Posted by on February 17, 2013
The progress of this kitchen should prove interesting as it is two fold. The beautiful new kitchen and the recycled old. If the pictures keep coming, it should be fun to see them both develop. Beautiful new Custom Wood Products cabinets have been delivered and are being installed, and the old cabinets have gone to be adjusted to fit in their new location. Workers in both places are trying to meet an early March deadline.
NEW KITCHEN…PLAN DEVELOPMENT: The development of this new kitchen was over all somewhat of a challenge as it is part of a large family, multi purpose room that contains a serious amount of golden oak…very tall crown, paneled wainscot, and floor. We moved through several possibilities of color and finishes before settling on the cabinet finish shown. The finish chosen is a four-step process of stained wood, painted over, and rubbed through in areas, then glazed. This process gave the soft, white comfort we needed to work with the existing oak everywhere else. The areas of rubbed through wood hark back to the existing oak color and tie the finishes together. The new kitchen is already settling in and looking like it always belonged.
Fabulous, organized cabinet interiors give an efficiency that was missing before. Every interior area has been planned to maximize the overall kitchen efficiency and every plate, pan, knife, and chopping block have a specific location to make this kitchen efficient and pleasurable.
THE RECYCLING BEGINS:
Three hundred miles away the old kitchen is getting a second chance to nourish a family. This young couple, conscientious recyclers, are more than satisfied with their good fortune.
Once it is re-seasoned, the recycled chopping block center island, saved from another project, will be a very popular and handy addition to this kitchen.
Even though there are an assortment of things still to finish…painted beadboard wainscot on the walls, paint above it and on the soffit, crown and trim, and a new ceiling light fixture, one week later this family has a functioning new kitchen.
RECYCLED KITCHEN…COLOR THEORY and PLAN DEVELOPMENT: It is important to realize, when using recycled and saved things, the development of the color theory and the over all plan for the project is generally already dictated by the existing parts, and flexibility must become the key word. This was the case on this project for sure. The recycled golden ash cabinets, easily went with the peanut butter ceramic tile left from another project and created a strong cohesive unit. However, with the existence of these key pieces, a black dishwasher, and some monetary constraints, a somewhat limited selection of budget friendly flooring from Home Depot created a dilemma of sorts. As our goal, always, was to create a smart new up to date kitchen, we had to rely on some good strong color theory to make this happen. The flooring and Wilsonart laminate we choose, keeping the ultimate goal in mind, built on the existing peanut butter color while adding black and charcoal and a slight color suggestion of purple. We plan to paint the beadboard and the existing floor and door trim, Sherwin Williams Cloak Gray 6278 (a dark purple/gray) in a semi gloss finish and the upper walls and soffit Sherwin Williams Special Gray 6277 (lighter purple/gray) in a flat finish with a flat finish white ceiling. Thus, we have worked backwards into a good sound color theory plan that pleases the couple. The direct complementary color scheme of peanut butter and aubergine (greyed shades of yellow and purple)… will allow a red discord, her favorite color…and still maintain a good strong color theory that meets our ultimate goal of smart and up to date. I guess, the purpose of this discourse is to once again reiterate the importance of good color theory and careful planning…planning gives the best results…always.