Honey, Can You Just Take Down This Arch – Part 2

Do you remember this?

It actually turned into a bigger job than I thought – but then most of them do around here. Renovating a 1935 house ourselves sometimes turns out to be a bit of a challenge. Originally I thought we would just drywall over the opening to create one seamless ceiling. But then we discovered that the ceilings were actually different in height by about 10″. So we had to come up with another plan. A solution that would be easy, fast and unique. This is what we came up with:
Using MDF, we created a faux beam and painted it the same colour as the trim and cabinets. By leaving a 1″ relief below the horizontal piece, I think it looks like something that is pretty authentic looking. We had an electrician come in the put in a new light socket and hung a pendant lamp over the counter.  And the larger piece looking into the eating area is the perfect place to hang a sign, don’t you think.
Full reveal of the kitchen is forthcoming. We still have to put up switch plates, hang blinds and pictures, make roman shades, add a new counter (in the spring) and subway tile backsplash plus install a microwave/hood over the stove. 
In case you’re wondering, the colours are as follows:
Cabinets: ASCP Old White (post to follow on how I did this)
Trim: BM White Down with some colour matching to make it the same colour as the cabinets.
Walls: BM Perfectly Pesto (from their Aura line)


  1. says

    Funny that you wanted to get rid of your arch. I have an area that I want to put in an arch. I guess we often want what we don’t have. Maybe mine shouldn’t have an arch after all. I didn’t have anyone to do the dirty work, so I saved myself a lot of trouble. Thanks for coming by and commenting on my Whoville tree. That was what I was going for exactly!

  2. says

    Fun to watch the progress…I’m in the middle of a much smaller scale kitchen re-do and trying to decide to go white or black with cabinets! Love the lighter look to your kitchen, Mmmm… Can’t wait to see the finished room!
    Crafty Hugs,

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