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Old 11-24-2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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Well, it's my understanding bright brass is out of date.
Not positive but that's what I assume as I can't buy anything bright anymore.
If this was your kitchen would you change out the hardware and the ceiling fan, and what would you go with for a modern look?
Thanks for your input.



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I would use some more contemporary brushed nickel or stainless hardware. I'm not really a fan of light fixtures in kitchens, but if you want to keep it, I'd used a ceiling light rather than a hanging one. Also, change the open recessed can trims for an enclosed LED one or with ones to match your hardware.

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I would use some more contemporary brushed nickel or stainless hardware. I'm not really a fan of light fixtures in kitchens, but if you want to keep it, I'd used a ceiling light rather than a hanging one. Also, change the open recessed can trims for an enclosed LED one or with ones to match your hardware.
Thanks so much for your response. What would you think of going to a rail lighting system over the counters vs. recessed cans? I was looking at Artcraft Shuttle AC5834, a more modern contempo rail lighting kit available in Brushed Nickel and Oiled Rubbed Bronze finish. I am inclined to choose brushed nickel but I could be swayed.
And what would you do for a ceiling light instead of a hanging light?

http://www.1800lighting.com/Artcraft...emsku=AC5834BN
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What would you think of taking the soffits down so I could use Island Lighting on both sides of the room?
I would cut off at the fridge and leave that portion over the fridge though?
Also, should I replace the travertine backsplashes with glass tiles for a more modern look?
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I know someone that sprayed his hardware with hammered antique bronze
spray paint; then baked then in the oven to harden and preserve the paint.

I asked him what temp he used and how long he baked it for, and he didn't
remember as he did it several years ago. He guessed it was 350* for 30 minutes.
If you're going to change them off, you could give it a try on one
and see if you like it.
Anyhow, he said they still look good.

Where is the ceiling fan? I know ceiling fans are out, I have one in our
breakfast area and our family room. I will never give them up as it keeps
my house feeling very cool all summer.

The hanging lighting the middle is too frilly and the yellow
walls are not complemenrty to the cabinets. I think a light beige color
walls would look good.

I like the travertine tiles.
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I know someone that sprayed his hardware with hammered antique bronze
spray paint; then baked then in the oven to harden and preserve the paint.

I asked him what temp he used and how long he baked it for, and he didn't
remember as he did it several years ago. He guessed it was 350* for 30 minutes.
If you're going to change them off, you could give it a try on one
and see if you like it.
Anyhow, he said they still look good.

Where is the ceiling fan? I know ceiling fans are out, I have one in our
breakfast area and our family room. I will never give them up as it keeps
my house feeling very cool all summer.

The hanging lighting the middle is too frilly and the yellow
walls are not complemenrty to the cabinets. I think a light beige color
walls would look good.

I like the travertine tiles.
Thank you so much for your ideas.
Actually, the walls aren't yellow as the picture looks. They are an off white. The paint is named Dover.
However, the breakfast nook area IS a light yellow.
And I think that needs to be changed.
So, you think a light beige for the entire room would work?
I am thinking you are right.

So antique bronze hardware would be a better look for the room?
I wouldn't paint them though, but I would buy new ones.
Same style? Or different?

Here is a pic of the ceiling fan area.


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Well, it's my understanding bright brass is out of date.
Not positive but that's what I assume as I can't buy anything bright anymore.
Yeah, must be. I don't quite understand it. I wanted to replace some brass hardware in my bathroom a while back. I gave up --- couldn't find anything. So I sprayed it with Brass colored spray paint. Looks excellent.
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Yeah, must be. I don't quite understand it. I wanted to replace some brass hardware in my bathroom a while back. I gave up --- couldn't find anything. So I sprayed it with Brass colored spray paint. Looks excellent.
I have a bathroom that needs the same.
Everything in there is bright brass now and I guess I need a change to keep up with the times.
Crazy, I just got used to the brass...lol.

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I suggest you go to a store like Home Goods and pick up a few red
cushions and try them out. They have a good return policy, so keep
trying until you get it right.

...about the love seat, how big is it? 60"? How big is that wall with the
ottoman if you start the measurement from the edge of the sofa
on the far wall?...I would try it on that wall, try the coffee table
in front of the big sofa ... and as much as you may love the ottoman
you may have to remove it. I love your colors and style as well
as your accessories...your room only
suffers from being too narrow for the current set-up.

Back to your kitchen...I am not a fan of yellow, love beiges and cream colors
in a room. I did my entire first floor in light beige. We have an open floor
plan, only the kitchen is a separate room. I painted my kitchen in two shades
of light tan, and I'm thinking about doing the darker tan a little lighter.

Since your LR is tans and creams I think your kitchen would look
nice in light creamy tan. I think we have the same ceiling fan.
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I suggest you go to a store like Home Goods and pick up a few red
cushions and try them out. They have a good return policy, so keep
trying until you get it right.

...about the love seat, how big is it? 60"? How big is that wall with the
ottoman if you start the measurement from the edge of the sofa
on the far wall?...I would try it on that wall, try the coffee table
in front of the big sofa ... and as much as you may love the ottoman
you may have to remove it. I love your colors and style as well
as your accessories...your room only
suffers from being too narrow for the current set-up.

Back to your kitchen...I am not a fan of yellow, love beiges and cream colors
in a room. I did my entire first floor in light beige. We have an open floor
plan, only the kitchen is a separate room. I painted my kitchen in two shades
of light tan, and I'm thinking about doing the darker tan a little lighter.

Since your LR is tans and creams I think your kitchen would look
nice in light creamy tan. I think we have the same ceiling fan.
Ok, I'm in agreement and I will try out the light creamy tan. The great thing about paint is you can always redo it easily if you're not happy but I think you are right and I'm on it.

I think the loveseat is 60 inch but will check and get back.

The fan is Casablanca and I bought it 2 years ago from Empire Electric, a specialty electric store here in upstate NY.
I love the fan but it is bright brass.
Now if I change out the drawer pulls and things what do I do for the fan?
I don't want to replace that too as it is a nice quality 3 speed with reverse fan with a lifetime guarantee and all.
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Yes, I like the Casablanca series, we have Hunter fans (in the antique bronze)

Have you see my thread on painting a chandelier? Do the same thing
to the ceiling fan... take it down, remove the blades and spray paint it
with Rusteloum hammered antique bronze.
First clean it well, give it a light sanding (with fine sand paper)
to rough it up a bit and then spray it with a few coats of paint...
allow it to dry well between coats.
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No offense but it looks to me like your kitchen is stuck in 1990. Too much wood. Even the switch plate is wood. That ceiling fan is dated with the shades and their shape. You could probably paint the light and change the shades but its a lot of work to save it and not a lot of money to just replace it with a more contemporary one.

If money is an issue, some color in some cushions and new curtains would do a lot of good without buying new furniture, though again less golden oak goes a long way to modernizing the look.
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No offense but it looks to me like your kitchen is stuck in 1990. Too much wood. Even the switch plate is wood. That ceiling fan is dated with the shades and their shape. You could probably paint the light and change the shades but its a lot of work to save it and not a lot of money to just replace it with a more contemporary one.

If money is an issue, some color in some cushions and new curtains would do a lot of good without buying new furniture, though again less golden oak goes a long way to modernizing the look.
No offense taken, that's why I am here. And I agree, I am stuck in the 90's and want to get out.
There is a lot of wood in the kitchen. It was pretty expensive when I had it put in, it is high quality and custom built. And I like it, so it will stay. But I am open to some change. I was thinking of getting rid of the Corian countertops and maybe looking into quartz.
By the way, the light switch covers aren't wood. Some are cream colored off white cast iron (French style) by the breakfast area and some are bright brass for the other areas. I know I should replace them all and I will.
Money is not an issue. When you mention color for some cushions and curtains, do you mean cushions for the bench seats? And what color would you go with?
Again, thank you so much.
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Yes, I like the Casablanca series, we have Hunter fans (in the antique bronze)

Have you see my thread on painting a chandelier? Do the same thing
to the ceiling fan... take it down, remove the blades and spray paint it
with Rusteloum hammered antique bronze.
First clean it well, give it a light sanding (with fine sand paper)
to rough it up a bit and then spray it with a few coats of paint...
allow it to dry well between coats.
Hunter makes a great fan. I have 2 Hunters in my family room and they have to be 25 years old. They are still working perfectly and are guaranteed for life.
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No offense taken, that's why I am here. And I agree, I am stuck in the 90's and want to get out.
There is a lot of wood in the kitchen. It was pretty expensive when I had it put in, it is high quality and custom built. And I like it, so it will stay. But I am open to some change. I was thinking of getting rid of the Corian countertops and maybe looking into quartz.
By the way, the light switch covers aren't wood. Some are cream colored off white cast iron (French style) by the breakfast area and some are bright brass for the other areas. I know I should replace them all and I will.
Money is not an issue. When you mention color for some cushions and curtains, do you mean cushions for the bench seats? And what color would you go with?
Again, thank you so much.
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Curtains and cushions would depend on your wall color. A deep red or burgundy usually goes well with earth tones if that's the direction you're going.

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