We had this ugly vent pipe coming up from our microwave/range hood that needed to be covered. Originally we were going to surround it with drywall so it would have been yellow to match the walls. But then I got the bright idea of making a "chimney" for it that could be removed if necessary. I designed it and Doug made out of the beadboard and various mouldings that I had selected. I painted it to match the cabinets and I think it looks nice, but it might look even better if it matched the wall instead. That way there would be a nice horizontal line of color all the way around the tops of the cabinets. What do you think? I can't make up my mind. I guess I could always just paint it and find out. If you feel like it, leave me a comment with your opinion. Thanks!
AFTER, IF IT WERE CHANGED TO YELLOW
(awesome photoshopping by Gene )
Speaking of nice even horizontal lines at the tops of the cabinets, the always gracious Kathy Schmick at Smoot Lumber came through for us once again. We installed the replacement cabinet for the too tall one that the cabinet company had sent and it looks so much better with the heights matching all the way around the kitchen. Unfortunately it's kind of hard to tell from this picture because we had to take out the refrigerator in preparation for coating the floor with a fancy super-dooper flooring protector called Bona Traffic. And the room is still kind of a mess because we're not finished with everything yet. But it's coming along.....
Oh, and I noticed that my cabinet color is very similar to Julia Child's kitchen cabinets in Julie and Julia, which I saw today. Isn't that nice? Maybe I'll take up French cooking as my next new hobby after I get tired of homebuilding. Oh wait, that's already happened. The cooking's probably also going to have to wait a couple more months.
The blue chimney looks nice, but I think the yellow may look better. Good job on the whole kitchen. knkhomeimprovements.com
I did a quick Photoshop job on it (here) and I can't decide which would look better. I think I lean slightly towards keeping it as is. But only slightly, and that may be weighted by the idea of doing less work :-)
If you had a smooth drywall box, I would say yellow. But with the added detail, I would say blue. One more vote for keeping as is.
kampman - Thanks for your input. I kind of thought the yellow would look better because it would fade into the background, but now that I've seen Gene's awesome photoshop version I'm not so sure.
Gene - Thank you for changing the color! That is amazing. One of these days I need to learn how to do that. I'm leaning slightly towards the blue now too.
Mike - I agree with you about drywall looking better yellow. I think it's the detail that is making the yellow less appealing to me at the moment, now that I can see it.
You're very welcome. After reading Mike's comment, he's right. With the texture of the wood, it becomes part of the cabinet. I'm solidly in the "keep it blue" camp now.
Thanks again guys, for your suggestions. I've gotten used to it now and I think it's fine the way it is. Yaay, one less thing to do!
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