20 April 2010

Know any kitchens looking for a makeover?

The funny thing about Paul’s blog is that he doesn’t actually post a lot of his kitchen and residential design makeovers!! So I thought I’d take this opportunity as one of Paul’s guest posters to post a couple of kitchens — one real and one virtual.

My hubby and I recently finished our kitchen makeover (with some help from Paul). You can read all about it over on my blog, DesignTies. Here are a few pictures…

from eating area 2 RS looking down from FR 1 RS from eating area angle 3 RS

It was a long and at times frustrating job, but we love the results and we won’t be making any more changes to it any time soon. But the problem is that I have a great idea for a kitchen design and no kitchen to do it in. Know any kitchens looking for a makeover?? ;-)

This was actually an assignment for my Interior Finishes class. We had to design a kitchen for a single mom and her 14 year old daughter. Here’s a rendition of one wall I created in Paint:

wall 1 layout 11

The kitchen has white appliances, so that was my jumping off point for the design. The colour scheme came from a beautiful grey, silver, and blue paisley fabric and a blue chenille. The paint colours are Benjamin Moore: AF-570 Coastline for the walls, AF-575 Instinct for the inside of the glass cabinets, and OC-61 White Diamond for the cabinets.

blue kitchen colour scheme

The Shaker-style cabinet doors have glass knobs for some sparkle, and the drawers have stainless steel bin pulls (both from Amerock).

ameock glass knob 14303CSG     amerock bin pull BP53019-G10

The backsplash is this awesome mosaic from Mirage Glass Tiles in NYC. The 1” x 1” tiles are a combination of glass, metal, and stone. They’re like jewelry for the kitchen :-)

backsplash 1a

The countertops are Hanstone in Sterling Grey. You can’t see them in the picture, but there are flecks of silver that give it a nice reflective quality.


The faucet is the Belo from Brizo. I love the sleek & sexy lines!!

brizo belo

There’s an island with two nickel lantern pendant lights from Union Lighting and Furnishings hanging above.

union polished nickel large square lanternAnd three counter-height stools from BarStools.com along one side of the island. They’ll be covered in the blue chenille.

vega barstool barstools dot com

Dark hand-scraped hardwood floors to finish it all off: 

winter oak kardean

If you’d like to see more of my room makeovers and designs — both virtual and real ;-) — check out my blog, DesignTies.

Thanks for the opportunity to guest-post for you, Paul :-) Hope you had a great time in Chicago!!

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  1. Congratulations on your remodel Kelly. Gorgeous colors...very cheery!

    And fabulous job on your class project. Love all your choices, and you've given me a couple new resources.

    Thanks for posting!

  2. What beautiful finishes, especially that mosaic - I hope you find a kitchen to put them in. Your own remodel is gorgeous too!

  3. Your description of the mosaic tile as being "jewelry for the kitchen" is spot-on - nice touch! Glass, metal, and stone all at once. You CAN have it all.

    The punches of red (right down to the tulips) in your kitchen are just right; is the ceiling light fixture drop a scratch-built piece? It's a great idea.

  4. Kelly, your kitchen looks fantastic. Of course I love the mosaic on your backsplash. Where ever did you find it? :)

    Great sample board too! Thanks for filling in.

  5. Thanks to everyone for your kind comments about my kitchen makeover and my project kitchen :-)

    Kit: Great to hear you've discovered some new resources from reading my post. That's what I love about blogging -- it's a great way to learn about new things :-)

    Sarah: The mosaic tile is even more beautiful in real life. It's really sparkly and definitely has bling factor :-)

    Rich: The ceiling light fixture came with the house. I assume it was custom built -- it's the same oak and was the same finish as the cabinets. I painted it white when we did the makeover to match the trim.

    Paul: You're welcome :-) Some designer dude in Florida sent me a sample of our backsplash tiles, and it was love at first sight :-) Have I said THANK YOU enough times?! ;-)


  6. Kelly,

    Great gray & white kitchen, as promised. I especially like the stools and the light fixtures! Hopefully I can find things like this for my own future gray & white kitchen.

  7. Julie, glad you like it :-) The light fixture is from a store in Canada, but I'm sure you'll be able to find something similar in the US.... actually, just found it at bellacor.com:


    Have fun planning your kitchen makeover :-)


  8. Beautiful kitchens!

    Paul are you taunting me with this?!

  9. Great kitchen pictures Kelly! It really does show how much hardwork and creative energy went into it. After meeting you yesterday, I can see how a lot of your personality went into it :). It was really great to meet you. Cheers

  10. As I've said before beautiful kitchen Kelly! I love the proposed one I'm sure you'll find someone who will want this - who wouldn't?

  11. ModernSauce, Nimisha, Lisa, so happy to hear you like my real and virtual kitchens :-) They were both a lot of hard work -- at least one of them actually works!! ;-)

    I really hope I'll be able to implement my proposed kitchen one day :-)


  12. Beautiful Kelly!! I absolutely love that glass tile in your proposed kitchen, I want it! And that hand scraped dark wood is to die for. I love all of your ideas and I love your taste :)


  13. Thanks Nancy :-) My teacher said she wants those tiles too!! They're even more beautiful in real life.

    I love your taste too :-)



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