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Topic: Updated kitchen - inspired by Italian pottery (pic hvy!)  (Read 8220 times)
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StacyCK
« on: May 12, 2009 07:23:12 AM »

Well, this was supposed to be a low cost makeover.  When it started I was just going to paint the cabinets, take down the wallpaper and paint the walls, and add crown moulding to the soffit.  It ballooned (as most things tend to do!) and we ended up replacing the countertops with quartz and doing a tile backsplash.  We bought this house 6 years ago and we have gradually added color to a pretty drab decorating style.  We plan to live here for awhile and are decorating it to suit our style.  This is by far the most we've spent on any room, since most things have just been paint.  I have several rooms that took me three full days to paint, due to the techniques I've used.

I bought some Italian pottery that had these great designs in brick red, blue and gold on a cream background.  That is what I was going for here.

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I did the artwork on the wall and the tile design.  I have been drawing for many years and now I'm finally figuring out things to do with them.  I also stenciled a few of the designs on some drawers.









I put this up on HGTV in their Rate My Space section and it was poorly rated.  They said I should repaint the cabinets white.  Ummmm...no!  It took me forever to paint them this way, which was rather painstaking and I would have quit if I didn't like it!  I'm a bit bummed about that, but I understand that most people seem to have an aversion to COLOR.  They think tan is actually putting color on a wall, and well, that is just not my style.

Thanks for looking! Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2009 07:36:13 AM »

WOW.  That looks like it came out of a magazine- so posh and cozy and elegant.  Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2009 07:41:42 AM »

Great job! I think it was a good call to replace the countertops too because they look so classy! They probably won't get stained like white does (I have white so I know how that is Smiley)
The backsplash tiles and the tiles under the window are lovely!
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2009 07:52:34 AM »

Thanks so much!  It was a lot of work and we are really happy with how it turned out. Smiley

Yes, those white countertops were AWFUL.  If you let anything sit on them you had rings.  I am so glad they are gone!
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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2009 08:30:50 AM »

whoever rated this kitchen poorly must be a crazy i-hate-colour-and-awesomeness kind of person. I love the warm inviting feeling and the colours are fantastic! It makes me think mediterranean for sure. I am now super jealous that we rent and I cannot do this kind of thing yet. Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2009 08:47:10 AM »

Really neat looking kitchen. I really like the tile and your artwork. Great job.
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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2009 09:41:09 AM »

In my opinion, the Rate My Space people are clearly idiots.  It looks wonderful.  I'm seriously jealous.
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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2009 10:34:14 AM »

Oh, it looks amazing! So cosy and chic! I love the tiling and the cabinets, and I adore those chairs. Had I a kitchen like that, I'd take a sleeping bag and live there.
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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2009 10:47:53 AM »

I love what you've done. I think home decor opinions should be left to those who live with it Grin

I couldn't imagine all the time that went into those tiles!!!  Shocked Shocked
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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2009 12:28:50 PM »

I really love the tiles and the design on the drawers. I think your kitchen could even handle the design on the red cubbords, would have a wow factor.
I dislike fourms for perfect homes, we all have our own tastes, I love colour and dream of a tutti fruity kitchen, i can hear all the white box, perfect homes people groaning now, hahaha!!
Fab job tho!
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