Hi friends! I want to show you where we are with our kitchen these days. Don’t get too excited. It won’t look like much to you, but we’re really excited about the most recent advancement.
See how there’s no ceiling? Now see all the new lights? Like I said, it may not look like much, but all we had before was one hideous fluorescent fixture. It’s amazing how lighting transforms a room! Ok, so here’s what happened. We decided we want a paneled ceiling, but due to the facts that a) we had a textured ceiling and b) there were so many holes in the ceiling drywall because of removing the walls, we decided to just take off all the drywall and start over. Plus this way, it gave the electrician easier access for hanging all the can lights.
So have you ever heard the ceiling referred to as the fifth wall of any room? Some designers feel it’s a sin to let this area remain plain ‘ol white. I don’t know about that…but we did decide it would give our home more of a custom-look by going with a paneled ceiling. We can’t do a true coffered treatment because we only have 8-foot ceilings, but we can fake the look. Here’s my inspiration photo:
Paneled ceiling via Design Chic
And just for some more eye candy, here are some more ways to play up your ceilings:
Beadboard ceiling via My Life By Design
Exposed & painted boards and rafters via Nine + Sixteen
Exposed beams–This Old House
Wallpapered ceiling–Two Story Cottage
Now let’s look at our kitchen again:
Notice the lack of upper cabinets on the window wall…we were going to take down the soffit and have open shelves run all the way up. But then we realized that we have HVAC running through our soffit. Sooooo…it stays. But we are still going to replace those upper cabinets with open shelves, so we repurposed one of them by turning it on its side and using it as a bookcase on one end of our soon-to-be-peninsula/bar. Of course, my husband will have to trim it all out and make it look seamless to the cabinetry, but he’s got mad skills so I’m sure it will look great.
That’s where we are! Next steps: drywalling the ceiling and choosing a counter top. Baby steps…