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Feb 4, 2015 08:49:06   #
Daisy 54
 
We have redone our kitchen and now it's time to come up with something to go into the space above my cupboards. So I thought where better to get ideas then right here on KP. I would like to hear all your ideas please. Thanks in advance
 
Feb 4, 2015 08:52:13   #
knitnanny (a regular here)
 
I don't put anything because I found the stuff I had got dusty and dirty...
Feb 4, 2015 08:53:17   #
Dsynr (a regular here)
 
When I lived in the apartment, I had a space above the cupboards also. I put bread boxes up there and stored the stuff I rarely if ever used in them. It kept them out of the dust and grease and looked nice.
Now, my cupboards go up to a soffit [space left for installing air conditioning vents] so there's no space above them.
:idea: Now, where did I put those bread boxes when we moved? They might be good to store yarn in now! Hmmm...... Yeah, where are they? I haven't seen them in YEARS....... :?:
Feb 4, 2015 08:56:13   #
ramram0003
 
I would put down wax paper or parchment or something so when it gets dusty you can just wad them up and throw them away. Airborne dust is the worst to clean up. Or you can put what ever you would like up there. You can put decorations up there but then they will get dusty. Good luck in what you choose.
Feb 4, 2015 08:57:39   #
Catladysher
 
My SIL would loves to decorate put sliding doors over her cupboards to match the decor of the kitchen. She now stores only the kitchen pieces she uses onece or twice a year up in the sliders... It turned out attractive and she no longer has to clean a greasy dusty shelf...
Feb 4, 2015 08:58:40   #
grandmann (a regular here)
 
When I had the new cupboards put in I had the cabinet maker seal the top to the ceiling. Otherwise it can become a dust collector, I'm really glad I had that done. The older I get the less climbing around I want to do.
 
Feb 4, 2015 08:59:01   #
chickkie (a regular here)
 
I am going to have the cabinets to all the way to the ceiling when we redo our kitchen. That space above is so wasted, everything gets dirty and grimy and I need to space!
Feb 4, 2015 08:59:46   #
pfarley4106
 
I always like to see antique kitchen items up there with artificial ivy or other artificial plants that can be spray and dusted at will. But I like the idea of the wax paper on the top that collects the dust and can be thrown out. I have asthma and dust is the enemy. Have fun and we'd love to see what you finally come up with.
Feb 4, 2015 09:00:26   #
kathycapp (a regular here)
 
I have a collection of cookie jars up there.
Feb 4, 2015 09:02:08   #
kiwifrau
 
grandmann wrote:
When I had the new cupboards put in I had the cabinet maker seal the top to the ceiling. Otherwise it can become a dust collector, I'm really glad I had that done. The older I get the less climbing around I want to do.


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Feb 4, 2015 09:03:54   #
Wine Lover
 
I agree the stuff gets dirty and dusty but what doesn't. I think it looks "warmer" if there are plates, crocks, pitchers or a small cluster of greens. (I use some greens and when they get nasty I throw them away). If I were you I'd display some pieces that have meaning to you but are stuck in the back of a cabinet. Displaying these items allows you to enjoy them and not worry about breaking them. Good luck and have fun.
 
Feb 4, 2015 09:04:09   #
kipsalot (a regular here)
 
I liked the idea of putting in the sliding glass doors. They sounded nice. The parchment paper was a great idea also.
Feb 4, 2015 09:05:28   #
debra rochner
 
You should consider if you cry in your kitchen as grease floats up and onto cabinets or whatever is on top of them. I have a large collection of Longaberger baskets, which I use but find it a convenient location to store them. I also have blue canning jars and metal sitters I collect. My MIL has a collection of "boy" statues. Artificial greenery softens the hard edges and looks nice, but you need to take it down occasionally to rinse dust off. A collection of platters and large bowls looks nice. I have a friend who has this is a good place to display collection or other things you like.
Feb 4, 2015 09:06:08   #
Jean Large
 
In my previous home I had the unused space above the cabinets. My dear husband and his uncle put in sliding glass panels. I stored all my pretty cookie jars in the space. When we downsized my new kitchen did not have space so I gave the cookie jars to my DDs and DIL.
Feb 4, 2015 09:06:35   #
Conchalea
 
I moved into this house 3years ago & love the space to put my collection of Depression-era pitchers. I put an 8' X 4" board to set them on because the molding covered them too much. I also drilled a hole from the plug above the built-in microwave to run the cord for a 10' string of lights which I laid around the pitchers to illuminate them. I like the effect & it's easy to climb my stepladder to get one for holiday gatherings.
A few of my pitchers
A few of my pitchers...
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