Do you think shelves instead of kitchen cabinets suck?
August 1, 2011 4:49 PM Subscribe
An open shelf kitchen. Will it give my resale value the kiss of death?
posted by Foam Pants to home & garden (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have a tiny little kitchen. I have no money. When I moved in the 1963 cabinets were in poor shape, especially the doors that I just tossed rather than try to salvage. For the last three years, I have been living with open cabinets. The arrangement is poor and really doesn't give me much storage. I don't have the money to replace all the cabinets. I can replace the doors with a lot of elbow grease getting layers of paint off of the wood laminated cases and then painting the new doors to match. I could increase my storage by demolishing the empty cabinet soffit and making open shelving all the way to the ceiling, possibly putting in new closed cabinets around the range.
I am already living with open shelves so I don't mind them and actually prefer them. I may be moving within the year and will rent it out, possibly selling it within two years. I really want to do shelves. Is this a really shitty idea? Anybody have any experience?