There was little doubt in my mind what direction in which I was going to take our kitchen: it would be heavily inspired by this Tommy Smythe design:
I can almost remember the exact moment when I first saw a photo of this kitchen. It still arrests me. Utter perfection. Of course, now, years later, the two-tone cabinet look is almost mainstream, but I still think no one has done it as well as Mr. Smythe.
For my budget-friendly interpretation, I let go of any dreams of a marble backsplash and all new stainless appliances but brought in a bit more brass and vintage textures.
- Antiqued mirrored glass cabinet fronts for the uppers. I absolutely love the lightness glass fronted cabinets bring to a kitchen, however I believe they render that cabinet absolutely useless as you have to keep the contents of that cabinet perfectly in order all of the time. My family is just not neat enough for that to be an option. So I came up with the idea to mirror the glass myself using <a rel=”nofollow” href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003971BAY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003971BAY&linkCode=as2&tag=dovely-20&linkId=43UDOC7KCHGO7NTC”>Krylon Looking Glass Silver-Like Aerosol Spray Paint 6 Oz.</a> and following several tutorials online like this one from Little Green Notebook.
- DIY two tone shaker cabinets. We decided not to rip out all of the existing cabinets for our little facelift, but I really wanted shaker cabinet fronts. So we followed another tutorial from Little Green Notebook for how to add molding to create a faux shaker look.
- Brass hardware. Lots of affordable options available at Home Depot.
- Articulated arm wall sconce. A classic vintage lighting solution to provide task lighting. Dreaming of installing these over the windows above the sink.
- Globe light pendants. I dreamt of much fancier versions of these from Rejuvenation, but these budget friendly West Elm options are similar enough and come in at less than 1/4 of the price.
- White subway tile with dark grout. You either love or hate this look. I love its classic style and incredibly low price tag. The dark grout really elevates the look.
- Butcher block counters. These are an affordable DIY counter option everyone should consider. We did not want to use them as a cutting board, so we planned to stain them to match the floors throughout the house and seal them like a piece of furniture.
- Plants! Love love love the look of topiaries flanking the sink. Also want to bring in as many house plants as I can keep alive into this space. Maybe a small herb garden?
- Vintage accessories. My Grandma Maryann gave me this set of canisters – she bought them with her first paycheck as a gift for her mother, my Baba.
- Marble accessories. We can’t afford stone counters or backsplash for this project, but we can find marble accessories like this cake stand to bring in some of that texture.
- Vintage rug. So trendy.
- Tufted bench. We have a weird, useless? rather sizable nook off the kitchen that houses the back door. A bench would maybe turn this into a useable area to sit to put shoes on or something?
- Upholstered counter stools. My dream kitchen has big, comfortable arm chairs for guests to sit in so that they will stay away from me while I’m trying to prepare food. Our kitchen is not big – but if we find somewhere to put a little seating area, the chairs must be soft and comfortable to entice folks to actually sit in them.
Here are some other kitchens that were really inspiring me to me while coming up with my design plan: