I'm ruminating on a blank wall in my kitchen. It used to display a large, colorful print of a vintage-poster. But I needed something to spiff up the mantel arrangement, which was looking fuddy-duddy and dull.
I am still considering this new look, which is why I haven't committed to nailing anything in place yet. The print rests on the mantel and the framed art is hanging by fishing line from the picture rail.
So the kitchen wall is blank. Very, very blank. I wouldn't mind it so much if it weren't the first thing you see when you enter the kitchen. And with white walls, black counters, and black-and-white laminate cabinets, the kitchen is pretty stark to begin with.
I've considered chalkboard paint, but I don't like how messy it looks after you wipe away the first scribbles. I also admire the wall-mount kitchen organizer systems from IKEA, Pottery Barn, and The Container Store. But again, I'm concerned with it looking untidy from too many spice jars and soup ladles.
I'm a wall-mount-organizer kind of girl, ever since I bought my first pot rack. I even created a low-cost version for this house. Remember?
There's such simplicity and ease in being able to reach up and grab just the cooking vessel I need. When my fingers are already messy from creaming butter and sugar together, I don't want to have to open a pantry cupboard to reach the flour. (Clearly, I'm not a very methodical cook.)
As with most of your kitchens, I bet, pantry and cupboard space is a premium. It's probably wisest to look into some sort of attractive storage for cooking staples. I have some cute vintage tins for my flour, sugar, coffee, and tea, which would be nice to put on display. And my friend Lisa is devoted to clear lidded jars from Michaels that she uses for sorting her craft supplies. Maybe I'll borrow her idea and use them to corral rice and pasta. Shelves on this wall seem to be the natural conclusion. What do you think? Can you point me to some clever kitchen organization you've admired or accomplished? I'd be grateful for some help!