kitchen remodel soon..

livvyandbellaDecember 9, 2011

We will begin a kitchen remodel in January. The cabinets are Vintage Lace. The counters will be sapphire blue granite. I don't have a window over the sink, and would like to put some kind of a design over the sink. Has anyone done that in their kitchen? I would love suggestions.

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Tile would be the obvious material to work with behind a sink. There are a lot of options, from specific scenes rendered in tile to individual artisan tiles scattered on a neutral field to mosaics or other trim options. Below is a picture of our stove (I know, it's not a sink) with the tile work I did. A cheap tile saw made quick work of cutting the narrow strips of black and keystone tile in the center. My work is pretty crude, but you get the idea. We have a resident tile expert here who will no doubt help if you should decide to go this way.

We love pictures! Please share your progress with before, during, and after pics so we can all join in the fun!

    Bookmark   December 10, 2011 at 7:19AM
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I have a small kitchen, and I don't want it to look too busy. I so miss not having a window over the sink. I think I would like some sort of a picture there..maybe. Just not sure.
I will share pictures when the process begins.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2011 at 7:45AM
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At one house we had I hung a mirror where window should have been.. Was nice because it happened to reflect my husband sitting in his chair across the room. We would visit when I was doing the dishes and I did not feel like he was talking to my back.

Another thought. Depending on your decore. An old pained window with mirror cut for the glass where the smaller pains normally would be so it resembles a window but is reflective. Picture is kind of what I am talking about. Any window will do. This one has stained glass around the edges. I was thinking all mirror. This is a nice one though. All depends on the window you might come across.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mirror in old window frame.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2011 at 11:36AM
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Lovely! Nice idea also.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2011 at 6:35PM
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livvyandbella, welcome, I'm looking forward to your remodel and pictures. Vintage lace and sapphire blue sound beautiful!

I've linked the Backsplash slideshow in the Finished Kitchens blog (from the Kitchen forum). Hope this helps.

Here is a link that might be useful: Backsplash adventures

    Bookmark   December 10, 2011 at 10:34PM
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    Bookmark   December 10, 2011 at 10:42PM
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Here are a couple I've seen recently:

I don't like how dark the whole effect is here, but if the wall sculpture had been painted a lighter color (and if they had the lights below the cabs instead of above)...

and this one from a thread in the kitchens forum. I like the way the mirror makes it look like maybe it's a passthrough to another room:

    Bookmark   December 11, 2011 at 12:56PM
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I thought of you when I found this kitchen. Posting a link so it doesn't use their bandwidth.

If that doesn't work, here is a link to a page with lots of pictures, and it is the one titled West Chester Ohio

    Bookmark   December 18, 2011 at 2:53PM
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Marti I am not looking to re do our kitchen but I really enjoyed looking at the before and afters you linked to.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2011 at 9:31PM
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Me too. I wish they had shown before pictures if they had them. I love before and after pictures - makes me feel like I really can make some of the changes I see.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2011 at 10:26PM
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Marti I think most are before and after pictures. Look really close. This is what I am seeing anyway. Some of the pictures are repeats as you scroll way down. Some are same kitchens different angles. Beautiful kitchens.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2011 at 10:36PM
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You're right. I forgot which website it was.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2011 at 11:09PM
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good ideas in place of a window over the sink. I'd probably put a desert scene - or pics of my dogs!

I like the window in my new place - I look out to the Superstition mountains (in the distance).

    Bookmark   December 19, 2011 at 2:05AM
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You might want to check out They have thousands of professional photos, organized by categories like kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms, etc., all posted by architects, builders and interior designers. They also allow you to create "idea books" so you can save your favorite photos. It's become one of my favorite sites while working on plans for our "dream" home which we hope to build in a few years.

We remodeled our small kitchen two years ago. After the remodel was done, every night for a week, before heading up for bed, I would just stand in the kitchen with a huge smile on my face, basking in the glow of my new recessed halogen lighting and the sparkle of the "Blue Night" granite countertops! Bliss! Good luck with your remodel!

    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 12:51AM
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Carpecattus, Houzz is always a good source. I go there before I look at HGTV's website.

And Marti, I liked that first kitchen you linked to with the nice glass doored cabinets above the sink. I'd have a hard time doing without a window above the sink, but something like that helps make up for it.

Carpe, I understand how it is when you love a newly completed project. In our case, it is my new master bath...still in love after a year....and I hope in another year to have a kitchen redo that will find me cooking all day and rearranging pots and pans all night. :)

    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 8:53PM
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