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Greenlake Kitchen eclectic-kitchen

Greenlake Kitchen

This older kitchen was badly in need of an update. Small windows, inadequate cabinet and counter space and an awkward entry made for a cramped and dark kitchen. By reorganizing the entry to capture a small back porch and adding windows, we created a much larger and more efficient space. Tall white cabinets provide plenty of storage and keep the room feeling light. As a colorful and playful contrast to the white cabinets, the backsplash was made from reclaimed aluminum city street signs. The owners selected signs from streets with tree names and they were cut into tiles and assembled in a random pattern on the wall.

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November 26, 2013
1900fleet wrote:
Where the signs coated with anything, to make cleaning easy?
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Hi. We did not add anything to the signs. As street signs, they already had quite a strong and easy to clean finish. They did require a bit of cleaning though......
    Bookmark   November 26, 2013 at 2:07PM
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August 13, 2013
asby wrote:
can you please tell me more about this tile. Where is it available?
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They are repurposed street signs. They may be available from your local city government.
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May 11, 2013
lufranzen wrote:
Counter top? - What is counter top made of?
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Karen Volker Yetman
where did you get your faucet? It is awesome! It looks like a pasta pot filler?
    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 5:53AM
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Sorry. Don't know where the owners got it.
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The team cut the signs into tiles with a metal saw, cleaned them, affixed them to the wall and sprayed them with an acrylic clear coat to seal them.

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bpid added this to Bathroom
on Wednesday
names = kids
gaylec46 added this to gaylec46's Ideas
January 21, 2015
creative back splash
sarajnevans added this to sarajnevans's Ideas
January 13, 2015
Street sign back splash
Emily Manning added this to Kitchens
December 14, 2014
Love the tile!
Malinda Morieson added this to malinda_morieson's Ideas
December 7, 2014
interesting splashback
teschendorf added this to teschendorf's Favorites
December 6, 2014
Bathroom idea?
Emily Massie added this to Kitchen Ideas
November 9, 2014
Love the reclaimed aluminum street signs used as a colorful backsplash.
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September 21, 2014
bathroom tiles?
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August 21, 2014
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August 8, 2014
Amazing splashback
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July 11, 2014
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May 25, 2014
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May 4, 2014
Sign backsplash
Beautiful Habitat: Design & Decoration added this to Kitchens
April 27, 2014
april11 added this to Industrial farmhouse
April 16, 2014
I wouldn't do this backsplash, but I like that it is different and industrial.
erinvernon added this to airstream
March 30, 2014
Street sign backsplash
Amanda Fietz added this to Kitchen Ideas
March 27, 2014
Street signs at random for a completely unique backsplash.
hipster added this to Kitchen
March 22, 2014
street sign backsplash... so cool!
lmscg added this to kitchen
March 6, 2014
Spray with an acrylic clear coat. Where do I find street signs?
markietuckett added this to markietuckett's Ideas
February 19, 2014
Street Signs!
Sherri Langley added this to Kitchens
February 10, 2014
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February 7, 2014
Using street signs as a backsplash, now that is creative!
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February 6, 2014
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February 3, 2014
Boys bathroom
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January 29, 2014
Back splash
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January 19, 2014
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January 18, 2014
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January 17, 2014
djatexmore added this to Kitchen
January 16, 2014
Great idea for a backsplash
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January 11, 2014
Street sign backsplash
Tara West added this to future 3157
December 31, 2013
Street sign tile
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December 29, 2013
Daija P. added this to License Plates!
December 23, 2013
(or signs)
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December 6, 2013
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November 27, 2013
Basement backsplash?
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November 17, 2013
The backsplash
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November 16, 2013
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November 14, 2013
Creative ideas
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October 13, 2013
now that's great thinking out of the box! Great way to recyle
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October 6, 2013
Karen Dickinson added this to Kitchen Inspirations
September 13, 2013
cool idea for a backsplash
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September 7, 2013
Road sign wall.
jumpinggypsy added this to Patswork, Patchwork :P
September 4, 2013
Teehee, all those street signs you pilfered can be put to use.
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September 1, 2013
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August 30, 2013
great idea!
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August 28, 2013
Kitchen- Street sign Backsplash
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August 25, 2013
Love the backsplash ; industrial/urban ; used green colors against the black and white counter/cabs
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August 23, 2013
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August 4, 2013
Street sign
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August 1, 2013
Demo of how to be creative and use anything on a backsplash.... Not predictable
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street signs
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July 19, 2013
Street sign backsplash
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July 10, 2013
Kitchen street signs back splash
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July 8, 2013
Unique backsplash
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July 7, 2013
Beautiful back splash
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June 26, 2013
signs on 1 inside wall of pool house
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June 20, 2013
street sign backsplash very cool
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June 19, 2013
Seattle kitchen
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June 18, 2013
Street Sign or License Plate Back Splash
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June 15, 2013
more paperstone
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Street sign backsplash!!! Character!
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cover up tile
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great idea
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May 31, 2013
Love this
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May 30, 2013
Backsplash made with city street signs
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May 30, 2013
gives me an idea for using traffic-directional signs we've been accumulating as wall covering in part of husband's "man cave". Projecting them slightly from wall, and lighting behind them, could really enhance their varied shapes if artfully fitted together, for example, as a column-like focal point on one wall. Thanks for the great idea. Love what you did with the kitchen AND backsplash!
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May 29, 2013
parete segnaletica
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May 28, 2013
old signs for backsplash. do something similar behind range?
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May 27, 2013
diseño de pared., para poner planilaque en secciones y algun decorado en vinil
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May 26, 2013
The team cut the signs into tiles with a metal saw, cleaned them, affixed them to the wall and sprayed them with an acrylic clear coat to seal them.
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May 24, 2013
Backsplash thrifty
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May 23, 2013
im sold if that faucet can rotate its wrists...
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May 22, 2013
original and colourful splashback
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May 22, 2013
street signs as backsplash
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May 22, 2013
The street signs ... Window
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May 22, 2013
recycled sign backsplash
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May 22, 2013
Recycling & novel
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May 21, 2013
Backsplash with out street signs bought from city of Seattle
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May 19, 2013
fun idea
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Street Sign Backsplash
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May 19, 2013
actual street signs sprayed with a clear acrylic coat! Wonderful
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May 19, 2013
cool tiling
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May 19, 2013
Sign backspash
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May 18, 2013
Creative backsplash idea
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May 17, 2013
Street signs used as the back splash. Cut with a metal saw, cleaned and then sprayed wth an acrylic clear coat to seal them.
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May 17, 2013
Interesting kitchen design
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May 17, 2013
cut street signs for back splash
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May 16, 2013
wow,simply sustainabily,awesome.....
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May 16, 2013
tiles :)
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May 16, 2013
the signs
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May 16, 2013
love the signs
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May 16, 2013
facade of top cupboards
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May 15, 2013
backsplash intéressant
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May 15, 2013
counter top
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May 15, 2013
Backsplash is so fun
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May 15, 2013
Back splash in street signs
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May 14, 2013
good idea for the back of a bar
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May 14, 2013
backsplash of signs cut into tiles, sprayed with clear acrylic to seal
Jessica Ault added this to Kitchen
May 14, 2013
like the signs
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May 14, 2013
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May 13, 2013
Interesting back splash. Use your imagination!
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May 13, 2013
fun for Jarred
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May 13, 2013
Outdoor signs as a kitchen backsplash
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May 13, 2013
backsplash for sink area
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May 13, 2013
recycled back splash
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May 13, 2013
street signs as a backsplash
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May 13, 2013
color, psark
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May 13, 2013
Street signs as backsplash "They headed down to City of Seattle Surplus, where the owners selected signs with tree names from their neighborhood"
kcsige added this to Kitchen Ideas
May 13, 2013
love the creativity of the back splash. who says backsplash have to be tile....
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May 13, 2013
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May 13, 2013
A great use for old street signs.
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May 13, 2013
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May 13, 2013
street signs
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May 13, 2013
Street signs
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May 13, 2013
The combinación of color.
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May 13, 2013
unique concept and appropriate to the remodel, a little quirky and fun
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May 13, 2013
interesting idea, definitely thinking outside the box!
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May 12, 2013
Stove location
Kirsten Waldron added this to Kitchen
May 12, 2013
back splash- how about license plates?
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May 12, 2013
inventive backsplash. love how type becomes cool in a home
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May 12, 2013
Way cool
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May 12, 2013
love the funky backsplash!
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May 12, 2013
cool splash
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May 12, 2013
Vent with the light above the stove.
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Kitchen backsplash
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old signs coted with a clear acrylic
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Street sign backsplash
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May 12, 2013
Lucky the city was changing street signs; nice color with cabinets and slate top.
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Different splashback
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May 12, 2013
Kind of cool.
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Clever backsplash
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Cabinets and backsplash
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May 12, 2013
some cabinets have square front others flat front
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Street signs for kitchen back splash walls.
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cabinte design and color
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May 12, 2013
clever type use!
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May 12, 2013
The team cut the signs into tiles with a metal saw, cleaned them, affixed them to the wall and sprayed them with an acrylic clear coat to seal them.
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May 12, 2013
great backsplash idea!
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May 12, 2013
street signs
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May 12, 2013
Very inventive reuse of street signs. I wonder how many are stolen.
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May 12, 2013
This is soooo cool
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May 12, 2013
Fun idea!
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May 12, 2013
love the street signs!
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May 12, 2013
Not sure about the signs, but I love the faucet.
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smart recycling
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Backsplash license plates
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Backsplaah streetaigns
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Street signs, very cool!
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Sink, and fixtures
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May 12, 2013
me gusto el backsplash
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