When we built a new side yard patio, the location of our air conditioner was less than ideal. So I smashed old plates, cut up old mirror and pieces of stained glass, to make a two sided mosaic screen that picks up the colors of the surrounding hostas.
The cream colored grout is sealed, old fence posts were used as the ends and the whole thing is movable in case we have to get at the air conditioner. It's much nicer to look at than the grey turbine.
We recently replaced the counter top on our island using recycled glass. There are a variety of colors in the counter including red, green, blue, white, brown, and black. I also painted
the island cabinets, trying to make them look antique-like. Now we're ready to replace the remaining counter tops, but I haven't a clue about what material or color to use. Right now they are laminate, sort of beige. I'd also like to replace the back splash and sink. We did the remodel in two parts so we could spread out the costs. I'm looking for suggestions. My intentions are to make the island look entirely different from the remaining cabinets, so I definitely don't want them to match, just look nice together.