Cabinet Trends

People are branching out with their cabinet choices since it is no longer necessary to replace the whole shebang to get a different look.  Paint, stain or a combination of the two can cover up your existing cabinet finish including those white melamine/thermafoil cabinets that are standard in many homes.

melamine cabinets

melamine cabinets

A current trend is different colors for the top and bottom cabinets as shown here at Apartment Therapy.

bicolor cabinetry

bicolor cabinetry

I can get on board with this since I love color.  Feels a little daring, a little outside the box. That’s how we roll.

Another trend is to paint or stain the island or peninsula a different color than the cabinets.

stained cabinets with black, distressed bar

stained cabinets with black, distressed bar

Here are some new finishes I recently made samples of thanks to Ande Crenshaw at Mojo Faux





There is no need to play it completely safe with your cabinet finish because it can be changed just like your wall color.

If you are ready for a change, call me and let’s create a custom finish for your cabinets!


Fireplace facelift

I’m a big fan of giving things a facelift instead of ripping them out and replacing them.  Sometimes ripping things out is the right thing to do.  Old linoleum anyone?  However, “repurposing” is the buzzword of the day and I can get on board with that.

The orange tones of the wood in this fireplace and the red brick made it a bit outdated and presented a challenge for picking a new paint color for this living room.  Painting over the whole unit wasn’t an option my client wanted to consider.  They still wanted it to look like wood and brick.  I can appreciate that as well.  As much as I love paint, maybe not EVERYthing should be painted over. Gulp.

Here is the fireplace before:


We decided on the lovely color of “kittery point green” Benjamin Moore HC-119 and then started thinking of ways to incorporate different tones into the fireplace that would complement the new color.

Without rambling on in more tedious detail, here is the result:


It looks like a different room.

This is a great fireplace in the home of a lovely family and deserved a fresh, new look.

Now it’s ready for family photos and great artwork.  Bring on winter!