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By Jane Blanchard
My childhood cabinetry experiences were pitched battles of kid versus cupboard. 11-year-old me faced off against 60-year-old cabinets. My weapons were naught but 80-grit sandpaper and my mother’s ultimatum: “Get the job done, or you skip dinner.” Rightly terrified, I pitched in with all the fervor of Tom Sawyer whitewashing his fence. After hand-sanding 100 square feet of high-gloss enamel, I realized that painting a cabinet was something best done once, done well.
So here’s to five homeowners (and their kitchens) who took my lesson to heart.
Welcome to the William Wallace of bold cabinetry. This eclectic kitchen is in an 1843 home and thus borrows liberally from Victorian charm. Black granite countertops crown cabinets colored a bright, coppery burgundy. Even in a room full of exquisite detail, the two-tone cabinets stand out for their inset paneling and golden coats-of-arms.
A U-shaped aisle and central island allow a chef to access sink, stove and counter while pivoting about one foot. Note that, unlike a multicolored Queen Anne aesthetic, the kitchen uses the same reddish motif for the cabinets as the curtains, chandelier and flags.
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Green is a difficult color to pull off in a kitchen. Just ask the 1970s, when avocado-colored appliances made colorblindness a blessing, not a handicap.
This invigorating country kitchen boasts bold green cabinetry set afire by sunlight from the bank of skylights. The green is a visual stepping stone between the dark, textured limestone floor and the simple white ceiling. Woven baskets and wooden countertops preserve the charm; a suspended island pot n’ dish rack roof preserves the awe.
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Painting with yellow is like shooting with a 50-caliber rifle. Don’t miss. A misfire can leave a kitchen looking like a blown up fruit basket. A bull’s eye can leave a kitchen looking sunny, cozy and friendly – like sunlight, sans skin cancer.
This contemporary kitchen mixes high-gloss banana yellow with industrial stainless steel for a jaw-dropping effect. The flat-faced European cabinets help break up the sea of high-octane color. Note that since yellow reflects so much visible light, the homeowner wisely wielded it as a monochromatic color scheme.
A naked kitchen is secure in its cuisine. This L-shaped kitchen features bare, flat-faced cabinets with no ornamentation besides brown handles. Exposed timber beams and a vintage hardwood floor make the place look like a Daniel Boone hideaway.
Remember that even bare cabinets require a waterproofing polyurethane sealant to prevent rotting and cracking. Homeowners who plan to leave their cabinets in the nude should shop for maple, mahogany, cherry and other premium woods.
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Take a look at these distressed, blue cabinets.
Get it? “Distressed” and “blue”?
Ahem. Anyways, this kitchen offers little structural excitement. No Victorian woodcarving or Art Deco chandeliers or Contemporary breakfast bars here. But the kitchen does have cabinets painted a rich blue with a distressed faux finish, and that color alone rescues the room. Brown and beige lay siege to the kitchen, but it manages to stay special thanks to its stalwart blue. Because you don’t need a $50,000 kitchen to be bold. All you need is paint, 80-grit sandpaper, and an ultimatum: “Get the job done."
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It used to seem like everyone wanted granite countertops. Nothing else measured up to granite in the minds of designers and homeowners. In 2014, this is starting to change, with a range of different countertop materials coming into their own. Some, like concrete and stainless steel, have been around for a while and are rising in popularity. Others, like lava stone, are relatively new to the market. Here are some countertop trends you'll see in 2014 that are unexpected yet incredibly enticing.
Stainless steel is a popular look for appliances, and now more people are selecting this sleek material for countertops, too. Stainless steel is well suited for counters because it is resistant to heat. It is also nonporous, so it won't absorb any spills, and it doesn't stain. Stainless is easy to clean and hygienic. If you have stainless appliances, this can give your kitchen a unified, highly functional look. On the downside, it can be scratched and dinged, and it may show fingerprints easily.
Stainless steel counters must be cleaned gently. Use a damp cloth and stay away from abrasive cleaning sponges.
This is a fairly new addition to the world of countertops, and has been getting a lot of attention recently. Lava stone is nonporous like stainless steel, and it is almost impossible to stain or scratch. As you might guess for lava stone, heat is no problem. This stone comes in a wide range of colors, and you can opt for either a matte or glossy surface. Because lava stone is relatively new, it is also fairly expensive now; nonetheless, if you can afford to invest in high quality do it.
Countertops made of soapstone look sleek, and can fit into almost any kitchen decor. The surface is heat resistant, though not as much as granite. Acids like vinegar or lemon juice do not affect soapstone, so these types of spills won't stain it like they might concrete. Soapstone does require oiling and buffing regularly. Although the material is not as tough as granite, it’s a lot more pliable. This means it won’t crack and it’s less brittle. Furthermore, soapstone is non-porous and it will match perfectly with any type of kitchen décor.
Both new and recycled glass countertops are gaining popularity, because of the modern and artistic look that they can give your kitchen. A glass countertop can make a statement, yet not dominate the room. Glass is very resistant to heat and stains. It is nonporous, so it is easy to clean and very hygienic. On the downside, it shows fingerprints easily, and may get chips or cracks. To give your kitchen a complete makeover, opt for colored or translucent glass and have lighting systems installed beneath for a wow effect. Go for aqua or turquoise shades and you’ll transform your cooking space into an oasis of tranquility.
Countertops made of concrete are highly durable, and if sealed properly, can be very resistant to heat and scratches. The surface can be customized with respect to shape, texture, and color, to fit exactly what you want for your kitchen design. The potential issues with concrete are that it can be stained by acidic spills like orange juice, and these countertops are quite heavy.
This is becoming another popular option. Quartz is stylish yet practical. It is tough, durable, and long-lasting. You can get it in a variety of different colors, with a beautiful glossy sheen. It is easy to clean with just a little soap and water, and it doesn't require any sealing or maintenance. The potential issues with quartz are that it is heavy, and isn't as tolerant of heat as other options. Nonetheless, for recently painted kitchens with lots of modern elements and accessories, a quartz countertop will perfectly compliment the whole décor.
We love unexpected materials for kitchencountertops because they completely change the appeal of a space. Unusual materials are chic, durable and interesting. They give a cooking space a little extra without forcing the owner to invest a fortune in a remodeling. Which of the above mentioned materials for countertops would you choose? Are you into shiny glass or you’d rather go for Quartz?
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How hard can it be to keep your kitchen organized? It’s amazing how fancy and chic a cooking space can look when all the things inside are properly organized. Shelves, cabinets, countertops, accessories and appliances should all be adequately arranged in order to make the kitchen seem neat and modern. Here are some ideas on color and kitchen organization you may want to consider for your beautiful cooking space.
Small kitchen should be efficient, and efficiency can be attained when things are properly stored. It’s important to have tools within easy reach. If you lack space or you don’t have the money to purchase cabinets, install some shelves over the sink. Use them to place plates, but make sure they’re organized nicely. Don’t overcrowd your shelves and stick to a color palette to make the kitchen seem colorful and stylish.
When you want to give your home a fresh look, a popular place to start is the kitchen. This is where many families spend happy moments together, so it's an appropriate place to focus your efforts. When you want to make this key room more attractive, warm, or inviting, you don't need to spend a fortune on new cabinets and granite countertops. Just changing the color scheme with some paint can make a big difference for a modest price. Here are some tips for painting your kitchen.
1. Coordinate Your Colors
When you plan your kitchen upgrade, consider the colors of your ceiling, walls, trim, and cabinets all together. These need to work well with each other, and also fit with your kitchen's overall style, appliances furniture, lighting and accessories. Avoid white walls and think of a different color to make your space seem cozier. Your kitchen will be a more vibrant place if you paint the walls in a color (like pastels for example) instead of white. If you really want to use white, you can achieve a dramatic effect by having white walls, counters, and cabinets, and then adding splashes of color, but this will show dirt easily.
2. Balance Subdued And Intense Colors
Think of the different parts of your kitchen, and where you want your colors. You can use your boldest colors for the elements you want to accent, with subdued colors elsewhere. For example, you could use a mellow color on the walls if you want your beautiful cabinets to stand out, while using a darker shade for trim.
3. Use The Boldest Colors In Small Areas
If you want to incorporate bright, bold colors, think about reserving these for trim or accent areas. If you paint the entire kitchen bright red, for instance, it can have an overwhelming effect, while red in small doses can give a lively, upbeat feel to the room. Yellow is cheery, and it has the ability to bring a lot of natural light into your kitchen. For a sunny, cheerful feel that will tend to lift your mood, yellow is an excellent choice. You can use yellow paint on the kitchen walls, combined with white cabinets, to create a bright, airy feel, even if you don't get a lot of natural sunlight in the room.
4. The Color Green Is Soothing
Green is the color of nature, and it tends to have a calming effect on people. When you choose a crisp green color for your kitchen walls, it can give the room a homey, comfortable feel. Green goes well with natural wood cabinets, and you can also use it with stainless steel appliances, where the soothing green can soften the more industrial metal finish.
5. White Ceilings Do Wonders In Brightening A Room
If your kitchen seems dark or closed-in, painting the ceiling white can help to make the room feel more bright, open and airy. You can accentuate this with mirrors or bright surfaces which will reflect light around the room.
6. Black And White Can Be Dramatic
For a memorable kitchen design, you can go with a black and white color scheme, combined with stainless steel or black appliances. Accent this with bright colors on the trim and backsplash, and it can create a lasting impression.
Painted kitchens are always a convenient alternative to redecorating and spending a lot of money on furniture. Don’t forget to accessorize with fresh flower pots, they’re cheap and can really change completely the blunt appearance of your kitchen.
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The dining room is where you entertain guests for special dinner parties. It's also where your family gathers for major meals and holiday feasts. Though the dining room does not typically get as much use as the kitchen, you want it to look attractive for your guests and special occasions. Here are some tips to help you decorate your dining room on a budget, so that you have a stylish setting for those elegant meals.
If your dining room has windows that bring in natural light, you are in luck. The daylight streaming in can make any space seem larger, brighter, and airier. Use simple window coverings so that you allow the daylight to come in, while preserving privacy when you need it. One good idea is interior shutters. These are inexpensive and easy to install, and you can find them made of a composite material that never needs painting. The look is clean and crisp, and if you have dentil molding around the edge of the ceiling, it will go together perfectly.
Hang A Large Mirror
Buy a large mirror with an attractive frame, and hang it on a wall of your dining room. Not only is it a decorative element itself, but it can also help your room to seem larger, by expanding the visual sense of space. A mirror can reflect natural light, brightening the room, or reflect the dancing flames of candles at night.
There’s nothing wrong with playing with different styles, as long as you don’t create an unpleasant amalgam. If you’re the modern type o homeowner, placing a traditional rug right in the middle or the room or buying a vintage table cloth will make your dining area seem more interesting for family and friends.
Match The Cabinets
Get a corner cabinet made from unfinished wood, or buy a vintage piece from a flea market or thrift store. Put this in a corner of your dining room, and paint it the same color as the walls. This will give it the look of an original built-in cabinet, for a fraction of the price. Use the shelves to display attractive glassware or serving pieces.
Soften The Space With Linens
Linens are a convenient way of redecorating a room. Use cotton materials and make sure the patterns are in tone with the rest of your space. You can always add a pop of color if the space is too dark or too boring. Go for deep yellow linens for the sofa, and create some balance with flower pots in the same nuance. This idea will convert your gloomy dining area into the most pleasant environment.
Decorating a dining room on a budget can be challenging. First, you should settle on a budget; next, you must get your priorities straight. Do you want to invest in dining furniture or buy accessories to beautify your space? It’s always a good idea to plan ahead rather then get into the redecorating and realize you don’t have enough money for elaborate modifications.
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Paint The Ceiling
Most people stick with a white ceiling, but there is no reason that you have to. Adding color here can give your dining room a brighter feel, or a touch of the dramatic. If you choose a pale yellow, lavender, or grayish blue for the ceiling, it tends to draw the eye up, and open the space without seeming brash. If you are ready for something bolder, some dining rooms achieve a memorable look with a red or metallic gold ceiling.
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Create A Chair Rail
This architectural feature gives a room a traditional feel, and a sense of the elegance of times gone by. You can easily add this touch to your dining room, without costing very much at all. Just get a narrow stick-on molding from a home improvement store. Install this around the walls of the room at an appropriate height. You can use white molding on a colored wall, but for a more decorative look, get paint in two different shades of the same color. Paint the bottom portion below the chair rail in the darker shade, and use the lighter shade for the top portion of the wall.
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