Do you ever feel like your house is just one stream of never ending projects? You finish one and then you’re on to another. Once you work your way through the whole house it’s time to go back and start again! One of the big projects we’ve had on our list for about 3 years now is to paint our kitchen cabinets white. It was supposed to be our project for the Spring, but then we decided to paint the Guest Room instead.
This is what our kitchen looked like the day we moved in. Not bad, it’s big but was definitely lacking personality and charm. It’s been my dream to have a white country kitchen, so we decided to paint the kitchen cabinets when we moved in 7 years ago. I know that painting over wood is a touchy subject for some people, but I don’t like that shade of wood at all. I think it’s too dark and pulls light out of the kitchen.
The first phase was to replace the microwave above the stove with a vent hood and to replace the electric cook top with a gas cook top. We bumped up the cabinet above the stove to give a bit of height and interest to the kitchen. This we did about 5 years ago but have yet to fix the crown molding that we pulled off. Sometimes I forget it’s missing *wink*
The next step was to tile the backsplash. I found a green glass backsplash tile that I LOVE and had it installed. We are big DIY’ers, but I recognized that this was a project better left to a professional. I love the sparkle and finish that it gives the kitchen. Now onto the cabinets. Since we aren’t going to be making any big changes, we are looking to make small changes that will have a big impact. Painting the cabinets is one of those changes. I picked a nice ivory color for the main cabinets, but have yet to pick a color for the island cabinets. Anyone have any suggestions for me? We’ve gone back and forth between, white, light grey and dark grey. I even painted some samples ON the island but have yet to settle on a color. To help me get an idea of what I want, I created a Pinterst board and started collecting images of what I think my Signature Kitchen would look like.
I am definitely drawn to kitchens that are bright and clean with little pops of color. Right now I’m leaning towards a dark charcoal gray for the island cabinet color, but like I said, I’m open for suggestions! Pop on over to the Pinterst board and let me know which is your favorite cabinet color.
Drawing from the ideas on my Pinterest board, I created a mood board to help me going forward with the kitchen refresh. Working with the elements I already have in the kitchen, the green glass tile backsplash, black decorative elements, dark countertops and stainless steel appliances, I picked a few other elements to introduce to give the kitchen some charm and personality.
(Items in board: Flag Wall Art from Pottery Barn, Depression Era Glass Knobs from Anthropologie, LG Studio Refrigerator, LG Studio Double Ovens, Clock from Sundance Catalog, LG Studio Cooktop, Barstool from West Elm, Pie Sign from World Market, Stained Glass pendants from Quoizel, Rug from West Elm)
Since I’m painting the cabinets, I want to make a conscious effort to include more natural wood into the room. I love the idea of the wood barstools to bring back a little bit of the feel of the wood. I also would love to replace (someday) our kitchen table with a large reclaimed wood farm table; we’ll just add that one to the ever-growing “wish list”.
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