When I moved into this house (sorry forgot those pictures at home) there was a nasty old microwave over the stove top and the fridge was in the middle of the cupboards. The microwave was quickly removed and the fridge was eventually switched with a cupboard - both of which really opened up the kitchen. Unfortunately, the cupboards were water/steam stained or covered in layers of grease that I still can't get off completely. They are otherwise in great shape so I'll paint them some day down the line. BUT - there were now empty spaces where we had (re)moved appliances and I thought two shelves would be great to take advantage of the space and get things off the counter. For the last 2 days I just walk into the kitchen and sing because I love all the free space created by two simple shelves.
See those 2 small cupboard doors over the wall ovens? Not the top and impossible to reach ones but the ones in the middle? Dad took out the shelf and doctored the doors a little so that I could stand muffin pans and cookies sheets on end. Another brilliant use of space that was once empty for it's inconvenience.
Next project is to add more shelves to the utility closet (one of only 3 closets in the house) to make it more like a pantry than a kinda useless utility closet. As it is now, half the closet was for storing the ironing board that is only used (rarely) for ironing clothes. That monster will be moved to the upstairs bathroom where it might actually get used. Oh, who am I kidding, I just don't want it wasting precious closet space.
I was going to list my wish list for the kitchen but you don't wanna read that...maybe I'll just go buy a lotto ticket. Wish me luck!