October 21, 2016

DIY: How To Custom Make Your Own Exposed Kitchen Shelves

Collaborations DIY Home Lifestyle

Exposed kitchen shelving has been something that we’ve talked about doing in our home for a while. We’ve been very hands on when it comes to renovations since purchasing our own home and, I can tell you, there’s nothing quite like seeing the finished product everyday and thinking, “I did that.”

In true Natalie form (always putting the cart before the horse), I decided on how I wanted to decorate our exposed kitchen shelves before they even went up. It wasn’t until I found Snowe – A brand that really brought to life the simplicity and minimalism that I want for our home. Snowe products prove that simplicity can still mean big impact, and that luxury products should not only be more attainable but also be resilient enough for everyday use.

Beyond dishware and drinkware sets, Snowe also has a beautiful collection of luxury bedding, soft bathroom towels, thoughtful gift ideas, and even a delicious set of candles, so I definitely recommend checking them out!

From Snowe’s collection of beautiful dinnerware, drinkware, and other home accessories, I went with a set of porcelain salad plates, bowls and coffee mugs to place on our shelves. Comparable to your grandma’s old porcelain in terms of materials and craftsmanship, Snowe refers to them as, “Heirlooms for everyday.”

I also snagged a set of their Essential Glasses. All of their glassware is made from Italian crystallized glass, and is dishwasher safe.

The vision I had for my exposed kitchen shelving was to keep things simple, and not look cluttered. And while it can be hard to fight the urge to put every cool bowl, delicate champagne flute, or potted succulent I had lying around the house, the sleek design of the Snowe dishware made decorating easy. They really complimented the rustic, cherry wood so well and I’m really happy with how it all came together.

My tips for creating perfectly styled exposed shelving?

1) Pick a color scheme and stick to it. Mine was white, brown and black.

2) Use metals and greenery (like, plants) to create texture. These two contrasting styles complete a well-rounded design that works all year round.

3) Be practical. Keep the items you use the most on the lower shelves, because what good are your cool exposed kitchen shelves if you can’t really use them?

And, if you want to learn more about how we made our DIY exposed kitchen shelves, read below:

How To DIY Floating Wood Shelves

Before installation began, we had decided that we wanted a 1.5-2″ thick piece of wood that was at least 9″ deep (deep enough to fit a dinner plate on it). We visited a local wood store (Vienna Hardwood) and picked out a piece of (cherry) wood that was cut into two pieces, each 58″ long, which we then sanded and stained with a natural finish wood stain. We used these to hang and install them.

Special thanks to Snowe for partnering with us on this post.


I love how thought out it is. You really have put so much care into what does and does not make it on to the shelves. Beautiful textiles in here too with those napkins.
xx Jenelle