One Room, Three Ways: Kitchen – Way #3

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

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


This next idea is also one of the kajillion looks I’ve been having fun dreaming about lately:


Again, 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. The only changes between yesterday’s inspiration pic and today’s: white-painted cabinets above our existing ones, and a “Southern Living”-style vent hood over the range. We have plenty of room in our pantry for a microwave, and I love the idea of having more cabinetry to store things in. (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!)

I found the photo of the vent hood on Pinterest:



Anywho, like I said, those are just a few of the things I’ve had fun dreaming about lately. Who knows what our kitchen will actually this time next year- ha!

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  1. says

    May I vote early + often for this version, if only because of the hood masterpiece? No offense, anyone, but microwaves-above-the-stove kind of bug me. And not that you asked, I dig the weathervane horse** a lot; a nice, big clock would look awesome on the hood, too. Newgate of London, please. **FYI: the Museum of American Folk Art in NYC has a 3-story wall filled with antique weathervanes.

  2. Clara says

    I think the addition of a top row of cabinets would be really smart, especially since that cabinet bank is the only uppers you have. (Upper cabinets get a lot of use when you have a kid in the house…:) ) I love the idea of adding some color with the island too.

  3. Carrie - Curate | by Carrie Corson says

    Loving this look! I would definitely say it’s my fave of the 3. I really like the wood slat walls. I also like the idea of hiding the microwave too. I’ve also seen custom DIY range hoods made of slatted old barn wood. Just a thought it may add another layer of texture & cottagey charm:)

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Shannon! Knowing me, we’ll end up with a totally different color scheme and with a totally different design than I’ve been playing around with this week! 😀

  4. Andrea says

    My vote? A re-mix of all three! Plank wall, carrera counter, green/grey island, subway tile backsplash and decorative range hood!
    I know whatever you decide will be gorgeous :)

  5. shelby says

    So, I love kitchen #1 for you, I think adding the wall planks and taking the cabinets up on #1 would give it that extra “something special” oh, and of course the horse, I like the horse. 😉

  6. says

    Hi Layla,
    Have you given any thought to having some open shelving? It lends a nice cottage look and believe me when I tell you having open shelves for dinnerware and glasses makes life much easier in many ways. I love the look of painted open shelves stocked with white ironstone dishes.

    • Layla says

      Hi, Joanne! Yep- I LOVE the look of open shelving too, but we’re going to stick with closed-up cabs in this place! 😀

  7. Juli P says

    Ohhhhh, I love the gray/green cabinets in the photo you found! I’d love to paint my ordinary looking maple cabinets that color and have a white-ish countertop and those ming green tiles. LOVE it!
    I definitely think that with your open floor plan, ditching the microwave to the pantry would be really a nice touch. However, not a fan of the big horse on the vent hood.
    I can see some sort of shelf on the front of it with all the cottagey type stuff on it.
    Love this!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Juli! The horse actually just came along with the inspiration pic of the vent hood, but I do love it! 😀 #IHeartHorses

  8. beth says

    This is my favorite! I also don’t really care for a microwave over the stove. Too “builder standard” for me. The stacked cabinets are definitely more of a vintage look. Our house was built in 1920 and we have the original cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling. I have to get out a chair to reach those upper cabinets, but I love the look anyways! :)
    By the way, when are we going to get to see your bathroom? Waiting not so patiently over here, Layla! :)

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Beth! I’m a big fan of hiding the microwave, too! 😀 I’m working on my half bath makeover post right now, and look forward to posting it on Monday! :-)

  9. Jess says

    Love the second. I love the tiles of that one. Not sure about the horse in the last? I love the white w/silver and the green/gray bottoms. SO nice :)

    • Layla says

      Oh, the horse just came along because it was in the pic I swiped the vent hood from- LOL! 😀 #IDoLoveItThough 😉

  10. Colleen Bloxham says

    Love these ideas but would suggest that the over head range hood is so much better than the venting microwave. A really good hood removes even grease particles, but mostly it puts heat and smells to the outside where as the other just recirculates the air and sends it back to your kitchen. Having remodeled and being a professional in the culinary industry I whole heartedly support range hoods. Good luck!

    • Layla says

      I’m right there with ya, Colleen! Definitely love the look of a vent hood above the stove! 😀 #EvenIfWeDon’tReallyKnowHowTo/LoveToCook LOL! 😉

  11. says

    Love these ideas! The white is so refreshing, and I’ve found it to work extremely well with sunlight! The green mosaic tile backsplash is also a fabulous idea!

  12. says

    I love the green. It’s a really neutral tone, too so it wouldn’t interfere with the decorating in the living room too much. He white and grey looked a little sterile BUT I know that the Palmer’s could warm it up better than anyone else if you go that route. All 3 are great looks!

  13. says

    What a tough choice you have to make!!! I love the ‘colored’ backsplash! Cannot wait to see what you guys decide!

  14. says

    I love this option. I believe, like many of the posts here, that the hood and the horse above it make this version shine! I can’t wait to see what your accessories will look like. Love to see some personalization in the kitchen without becoming overwhelmed by it. Great blog!

  15. Colleen says

    I like way #1, but, with the extended cabinets of #3. I think the gray painted walls against the white cabinets is pretty, and I like the microwave over the stove, but, I think the extra storage is a good idea.

  16. Sylvia says

    Have you considered cutting off the raised part of the island? Our island was almost identical to yours, with the sink in the island. We cut off the raised part and put a new flat countertop on the island, extending it beyond the island enough to have stools under it. It gives a much larger work area, larger eating area, and a great place to serve buffet style meals. Just a thought. I know whatever you do will look great.

  17. Laurie says

    I love, love, love the wooden planks — they add such cottagy character — also love the beautiful white marble and gray green island. The arch over the stove is lovely too. Layla, you have such beautiful taste… so elegant and luminous and also cheery! : )

  18. Gina says

    Loving all 3 but believe #3 is my favorite. Cannot wait until you post your finished kitchen. .

  19. says

    Gorgeous! I love everything about this… the counter, the walls, hood vent, colors… everything! Not a surprise as I love your style. Off to see the other posts. :)

  20. says

    I love all three, Layla! You can never have enough cabinets and a vented hood above the stove…an absolute must! I’m a junkie for subway tiles, can you combine 1 and 3?? Whatever you come up with it will be beautiful!

  21. says

    Quick question…what are your thoughts on what sheen to use on painted kitchen cabinets? I have used semigloss and satin in the past but I am curious as to your thoughts. LOVE #1. :)


  22. Ashley says

    So I have a question for you…

    What are your thoughts on mismatching metal finishes?

    I am in the process of planning a kitchen remodel right now, and I feel a little bit confused in this department. I have a cottage style very similar to your own, and I’ve noticed, in looking at my house, that I have some lamps/chandeliers/curtain rods in both oil rubbed bronze and pretty satin nickel … PLUS an entire remodeled bathroom full of gorgeous polished nickel fixtures. I’m looking at drawer pulls and pendant lights for my kitchen and feel sort-of torn. Mismatched eclectic? Clean and cohesive? Tough call, right? :)

  23. Jackie says

    I so love the color of your current kitchen cabinets!!!! Would you please let me know what color they are?

    • Layla says

      Hi, Jackie! I’m not sure about the cabinet color. They were painted the mustard color when we moved in. (They have a chocolate brown glaze wiped onto them, too.)

  24. rhonda says

    Hey Layla I really like #2. Thanks to your inspiration I just painted my kitchen gray owl (50%). I want to do a white subway tile for my backsplash but I’m not sure what color countertops I should choose. I am going to have to keep my oak cabinets:( They are reddish colored. I appreciate any suggestions.

  25. susan says

    Love Rosemary & Harbor Grey?, but I’m thinkin’ that w/the color of your granite and your hex tiles, leaning more to the grey. Gotta think about that granite when selecting your other finishes. Our’s is honed, absolute black, so we have a lot more “play” when it comes to selecting complementary or contrasting colors. Like, for instance, our china-red stained island! Cabinet paint is simply white. Whatever you do, I know it will be gorgeous! xoxox…