I love your blog! You have great taste and I love your no-nonsense advice. Whenever I'm waiting to pick up my kids at school or their activities and I see on my phone that you've posted, it makes my day that much more fun.
I'm hoping you can help with my kitchen. We've wanted to update it since we moved in about three years ago but it wasn't until my faucet starting really leaking on me that I've gotten the sign-off from my husband to make some changes. Getting a light spray when I do dishes and the frequent changing of the towels and drip bowl beneath the sink has finally started to drive me crazy!! Obviously, our plumbing skills are lacking.
I'd like to replace my countertops and probably refinish the cabinets, either darker or white. I'd also like to do something different than my current tile-from-the floor backsplash. Ugh. I do like the brick hearth in my kitchen and I like the color of the brick but I don't know how to coordinate that brick with backsplash, counters and cabinet color. Help! I'm not much into modern style. I kind of prefer an old world or country kind of feel. Any advice you could send would be wonderful.
Kasey from Austin
I am glad that you want to keep the brick. I find brick in kitchens very charming. On your cabinets should you go light or dark? I could imagine a light grayish off-white. I think it would be great.
I also can imagine a middle gray color as well.
My first instinct was to go black on your cabinets, maybe with a light distressing. I liked the idea of black, until I started thinking about counter colors, and backsplash colors. I think the material that would look the best on your backsplash is a black or dark gray slate. Not a lot of variation in color- a solid black would look terrific with the brick. Also note that you do not need the slate tile everywhere. Above your cooktop- yes, of course. I think it would be cool to even put a slab of slate in that spot, and use it as a chalk board. Then you can use beadboard in all of your other areas that currently has the ceramic tile. Your counters? I think a concrete counter, about the color of the mortar in the brick would be great. With all of those darker backsplash and counter colors- I would keep the cabinets lighter.
Go black or chrome in your new faucet (right away! ;-) and also your hardware. Here is a materials and finishes board for your made-over kitchen:
And just to spend a little more of your money- I added some new hardwood floors to your materials and finishes board... Thanks for the kind words!