My new kitchen shelving {why reclaimed & recycled is the new rock and roll}

So, as you may remember in this post, I mentioned an exciting delivery from Caisley Co – a company who makes stunning pieces of furniture made from reclaimed and recycled wood. Well that delivery was of two new shelves to put up in the kitchen and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve wanted some shelving in this space for a while now but was waiting until I found the right ones.

Before

Kitchen before shelving

This expanse of wall in the kitchen was looking rather empty and sorry for itself. The corner only needed a little something though I felt to make it look more complete and cohesive; shelving was the answer!

Kitchen before

I came across Caisley Co on Etsy and admired their ethos for lovingly handcrafting beautiful pieces of furniture from salvaged, reclaimed and recycled wood. The rustic nature of the wood used really appealed to me and I try to buy from smaller, local businesses where I can as there are so many benefits.

When the shelves arrived I was over the moon with the quality. The historical character of reclaimed wood really is unparalleled and it’s a wonderfully green building material; using recycled woods helps preserve our forests and lessen the burden on landfills.

Wooden shelves

The shelves had been sanded and varnished expertly and they came with welded steel brackets already attached.

ShelvingAll the necessary wall fixtures and fittings were included, even down to the wall plugs. The shelves arrived promptly and well packaged and even came with a handwritten thank you note. Tucked inside was also an unexpected extra, a set of four pallet wood drinks coasters.

coasters

It’s this attention to detail which makes buying from local businesses such a pleasurable experience; the level of service is far more personal and thorough when compared with buying from the giants of the high street.

I’m really pleased with how the shelves look! I think it sets of that little corner nicely, it seems more complete now.


After

Shelving 6

shelving 4

Shelving 2

shelving 7

Open shelving is a great way to add personality and interest to the kitchen. It creates a relaxed, contemporary atmosphere and let’s be honest, a lot of our kitchenware is far too pretty to be hidden away behind cupboard doors! I’ve styled the shelves simply for now, sticking to just a few colours so the overall look isn’t too fussy or busy. I picked up the mint plant for £1.50 from Marks and Spencers (in preparation for Pimms season!) and the flour shaker was a lovely gift.

top shelf

shelving 5

So there you are! Are you tempted to introduce open shelving in your kitchen? Have you had a wonderful experience buying from a small, local business like Caisley Co? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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