I’ve noticed that a big trend in kitchen design these days is open shelving and cabinetry. Some cabinets have no doors, and some have glass door panels. Some folks are opting out of cabinets all together and going with open, easily accessible shelving. Either way, all of your glassware, dishes, plates, and bowls are visible. I personally like this design style, although I’m not sure I have enough matching dishes to openly show, but in theory, I love the idea.
The concept of displaying some pieces of glassware that you want to show off for an aesthetic element is very doable with some crown moulding shelves or ledges. If you have a bare wall in the kitchen, instead of adding a painting or another piece of wall art, add some shelving and display some colorful coffee mugs and saucers like they did in this image. What I really love about using crown moulding for shelving is the variety of profiles to match any style. Not to mention, you can buy it prefinished in a multitude of colors at any home building store like Lowe’s or Home Depot. These shelves don’t have to be for glasses or mugs or plates. You can display anything of interest – candle votives, decorative jars, or small canisters.
In addition to making a design statement in the kitchen, ledges and shelves made out of prefinished moulding are perfect for organizing, decluttering, and showing off collectibles in other rooms. My husband, a musician, collects vintage metronomes. Currently, he has about seven of them hidden away in plastic storage beds in a closet. They’re too pretty not to be displayed. We’ve been thinking lately about how to show them off without creating clutter. Last week, while looking for some ideas, I found this great picture of moulding ledges holding die-cast metal cars. Though the shelves in this picture are too narrow for the metronomes, it’s a wonderful idea that could easily be scaled to fit the project.
This just goes to show you that picture ledges aren’t just for pictures. I used decorative moulding shelves in my own craft room as well. They’re perfect for holding ribbons, beads, paint, anything you want, and it helps keep my room organized, and not to mention stylish with clean lines. However, keep in mind, when you bare it all on your walls, you have to be vigilant about keeping things tidy. I’m still working on that!
I’d love to see your decorative moulding shelves! It’s such an easy DIY weekend project, perfect for these cold upcoming winter days. Check out my other DIY weekend projects on Pinterest.
The kids are back in school and you know what that means…little original masterpieces of paintings, sketches, or collages to exhibit around your house. While putting the artwork on the fridge is a great way to show off your little Picasso’s talent, how about honoring his or her efforts with a museum-worthy frame on the wall.
When it comes to frames, there are so many options out there. But you can make your own gallery-inspired frames using prefinished moulding that you can find at Lowe’s and Home Depot. I love the prefinished moulding because it’s so easy to wipe clean and dust, and it’s already stained or painted. Here’s all you need to make these frames:
You can use this same plan to make a shadow box frame just by using a wider piece of wood stock, so you can show off trophies and awards with a 3-D effect.
What’s cool about this idea is that you just hang the moulding frame right on the wall – forget about adding the glass. I love being able to switch out the kid’s artwork as they create something new, so this option makes it so easy to just insert a new piece of art in front of the old artwork without having to take down the frame each time (it doubles as a storage place for those priceless drawings!).
I also love going to flea markets to find vintage frames. They’re so ornate and full of character and charm. There’s something distinctive about marrying the old with a modern photo or piece of artwork. Here are some frames I’ve collected from flea markets and yard sales throughout the year. Recently, I decided to give them all the same splash of teal, a fun opportunity to let the kids help paint.
If you really want to make grand statement, DIY with style and make your own vintage-inspired frame by layering crown moulding and baseboard trim that again, you can find at Lowe’s and Home Depot. Just use the same plans as above.
OK fellow DIYers, inspire us with your ideas! I would love to see how you showcase your budding artist’s masterpieces. And don’t just think about decorating your own home with your kid’s art. The holidays are coming up, and what better present for grandma than a one-of-kind original in a beautiful frame!