We all struggle with clutter. My goal is to try to eliminate it as much as possible. I am a true believer that if you can simplify your belongings and eliminate clutter you can be much more efficient and it makes your life a lot easier. Lizzy and I live in a good size apartment but the kitchen is small and has very little storage. Trying to maximize every space possible I decided to come up with a solution to the waisted space next to the microwave.
Since we had our coffee maker on the counter I decided to build a simple reclaimed wood shelf in the corner for our coffee station. This helped eliminate the coffee maker and grinder on the counter, freeing up work space as well as maximizing the waisted space on the corner.
I started by finding two simple steel wishbone shelf brackets at Anthropologie. Although expensive ($18 a piece) spending the extra money gave us something unique instead of a standard bracket you would find at a big box store. Anthropologie has a ton of great hardware. Check it out!
I marked the wall level and pre drilled the holes for the drywall anchors and installed them. I then screwed the shelves to the anchors. I prefer the plastic Twist and Lock drywall anchors. They hold a ton of wight and with drywall you do not need to pre drill. We had to drill them first since the wall is a very old hard plaster, it just made the anchor go in easier.
For the shelf I chose a piece of mahogany counter top I had left over from the island I built for the kitchen. The live edge and natural grain give the shelf a great character while giving the kitchen a rustic look. I cut the piece to fit the space perfectly. Since we have to plug in the appliances I drilled a 1.5” hole in the corner for cables to neatly snake through and plug in below the shelf. A few screws from the bottom to hold it down and it was in.
The mahogany was unfinished so I used a butcher block wax to seal the live edge and the top. You could use a variety of varnishes or polyurethane but I had the wax and it goes on super easy with just your fingers. Rub it on, let it sit for a few moments and wipe clean with a cloth. I used a board cream made by Boos. I find it goes on the best out of all the waxes out there and lasts a long time between applications. You can find this brand at Williams Sonoma or other kitchen supply outlets. I found it here on Amazon as well.
***Board Cream Tip - A board wax or oil is essential to keeping your cutting boards from cracking. Be sure to apply every month or two even if you are not using them since the boards dry out with no use. Always immediately dry your boards after washing to avoid warping.
The result is a very simple open shelf. The nicer hardware, and live edge gave it a bit more of a polished, warm feel. The previous dead space next to the microwave is now a useful space for the coffee station which also frees up our counter.
Its a good thing my assistant had her overalls on!