving. First, a shot of the sink side of the kitchen.

Secondly, a bit closer.

Next, a peek at the stove side of the kitchen. (The outlet high on the wall is for the stainless microwave/exhaust fan combo that will eventually go above the stove.)

Lastly, a bit closer. . .

. . .all the while trying NOT to reveal too much of the surrounding areas. I'm holding back on you for now. Gotta save some for future posts, right?

On our way to Copper Harbor this afternoon. Have a wonderful weekend!

All is well in the Keweenaw.


  1. Like the open shelves! Good idea for temporary use .. Is that a wood cut out of Michigan I see? Upper AND lower peninsulas?

  2. Yes, those cutting boards were a gift from Steven & Beth. I don't have the heart to actually use them for cutting!


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