“Let us show what life means to us with our actions.
Dreaming and hoping and reaching forward.
What does it look like when we come alive?
Let’s find out.”
A gal named Laura recently emailed me this photo of her kitchen and asked if I’d throw some ideas out there for her:
If you’ve been meeting up with me here for a while now, you know that I loooove playing around with photos in Photoshop, so here’s what I came up with:
To see it in presto change-o action, move your cursor on and off of the photo below:
And as always, these are all just ideas. Spontaneous, totally flexible, just-throwin’-em-out-there ideas that may or may not actually work for the couple or in their room…boom. I could have gone a thousand different directions with this photo, but that’s what I came up with when I sat down with it yesterday. 🙂
Okay, now let’s talk colors and finishes!
I started by “painting” the base cabinets a dusty mint color, and the uppers white. The island went a darker shade of green, just to mix it up a bit. I loved the idea of using corbels, so I suggested white-painted ones underneath the upper cabinets and black iron ones underneath the (newly-extended) island countertop. And speaking of countertops, if they don’t want to change their current countertop (or aren’t in the market for new ones right now), I think the current butcher block-look laminate will blend in just fine with the new color scheme. (Real butcher block would be another cost-effective/cottage-style solution. Here’s a great post about installing/sealing them: Butcher Block Countertops
I suggested using mosaic tile behind the stove to bring in a fun texture. I love the way this Castle White mosaic tile by SomerTile mimics the looks of an old pressed tin ceiling once it’s filled with grout:
Marianne from White + Gold used it on this fireplace surround, which shows how great it looks when it’s used vertically:
I’m pretty smitten with the fact that it looks like little clouds, too. Might have to use some of that in my Sweet P’s bathroom. 🙂
I suggested they use beadboard on the rest of the walls in the space, just to bring in even more cottage charm, and because it would be less expensive than tiling everything.
I suggested they cover up their existing range vent with a custom built cabinet/range vent cover above the stove. Just an idea to give the cabinetry a more “custom vibe”, without actually replacing it all with custom cabinetry. Miss Mustard Seed did a great article for HGTV.com about how to build a custom range vent cover: How To Construct A Custom Range Hood
Cafe curtains, white appliances, oil-rubbed bronze hardware, a pendant light, and a farmhouse sink completed my drawing BUT, Laura’s pot rack, or some more pendant lights over the island would be great, too! (I left that space in my drawing open so that it would be easier to see what I was suggesting every where else.) Ooh, and crown molding and recessed lighting would be fun as well! 😀
I’m off to pick up those old doors I told you about last week. Can’t wait to blog all about where they’re going!
PS- It has been a really fun week on Instagram! Jon Foreman, who fronts the band Switchfoot, surprised us by reposting my photo of Kevin taking a picture of the sunrise yesterday!
The band has a new single out called When We Come Alive, and they created a hashtag contest to go along with it’s release called #WhenWeComeAlive. It’s been so inspiring to look through all the photos and captions that are attached to it. Thought you might enjoy looking it up if you haven’t already seen it! 😀
(Mom (you rebellious, totally inspiring, non-cell phone user, you), click on the word “Instagram” above my photo if you’d like to see larger versions of these photos! 😉 )