Friday, July 16, 2010

Inspiration Found

Thanks so much to all of you who posted words of encouragement about my cottage island (kitchen island that is) disaster.  Some of you actually liked it....someone said it was like old pieces uncovered from the 1800's.  Someone else suggested I call the technique "Charred" .  Can you imagine a magazine caption "The kitchen island with it's gorgeous charred finish...........".

 I decided to leave it to see if it grew on me, but after a week it still looked liked it had been charred or was growing mold.  So I went through my cottage photos to muster up some inspiration.
I knew I didn't want it white because all the cupboards have just been painted white.
So many of my cottage Bits are blue or green, so after a chat with the color consultant Craig at my local Farrow and Ball, I settled on Green Blue.  A Beachy Color with a definite vintage feel.  So by Monday, I will have photos of my next incarnation of the island.  The fire restoration should be complete.


  1. Oh I cant wait to see...Green Blue...sounds perfect...good luck with it...hope it turns out a treat xo

  2. Oooh, it will be lovely, I know it! Your dishes are very similar to ones I have in my kitchen and the color is fabulous! I love your old bread box. I have a boring wooden one. Bleh.

  3. Ahh! Just noticed your Pyrex Butterprint bowls- I collect them as well- now I REALLY can't wait to see your new color choice!

  4. Chania,

    Well, we know where you will be all weekend! Dust mask and all... Are you going to add to the layers with this color or sand off the char and start over? I, for one cannot wait to see how it turns out, but I also have no doubt it will be marvelous.


  5. love that collage chania, the blues are just gorgoeus! jx

  6. Can't wait to see it - you've selected my most favorite color!
    Happy weekend,

  7. bluey green is my favorite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. my favourite colour!!!! aqua!!!!
    thanks for leaving such sweet comments on my blog recently.
    hope you are well dear friend!

  9. I just found your blog its lovely I adore your shop and its great to hear you are near by , I would love to come check out your shop I am a designer and blogger from Oshawa
    Take care
    Just Beachy

  10. One look at your inspiration photos and I let out a big sigh. What a gorgeous collection in one of my favorite colors. I can't wait to see your re-do (even though I really liked the first go-round)
    Happy weekend!

  11. I like the bread box. I'm picturing the island will look something like that which would be cool.

  12. I never liked green... but lately I have fallen for this green blue summer color.

  13. LOL Chania....I had a feeling you wouldn't be able to leave it alone.... :o) !!! I'm looking forward to seeing the reno....!!

    Have an AWESOME weekend in the mean time....!!

    Tamarah :o)

  14. Hello Miss Razmataz,

    I don't think you can go wrong with a blue green. Have you ever seen my kitchen cabinets, they are definitely a vintage blue/green.


  15. So glad I stumbled across your blog. I am studying interior design and renovating our home in Australia so your blog is very inspiring. Look forward to your next post. Michelle

  16. Can't wait to see the after pic, love love all your inspiration pics, cheers Katherine

  17. Hi Chania, I'm looking forward to see the reno!
    I've been more outside than comming here, but can't wait to see it!
    Have a lovely weekend! I hope the weather is beautiful by the bay!
    Li :-)

  18. I love all of your gorgeous bluey green treasures and your island will be beautiful in that colour Chania. I am sorry for suggesting 'Charred' as your faux paint colour ;( Can't wait for the reveal:) ~ Tina xx

  19. I love how you have taken inspiraton form your lovely treasures. I am in love with them too!

  20. I love blue and green - blue/green - green/blue. Your cupboards always look neat and fresh - gorgeous!


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