As many of you know, I recently snagged some affordable drinking glasses that we love so much, which spurred a full fledged glass-fronted cabinet makeover here at Casa Petersik.
Here’s what our glass fronted corner cabinet looked like before my little spring update:
We love that it was full of plates, glasses and bowls that we use all the time (we’re all about enjoying our servingware on a regular basis so nothing feels too precious or underused) so of course when I picked up those new glasses I made a promise to John that they wouldn’t be tucked away for “special occasions” and that we’d use them on the regular. And what better way to remember to use something all the time than to have it easily in view behind the one glass cabinet door in your kitchen, right? So here’s what the cabinet looks like these days:
Isn’t it nice and fresh and light for spring? We love that you can much more easily see that the back of the cabinet is painted the same blue tone as the walls (the colored glassware really brings that out). And we also love that our new drinking glasses inspired a whole new palette that still accommodates our white dishes but allows us to showcase a few more colorful glass objects that make the entire kitchen feel a bit more vibrant and cheerful.
On the top shelf you’ll see our tall Ikea glasses (picked up a while back on a dime) which used to hide in the cabinet to the left of this one. We love that they’re out on display and that their soft celery green and yellow designs work so well with our new green and blue World Market glasses. These guys are our oj and smoothie glasses (we actually use them quite often, and surprisingly in nearly half a year we haven’t broken one yet).
And instead of displaying our initial mugs among our stemless wine glasses, we moved them to another room (stay tuned for those details) since they can function in oh so many ways (as pen cups or q-tip and cotton ball holders for example). And in their place we plopped some cheap blue Ikea vases (also purchased a while back on the cheap) just to hammer home our cheerful new light and airy palette.
On the bottom shelf you can see that we added a few objects that we already had (a green glass votive holder, two mini Pellegrino bottles sans label, and a cheap-o blue glass Ikea bowl)- again just to tie into our new lighter spring color scheme. And the basic white bowls that used to flank those plates are now just stored in the cabinet to the left (along with the clear drinking glasses and wine glasses that we offset with our new arrangement). Thankfully by bringing over those fun skinny glasses on the top shelf we freed up enough room for those other items in the nearby cabinet so nothing is left without a designated “spot.” So that’s how our kitchen got a bit of a pick-me-up for the mere price of our six new drinking glasses from World Market.
Sometimes I get too busy to switch things out like this, but whenever I take the time to play around with the items that we already have I’m always amazed by how fresh and fun it can be. There’s nothing like a work-with-what-you-have makeover. We’d love to hear what you guys are swapping out now that warmer weather and sunnier skies are upon us. Any spring makeovers going on in your house? Any new dishware and glassware coming out from hiding (or being introduced on the cheap thanks to stores like TJ Maxx, Target, World Market, and Home Goods)? Do any of you have a glass fronted cabinet (or some open shelving) in your kitchen that’s begging for a little presto-change-o? Let’s chat.
Kate @ Domesticating Kate says
Wow, looks great! And it goes right along with your “sea glass” theme, which I love. Your kitchen looks like a little jewel box.
Unfortunately, we decided not to spring for the glass-front doors in our kitchen reno (though we have a bar cabinet that would have been perfect for them). I’m still contemplating switching them out myself, but I’m afraid to mess with my (expensive) custom cabinets!
Anyway, it looks great. Can we see it with the door closed? Oh, and I hope you kept those wine glasses in easy reach – at least for after baby P arrives. ;)
We just were getting such an obnoxious glare with the door shut that leaving it open was the key to getting the shot. Our kitchen has a ton of natural light and a bunch of overhead lights so it was hard to avoid from any angle. Hope it helps!
Melissa Bowie says
Love the new glasses! I also love the paint color in your kitchen! What color is it?
It’s Glidden’s Gentle Tide (which has since been discontinued, but they should be able to look up the formula on the computer). Quiet Moments by Benjamin Moore is super similar as well.
[email protected] says
Love the remix! It looks as though it should have always been that way.
Jessica @ How Sweet says
Just love the colors! Looks great, guys!
Nienke at Revel says
Gosh that looks refreshing and bright!
Now every meal and drink you guys have will automatically feel more summery!
I like to mix up my kitchen cabinets every once in a while (kinda like a rotation) because unfortunately we always just use what is right in front of our eyes, right?
Not really a makeover, but I’ve added basil plants to my kitchen windowsill and strive to keep plenty of colorful fresh fruit on the fruit bowl on the counter. Looks and smells yummy.
Liz @ Bon Temps Beignet says
AHH I love it! It’s so “Spring-ie”!!! I’m trying to convince the hubs to make some of our wall cabinets with glass doors. LOVE!
Just yesterday I was playing wall decor remix at my house. I’ve been trying to figure out what to hang in our updated breakfast nook. I wanted something big with lots of color. After searching the internet for hours, I found the perfect piece … a bright floral still life hanging in my upstairs hallway! It had ended up there because I liked it but didn’t know where else to put it. And I plan to use your tips for painting the frame white this week.
I love the new glasses. It reminds me of some antique fancy soda glasses my grandmother used to have. Quick question…with soooo many designs out there for nurseries, kitchens, bedroom etc. …how do you choose/decide on which one you go for and do in your own home?
I absolutely love your website and keep up the great work. All the best for the future and good luck with the delivery.
Good question! After a few years of experimenting with paint colors, ripping inspiration images out of magazines, and watching hours of home decorating programs, we have finally cracked the code when it comes to what we like. We’ve realized that there are some things that we consistently love (like ottomans, woven/natural textures, capiz, blue & green, dark furnishings, pops of white, etc). And we come back to those things time and time again. The good news is that it makes decorating pretty easy because we have honed in on what tickles our fancy and our whole house feels like it’s cohesive because we inject a few of those things that we love in every room. So our best advice would be to tear out inspiration images and experiment with different colors, patterns and materials until you get a sense of what feels the most like “you.” That way you can more easily choose which direction you want to take each room. Hope it helps!
[email protected] says
Love those blue vases! We have two glass-front cabinets, but alas they need to be used for our most practical dishes and glasses due to space issues. But all our dishes are white so it doesn’t look too bad.
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I recognize those blue vases! Just picked up one and a few white ones myself from ikea! :) I love the blue & greens!
Liz @ Bon Temps Beignet says
I have to comment again… I loved how you painted the inside of your cabinets before but the addition of the blue and green glasses really makes it pop.
Have you seen Martha’s new line of paint at Home Depot? If so, do you think you could tell us which of her colors best matches the “Gentle Tide” color? I was at HD last night and (to the total embarassment of my husband) picked up one of every single paint chip. I’m trying to pursuade him to paint our bathroom or bedroom that color. Thanks! : )
We have seen that line of paint but I don’t have a paint deck from them yet… so unfortunately I can’t find a match for you. But they do color matching with her paint so you can bring the Benjamin Moore swatch that we recommended up to the desk and they can color match it to her paint. Hope it helps!
Eric @ my first Garage says
My wife and I have the exact same initial mugs (except ours are J & E). They are dedicated to be used for only tomato soup on sick days.
Ashley @ The Design Thief says
I love it! The colored glass definitely makes it feel like spring/summer. I often times will find one piece/set at a discount store and re-do everything around it.
So light and ‘springy’! I love those glasses from World Market – such fun colors. I’m on the hunt for some new glasses so I’ll have to check World Market.
Rachel @ The Avid Appetite says
Such a refreshing color palette for Spring! I love your ideas on adding one or two small items and reusing other pieces that you already have…trying to slowly build my collection so that I can do the same! As per usual, great ideas!
What a fun change. I just love doing things like this, though, I haven’t made any changes yet this Spring.
I just have to tell you that this weekend I dreamed that I was at your house and you were giving me a tour. I remember thinking, “Well, this looks nothing like it does on the website!”. I woke up and laughed when I remembered the dream. I guess that means I am visiting your blog much too often! :-)
Haha that’s too funny Melly. I hope our house wasn’t a total wreck in your dream!
Love the switch! This post reminds me of my favorite quote, “Don’t ever save anything for a special occasion, being alive is the special occasion.” =) Thanks for the continuing inspiration!
Love that quote!
Regarding paint-matching, you might want to check out myperfectcolor.com. You can search by paint color or number of most any brand and it will generate a matching Benjamin Moore paint color. You can even order small sample cans. It’s a very good website for those who are obsessed with painting. The sample cans are 12 ounces I think and cost aboaut $7.00. Good luck.
Great tip Sally!
Jessica F. says
Random question – the “S” and “J” mugs…where did you get them/are they still for sale somewhere? I absolutely adore them!!!
They’re from Anthropologie. Just $6 a pop! We’ve also seen similar $3 versions at Home Goods.
To minimize glare in photos, I have polarizer filters that thread onto all of my dSLR lenses. I paid $10-20 for each of mine, and I can’t imagine taking pictures without them. Polarizers give you gorgeous control over sky and water shots, and depending on the harshness and angle of the light, pretty much eliminate glare in interior shots.
Thanks so much for the tip Michelle! We’ll have to look into one of those.
The cabinet changes look great. Although I must admit that as I was reading your post I just couldn’t help thinking, “Wow, Sherry is really nesting!” How far away is your due date…?
Guilty as charged. I actually went on a window washing spree a few days ago. I’m due on the 19th, so it’s down to 16 days and counting!
Me again. Quick and short question: did you make the monogrammed latte cups or did you buy them? If you did make them, do you have the “how to” posted? They are super cute.
They’re from Anthropologie. Just $6 a pop! We’ve also seen similar $3 versions at Home Goods.
I just love your blog guys!! I saw the glasses you mentioned at anthro, so glad to hear you can find them even cheaper at WM!
I recently did a little spring switcheroo on our mantel.
The only new purchase was the mirror and it was from Home Goods so it didn’t break the bank!
I’m new to blogging and your blog really inspired me to try it. Keep up the great work!!
Love the change! It looks so pretty. Those IKEA glasses on the top shelf are so fun. I have 2 sets bought on the cheap too!
Okay, I can’t help asking. If you use those glasses all the time for OJ and smoothies, why are the on the top shelf? Trying to imagine short lil’ preggo Sherry trying to reach them. Or do you keep a step ladder close by? :o)
Good question! This might sound weird, but John is the beverage guy in our house. He’s always whipping up smoothies and pouring ice cold orange juice for us on a hot weekend- so he’s usually the glass retriever (which is why they’re fine on that top shelf). In fact, back when they were stored in the other cabinet they were also on the top shelf in there since it’s never something I reach for (I’m the lazy girl who sips water from my Klean Kanteen all day). And if I’m really in the mood for oj or chocolate milk, my new glasses on the second shelf are easily reachable. Hope it helps!
Why oh why can’t I score a mood board? I waited from around 7:40 till about 8:20, constantly refreshing the “Design Advice” page but still no luck. Oh well, I’ll try my luck again next Monday. I’ve been trying for the past 3 weeks but I guess other people are faster than me. Love your blog!!!!
We’re so sorry! We wish there were more hours in the day to take on more than 1-2 clients a week, but we sadly haven’t figured out how to clone ourselves… yet! We usually have a few dozen people squatting the Design Advice page and refreshing the page just as you’ve done, so we hope you’re not discouraged. They’re selling out in around 15 seconds (craziness!) but we’re sure you’ll snag a board one of these days! Finger crossed for you…
Hi, Sher –
Love this transformation! tres chic! It’s so funny that it’s spring now because I find myself looking around my house trying to “spring up” vignettes all over. I just did a redux on my coffee table and love the transformation! you can check it out here:
Keep up the good work!
Ha ha – love the “squatting” comment:
“We usually have a few dozen people squatting the Design Advice page”
You guys are masters at the DIY thing for sure, but I equally and happily love your stellar mastery of the written word just as much!
Love this post too BTW
I have been admiring these glasses for a while! They really brighten up your kitchen. I think you may have just talked me into them.
Bonnie Owens says
Your new theme looks great for spring/summer. It has such a beachy feel.
I like the ideas of not putting special dishware out of commission just for the sake of preservation. Since we have so many little hands around our house dropping and breaking things, I moved some of our nice china and even ornate stemware into my vanity. I use it to organize things like hair ties, barrettes, q-tips, etc. That way I save them from my kids, but I still get to look at them everyday.
Congrats and good luck on the baby!
E l l e S e e s says
WHy are the Pelligrino bottles always there? Just display? A memory? The color? I was just wondering, since I’ve seen them in several photos.
The answer is both. I love them for the color and for the memory-factor. Growing up we always had bottles of Pellegrino around the house (my cute italian momma loves to push food and drinks on anyone who drops by) so it reminds me of home and my mom and of course you know we love green glass. Hope it helps!
Love it! make me want to rethink ways to us my Depression Glass. It is about the same shade of green and I might have a few pieces of the blue.
Rachel May says
Beautiful and a steal as always. I’ve been lurking around your blog for a while (love looking through your archives and seeing the evolution of your home!) I was thinking as a random decorative item, that you could do something that I’ve seen at Anthropologie and places like that-you take a glass vase and put pinto beans into the bottom. Add a tea light or a votive and you have a nice little centerpiece! I thought pinto beans would be a good color for your design aesthetic.
Love your blog-very inspirational!
Nice! I love how great the colors work together, and it really looks fresh and spring-y.
I made a chevron pattern in photoshop the other day and framed it for a quick and easy change. And I always have flowers around, which can make such a difference!
I’m pretty sure that your “before” cabinet display and our current cabinet display are first cousins. Except ours have an F and an S mug on the shelf above our white plates ;)
I have a paint question…if you want to fix holes in the wall (where pictures used to hang, etc), do you have to fill in the hole before you paint over it? Do you have any tutorials on this? Thanks!
Just grab some spackle (we like Dap Crackshot) and a flexible putty knife to fill those holes with ease. Any hardware store employee should be able to help you find everything you need. Good luck!
Leslie Genchi says
Love it! Looks so fresh, just in time for spring! You have great taste and amazing style :)
where did you get those little green bowls on the counter and what do you use them for?
They were a gift from a friend (handmade & glazed by an artisan) but we’ve seen similar ones at places like TJ Maxx and HomeGoods. We love using them for things like pistachios or fruit (even ice cream) when we’re in the mood for a smaller serving than a big cereal bowl.
Awesome colors! Speaking of fun hues, check out this quiz! http://www.xrite.com/custom_page.aspx?PageID=77
I got a 4, and my boyfriend got a 3 (I am NOT amused!) Even have a friend who scored perfectly (I’m calling shenanigans!)
Fun! Thanks for the link.
Amazingly tidy – both before and after.
I love your cabinet makeover! It looks so fresh and fun! I just wanted to let you and anyone else know that I just made a trip to Home Depot last weekend and they happily mixed Glidden’s Gentle Tide up for me…even though they no longer have the samples, it is definitely still in their computer! And I LOVE it! Thanks again for all your inspiration!
So good to know Leah! They told us it was still possible to look it up on the computer, but we’re definitely glad to hear that actually tried it with success! And of course we’re glad you love the color. It’s our favorite too.
Apartment B says
So cute! I want to get ready for spring but it is still very much like winter in my neck of the woods. I love how the new glasses inspired a whole new look in your cupboard.
Jennifer Lister says
LOVE IT! So perfect for Spring! I’m inspired to update my house!
Just had to stop back over and thank you for visiting my blog AND commenting!! It made my day/week/YEAR!! I even blogged about it.
Thanks Heather! You’re so sweet. And we really appreciate the shout out!
LW @ Aisle to Aloha says
Hey guys! Fun fun fun! I’ve recently been on a blue and green kick so I love how you brought in those colors to your cabinets!
So, honestly, do you keep the green bottles and the votive holder by your plates all the time? Seems to me like it would get annoying moving them out of the way to snag a plate. At least I know my husband would not go for this–he’d be moving those pretty bottles in an instant! :)
Yup they’re still there and they’re not a bother at all. The green bottles & votive are far enough away from the plates that they don’t get in the way when we’re grabbing dishes. And we’re used to picking up bowls to get to plates (see the before pic) so now we only have to pick up one (the blue glass one) instead of a big stack of them like we used to. It’s honestly easier than it was before!
Love the makeover but am I the only person who gets grossed out drinking oj out of a colored glass?? I grew up dreaming about a blue and yellow kitchen someday, got myself some beautiful cobalt blue glasses in college, and then hated them after I poured orange juice in them! Ever make design decisions that ended up being not functional, even if they’re pretty?
Hmm, we can’t really think of a design decision that we made that wasn’t functional since we spend a lot of time thinking about how to pack as much function into our tiny house as possible. We’re definitely work-with-what-you-have kind of people, so while we’ll totally admit that chocolate milk looks funny in our tinted glasses, it still tastes just as delicious so it’s all good.
Does anyone have advice on making an original cabinet door into a glass one? My husband and I are gearing up to paint our cabinents instead of do a complete custom cabinet makeover (we dont plan on staying in our house for long term so dont want to invest that much). I thought it would be nice to switch out two of our cabinet doors for glass ones to do a display much like this and to open the kitchen up a bit. Is this an easy DIY thing or should we go for the professionals on this one to? Any ideas??
Oh yeah, it’s a pretty easy DIY task to tackle. Just cut out a rectangle in your cabinet (you can even follow the shape of yours if it’s recessed) and get a custom piece of glass made to slip behind the open frame (which should only run you around $20-50). I bet you can google around for a bunch of tutorials. Good luck!
Love the pellegrino glasses. Speaking of reusing…I have a question. I love these (http://www.potterybarn.com/products/mason-jar-hanging-candleholder/?pkey=csale-vases-candlelight) but think it’s silly to pay $6 plus shipping when I can get my own jars for free. So I was going to try using some empty spaghetti sauce jars since they’re a great size and shape, but the label leaves a pesky residue. I’ve tried goo-gone to no avail…Any tips on removing it?
Already tackled! Here’s a post all about it: https://www.younghouselove.com/super-soaker/
SO lovely!! I love all things blue and green – especially glassware, so this is definitely art to me! What a nice way to add some color to your kitchen! Funny thing, I actually wanted to share this DIY wedding centerpiece post I just found on Oncewed.com (awesome site btw totally lovin all wedding DIY ideas these days)….I thought they looked like your glasses…just another beautiful unique way to use them…I love the cluster of them with the white blooms…ahhh…perrrty…anyway, take care!!!
So charming and sweet! Thanks for the link.