Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Watch As I Jump Around The House From Room To Room

This summer's list of projects will have me jumping around the house, from room to room! I typically focus on one space at a time, but because of the long and varied list of projects I'll be working on for HGTV.com (writing articles for each) the schedule will be more random. While I hope to continue to make progress on the Master Bedroom Redesign, as other corners of the house are visited...we will have to see.

The next two projects will be in the kitchen. First up, painting the kitchen island! I am so excited. I have been wanting to paint the island for awhile now, to bring in a more customized, lighter look. Also, ever since completing the Kitchen Redesign, these original pendants have been crying out to be changed. They are far from interesting, in my opinion.


Here are some of the paint colors I've been considering for the island. Yes, a lot! The idea of painting the island green was very appealing. However, finding just the right shade of green to work with the cabinets painted SW Softer Tan, the tones of the venetian gold granite, as well as the flooring and wall color has not exactly been a walk in the park.


Using a cabinet door sample I had on hand, the testing of the paint colors began. The first colors sampled were brighter greens and unfortunately they brought out the orange tones in the granite. This was not the result I wanted. In fact, when reworking the kitchen originally, one of the goals was to take emphasis away from the dull orange tones in the granite and bring out its gray and taupe colors. I had to remind myself of this and rethink the paint color for the island. I have often gotten color inspiration by looking closely at the stone or tile in a space, pulling out colors from these surfaces. Looking closely at the granite once again, I saw some of the grays had a green undertone, which provided a clearer direction for the color search.


See all the colors on the sample door? Don't hesitate to test as many colors as needed to find the right option. This has become much easier as paint companies have begun to sell test size samples. While testing various colors, if they don't look right, try to pinpoint the exact reason why and use that as a guide when selecting the next color to test. Also, view the colors being considered in various lighting, both day and night.



The second project has already begun. The island pendants have been replaced with these pendant hardware kits, on which any shade can be hung. These great little kits were found at Shades of Light.


You probably could have predicted that I wouldn't be able to pass up an opportunity to customize the shades to be hung on the pendants. They will be covered in Robert Allen's Cats Cradle geometric print in Amber (brown shown left below). The Papaya colorway was my first choice, but when the fabric was held up to the lit shade the color didn't look right with pink undertones coming through. The more neutral Amber was the second choice. Covered in this fabric the shades will still be really fun, while also providing good lighting.


A screw on the hardware allows any standard lampshade with a washer ring to be hung on this fixture...love it!


And back to the paint color, I finally selected SW7052 Gray Area, a neutral gray with green undertones. (The color shown on the right side of the cabinet door.) In some light it looks green, in others gray. Most importantly it coordinates well with all the other elements in the kitchen and adjoining family room. Work starts later today...and I am getting help. It is summer after all, and while I enjoy my work, I also want to spend a lot of quality time playing outside with the kids while the sun is shining!!

28 comments :

  1. Yay--so glad you are painting your kitchen island. I'll let you go first and will follow your lead, since I'm sure I'll love what you do. Wish my cabinets were light, though. I just don't have the heart to tell my husband that--yet.

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  2. Oh it is going to be gorgeous. I can't wait to see it. Great information about trying to pick the right colors. Hugs, Marty

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  3. I love kitchens with an island painted a different color. I really like the color you chose - I can't wait to see the real deal!

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  4. Well aren't you going to be a busy bee! I love the painted island idea and that green is going to set it off!

    The Cats Cradle in Amber is going to be really nice in the kitchen too. I felt the same way about the papaya colorway for the boys room as I was going more for orange in there room, but I think they have one that is orange (paprika?). The Amber color I had chosen for my bedroom along with the Crystal Lake print in Amber. People are gooing to think I totally copied you when I mention the print soon!

    And the lighting... I can't wait to see what you do. I remember when you finished the kitchen and said that you will be changing the pndants and now the time has come! Woot!

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  5. You're a busy girl! I think the green painted island is going to look great! I have seen those pendant adaptors and I am excited to see how the work and look once installed!

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  6. Well, we obviously all get a lot of inspiration from one another in blogland! And good memory, I did say I would replace the pendant lighting in a post upon completing the kitchen!
    Janell

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  7. Those pendant kits are fabulous! Good luck in choosing your green~I finally found a perfect shade of green at Ace Hardware. Can't wait to see what you choose~

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  8. You are a busy girl these days! Love the color fits perfectly in the family room as well. Have a great day!
    XO

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  9. Girl! I LOVE watching you jump around the house! Go for it! Great color choice...can't wait to see the pendants up!

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  10. Those changes are all going to be beautiful, but then again your kitchen is already gorgeous. Love those pendant kits.

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  11. Reading about your greens reminds me how greens can be a funny color to get right sometimes. Some greens make me think of an institution type green and others make your complexion look like you feel sick. I think you've nailed it with gray in it though. I'm a big fan of the grayed colors.

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  12. love the color you selected for the island! and, once again, i love that you show the samples you considered, and let us follow you through your thought process! it's just as entertaining as seeing pictures of a finished space.
    i love the cats cradle fabric, and think it will look so great on your new drum shades.
    yay!
    :)

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  13. I think the color looks great! I have my walls painted softer tan and love it! I just need for you to come to my house since you are so good at completing projects. I can't seem to get things finished.

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  14. It is always exciting to make a change! The lights also look like fun!

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  15. Thanks for posting this. I'm in the middle of working on a kitchen with those same cabinets and counters, and I'm having trouble coming up with a paint color. The kitchen is open to two different rooms that are different colors. This is helping give me some ideas!

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  16. Gosh, I have a nearly identical project going on now. Painting the island plus a custom whole wall built-in (9' x 10') at the other end of the breakfast nook. Sounds like we're going through similar processes....but my cabs are a yellowy/cream so I'm testing blue/grays.

    Such a huge commitment when being painted in oil by pros offsite. They just don't take kindly to testing!

    Good luck!

    Ellen

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  17. I've used the pendant hardware kit to hang an apple green drum shade over my dining room table. It's so easy to change the shade if you get tired of the existing one. We ended up running the cord through a small PVC tube that I painted white to blend in with the ceiling. Having just the cord alone didn't look finished to me. My only problem now is the shade doesn't have a diffuser so you can see the lightbulbs. Will you be making a diffuser for your shades?

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  18. Janell I love these quick easy changes that will transform your entire kitchen. I like that it shows you don't have to break the bank to get a stylish re-do. Great choices on paint and fabric. can not wait to see the finished kitchen!!Kathysue

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  19. Yes, the kit does not have a diffuser, and it is really too bad as it limits the places this fixture can be hung. The island pendants hang low enough so that you don't see up into the shade and the hardware. I don't think I'll add a diffuser as I like how much light these fixtures cast down onto the island.

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  20. Oh I love the fabric! And all of these projects are fab, I can't wait to see how everything turns out. Your home is so inspiring, thank you for sharing your projects!
    Nancy

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  21. Isn't that how creative minds work? Jumping from project to project? I just got done making some panels for my dining room and so appreciated the tutorial you did. Thanks!

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  22. So often when you begin a project, it is something on my to do list, and I get inspired to actually to do. :)

    I want to paint my kitchen island, too. Not sure if I should invest the time since we plan to renovate the kitchen, but you might just get me motivated to do it anyway! Can't wait to see.

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  23. Oh, this will be fun to follow. I've already decided I want white cabinets in our new kitchen and want to paint the island in a robin's egg blue. I even think I've found the house....the kitchen has been recently redone I just hate the dark wood cabinets! I am hoping it is still available when we are actually ready to pull the trigger on our move! Look forward to watching as you progress!

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  24. Now this is going to look SUPER pretty....I love kitchen redesigns too. The pendant idea is great by the way! Good luck. :))))
    btw- What do you do with all the furniture and accessories that you replace?

    madebygirl.blogspot.com

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  25. I'm loving the fabric all three of them. But I think the first is a good choice! Can't wait to see the island after you paint it!

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  26. Janell…before i scrolled down to your pictures I was thinking a green island would look perfect. Little did I know you and I were on the same page. :) I really think the darker green compliments everything in your kitchen, but regardless whatever you choose I know you will make it look outstanding!

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  27. I am loving that hanging light! So very cool and inexpensive too.
    Can't wait to see the island done.
    Have a great weekend.
    Londen

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  28. i love ur blog. ur style is so fresh and gorgeous.

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