The Color Cure: How long have you lived in your home? Dan: 1 Year The Color Cure: When did you overhaul the space? Dan: After living here for 3 months (9 months ago) The Color Cure: How long did it take? Dan: 1 week working nights and one weekend The Color Cure: Where did you find your color and design inspiration? Dan: I had three main sources of color and design inspiration: a wooden dining tray I have that is stained black on the top and bottom with the natural wood exposed around the edges; the green you see when looking at a glass table-top from the side; a modern matte black kitchen I saw in an issue of Dwell. I also wanted something that I thought would work better with the appliances than the white, and figured it was easier to change the paint than to change the appliances.
The Color Cure: How much planning did you put into the project? Dan: The countertop was a simple decision that I knew I wanted to do both for aesthetics and economics. However, since I was making such a drastic change with the color, I definitely did some planning and wanted to be sure I wasn't going to hate the result (especially since black is a bit hard to undo). I started simple and when I convinced myself at one stage I moved on to the next going from: searching online for black-walled rooms, to covering the cabinets with 2 old black shower curtains I had, to very rough photo editing in Microsoft Paint, to a 3D model in Google Sketch-Up. This whole process took place over a few weeks before I put brush to cabinet. The Color Cure: What was the most challenging part of the project? Dan: The toughest part of the project was convincing myself to do it. Though it didn't look how I wanted it to, everything in the kitchen was fine and functional as it was before the project, and there was a reasonable chance it still wouldn't look how I wanted it to and it might not be functional after I finished. So, the two points of no return—ripping out the old counter tops and painting the first "test" cabinet black—were big tests of my nerve. Once I started, I had to finish, so although not everything went smoothly, it all got done.
The Color Cure: Did you learn a new skill during your home improvement project? Dan: Before this project I had never done any work with counters or cabinets, so I learned a lot along the way, including: how to remove and install a countertop, how to cut out the counter for the sink, how to remove and install a sink, how NOT to remove a garbage disposal—and eventually, how to remove a garbage disposal. The Color Cure: Are you happy with the outcome? Dan: I am very happy with how it turned out, I think the kitchen now has a much different feel. I wanted to get away from the country home look I thought was there at the beginning, and I think I have definitely done so. I also wanted to do this without spending tons of money, and I was able to get the whole thing done for approximately $300 ($200 for the counter and jigsaw rental and $100 for paint and supplies). The Color Cure: What, if anything, would you do differently next time around? Dan: Next time around I think I might try designing a tile pattern and tiling the backsplash instead of painting. I haven't done any tiling before, so it would be another good opportunity to learn something. The Color Cure: If you had one piece of advice for Apartment Therapy readers, what would it be? Dan: Try something new, whether it is the design or the techniques, don't always settle for safe. As they say, fortune favors the bold.
Thanks for sharing, Dan!
The Color Cure: How long have you lived in your home? Sophie: I've lived here for about 9 months. The Color Cure: When did you overhaul the space? Sophie: I've been doing a little here and a little there throughout my time here but I finished the cabinets and completed it about 2 months ago. The Color Cure: How long did it take? Sophie: I spent a little bit of time while living here working on it but the wallpaper and painting of the cabinets I completed in 1 day. The Color Cure: Where did you find your color and design inspiration? Sophie:I was looking at modern kitchens on blogs and Google and stumbled across a really nice one with deep pink lacquered cabinets.
The Color Cure: How much planning did you put into the project? Sophie: I knew as soon as I moved in I was changing the kitchen as it was horrendous and my landlord never painted the cabinets white as agreed before I moved in. It took me about 2 months to decide what I wanted to do and I originally painted my cabinets steel gray. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. So about 2 months later I tiled the backsplash. I was walking down Spring Street and saw my lovely wall paper hanging in the window of the Janovic store and took a photo of it. At the time I didn't know where I would use it so I just kept it on my radar. When I decided to paint my cabinets pink, I immediately thought of it because it was so feminine and I knew it would look great with a pop of color. The whole idea for pink cabinets was really spur of the moment, I saw that inspiring kitchen on Google and 2 days later thought, hey, why not? The Color Cure: What was the most challenging part of the project? Sophie: There wasn't anything really challenging about the project, it was fairly simple.
The Color Cure: Did you learn a new skill during your home improvement project? Sophie: I learned how to apply wall paper. It was my first time doing it and it turned out really well. The Color Cure: Are you happy with the outcome? Sophie: I'm very happy with the outcome. And when people come over they are always surprised by the hot pink kitchen. The Color Cure: What, if anything, would you do differently next time around? Sophie: Nothing I would do differently. The Color Cure: If you had one piece of advice for Apartment Therapy readers, what would it be? Sophie: Don't be afraid of color, it just might brighten up your every day :)
Thanks for sharing, Sophie!