Does this kitchen look familiar to you?
It should, it’s the kitchen that’s featured on our Subscribe image on the right side of your screen.
Donna was in the mood for a color and decor change in her Craftsman style kitchen, so she made a dramatic switch from dark blue walls to light gray.
And of course it turned out beautiful, just like all of Donna’s decorating projects!
Here’s another picture from a different angle and a list of the colors she used.
Benjamin Moore Paint Colors
- Walls are Stonington Gray #HC-170
- Moldings are White Dove #OC-17
History of This Craftsman Kitchen
I know this kitchen looks like it’s part of a mid 1920’s – 30’s Craftsman bungalow, but it’s really a two-story home built in the early 1970s.
I designed, installed and painted the moldings myself eleven years ago working from an original Craftsman style pattern book.
The reason I bring this up is because I want to you to think about the molding potential in your home.
You don’t need a historic home to have historic moldings. Install them yourself!
You can do this because most homes built in the last ninety or so years have little to no discernible architectural style — your home can be any period style you want it to be!
Change the Wall Color But not the Moldings
Donna’s color change illustrates a point I like to make about the power of moldings in your home.
That is, take your time installing the moldings you want.
Then carefully put two quality coats of great paint on them and the walls.
Now for the rest of your life you can make dramatic changes to you home by simply changing the wall color.
Keep the Moldings, change the wall color.
That’s all you have to do for a fresh, dramatic change to any room in your home.
Thanks for sending the pictures, Donna!
Thanks for your e-mail. One more question… I plan to install molding in my kitchen and want it to turn out as close as possible to Donna’s kitchen. I have four windows with a 3 inch space at the top and then a transom window over each. None of the windows have any molding. Do you have any suggestions on how to handle the window molding. Thanks. Judy
Judy, could you shoot a picture of that transom window and email it to me? If you have the time or inclination, send a several pics of the room so I can see the whole thing.
Sent a few.