Monday, January 10, 2011

Design A Mexican Kitchen

Design a Mexican kitchen

Even if your home is not built in the traditional Mexican style, you can give your kitchen that warm Mexican spicy feel. All you need to do is change some of the furniture, use Mexican arts and crafts to accessorize the area, and add a little paint. Make minor changes to lighting, storage areas, and walls and you will have a great traditional Mexican kitchen. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Give your kitchen walls a faux paint finish to make it look rustic and old. Use a sponge or a scratchy cloth and wipe on mustard yellow or orange terracotta paint over a white base coat. Use another moist sponge with no paint to tone the color down and blend it in slightly. The underlying white base paint will show through the overlay of color, as if it were an old wall with chipped and worn paint.

2. Find a wood table and chairs at a flea market or rummage sale. They don't necessarily have to match but should be brightly painted in either orange, red, blue, or yellow. If they aren't already painted in a Mexican style, give the furniture a distressed paint finish. You can also buy rustic Mexican furniture from a furniture store.

3. Place distressed painted shutters or a wooden valance on your kitchen windows. Use hand-embroidered tablecloths, and vintage talavera (hand-painted clay) dishes to accessorize the kitchen. These items may be found at flea markets, antique stores, or rummage sales.

4. Add old wrought iron pieces, antique metal hooks, garden utensils, coffee canisters, vintage Mexican pottery, or old wood items as accessories to your new Mexican kitchen. Hang these on the walls, or place them on shelves.

5. Place Mexican or Mexican-style area rugs on the floor if you don't have Mexican tile in the kitchen.

6. Install a wrought iron or tin chandelier to complete your Mexican kitchen. Buy and install a wrought iron pot-and-pan holder and place it over a kitchen island.

7. Place Mexican nichos (memory boxes), paintings or accessories on the walls to finish accenting your Mexican kitchen.

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