Sunday, August 10, 2014

Knotty Pine to White Kitchen

There's too much orange here!
My client was updating her 1970's kitchen by painting the cabinets white 
and adding a modern glass tile backsplash.  
She asked me to help with choosing a color for her cabinets as well as her walls.
It's not enough simply to choose a color for my clients, 
I want them to understand why the color was selected,
so I keep large samples of various whites for my clients to compare.

It was apparent that some whites were too yellow, others a bit to greenish,
while others were too stark in her room. 

And that's the key phrase --'in her room."
The same white color that you love in your friends home, will look different in yours.
The color you choose will depend on the natural light and ambient light in your room,
and it will depend on the fixtures like flooring and countertops which won't change.

 We settled on Sherwin Williams AESTHETIC WHITE #7035 
because it's a cool, off-white with subtle grey-green undertones.

It was a good choice for her because of her green/black granite countertops
and the glass and metal backsplash she chose. 

Benjamin Moore REVERE PEWTER (HC #172) was the perfect choice for the walls.
I recommended that she use it in the hallways and familyroom that open into the kitchen
so that the space would be unified.
Too many colors create visual chaos!

This is another time when I haven't had the opportunity to see how things turned out!
Often I'm just one component of a larger project and I not there for the end. 

The homeowner  bought new brushed nickle hardware for the abinets 
but the screws were too long and fit poorly.
They needed to be trimmed.

If you've had the same problem, read on, for how to fix it.


1.  You will need - pliers, a nut to fit the screw, a screwdriver and small crescent-wrench

2.  Attach the nut onto the screw to the depth of what needs to be taken off.

3.  Place the edge of the pliers against the nut and crunch off the excess.

4.  Wind off the nut.  Use the screwdriver for leverage 
and grasp the nut with the wrench.

5. Rotate it back and forth until the nut moves freely.  
(it will be difficult at first)
       This re-aligns the threads of the screw.

6. And it's ready to be used!


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