Moodboard Monday: Jane’s Addiction? – Her Kitchen Remodel


April 22, 2013 by Decorum DIYer

Happy Earth Day!

I hope that if you don’t already do something to make a difference everyday, that you use today to reflect on ways that you and your family can make small changes to help take care of our mother earth.

Today, I’m sharing with you a kitchen remodel.  I am helping my friend, Jane.  Yes, the very same Jane of Jane Maccubbin Photography, whom has been a wonderful photographer for our family.  She is a great person and a joy to work with – no matter the project being decor, photography, or otherwise.

Here is Jane’s kitchen, as it looked last week:

(Ignore the clutter, Jane was in the process of cleaning out her cabinets for the BIG remodel.)

(Ignore the clutter, Jane was in the process of cleaning out her cabinets for the BIG remodel.)

The breakfast nook area.  This is generally where Jane and her family enjoy meals.

The breakfast nook area. This is generally where Jane and her family enjoy meals.

The room’s current layout (with some tweaks added by the new cabinetry and carpentry):


Although the kitchen and breakfast area are remaining the same, as to layout, Jane is replacing her cabinets, adding in some addition cabinetry, and a knee wall (in lieu of the wood  bannister) to make her kitchen function better.  More storage is always a good thing!

(Great, now I hear Martha Steward in my head.)

(Pantry cabinets being added to either side of the refrigerator.)

(Pantry cabinets being added to either side of the refrigerator.)

As with any kitchen, before one starts the paint selections or decorating process, one must consider the room’s constants: cabinets, appliances, flooring, countertops, etc…. You know, all of the things that are not easily changed due to logistics and/or budget.

Jane has chosen a beautiful cabinet style and stain color:

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She has also chosen a granite countertop similar to the one below:


A black background with waves of brown.

Jane currently has hardwoods in a medium, golden tone, and to my knowledge, they are staying.  However, you know how any remodel goes, one thing leads to another and a standard kitchen remodel turns into an entire first floor gut job.  😀

That said, Jane is adamant that her kitchen be painted a shade of green.  She is like me, I work backwards.  I fall in love with a color and find a way to work around it and make it work.  I know, I know, one is supposed to pick out an inspiration piece and work from there, but hey, sometimes you need to go with your gut.

Jane loves Benjamin Moore’s ‘Camouflage’.



However, after a few test spots on her kitchen walls, she feels the color is too gray for her taste.

I will be helping Jane to choose a more green color, but in the meantime, here are my brain’s thoughts.  I guess I am thinking out loud here.  None of the following is set in stone (ha! granite joke), with exception of the aforementioned ‘constants’.

First, some backsplash ideas.

Each one has its own charm, but each in a different direction aesthetically and trend-wise.


And some colors to try for a start.


Here they are in my typical moodboard style to give you (and Jane) ideas where we could go with the kitchen….

OB-Jane's Addiction Kitchen Remodel 3

Suggestion #1: Copper, metallic penny tile.


OB-Jane's Addiction  Kitchen Remodel 2

Suggestion #2: Multi-glass tile


OB-Jane's Addiction Kitchen Remodel

Suggestion #3: Monochromatic glass tile


Each one has an appeal in its own right.  The backsplash is either trying to extend the color of countertop, extend the wall color, or combine all of the colors in the room.

Sorry I didn’t add in each suggested textile in the ‘room view’ moodboards.  Honestly, it was just more work and I didn’t have the time.  However, you can see in the grand scheme of things how each one could work.

So, which one is your favorite?

Do you see pros or cons to any particular suggestion?

As an aside, Jane removed her cabinets from her kitchen this past weekend.  I am sure, in keeping with Earth Day, Jane will be reusing or donating the old cabinets (right, Jane?).

I’ll be coming to you with more moodboards of Jane’s kitchen as we narrow down the possibilities.

I’ll also be sharing some of my thoughts/suggestions for Jane’s adjoining living room, family room, and dining room.

Until next time…, happy decorating!


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10 thoughts on “Moodboard Monday: Jane’s Addiction? – Her Kitchen Remodel

  1. Christa says:

    My parents added a back splash to their kitchen recently and did the style you showed on the left. I like it a lot. They are all good choices, but I think the penny tile is my favorite.

  2. Hrm, I agree with your rationale behind each of the choices. Personally, I like the last two. I think the penny tile is a bit dark and while it will bring up the counter color, it might make the space too dark. Just personal preference though. I love how you mixed the light and dark elements—it’s really fresh!

    • Yes, I was afraid the penny tile might be too dark, but I personally like it for that reason. Although, the metallic quality may actually be bright in person and bounce around some light. Who knows? You are correct though, it is a very taste-specific choice. That said, the sage glass tile is my second favorite. While I like the multi-glass tile, I worry that it is too trendy and will become ‘dated’ in a few short years, if it hasn’t already.

  3. carissa says:

    definitely number three.

    • I am also digging option three…but it took me a long time to sift through the images and decide. They each have their strengths! The glass tile just exudes such a light, beachy vibe…and that quatrefoil patterned rug would definitely be the WOW factor in the space. I don’t envy Jane for having to make this decision, though! You’ve really come up with so many fantastic options, Christine (as always, I might add).

      • I love the monochromatic glass tile too. I think the others are too dark. The mono glass tile will help balance the dark counter top. It will also look really great with the grayish green color scheme.

  4. Simply Chimerica says:

    I love the colors you are thinking of using! Great job!

  5. I personally like the white subway tile-ish for a backsplash. Because of the other patterns you chose being strong, I like that this tile is more subtle. Plus, it’s light, which helps to open the space.

    You’ve chosen a great set of colors to choose from! It will be cool to see how it all turns out. Good luck!

    • Yes, I must say that is my personal second choice. It is so interesting to see so many opinions and preferences. I really love that everyone is staying true to his/her own sensibilities. I love hearing all of the perspectives. Funny, my husband is drooling over the metallic penny tile and my mother loves the mutli-glass tile. There is no right or wrong answer. Decor is personal, that is for sure!

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