The {New} Black Kitchen + Wood Branch Light DIY

by Tina on October 23, 2013

in our home

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As promised, I have a mini tour of our freshly painted black kitchen plus a Wood Branch Light DIY to share with you today.  As you might remember, I really debated whether or not to paint the kitchen a dark color, but I am so glad we did.  We absolutely love the result!  You will have to tell us what you think of it…

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Though I would still love to replace the countertops and cabinets (one of the sacrifices of being a perpetual renter) I still think the dark wall makes a nice backdrop to all the white.  Unlike the kitchen before, I added in a lot more pink, feminine touches which I’m not sure my husband has even noticed because he only comes in here to get water for his french press, but I don’t think it’s too over-the-top girly, do you?

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We also replaced the lighting that used to be over the sink and created our own Wood Branch Light DIY by hanging a branch from two eye hooks with twine.  We wrapped two new hanging light sockets around the brand and added the ultimate luxury in lightbulbs with these diamond lights.

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Our Ikea shelves got a new little mix of items, mostly flea market finds plus my Orla Kiely Pot and a Normann Copenhagen bowl.  My favorite Whimsey and Spice print is still here, just moved over to a new place.

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Do you like the result?  I love how a fresh coat of paint and a simple new light fixture can bring such big results to a mini kitchen makeover!  A friend brought us the flowers and the rest of the accessories were things we had on hand, so with very little money I felt like we got a whole new kitchen.  That is pretty awesome!

 

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

ISHTAR OLIVERA October 23, 2013 at 12:44 pm

oh I LOVE IT!! it looks GORGEOUS!! I would have never thought of painting black a wall, but you have pulled this to beautifully! it looks elegant ! you have such an amazing taste!!

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Tina October 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Thank you! I thought black sounded a little crazy, too, but the result makes me happy!

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my scandinavian home October 23, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Wow!! It looks fantastic! :)

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Tina October 23, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Thank you!

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Deepa October 23, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Soooo nice! The diamond light really stands out against the black. The girly touches are subtle enough, not too girly at all! And it all works because everything else is so crisp and white.

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Tina October 23, 2013 at 5:06 pm

We tried a different set of lights first and they were just boring against the black.

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Marie October 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Hi
I absolutely LOVE it.
The wood branch light is G.R.E.A.T. Fantastic idea !!!!!
Happy Wednesday
Marie

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Tina October 23, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Thanks! :-)

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Lori October 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Genius! Daring! And it all turned out just right!

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Tina October 23, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Thank you! It’s always fun to see it all come together, isn’t it?

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shoegirl October 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Love love love the black! I’m so glad you went for it! I’m planning to do one wall just the same in our new kitchen in Berlin, so now I really can’t wait. I’d love to do the whole room, but it’s a small space with no windows, so I fear that might be pushing it. Also, love that print – thanks for the tip!

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Tina October 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm

I thought about painting the entire room, but received a resounding nooo from everyone I asked. I think it would be a bit too cavelike, don’t you?

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Ciara October 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Oh that’s gorgeous Tina! That black wall transforms the space bd I will definitely be bookmarking that branch idea for future reference!

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tea-in-tangiers October 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm

love the dark wall – and really (really) like the diamond lights!

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Shelby October 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Looks fantastisk Tina!!! A classy job well done :) So creative !

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Allison McCue October 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm

I looove your solution to the Danish light problem (re: how to hang your own lights without having light cords hanging all over your ceiling)! Very elegant and awesome.

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Andreia October 23, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Love love love it! you are a genious!

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