Designing A Parisian Candy Shop Kitchen
The environment I used to be making an attempt to realize in this traditional kitchen was that of a 1915 Parisian Sweet Shop. After i walked into the present kitchen I was thrilled to search out the fundamentals would simply transition to the sweet shop look. The great “bones” of the kitchen included cream cabinetry with stainless classic handles and pulls, stable black granite countertops, deep crown moldings and finally wonderful windows including a ground to ceiling bay window.
I must stress the importance of utilizing classic styling, stone and excessive-finish appliances in a traditional kitchen. These hardly ever date and might simply be “freshened” up. Within the case of this kitchen I took a number of steps to maximize the candy-store kitchen while nonetheless adhering to a strict funds. I knew instantly I wished the colors to be black, cream and murky rose. The partitions obtained a new barely pink based mostly cream by Benjamin Moore called Butter Pecan. The trim painted in White Dove (all the time a favorite). The too trendy stainless pulls and handles had been eliminated and spray-painted matte black – voila – instantaneous iron pulls!! This step alone saved thousands of dollars.
A trademark of my kitchen stone and island designs have all the time been using open shelves. Whether or not Fashionable, Conventional, Tuscan, Asian or French I really feel that upper cabinets tend to create a claustrophobic setting. A extra European strategy is to substitute a couple of upper cabinets with shelves. These particular shelves had been made with Asian-impressed wrought iron brackets, unfinished retailer-bought pine shelves that were painted deep purple, antiqued and completed off with velvet pom-pom curtain fringe hooked up with upholstery tacks. The crimson shelves had been antiqued by rubbing in and then wiping off a black stain to give them the aged completed I was searching for. With open shelves I could now casually display a faux Degas’s painting (present in a discount retailer for $19.Ninety nine) behind the antique dishes now displayed proudly on the open shelves.
I now turned my consideration to the lighting. I replaced the two recess lights above the island with large drop lights from Residence Depot. The issue was these steel lights appeared too trendy – so once once more black spray paint was used to remodel the stainless steel retailer purchased lamps into in a matt black iron look that complimented and connected with the matt black pulls on the cabinets.
Maybe the trickiest facet of the redecoration was discovering the antique opal-rose chandelier that was installed over the kitchen table and the petite version that was placed over the sink. I used to be very fortunate on eBay discovering them three-months apart and from separate sellers. Different potentialities are Craig’s checklist, property sales and antique stores. My recommendation is when you are visiting a small town, uncover their local antique shops and for those who see a chandelier that makes your heart race and is not too arduous on your wallet – splurge!!! A good electrician can rewire and dangle it for you. My husband typically jokes that “My wife does not have diamonds she has chandeliers”. It is a bit obsessive however in my opinion nothing offers extra model to a room than lighting and art work.
I moved on to the glass cabinets and looked for fabric that might be hung on the inside to disguise any mess. I settled on a sample of Heraldic cream-colored lions on a dusky pink back ground. I select this over the obvious French toile, as I really feel an excessive amount of of one model can create a theme park environment not the eclectic warm look I was aiming for.
My ultimate step in creating the last word sweet shop kitchen was probably the most expensive and boldest. The principle kitchen wall was lined in ARTWORK. A few of the artwork was placed on ornate black brackets so as to add dimension, some encased in gold chunky frames, and others have been more modern black and white photos. I wanted this wall with all its individual art that when hung in such an enormous grouping would itself change into one large work of art. More IS extra in the case of groupings. Ornate antique silver candelabras on a large black table complete the gracious really feel of a bygone era.