04:47PM | 09/20/02
Member Since: 09/19/02
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My husband and I just bought a (city registered) historic brick Victorian. It was last remodeled in the 50s (ick!) and we'd like to restore it to a more Victorian era decor scheme. We thought we'd tackle the kitchen first, but keep getting hung up on the color scheme. I wanted to do green and yellow and he wanted to stick to a theme that blends with the natural brick walls.

The cabinets and counters were put in during the 50s and look horrid. To save money, we thought we could just paint them and put on new chrome handles and hinges, then have someone replace the countertop. I deferred to my husband on the brick and mortar colors for the cabinets (terra cotta for the doors and a pale 'mortar' color for the cabinet structure) since he's letting me do one parlor in red :-)

After taking off the cabinet doors, we found the original colors of the room were dark green on the walls and a mustard yellow/gold on the ceiling (which now has a horrid blue wicker pattern wallpaper on it). So of course we should use that, right? But then what about the cabinets?

I've been playing around with modifying the look of the room in software and can't decide on a good color scheme. We've decided to replace the linoleum with ceramic tile (terra cotta or sandstone look) because the hardwood underneath is probably too bad to be resored.

We had already bought the paint we wanted (in a paint brand certified by the National Historic Trust), which we could still use and I matched the original colors too. The software I used to try to "paint" the room virtually made the cabinets look darker than I think they would be in reality (it overlaid them translucently, but the same color is on the large door panels and trim and looks better).

Does anyone have any thoughts? Here are pictures. The first (top) is how it looks now and the two under are my "prospective" views.


04:41PM | 10/22/02
Member Since: 10/21/02
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Wow, very cool house! The kitchen looks like it is a nice size, too. Only thing is, I'm not sure what color you're painting the cabinets: the green in the photos? That is a very nice color and easy to live with. My kitchen is done in a similar green (milk paint with a taupe glaze) as well as the same treatment on a cream-color cabinet. This might be one idea to keep the whole thing from being too uniform: vary the color on the cabinets. I don't believe that you have to keep strictly to the original colors (and my house is an 1890 Queen Anne)unless you're trying to go for absolute historical accuracy. I feel that the kitchen is the last place to worry about this, however, since your kitchen looks nothing like the original anyway. How about green with cream or carmel-colored cabinets, neutral (sandstone color) floor and a tone of the neutral on the ceiling as well as the countertop. I am a kitchen designer so I do this all the time! Hope this helps.


04:44PM | 10/22/02
Member Since: 10/21/02
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A couple more thoughts: this color scheme (green, cream, carmel) looks very nice with copper accents, which leads me to believe it would probably also look very nice with your brick (I think a red floor would actually detract from the brick, however - overkill?)


05:22PM | 10/22/02
Member Since: 09/19/02
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Hi! Thanks for the reply! Oops, looks like I changed what's displayed there! Actually, we're done! And really really happy with how it turned out. Ours is an 1893 Queen Anne. The brick is really shown off now. You can see the results at It shows before and after pics. All that's left is replacing the countertops (will do granite) and eventually putting in an Elmira store or converted antique. My husband and I are having creative differences there (he wants to just replace the cooktop).


08:03AM | 10/25/04
Member Since: 10/24/04
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Hi. I came across your posting from about 2 years ago and was wondering if you would mind sharing the picture that you had once posted. We are working on making some choices to completely remodel a 1890 Victorian Farmhouse kitchen and now at the stage of picking a color for the room.

Thanks in advance


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