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Mar062016

Changes in the kitchen.

Hello! I´m sorry I went missing for so long. But! I´ve been busy with some house projects and I finally have a few pictures to share. Back story for those who haven´t reading for long: We got a new kitchen three years back, and I am still very happy with it. But the shelf situation wasn´t quite right, so last year we installed new shelves. It was an improvement but I never really loved them. I can be a bit obsessive about these things (understatement of the year) so in January I ordered new shelves on a whim. I had come across old kitchen pictures and realized that I really loved the single long shelf, and that without the questionable brackets this could indeed be the solution I was looking for all the time. Previously I had dismissed floating shelves as too modern for this house, but I figured I´d give it a try anyway.

At the same time, the kitchen was long overdue for a new paint job (dirty walls are one of my pet peeves, and with all the animals our walls get grimy real quick). Since I had ordered massive oak shelves that would basically disappear with the dark wall, I decided to dismiss it entirely and paint the whole kitchen the same color. That was kind of hard because I loved the shade on this wall (Charleston Gray by Farrow & Ball), but at the same time I am kind of over feature walls and I was ready for a change.

The kitchen is now painted Strong White from Farrow & Ball which is, well, a strong white. It reads white but it´s really a soft, warmish grey. I love it. I had considered some of their warmer, darker greys (Shadow White, Slipper Satin) but these read too beige/yellow for me. Anyway, really happy with the paint choice. Also very happy with the shelves, although their installation nearly caused a divorce. I still don´t know why but when we first installed these, there was a definite tilt. It took some serious tweaking to get it right which is not something I expect with custom-made, not-so-inexpensive shelfing. The massive wood is beautiful though and I don´t think it looks too modern, just clean and simple, which is right up my alley. So mixed reviews with a happy ending (the shelves are from here, for those who do not fear for their marriage).

For those who wonder where all the stuff from the old shelves went - I did some serious re-organisation and purging at the beginning of the year and suddenly I had lots of free space in my kitchen! Miraculous. So most of it is now stored away but there is still enough space to display my little ceramics collection. Priorities! 

Have a good week and see you soon with pictures from another painting project that I´ve finished today! I am a painting machine these days.

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Reader Comments (8)

Lovely work done there! It looks clean and polished. I like all the ceramic pitchers you have in display. That sweet kitten you got looks like our Mimsy.

March 6, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterangela

The wood of the shelf has a good rich look in terms of colour/grain. It has also brought out the other wood of the countertops. I've gone from a single shelf at my last home to double, more boxy, shelves here and I prefer the narrow single look. it's an aesthetic thing plus I find it too easy to clutter the double shelves. The lighter paint works well with the wood and stainless steel. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of your painting. I admire your painting energy. I would still be sitting around thinking about it :)

March 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSally

YAY! Looks so light and inviting, i don't think I'd ever leave this kitchen. I do like the more simple approach with the shelf choice. Great mix and balance of modern, old world and a touch of rustic.

March 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Simply beautiful. One, long shelf is not a possibility in my kithenn. I DO wish it was...

March 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Pretty! Do you miss the mirror though? I would miss the light it reflected around. And just being able to see if someone was sneaking up on me while I was doing dishes. Ha!

March 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJessB

The new shelf looks great, definitely.
I actually miss the nice grey wall I liked so much. :-) Anyway, it looks fresh and clean and I find "just one wall color" often quite relaxing.
Glad that you like it in all white. And that you keep painting and being married. ;-)

March 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTanja

Wow! I agree 100% on the paint colours: the previous grey was gorgeous. I don't think feature walls usually work but that one did. But that is such a fabulous white. The fact that it's actually warm light grey would be what's tying it in so well with the other greys in the room. The whole kitchen has a really open, soft, gentle almost floaty feeling. And it will reflect more light around which is easier to work with. Now I just want to see those jelly moulds back on the wall... ;)

March 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJane (in Sydney)

Thank you all!

JessB - yes I do miss the mirror! But in terms of light, the white walls actually reflect more than the mirror ever did.

Jane - I actually think the moulds will make a comeback! :-)

March 14, 2016 | Registered CommenterKatrin

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