White to Tan and Back Again

White to Tan and Back Again
So, try and keep this straight. This first before and after project by Rita at Curbside Creations features WHITE bricks painted brown! 
 The next one by Kristen at k.f.d. Designs features BROWN tile (and cabinets) painted white! 
 What do you think? Do you prefer one over the other?


I think they both look great! Because I see where they each were going with their ideas.

Rita wanted to liven up her bland wall, and I think she did a great job making it warmer and richer. Looks like it must have taken a lot of time to get the color variations in the bricks just right.

I also really like Kristen’s kitchen, it looks so fresh and so clean, clean. I would never have though of painting tile, but I really like it and I think it helps the room retain a cottage-like feel.
Cottage as in cute vintage-type home, not cheese.


  1. November 25, 2009 / 6:41 PM

    I love the kitchen. I can’t wait to paint my cabinets white.

  2. November 25, 2009 / 6:49 PM

    I like the brown better! Your blog has inspired me…I’m going to re-cover some ugly chairs I have after Christmas!

  3. November 25, 2009 / 7:22 PM

    I adore the brown painted fire place!

  4. November 25, 2009 / 7:40 PM

    Oh, how I wish I had white cabinets! Hers look great as does the backsplash.

  5. November 25, 2009 / 7:50 PM

    As much as I love white-painted brick (and I’m trying to convince my husband that we should paint our fireplace after we put a brick veneer on it), I have to say that I like the after better. That colour works perfectly with the style of fireplace and mantle.

    As for the kitchen, it went from boring builders basic to personalised and charming. I like how painting the tiles white brings out the pitting and imperfections in the tumbled marble (that’s what it looks like to me.)

    In both cases, well done! Thanks for sharing these before & afters.

  6. November 25, 2009 / 8:03 PM

    Love the brown version of both. Sorry to say (well, not really), I am NOT a fan of painting things white. I AM a fan of painting things rich chocolate brown, which is what I’m going to do over Christmas break – take my kitchen cabinets from 80s blah stain to a nice, rich chocolate brown. Can’t wait.

  7. November 25, 2009 / 8:35 PM

    I *heart* the fireplace painted brown…it looks really natural. They did a great job varying the color. The white cabinets look great too. Just not a fan of painting the tile white. It’s only my opinion though, so take it with a grain of salt. 🙂

  8. November 25, 2009 / 11:43 PM

    I am partial to white, and especially white kitchens. Then, what do you know, we get our house and I start painting the ugly brown cabinets white and I get offered an entire new kitchen w/Brand New maple cabinets for under 4K–the catch? They HAVE to be DARK walnut brown(the carpenter had osme already to go from a previous order I think)…. but they are new and gorgeous. So I changed my entire design plan in 2 days…check out the progress so far….http://housefinally.blogspot.com/

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