Continue reading for details on how we came about this plan and the items we'll use to create a stylish yet comfy kitchen.
To reign in ideas on how we’d make over their kitchen, I asked them how the room should feel. They want the space to feel warm and inviting, with a bit of a tailored style. The kitchen previously had a tired country theme complete with ruffled curtains, wallpaper, wood-paneled walls… and photos of favorite race car drivers.
Another important factor in the new decor scheme was a stained glass panel my mother had found in the attic of my childhood home. She’s always loved stained glass so she held on to it, hoping to use it someday. This makeover provided the perfect opportunity.
Taking into account my parents’ personalities (they’re both quite down-to-earth people who enjoy family, food, and nature) plus the stained glass panel, I determined we’d reference much of the decor from the Arts and Crafts/Craftsman decor style. They’d already purchased the lighting (see #2 and #4 below) which doesn’t quite fit this style, but I knew we could make it work.
Because we’re using the stained glass panel as the pièce de résistance, we won’t be decorating with much other color. Thus, we’ve decided to use my favorite gray on the walls—Sterling by Behr. It’s the same gray I used in my MCM end table makeover.
This cool gray will help the room feel more airy and spacious, plus give the room a more modern appeal. To complement the walls, we will use a medium gray for arched cornices over the patio doors and window in the laundry area and a dark gray for the countertops.
One DIY project will be revamping the upper cabinets. My parents are big fans of wood in its original state (I swear my mom dies a little every time I paint wood furniture), so it was important to keep this aesthetic of the cabinets.
They love the look of open shelving, but don’t like how impractical it is. A compromise: create cut-outs in the cabinet doors and use translucent plastic inserts. These are actually made to cover fluorescent lights:
Another element of decorating with wood was installing faux hardwood floors. They previously had carpet in the kitchen, so this was a huge improvement in practicality alone. It’s amazing the difference this flooring made—the room felt so much lighter and roomier!
To allow the wood and stained glass to stand out in the kitchen, we will be using white subway tile for the backsplash.
Since their kitchen is so long, we’re toying with the idea of using a bookcase as a room divider between the laundry area from the dining area/rest of the kitchen. Not only will this help block the view of the appliances, it will create storage and a home for their TV (which is currently on a file cabinet).
The rest of the makeover will consist of little touches to add to the Craftsman style: a Mission-style coat rack, oiled bronze hardware, wood baskets, ceramic/stone accessories, and a display area for their quirky magnet collection.
Stay tuned for more updates on this kitchen re-haul. I cannot wait to paint that gray on the walls—it’s going to be a huge game-changer for this space!