To skirt or not to skirt - that is the question.... and I need your advice.
When we renovated (actually rebuilt) our house and 2+ years ago, I needed to be very mindful of our budget so instead of built-in kitchen cabinets on either side of our range cooker, I used standard carpenter's workbenches, slightly modified, with the idea of replacing them in a few years. They are, in fact, working so well, that I don't think I will bother changing them, but I am toying with the idea of adding skirts to them. This is where you come in.
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I have been collecting images of kitchens with skirted counters for a while and I do find them very appealing.
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While I find my open shelves to be very convenient, especially as there is not a lot of space between them and the island, for opening and closing cupboard doors, I do wonder if adding a skirt would make my kitchen look a bit more streamlined?
My kids use these glasses 50 times a day and I know they will get irritated at having to push aside a curtain to get to them....
But in my home, I'm ashamed to say, aesthetics always wins over practicality, and they should know that by now!
If I went ahead, I would have a skirt that is easily removable for washing...
... but I don't want to have to wash it every week
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My island is tall and wide so tends to obscure the view of the open shelves from the family room.
So my internal debate rages on.... should I add a skirt or not?
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I do like the look of them, but don't know if they will start to become an irritation.
I tend to put things on these shelves that I use daily or, at least very regularly, so gathering dust is not really an issue.
I like my kitchen to have a lived in look, but not cluttered. There is a fine line!
But since I have open shelves above these workbenches and on either end of my island, I am wondering if that is not enough of my stuff on display.
If I add a skirt, I can use the shelving for things that are not for public view.
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But will my boys' grubby fingers opening and reopening the curtains, make them look tatty in no time at all?
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As you can see, I have lots of questions going through my mind!
So, please tell me what you think. Have you had experience in this area, or do you just have an opinion one way or another? I would love to hear from you.
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Till next time