Inspiration: Kitchen

Thursday, November 09, 2006

I spotted this pretty kitchen in House Beautiful: Storage Workshop. It's not exactly a ground-breaking design, but I love its clean, classic look, and I think that I could re-create this look in my new kitchen. Currently my apartment has terrible cabinets and laminate counters. Eventually, I plan to rip it all out and start over, but for the time being, I need a Band-Aid. My plan is to repaint the cabinets and the countertops, replace the cabinet hardware and add some additional storage like, hooks, shelves and a knife rack.

I particularly like the idea of pulling off the upper cabinet doors of my cabinets and painting the interiors a similar shade as this sky blue. The counter here appears to be a stone (or possibly concrete) surface. I won't try to faux paint my counters to look like stone, but I think I will opt for a dark, grey color. Whatever color I go with for the counter, I think dark is a good bet, since a painted surface may be more prone to stains than the laminate would be, if it were left alone. New hardware is always presented as an affordable face-lift for the kitchen. And while, it is certainly cheaper than a whole kitchen makeover, all those knobs and hinges can add up quickly. I'm going to shop around to see what stainless steel and brushed metal options are out there. So, that's the tentative plan for the now brown and beige kitchen out in Fort Greene.

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