Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sarah 101: Episode 9 Re-Imagined Kitchen

The family kitchen featured on last night's episode of Sarah 101 on HGTV was a generously proportioned space, with a large island, expansive counter tops and an informal eating area. Sarah and Tommy started with great bones which just needed to be fleshed out with new appliances, new flooring and a fresh colour scheme.

Since the solid pine cabinets could be revamped with
just a fresh coat of paint, Sarah was able to
splurge on durable Quartz composite counter tops.

The colour scheme for the room was inspired by the
glass tile back splash. Snowfall (SR29) was used
on the cabinets and Robin's Egg (SR17) on the island.

Marmoleum floor tiles reinforce the colour
palette of soft blue, pale yellow and silver.

For casual dining in the kitchen, Sarah chose to pair
an Ikea Torsby table with rattan chairs
(an auction purchase) recovered in a trellis print.

An inexpensive mirror was popped out of its
frame and foam core backed fabric was
inserted to create a round bulletin board.

A pass through to the laundry room was covered with
laminated glass, which allows light to filter through.
Stair treads ($14) were painted and used as shelves.

Sarah chose two of these pendant lights to hang 36"
above the island. The combination of chrome and
textured glass reinforces the "Fabulous 50's" theme.

Sarah's Tips:

Treat the ceiling as the 5th wall. The ceiling in this
kitchen was painted a 1/3 tint of the island colour.

Decide on cabinet door hardware BEFORE painting
in case new holes need to be drilled.

Save on the refrigerator, microwave & dishwasher,
but splurge on a good quality range.

Avoid fabric drapes or blinds in a kitchen.
Use easy to clean wooden slat blinds instead.

Sketch a floor pattern on graph paper
to help visualize what looks best.

All photos courtesy of HGTV Canada.


  1. The backsplash tiles are gorgeous and I love love love the blue! Thanks for posting this.

  2. LOVED that episode!!! Thank you for sharing the info/products used to create such a look! We have an open concept living/dining/kitchen and have the same blue in the living room but want to tie in the blue from the living room into the kitchen, etc and this episode gave a lot of great tips on how to! Loved the blue glass tile too...only now how to resource such a product here in Sk (the prairies). If you know of any suppliers it would be a great help if you could let me know! Love your blog!

  3. @Candy and Cake,
    One of the best things about the Sarah 101 episodes is that Sarah is working within a reasonable budget. According to the source guide, the glass tiles were purchased at Lowe's, so maybe you could start there.

  4. Thanks so much! Love reading your blog and reading design info from a fellow Canadian!

  5. Just saw this kitchen in a BHG magazine and love the pendants, any idea where she may have spotted those "fabulous 50's" lights?

  6. The 50's pendant lights are from Union Lighting in Toronto. Follow the link in the orange word "these" above the photo of the pendant to link directly to the appropriate web page.

  7. Love this kitchen!!!! My cabinet base itself is ok, but the doors/drawers aren't worth painting. Do you know what color the marmoleum tiles are that were used? Looks like 2 different shades of blue and maybe a soft yellow...


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