I’ve had grand fun these past three months, helping a lovely couple revamp their kitchen, entryway, living and dining rooms.  Initially they approached me to help them with the myriad of design choices for their kitchen.  They had selected the tile, countertops plus they were adding a built in bar, but they wanted my help with other decisions and to give the room some personality.

The kitchen definitely needed a fresh look.  You can see the dated lighting fixtures from the  fluorescent light above the island to the fan with the tulip lights and the can lights not to mention the blue countertops and faded linoleum. 

I first tackled the lighting by selecting a number of pendants and chandeliers for my clients to choose for both the kitchen and the dining room.  My clients like overhead lighting so I choose a more streamlined fan with an LED light to replace the one with tulip lights.

A  good friend of my client’s with electrical experience tackled the lighting, including the new fan and pot lights above and the two pendants that hang above the island and one above the sink below.

The kitchen needed a burst of color that would compliment not only the various features in the kitchen, but that would work with the adjoining rooms.  I presented a number of different color schemes for the kitchen walls, the living and dining room walls and the entryway that would flow from one room to the next and recommended using gray and black as accent colors.

My male client is an engineer by training and clinical in his thinking.  As I was making my presentation on different color combinations, he asked me to “defend my position.”  I still smile at that memory.  Working with colors, textures, textiles were all new to my clients as they hadn’t had any color on their walls in many years, and he wanted to understand why I suggested that certain colors worked together.  Ultimately we selected a sage green for the kitchen with black accents to pull in the bar.

There was a piece of wood that connected that two cabinets on either side of the sink, which I recommended be removed.  With the large swath of wall above the sink, I proposed installing a tile feature, picture with tile so to speak.  I thought it would add a touch of whimsy.

I choose subway tiles as the backslash, and to set off the feature, bullnose trim was used as the picture frame for the diamond tiles.  An undercount stainless steel double sink and a sleek new faucet finish the kitchen sink area.

Even though the kitchen cabinets were in good shape, my clients were mulling over whether to have the same company that created and built their bar replace all of the kitchen cabinet doors, which was going to be a costly proposition.

I suggested painting the kitchen cabinets off-white, distressing them and then applying brown glaze plus adding new hardware for the cabinet doors and drawers.   Cleaning, sanding and taking off the cabinet doors and drawers can take just as much time as applying a coat or two of primer.

After sanding and cleaning the cabinets, I used my sprayer to prime the cabinet doors in some cases with two coats of prime.

I am touching up the cabinet doors before distressing them.

You can see on my work table, my handy mouse sander and a water spray bottle, rags and a small bottle of glaze and finished cabinet doors lining up below.

I really love how the newly painted cabinets look in the kitchen.  They immediately brighten the room with their streamlined and more modern look for a fraction of the cost to replace them.

My next post will include a storage solution for the kitchen, a kitchen table and chairs make over plus new curtains.