Shelves instead of cabinets is the latest trend in kitchens, I suspect because of the Fixer Upper show on HGTV.
Our poor long-suffering realtor, Trudy Tassin, whom we dragged everywhere, from Spicewood to San Antonio, once made a comment that “farmhouse look” is very popular. I’m guessing open shelving is part of the “farmhouse look.” That’s all great, but cabinets were invented for a reason.
If you look in the shot above, the stove is in between the two sets of shelving. When you boil anything on this stove, the vapor is going to condense on the plates. When you cook with oil, whether it is sauteing, stir frying, or plain frying, the hot air will rise, carrying the grease with it, and the plates will turn into a greasy mess. Then, dust will stick to the grease for an encore, and after a month or two, you’ll have this impenetrable greasy glue-like substance. This is a recipe for rewashing the plates every week. Not to mention the underside of the shelves.
Am I crazy, or this is a ridiculously labor-intensive set up?