Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cabinet Crossroads

I'm puttering along in the kitchen. Does it look different?

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Here are a couple before photos so you can compare.

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In addition to painting, I did quite a bit of decluttering. I was even able to remove the "island". Holy moly. I feel like we put on an addition! It's so rooooooomy! Kind of embarrassing to admit, but I was doing dance moves in the middle of the kitchen. Why didn't I do this years ago?!

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The microwave is temporarily on the breakfast nook table, until we can buy a new one to go over the stove. At least that's where I think it's going to go. I also still have some trim paint to do. And I also have to paint behind the refrigerator, but I thought I'd wait to paint behind the fridge until I figure out what to do with the cabinets.

So, what should I do with the cabinets?

I really want new cabinets and floors. Reallyreallyreally. But it's so not in the budget right now, it's not funny. If it were going to be in the budget 6 months from now, I might just leave the cabinets. I think it's going to be a good deal longer than 6 months. Time for a temporary solution. I'm going to replace as little as possible, and paint instead.

Here's the dilemma. Light or dark? I feel like the space is pulling me in different directions. The counter and backsplash say "Dark! Paint us dark!" The appliances say "No way! It's white all the way!".

Am I wrong? I love dark counters with white cabinets, but this counter has so many "grungy" undertones I think it will look, well, grungy. And then the rest of the kitchen will be light and bright with grungy counters and dark backsplash. I don't think it's gonna work.

And if the cabinets were painted dark? I think it'll blend with the counter and back splash beautifully. But then of course my appliances would stick out like sore thumbs.

Argh. I gotta think about this awhile. I may just do a happy medium. A medium tone! That might be the ticket. But I'll have to find just the right color.

Maybe I'll move on to the half bath while I think this over.... (Half Bath "before reveal" tomorrow.)

5 comments:

  1. That choice of blue looks absolutely stunning with the white trim! You're making great progress:)

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  2. That paint color makes a big difference, as does the extra space without the island! What a difference!! Good luck with the cabinets!

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  3. It's looking good! Love the blue!
    Good luck with the cabinets...can't wait to see what you choose, light or dark?
    -emily
    nestnestingnested.blogspot

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  4. How about a compromise?
    Go for really bright white on the top cabinets- which should open up the space even more than you have already. Then paint the lower cabinets in a medium dark grey. Wouldn't shiny silver handles look so good with grey? Oohh...
    I think you can get bench and tile paint too, but I like the grey colours in those as they are (well, according to the pics on my computer anyway- they mightn't be so great in real life).
    What do you think? Just my little two cents...

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