Ok, so fast forward to a year or so ago, and I am getting antsy for some change in the kitchen. I was itching for something fresh, a little eclectic and a way to boost the architectural features without spending a boatload. Then I saw it...the dream kitchen.
I could picture myself walking through that door and whipping up a cake or soup and salad, while my friends sat at the island sipping coffee. Heaven. I mean, look at that oven hood and island finish! And the grey and white with wood accents is stunning. My wheels turned to...what if I won an HGTV kitchen sweepstakes and could completely change the footprint of my kitchen? I knew exactly what would need to be moved to achieve the same look. Then, I snapped out of it and asked myself how I could fake it. Then, I set to work.
First up, paint. Let me tell you, grey is hard to get right. The big pics are coming later, but I am very happy with the result. A medium grey that grounds the room a bit since there is so much white in the cabinets and flooring. As I was painting, I realized that I kind of liked the white below the chair rail, so I decided to teach myself how to do a board and batten effect. It's fairly easy to do, cost effective and really elevates the architectural integrity of the space. The boys and I made it a summer project.
Next, we used our spacer stick to place our battens and tape them in the place. I then borrowed a friend's nail gun and compressor. Wow! What an amazing rush being able to knock out a project so quickly. It took me about 1/2 hour to nail all of the pieces in place! Last was caulking the edges to give a finished, professional look.
After all the construction was completed, I really struggled with what color white to paint it. I tried several samples and finally landed on Natural Tan from Sherwin Williams. I chose it to help pick up the slight bisque color in the floor tiles. I still don't love it, love it, but unless the floor were darker, I don't think I ever will. Ce la vie.
I have become quite long-winded this post, so I will sign off for now. Stay tuned for phase 2, coming soon!