Sunday, January 25, 2009

Kitchen & Family Room Redesign - Fireplace Wall Progress

The majority of the fireplace surround tile has been installed and it is striking. The tile has just enough texture and color to be interesting, while remaining a dark neutral that will work with any furniture colors that may be brought into the room in the future. When choosing colors and finishes for elements that are going to be around for the long haul, neutrals are always a good bet.

The mantel structure was fitted in place and is currently being completed off-site. It is minimal in design as enough is going on in this room already, and again, simplification is one goal of this redesign. It is scheduled to be installed tomorrow morning, just in time for the arrival of the painters.

Now this is where I get just a bit nervous. I am taking a big leap and committing to painting the mantel, built-ins and all the kitchen cabinetry, with the exception of the island which will remain as is. The cabinetry is to be painted Sherwin-Williams Softer Tan #6141, the color of the mill work in the home. The reaction from virtually everyone who has heard this plan is to gasp in are painting the WOOD!?!

Yes, I am. The cabinetry crown moldings, boxes, doors, drawers and built-ins each sport a different stain color. (How did that happen!?) To keep the stained cabinets it would have meant rebuilding much of the cabinetry. As I have always been drawn to painted white cabinetry, I leapt at the chance to bring them into my home as the solution to this problem.

Now back to the family room, the star feature of this room is the 12' soaring window framing the trees in the backyard. In its current state this window and the adjacent dark wood built-ins fight for attention. The idea is that once both of these features are painted the same color a cohesive unit will be the result. We shall see...wish me (and the painters) luck!


  1. It's going to be gorgeous and I can't wait to see it!!

  2. I am doing the same thing in my home---"painting the wood" and I get the same reaction! Are you using softer tan as a white? I picked Dover white---do you think I am going too white?

  3. Hi kottagekara, I am using the softer tan as a "white" because the mill work in the home is that color. I probably would have gone a bit lighter if this wasn't the case. Dover White is a beautiful light ivory/white, so if this color works with the other finishes in your home it will look great. I would love to see the results and good luck! It's funny you are also getting the same reaction...what is that all about!?!

  4. I too am drawn to creamy white painted cabinetry. I think it will all turn out beautifully! I can't wait to see it!


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