Lindsay emailed me a few months ago asking me to help her with some kitchen ideas. Here was what she emailed me:
“Wondering if you would be willing to help me decide on ideas for my kitchen. I just got black appliances (rid the white) and now feel like back splash and a floor change would make the world of difference. Maybe new hardware for the cupboards too. The hood range is also coming in black soon I hope. So: if you have time and any thoughts could you tell me what you think would look nice in the way of backsplash/flooring and hardware? Thanks a million.”
After asking her tons of questions about her style, colors that she likes, and any thoughts that they had they emailed me and told me that they had just bought black appliances and that they had one idea for the backsplash:
“Also, we have thoughts about the backsplash. My husband works in he glass industry and installed this kitchen a few years ago that he really wants to replicate. It is one solid piece of glass used for backsplash which is painted on the backside (any colour). So the glass is transparent but coloured from the painted side. Not sure if you can imagine that or if you have seen anything like it?”
I was pumped! I love it when a reader gives me something that they have in mind. The glass backsplash was genius and it would brighten that entire place up and make it so fresh. I am so glad they thought of it and it was the inspiration for the entire mood board. Here is her kitchen.
What Lindsay wanted:
- Find a place for the microwave
- Add a dishwasher either on the wall the microwave is currently on or add an apartment sized DW by the sink.
- Wanted fun color.
I wanted the floors to compliment the black appliances, but still look good if they sold the house and someone bought another style. I love the classic look of black and white floors. Here is an example. I thought, what if you tiled in a stripe pattern. It would make the room look bigger and make the roo stand out. I googled it and found this and this. I was sold. If they wanted to do it on the cheap, they could do the peel and stick linoleum tiles. If they wanted to spend a little more they could do the ceramic tiles.
The glass of course and I am counting on Lindsay and her husband to teach me how to do it! You won”t see the backsplash in the mood board, but imagine the wall color behind it!
Keep the dark wood. I love dark wood.
The Mood Board:
Source List with Links:
Fabric: Joel Dewberry Notting Hill Pristine Poppy (For the window shade); Pendant: (For over the sink); Flooring: Home Depot (these are vinyl tiles which would cost them about $50, you could do ceramic tiles); Cabinets: Ebay (these are just for show, this is a color similar to hers); Hardware Pulls: Lowes (for the doors) Hardware pulls: Amazon (For drawers); Countertop: Lowes (This is a laminate countertop) Door: Pinterest (this is a screen door from a blog that was not linked in Pinterest…boo, You could replace the screen with wood and put a chalkboard or add more of the fun fabric to the back of the screen); Light: Shades of Light; Cart: Ikea (for the microwave wall…see the sketches below); Wall Shelves: Ikea (for the microwave wall); Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Waterscape
Here were my ideas in amateur sketches for the microwave wall. My first thought was a pantry but her pantry is in her laundry room, which is the doorway you see in the picture
This would be how they can use the space if they removed the drawers by the sink and added a apartment sized dishwasher.
This option is if they decide to move the dishwasher over to the wall where the microwave is currently. Its the most costly option because you have to move plumbing but not that bad because the washer is on the other side of the wall.
Here are all my ideas I gave her on how to DIY or other options. Its kind of long, but if you want to read them here they are.
Thank you Lindsay for thinking of me to help you. I hope this inspired your own ideas and I can”t wait to see what you do!