It’s Coming Together

The details for the kitchen update are starting to come together.

I still haven’t picked a paint color, but I have everything else down. The white cabinets, dark brown quartz countertops, and stainless steel appliances that Brandon and I put in five years ago will form the backdrop. Then we have the floral backdrop that will become curtains, a couple of white and coral striped tea towels, a pretty turquoise tray, and a set of vintage brown and white ceramic canisters that I picked up at the Renegade Craft Fair.

The cabinets have green ceramic knobs, and my vintage breadbox (that I love) is green too. They don’t really match the greens in the fabric, but I don’t think they’ll be jarring either. If they are, I suppose I’ll hunt on eBay for a new breadbox and sell the old one (money-wise, that should equal out), and then replace the green knobs. With black and white ones, perhaps? I like the combination of black, white, and brown as a foundation. I’m even considering white walls, but it’s hard to pull that look off without beautiful architecture. What do you think?

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  • LeeAnn
    October 23, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Your kitchen update is going to turn out great! I hope the vintage green accents play well together. In my mind they do. And I have the matching sugar and creamer to your canisters. :)

    • Making it Lovely
      October 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Oh, fun! I don’t know anything about the set — now I want to track down the other items in it.

  • brandy
    October 23, 2012 at 11:56 am

    where are your towels from–they’re great. are they small hamam towels? thanks!

  • Modern Jane
    October 23, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I’m anxious to see what you do. I want to paint my kitchen white but worry about the same thing..

  • Angeli
    October 23, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Oh I love those canisters!

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci
    October 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    “I’m even considering white walls, but it’s hard to pull that look off without beautiful architecture.” Aha! Yes, that’s why white worked so well in my old Spanish-style house but looks so BLAH in my new cookie-cutter apartment!
    Can’t wait to see how your kitchen turns out. Have you considered using that light teal on the walls? Or even a lighter version–just a hint of teal?

  • PAppel
    October 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    FYI , , ,
    Target has a black bread box identical to your vintage green one for under $50.

  • Megan
    October 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I have really similar kitchen cabinets and I painted my kitchen Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White about two years ago and I still love it – it certainly brightened the room a lot.

  • jenn aka the picky girl
    October 23, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I am in love with that fabric. So much so that I’m convinced I need it for curtains in my vintage-y kitchen – My walls are near the color of your breadbox with white cabinets.

    Can’t wait to see the look.

  • Tara
    October 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I love these colors together! Nicole, would you mind if I used the top image on my blog this week with a linkback of course?

    • Making it Lovely
      October 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Go right ahead! Thanks for asking.

  • AnnW
    October 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I would paint the walls the flesh color on that four petalled flower, or the slightly darker pinky coral on the bottom of that apple or whatever it is. I have had every color imaginable in kitchens and a bright one is always nice. The cabinets and floor always tone down the color anyway. My favorite color in the world is that blue-green turquoise that I call beach glass. That would look nice also.

  • Lynn
    October 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Love your palate. Can’t wait to see the finished plan!

  • PAppel
    October 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm


    Went and saw it again, it’s online, It’s not an exact match but it is pretty close. The latch is a bit different and it does not have a handle on top. Here is the link. See what you think?

  • Kim @ Yellow Brick Home
    October 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Oh, man, I am loving what you have so far!

    I think you’re right about the white walls + beautiful architecture. I think our living room color could look really pretty with your combo though – it’s called Winterfresh by Behr.

  • Christine Drumgoole
    October 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Very pretty, indeed!

  • Stacey
    October 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    LOVE THE COLORS!! Everything is so fresh and sweet.

  • The Lazy Fair
    October 24, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I love how you are always reconsidering rooms that are “done.” We’ve been renovating our shotgun house for YEARS, so whenever a room is “done” (you know, like 85% complete), we move on to the next thing. But really, what makes the difference are the details. You are inspiring me to go back and give my house a second look!

  • V. J.
    October 24, 2012 at 10:52 am

    All greens match; as in nature.

  • Suzette
    October 24, 2012 at 10:55 am

    You are sooo gorgeously talented Nicole! I love your blog and I am excited to see the finale of your kitchen. The colors are lovely and have that perfect kid-friendly and grown-up fun-feel. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Sarah
    October 24, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I love that fabric! The tray color is such a great match too. I think that’s the color you should put on your walls (assuming it not a cold room). If it is a cold room I’d go coral pink on the walls. I hope the green accents work!

  • Korianne
    October 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Your canisters remind me of Daleks from Doctor Who! Hee hee. Very cute stuff though. I’m excited to see the finished project.

    October 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    can’t wait to see the results, loving the floral

  • Farmgirl Susan
    October 26, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I love the floral print! :)

  • Holly
    October 28, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I am also renovating my kitchen and love your fun pops of color! I think I may have to look at adding some more color into my space. You can check out the progress (we are just starting) at

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