• Wallpapering the Kitchen Cabinets

    Posted on February 17, 2013 by Heather in The Abbey Blog.

    My kitchen was renovated in 2010.  Prior to the reno, my kitchen was half the size of what it is now and it was horrible.  How I wish I had some photos!  Here is my kitchen after the reno:

    DSC_0446I loved the process of designing the kitchen on the IKEA website and I am very happy with the outcome. When I began taking pictures of the kitchen for my website, however, I realized that it lacks the finished, polished look of kitchens that catch my eye in magazines and on pinterest.  It’s nice and it’s new but it’s boring!

    Here are a few  kitchen pics that I love and have collected on pinterest (follow me here):

    Why are these kitchens so beautiful?

    1. Architectural details.  Beadboard, ceiling details and decorative range hoods all contribute something unique.

    2. Lighting.  Each kitchen has a fabulous light fixture that make a statement.

    3. Staging.  These pictures show the kitchen at a moment in time, when they’re looking their best.  The flowers, the fruit, the decorative canisters finish these kitchens perfectly, like icing on a cake.

    4. Fabric and pattern.  A white kitchen needs some color or pattern somewhere, whether it is in drapery, tea towels, blinds, or rugs.

    I’ve accomplished a few small tasks already.  I made a faux roman blind to introduce pattern:

    2013-02-08 10.12.06

    I created some topiaries for color:

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    …and this week I wallpapered the back of some glass fronted cabinets:




    2013-02-17 14.24.17I purchased this paper at Lowe’s for the back of a china cabinet that I am refinishing (pictures to come this week) and I decided to give it a try it here.

    2013-02-17 14.26.07I think the spanish tile design is so classic and the color is a beautiful greige that will work with any color change I may make in the future.

    2013-02-17 14.25.23

    Next up, I plan to create some open shelving over the microwave to display some unique finds.   Then I will stain the butcher block countertops a darker walnut to match the flooring.  Then I can give a proper tour of the kitchen and dining room.

    What do you think of the wallpaper backed cabinets?

    Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

    Linking To:

    Alderberry Hill

    Under the Table and Dreaming

    Savvy Southern Style

    Southern Lovely

    Beyond The Picket Fence






5 Responsesso far.

  1. Heather, I always love the effect of monocromatic wallpaper accents, it looks great.

  2. EMilyemilyemily says:

    Beautiful! I love your kitchen!! You can also use contact paper with prints for an easy application. I did this on the back of a shelf for a bit of pop! I host a Tasteful Tuesday Link party.. would love for you to join! It opens Monday night… come check it out! http://www.nap-timecreations.com/

  3. Beautiful wallpapers. I love how it look and your kitchen is lovely. I hope to do the same on my kitchen. Thank you for sharing.

  4. You just gave me an idea! It’s simply awesome! I love the wallpapers! They look so elegant! I can’t wait to try this! Thanks!

  5. I guess it’s time i put on some wallpapers. I’ve been wanting to do this for the longest time but i’m kind of scared to do it. Wallpaper backed cabinets sounds great, but is it easy? I don’t know how to get started.

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