Several years ago I created a room for La-Z-boy. You can see it here.
I still get asked questions about it and its faux brick wall.
I actually have been wanting to recreate the look from that room in the gatehouse kitchen for a while now, but I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to do it.
Until Walls Need Love approached me and asked me to design a room for them and I found this.
It’s kind of like the brick wall in my kitchen.
Except a little prettier.
Here’s the entire gatehouse kitchen make-over from all angles and all sides with a little bit of farmhouse and a whole lot of brick.
I wanted to try something a little different with this room makeover.
Sometimes when I’ve seen room makeovers they are photographed from one angle and one side.
There’s a lot of pretty vignettes.
And that’s incredible and inspirational and creative, but just between you and me….
….I’m always wondering what’s on the other side of the wall.
So today I thought I’d work my way around the kitchen wall by wall.
So you can get an idea of the space.
It’s full of kitchen done on a budget.
Like these peel and stick tile floors.
We’ll start with the view that you see when you enter the kitchen.
It used to have stripes and bold graphic lines and orange and red and pink and tons of color.
You can see the before here.
And I loved the fun playfulness of it, but in my heart, I’m still farmhouse and I’m making over the rest of the gatehouse to be a little more neutral, too and I wanted the kitchen to match.
If we travel counter-clockwise around the room, here’s the side of the room with the sink.
It has a window that looks out onto the path to the pond.
I kept everything pretty much the same, except for I made a new window treatment from IKEA dish towels.
You can see a close-up of the dish towels here.
They come in a pack of four for $3.99 and I simply pinned two in place.
Just a subtle bit of color at the window.
There’s a door to the back yard and then continuing around the room, there’s this wall.
It faces the brick wall and goes into the rest of the gatehouse.
I brought over the barn ladder and hung more dishtowels on it.
If you keep traveling around the room, the last wall has built-in shelving and the refrigerator on it.
The room is pretty small, about twelve feet by twelve feet.
But with all of the neutral and the brick wall and the simple color palette, it feels so much bigger.
Next to the wall of built-ins is the other side of the brick wall.
I can’t believe how much of a difference it made in the space and how easy it was to put up.
It took about an afternoon and the panels were all numbered and if you made a mistake, you just pulled it over and reapplied it.
The brick paper is self-adhesive and re-positionable and very forgiving and the perfect way to make an impact in a small space.
Here’s another close-up of the brick so you can see all the variations in color and texture.
They also have it in a darker brick color way here.
I’ll be posting an entire tutorial on the wall and the product and how we used it next week, but I was just so excited about the space that I couldn’t wait to share it with you.
From me and my gatehouse and my faux brick kitchen….
….may your day be full of sunshine and joy. 🙂
disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Walls Need Love.
All opinions on brick walls and gatehouse kitchens are completely my own.
You can see my disclosure page here.
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