One Room, Three Ways: Kitchen – Way #2

Hi, and welcome to my second “One Room, Three Ways” (ORTW) post!

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Again, here’s a shot of what our kitchen looks like right now:


The cabinets are currently painted mustard yellow, and they have a chocolate brown glaze on them that you can see when you’re standing up close to them. The backsplash is some kind of travertine, and neither it nor the tan/purple/gray/black/gold-veined granite (nor the cabinet color) reflect our personal taste. I’m guessing the builder chose them because he thought they were “neutral”, but since we live and work here now, we’re looking forward to personalizing the kitchen so that it tickles our fancy…not the fancy of the folks who built it- LOL!

Anywho, this is also one of the kajillion looks I’ve been having fun dreaming about lately:


White-painted cabinets on the stove side of the room, (Torquay) quartz countertops, a (polished) ming green mosaic tile backsplash, a white-painted planked wall (that would extend all the way into the living room) and some kind of gray-green painted island. (Again, I left the hardware and faucet alone for this pic because my eyeballs were achin’ by the time I got done with it, but those could also be switched out for something else, too.) (And again: The photos I’m posting this week are just-for-fun ideas. Nothing is set in stone, and I’m sure I’ll think of a kajillion more ideas before we actually start changing anything in there- LOL!)

After I finished creating my inspiration photo, I googled “Gray green kitchen islands” to see if I could find any to include with this post in case anyone asked me about which gray green I would use. Imagine my excitement when my search led me to this photo that shows a white planked wall, a gray green island, and galvanized pendants!


A couple more clicks, and I found out the color is Benjamin Moore’s “Gettysburg Gray”.



I think it would make a lovely companion to the ming green marble tiles and dusty white quartz countertop I suggested in my inspiration pic:


I’ll be back tomorrow with Way #3, and if you’d like to see what the other ORTW hostesses did for their Way #2’s, just click on their buttons below!

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And don’t forget, we’re hosting a ORTW link party on Friday if you’d like to link up a ORTW post, too!

PS- I wanted to mention it here again today in case anyone stumbles onto this post and doesn’t read yesterday’s: Kevin and I are working on putting together a “Presto Change-o” class for, so if you’re interested in learning how to use Photoshop to create inspiration photos like the one I created above, stay tuned for details about when that will launch! :)

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  1. says

    Like this one because of the color — TY for researching the Benj. Moore so that we don’t have to! 😉 I painted my kitchen cabs a Benj. Moore gray way back in 1985! But enough about me. We, too, are going with quartz countertops. The cost for adding the cool, vintage-style ogee edge varies per lineal foot, but it’s $$. What are your thoughts, Layla? Worth the splurge? Of course, I value your opinion!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Kay! 😀 And as for the upgraded edge- my thought echoes what I mentioned in this post: If living on the edge WITH the edge makes you smile every day- GO FOR IT! I would! 😀

  2. says

    Love that island in the inspiration pic. We have one like yours and I find it so uncomfortable to sit up to. We have plans to change it to counter height in the fall. Your color selection and finishes are gorgeous!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Shauna! Ours is a little awkward right now too, but we plan to extend that bar top out quite a bit with we remodel it. A countertop guy told me that the back of your bar stool should be about 1″ away from the edge of the bar when it’s fully pushed in, so we’re going to go with that little trick! 😀

  3. says

    So pretty. I love that you can see it all before it comes together, that must help so much in trying to decide what to do (I totally need to learn how to do that). Looking forward to tomorrow’s look.

  4. beth says

    Love this Layla! That green stone is gorgeous! I was planning on using white subway tile for our backsplash, but now I’m thinking this would be even better. Or maybe the ming green flower backsplash. Hmmmm, Decisions, decisions. :)

  5. Leigh says

    I loved this version with the Ming green tiles and a pop of color on the island. You could even leave the original fixtures since they are cottage-y. Thanks for sharing!

  6. says

    I love that look! And those planked walls….swoon!!
    I convinced the hubby to put planked walls on a wall in our basement but now he says I can’t have them anywhere else because it would be “too much”. Thoughts?? My kitchen is sooo boring and I think that would look so cool!

  7. says

    We just chose Caesarstone’s London Fog, it’s new(ish). The Torquay was my second choice, but I loved the more matte look of the London Fog.

  8. says

    LOVE the walls! What a cute idea! The texture it adds is amazing!

    You always, always, always make my heart smile.

    Happy day sweet friend!

  9. Kim says

    LOVE this look! The planks with the colored island just add so much cjaracter and interest. So bright and cheerful, too.

  10. Carrie - Curate | by Carrie Corson says

    Loving the gray/ green kitchen inspirations. I considered Bedford Gray by Martha Stewart for our kitchen, but ultimately decided on white. For now anyway, someday down the road a few years I may decide to change it up you just never know when the redecorating bug may strike:)

  11. Theresa W says

    I LOVE this one! It’s neutral and light but with some color… gorgeous!! Looks more your style than yesterdays (which was still pretty! just very white).

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Theresa! Both yesterday’s and today’s inspiration pics actually reflect my love of crisp cottage style to a T, but the (good) problem is- I’ve got about 34,240,345,029 more ideas where those came from- LOL! 😀

  12. Donna Doble-Brown says

    ohhhhh Layla I just LOVE this option! something about green/s has been resonating with me! I might have to actually mark this paint color name down along with the back splash tile . . . . . thanks for always inspiring me! :) PS and how are those adorable animals??????

  13. Tracy says

    Just thought I’d offer you some food for thought.

    The Dusty White Quartz appears to have a pink undertone and paired with a green backsplash will only emphasis the pink undertone in the countertop. It’s not a bad thing, just something you should be aware of as it will limit colors you wish to bring in with decor/accessories.

    Your kitchen is absolutely adorable (well your whole house is as well as the folks that reside there are too) and can’t wait to see what you decide to do!

    Have a Wonderful Day!

    • Layla says

      Oh, that’s just because I use Photoshop to desaturate our current countertop- LOL! :-) They’re not “real” colors, and I’m guessing these pics might be displaying differently on people’s monitors, too? Who knows! But thanks for the heads up and wonderful day wishes, Tracy! Right back at’cha! 😀

  14. Mary @ At Home on the Bay says

    I love the gray/green color scheme, and the planked wall is such an awesome idea. … So pretty.

  15. says

    Love the planked walls so much, I need some in my life right now!! We just painted our kitchen cabinets a gray-taupe-green-ish color (Benjamin Moore Senora Gray) and couldn’t be happier! Warms up the space so much!

  16. Deb says

    Love your ideas — I just renovated my kitchen and was dying to use carrara countertops, but so many people advised against it that I ended up with quartz (Torquay). It looks great and is very easy to live with (both in terms of appearance and maintenance). It isn’t beautiful marble, but it is very pretty quartz.

  17. Kathy says

    I thought I liked yesterday’s. Today’s is the best! We will be remodeling our small farmhouse kitchen and I like white. However, the touch of green really interests me. Can’t wait for tomorrow.

  18. says

    I love how light and airy the white makes everything and it looks so good with the green/gray combo! Very nice!

  19. Connie Grimes says

    I liked day 1, but I think I like the subtle color added on day 2. Backsplash is amazing, planked wall to die for.

  20. says

    Another great option! Your inspiration kitchen is meant to be. It has The Lettered Cottage written all over it. Did the galvanized lights come with the house? They are great fixtures but not what I would think of for builder grade.

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Krystle! The lights came from the friendly folks at Barnlight Electric, and we just put them up a few months ago! 😀

  21. E R I N says

    I love it!! But I LOVE green!! that color for the island is great! I’ve just added it as reference to my paint color board on pinterest.

  22. says

    Layla I am loving your ideas and color picks for this kitchen! What a fun series! Lots of great inspiration!

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  23. says

    LOVE this look Layla!

    we just moved to a new house and our fridge is up against a wall like yours (ours actually has the garage door coming in as well – within an inch or so of the refrigerator) – I’m SOOO frustrated with this set up (we have french door fridge with freezer on bottom) – I feel like we have to open both doors to really get around in the fridge, since the left door wont open all the way. — just wondering if you have this same issue – I just think it was such an odd choice to have built a kitchen this way (although I have to say you actually have a little more room than we do- so maybe you don’t have the same problem)

  24. says

    I loved your first in classic white, of course, but was pleasantly surprised by this look! I am a white kitchen (and gray) girl but the subtle gray green color is nice. You always inspire!