I have been updating the house for about two years now. If you have been following me, you’ll remember I first put this condo up for sale three years ago when the housing market was pretty bad in my area. After two or three years of sporadic putting it on the market, I decided to invest in the house and put it the way I liked it. It had not been painted since we bought it and the original rugs were still in place. Does anyone remember Berber carpet????
I started in the kitchen, where I made my first mistake. The old kitchen laminate? counters were cracking so I replaced them with granite. I actually found a granite remnant store here and looked there for slabs large enough to do my small 12 x 12-foot kitchen. My first love would have been white marble. The kitchen is very dark, and it would have brightened it up tremendously. But could not afford marble and I worried about staining. Now I would look at the white quartz in the marble pattern, but that was not available at that time.
White Quartz at HomeDepot
Mind, my living space floors are all solid oak and so are the kitchen cabinets. I found this lovely golden, brown, black and gray striated granite with gold flecks scattered in the stone. I kind of fell in love with it: it was a bit wild and unconventional, and so I decided that was for me. It did brighten up the kitchen and looked great. Love those gold flecks!
BUT…….I felt the kitchen was still too dark and I wanted to have a bit more contrast against the gold granite. I decided to have all the cabinets refaced in white. Living part-time in Europe, white and painted kitchen cabinets are a common and everyday sight in most Irish kitchens. I felt the removal of the oak cabinet would also enhance the oak floors and not compete with them; Unlike a lot of homeowners, I think you can have too much wood.
This is the original kitchen with cream appliances, oak cabinets, oak floor and green Formica countertops. Just too much wood
This was step one- got stainless steel appliances and put in the granite counter tops with a gray glass subway tile backsplash.
The mistake I made was not going to the white cabinets first. It would have been cheaper to replace the cabinets that have fronts placed.
I had already upgraded to stainless steel appliances and actually thought about changing to white. I saw a home with white appliances and gold granite counter tops, and it looked fantastic but I decided to remain with the stainless, and I am happy I did.
The new kitchen completed. The spotlights in the ceiling, white cupboards, stainless steel, brushed chrom fixtures and fan, gold granite and my bit of whimsey. We painted the underneath of the kitchen peninsula a dark navy blue. My accent colors are blue and a dash of yellow.
I changed out the formal dining room in this house and converted it to my home office. We now have the one eating area off the kitchen. My dining room furniture is a bit too big for this smaller space, and I sold my cherry dining table- to my son….he got a great deal! But I kept the cherry sideboard; the main reason I bought the set in the first place. The dining set came with black painted chairs, and I had already upgraded the hanging fixtures to a dark almost black antiqued chrome, and I had John put crystals on that dining chandelier. I put in a new dark chrome kitchen fan and hired an electrician to put pot lights in the ceiling, giving me much more light again. The bulbs are that new blue light much brighter than the old golden light that was there before
I am using the small oak/walnut dining table John made as my dining table. The chairs and table legs are painted white and look lovely with the white cabinets…giving me the more French Country look I wanted. However, we mainly eat at the kitchen bar or out in the sunroom. But the dining area needed a table, and so the little[ almost 5 ft long} table looks great in that space. When we do eat on it, I put a tablecloth over the entire table and use placemats as we still have the set listed for sale at our Etsy shop.
This is the chandelier after crystals added. I love the addition of the crystals. It makes the room for me. I have a DIY for this here.
I love the crystals on the chandelier, and I have put a black metal mirror over the sideboard, but I do not like it and am thinking of replacing with this gold mirror I found on Joss and Co. Scipto
Today gold is making a bit of comeback as a new color scheme. Gold colored, not yellow brass but gold-colored fixtures are being sold and well as other gold elements.
The use of Mixed metals in decor works for me. I have outfitted the house in neutral grays and grunge with pops of blues and a pinch of yellow as my primary color scheme. Here is an inspiration picture I found online that says it all to me…looks like I should buy the painting for my kitchen wall. What do you think?
The blue-gray vase, the black, brown, gold combo and the mixture of metals; gold, chrome, brass all work for me.
Well, thanks for looking at my kitchen. What do you think about the gold flecks?