We can continue to think about and look for tile and design ideas for the mosaic project, but in the meantime, I think the completed panel looks great. We painted the panel with some metallic hammered-finished paint we had used before. In this iteration it doesn't look hammered, but I like the color and sheen.
We decided to use oak molding to frame the green man and the panel to make it look more finished. The Green man is secured with velcro, and the molding also helps hold him in place to prevent a tragic accident.
Today we also installed some red oak molding on the existing white oak cabinets, which obscures some paint splooges and other old-house related problems, and makes the mixing of red and white oak look a bit more intentional. I think it looks great, and I feel like other than the ugly tile backsplash, I have a fabulous, highly functional kitchen.
Since buying the house in December 2000, we have completed the following kitchen projects:
- painted the walls a combination of green (Behr Fox Hollow) and taupe (Behr Beaverwood)
- installed a new dishwasher and built a cabinet surround for it
- moved the countertop over the dishwasher and built a granite tile counter insert
- replaced the now-leaking kitchen faucet (grrr)
- installed stereo speakers
- replaced 3 light fixtures
- installed new picture window overlooking the backyard
- added shelves to the kitchen cabinet
- added an outlet to the pantry
- re-built cabinet from the bathroom and moved it to the kitchen (to the right of the microhood)
- added outlets for the microhood and range
- made/installed beach stone drawer pulls