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Decorative brackets dress up open shelving while molding edges keep items from falling. Home centers and online sources sell a variety of similar brackets. Or try brackets made from cast iron, painted to match or accent the shelves.
I love this idea of the chalkboard backsplash but since I don't cook I'd have to just write speech bubbles instead like "HI! I'm your stove! I'm hot!" and "Hello there! I'm your toaster! I dehydrate your bread!" ... you know... cause my appliances talk like that.
A Comfy Cottage Makeover with Vintage Style Space Saver: Open shelves created with planks of wood trimmed in curvy moldings and perched atop scalloped brackets offer a space-saving alternative to bulky overhead cabinets.
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