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Hi.........I am going to try to attach a pic of my kitchen. I would love any suggestions. I am planning on painting the kitchen cupboards (some version of white) and changing hardware. I am going to add moulding (same as the cupboards) to the dining side and end of "island" and stain them dark brown like furniture in adjoining room. I want to make it appear like a freestanding island although it isn't and I am hoping it won't look strange since dishwasher edge is immediately on other side so the white and brown won't meet up. Are you able to picture that??

We are smoothing out ceilings and already have purchased a schoolhouse stationary light for kitchen ceiling and a drop down schoolhouse light for dining side of kitchen.

Everyone has so many good ideas on this forum that I am interested to hear your ideas. I also haven't settled on a kitchen wall colour either but the adjoining room is P and L "Olde Silver. Any suggestions?

I am looking forward to hearing any ideas you have for my kitchen. Thanks.

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Hi. Yes, I will have to be careful about too many colours. I really want the main floor to flow well and look well thought out. I guess I will just paint the cupboards first and see if that guides me in a certain direction. I am really excited to get started.

I wish I didn't have to stick to cool shades but all the flooring on the main floor is in cool shades.

We will probably only be in this house for a few more years. I am already dreaming about my next colour scheme. It will all be shades of cream,tan,olive, and muted red.

For now though I should just be happy that we have our first house since renting for so many years was the pits. There is really nothing like owning your own home.

Thanks again for all the advice!!!

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Hi everyone.....thanks for more suggestions. I'm away on a business trip with my hubby so I haven't been on here in a day or two. I can't extend my island at the non-wall end just b/c of where you enter the kitchen it would make it a bit ackward. I could remove the island at some point. I suggested it to hubby but he says not now b/c there is no flooring under it and that would mean replacing that. It does sound like I have basically the same kitchen as copenhagen once did though. I have picked the kitchen colours now. The cupboards will be BM Swiss Coffee OC-60. As mentioned in one of my earlier posts I really like the house and home makeover in this month's issue so I decided to add the chair railing in my dining side of the kitchen and paint chair railing and lower half of wall BM Fog Mist OC-31. My dilemma now is should I paint the top half of the walls Swiss Coffee too or something else b/c this colour will be on the walls above/beside cupboards which will be painted the same colour? My backspash is white 4"x4" squares if that helps. I am wondering about Vanilla Milkshake OC-59 for top half now. Again my adjoining room is P and L Olde Silver (a warm med grey like colour of pewter) and my lino is large pattern of whitish, greyish, biege squares. Thanks again.

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Have you considered beadboard for that side of the "island" that's showing in the pic? You could paint it the same white as the cabinets.
That would be an inexpensive makeover to that island area.

Walls, how about a cafe au lait? Have you considered a "faux" brick on the backsplash??

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I think you are going to have a really successful makeover - and I bet you are anxious to get started! What will that wall colour be? Are you planning a backsplash?

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Thanks for your ideas too! Yes, I am excited to get the lights up. We have had them for quite awhile sitting in the boxes. I would love to extend the counter for a breakfast bar but my pic doesn't show that my patio doors start only 4 inches on the wall end of the island. I also worried that staining my island dark might not work but like you I said at least if it looks terrible I can paint over it. When you look from my living room into my kitchen the view is the short end of the island. I thought I should try the dark first since all our furniture is very dark stained.
I was looking at paint samples last night and i have started narrowing them down. Hopefully I can start painting next month. I stay home with my little girl and my husband has a full-time job plus he is writing up his phd thesis at night so there isn't much time for us to work on redecorating but one day we will have it finished! Thanks for all your input. I love this forum. Everyone is so helpful and encouraging.

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I love schoolhouse lights and think they will be a great update. Copenhagen's ideas to add crown mouldings and black hardware sound fabulous to me too, as does your idea to add moulding to the "outside" portion of the cupboard showing in your photo. I am doubtfull about the idea of staining this part dark, though. I understand the appeal of the "furniture" look, but I am afraid you will not end up with that look but instead end up with it looking as if there was a mistake made by the cabinet company. Having said that, I would go ahead if I were you anyway - you can always prime over the stain and then paint it to match the rest of your cabinets if you don't like the look!

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Hi, thanks for your ideas. Yes, I would love to replace the mottled lino countertop. I dream about black granite or white carrara marble but it isn't in our budget so I have been considering painting the counter black or very dark charcoal. My sister thinks I am crazy to paint it b/c it is very neutral and if it turned out terrible then I would have to come up with the dollars for a new one. I really liked the kitchen in this month's h and h issue that Erin Feasby did with the white cabinets and black counters..

I saw your post to another person about the autobody paint for fridges and I think it is a great idea. A few months ago I had called sears appliance repair and they sell a black appliance paint but the autobody would do a better job than I ever could.

Good idea-the top of the cabinets have a bit of moulding but I could really add more. I will paint out the oak piece covering the exhaust fan to the colour Ii choose for the walls so hopefully it will disappear.

I am eventually going for a Paris bistro or bakery feel but with our little budget I will have to stick to dreamland for a few years I think.

If you want to see a schoolhouse light then here is a link. The one we have for the kitchen area is just like the schoolhouse one and the one we have for over our kitchen table is the same as the schoolhouse globe but on a pole like the one they call the "vintage" one so it can be lowered closer to the table. we have to move our junction boxes in the ceiling so we haven't put them up yet.

Thanks for all your help..........You have responded to a few of my posts and I am really grateful for your ideas.

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