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Kitchen Questing

As you saw, the kitchen is coming along.  Yay!!  From the day we began planning, I’ve had an idea for a (hopefully) quick and inexpensive backsplash, and yesterday I sourced the materials.  Moving back to the middle of nowhere, we’ve had to become re-accustomed to waiting for things.  Want a grey, water-based stain?  Gotta wait five days for a shipment to come in.  Need a dishwasher?  You can have one middle of April, if you order today.  Want a sleek, mid-century inspired curtain rod?  Hahahaha, nope.  You’ll have to wait until 2016 for that trend to circle back.  Patience is a virtue.  So what was I so worried I’d have to special order?

I’m not sure I want to say . . .


I know!!!  It doesn’t seem my style.

I feel so sheepish.  As I caught the eye of other lumber yard patrons, I wanted to reassure them, “seriously, I swear, this will look awesome”.  Never in a million years did I think I would ever opt for panelling, but after seeing modern kitchens like the one linked here, I have a new appreciation for it.

Here’s my reasoning for wanting panelling for our kitchen spit and polish: it’s relatively inexpensive ($17.99/ 4 x 8 sheet) and it will hide the drywall repair we’re doing, plus a multitude of other sins I’d like to off-load on Future-Me to deal with and fix.  As a bonus, it should be easy to remove when we do phase II.  With the cabinets and pantry axed, we have so much bare, torn-up wall on display and tiling all of that would be expensive and time consuming.  We’re going to panel the entire window wall, and the entire wall behind the fridge and stove.  The panelling will be a nice, neutral, flaw-covering backdrop to the awesome opening shelving, with just enough texture to keep things interesting.  I’ve toyed with the idea of horizontal panelling (and herringbone panelling!), but I think keeping it vertical will look better with the shelves, and also complement the vertical panelling on either side of the fireplace.

Here’s the extensive selection I found locally.  I’m not sure if I should find some of it frightening or not.

The winner!!

I picked something very simple – no detail, no wood grain.  I’m really excited about it, and the next step is to research how to finish it off professionally around the edges.



  1. Brynne Delerson
    March 26, 2014 / 4:06 pm

    I really love the first inspiration image (from Style at Home) – I had no idea wood paneling could look so modern! I'm sure you're going to rock it!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      March 26, 2014 / 9:35 pm

      Thanks!! I'm hoping it turns out and is as fast and easy as I think it will be to install…

  2. Brigitte
    March 27, 2014 / 2:58 pm

    I think this white panelling will look great! It's a lovely nod to your lakeside location combined with your fresh, modern style.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      March 27, 2014 / 4:16 pm

      Thanks for the vote of confidence 🙂 It has a casualness to it that I think is perfect for the lake.

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