I removed those cabinets a while back, which opened up the kitchen but left me with a view of the ugly wall cabinets on the other side. What to do with those? I considered the same beadboard-and-paint treatment I gave the base cabinets, but that would make the wall o' cabinets even darker and more oppressive. And no aesthetic changes would help the cabinets function better - they were off-center, the shelves were warped, and the corner cabinet was hard to reach into.
Ultimately, I decided to just get rid of the darn things. :P
Of course, this left significant damage on the wall.
Including three series of nail holes the installer had created when trying to find the wall studs.
By the way, light switches and wall outlets can help you locate studs. Switches and outlets are attached to studs, so you know that the stud will be just to the left or right of the switch/outlet. This was especially helpful to find the studs in my kitchen wall, where (for reasons unknown) the studs are 24" apart, not the usual 16".
|studs will be to the left or right of switches/outlets (along the red lines)|
The walls are textured, so holes can't be spackled and sanded like you'd do with smooth walls. There's no way to repair the damage without the repairs being as obvious as the damage. The only real solution is to refinish or cover the whole wall. I decided on the latter, choosing a "tin ceiling" style textured wallpaper. I painted it white to help brighten the space. Then I installed some swirly black wrought iron shelf brackets...
topped with black wooden shelves. I used 11" deep shelves on the left and 7" deep on the right.
Total cost of this project was $76.50, fairly expensive by my frugal standards. This included
- one roll of textured wallpaper at $19 (Lowe's)
- two 11" deep shelves at $7 each (IKEA)
- two 7" deep shelves at $3 each (IKEA)
- four wrought iron brackets at $4 each (Hobby Lobby)
- four smaller wrought iron brackets at $3.50 each (Hobby Lobby)
- one package of screws with anchors for drywall $7.50 (The Home Depot)
But I think the end result will be worth it. With both banks of wall cabinets gone, the kitchen feels MUCH more open. :) Now it's time to pursue that "gothic cottage" look by putting stuff on the shelves!