My friend Jenna was over and we were thumbing through the spring Country Home magazine. A kitchen with open shelving really caught my eye. She said "If I owned our house I would so have open shelving." I was like "Me too. Wait a hot minute... I DO!" So I did it. That same day.
So, to answer your questions before you knew you had them...
All the stuff I think is ugly like kids plastic dishes and pots and pans are on the bottom.
I actually use my white dishes so they probably won't get dusty between uses.
I only have a few small kitchen appliances. Toaster, crock pot, etc. I don't even have a waffle maker because I prefer a turkey sandwich for breakfast and so do my kids.
Even if I did though, I still have an entire cabinet that's empty on the bottom to put them in.
When I asked my husband how he felt about open shelving he said and I quote "My initial reaction isn't negative". So I ran with it. When he was helping me rip them out (which took about 15 minutes by the way) I could tell he was a bit apprehensive. But he loves it now that it's finished. Plus he always says "Happy Wife= Happy Life". And I am HAPPY so he is too! I love that man.
Now for the specs...
The color on top is (what else would I use) Swiss Coffee.
The color on bottom is Wexford Fog
The total price to install shelving and paint was around $200
The pulls are from Hobby Lobby (I got knobs there too but they didn't have enough)
The white dishes with the beading are from Walmart. They are super inexpensive and look just like Pottery barns. Here's the link.
If you have any other questions, feel free to comment here and I'll comment back so everyone can see the answers. I hope you like it because I LOVE it now. It feels so much more open and light. If you're thinking about installing open shelving, DO IT! You'll love it too.