It’s been really quiet around here, but mostly because it’s been loud in real life. Not bad loud, just holiday crazy loud.
I don’t even know what day of the week it is at this point. It’s all just a weird blur.
What I do know is that the time has come when I’m ready to do something about my kitchen cabinets.
(Quiet, Andy. I can hear you groaning from here.)
And I need your opinion. Because I have gotten to a point in my life where I cannot make a decision without consulting the Internet. Not weird at all.
So, a little tour, shall we?
You might remember my last kitchen...it was fairly new, with good “bones”. BUT, the cabinets were an orange-hued oak stain that made the room dark and dated. I painted them white…and while it was a GIANT TIME CONSUMING LABOR INTENSIVE PAIN IN THE REAR…I didn’t regret doing it for one second. It made a huge difference, even if it wasn’t my favorite project.
Irony of all ironies, our next house has a kitchen with blonde oak stain…and the same dreaded white tile and white grout countertops we had just gotten rid of in the last place. Gah.
Someday we will do an actual remodel of the kitchen.
Option 1 is a fairly straightforward Lipstick and Earrings type of remodel. New countertops, backsplash and updated appliances. The layout and all that would be the same…just new finishes.
Option 2 would be a full gut-job where everything is removed, a whole new layout, a wall knocked out, and even moving the sliding door for a completely different space.
Option 2 is what Andy lovingly refers to as Jeannett’s Pipe Dream.
Regardless of which option we end up doing, it won’t be happening for at least a few years. (Andy just looked over my shoulder and said 10. We’ll see about that.)
But in the meantime, I’d like to do something to update the space and make it feel more Us.
Not to mention that I have never been accused of Leaving Well Enough Alone.
I admit fully that it really isn’t terrible. It could be a million times worse. No doubt.
BUT…it could also be a million times better.
So, I’m wanting to paint the cabinets as a placeholder. Let’s call it Option 0.5. The Hold Over.
Now keep in mind that I’m stuck with white counter tops…so the all-white kitchen of my dreams is probably out of the question. While white cabinets and Carerra Marble scream luxury…white cabinets and white tile sound a little more First Apartment. (Actually our first apartment had buttery yellow tile.)
I did some research (and by research I mean scrolling Pinterest), and I found a few ideas:
Granted, these counters are new and gorgeous and I want to make out with them, but this gray with white option is definitely right up my alley.
In fact, you might remember that I painted the kids’ bathroom cabinets a similar gray in the last house…and that had white tile counters…so I know this will work well.
But then I found two-tone kitchen cabinets…
I love this idea because it keeps the room feeling really open and bright by having the upper cabinets my beloved white, while still working with the tile counters I’m stuck with for now.
(Sadly, I won’t have that fabulous subway tile…but this is a Hold Over, right?)
I love the idea of gray on the bottoms because it’s neutral and it would match the (much paler) gray I have on the walls.
This is where I need you.
I found two-toned cabinets IN FUN COLORS.
Edie’s kitchen with the aqua…love.
So, so so fun.
Also swooning over this peacock teal on the bottoms and white uppers.
Still a fun color with a twist on the ubiquitous aqua you see all over the place. I like that it’s more bold.
Bright, brilliant, bold blue.
Um….I kinda want to marry this.
So here’s my dilemma:
I’ve never been one to be afraid of bold colors…but this is a HUGE project. One not easily painted over in case I tire of it. And it’s in the kitchen. Not a small bathroom or one wall. But it would be fun and vibrant.
I know that gray will stand the test of time better and will be most neutral and work for a longer amount of time (in case Andy’s 10 year timeline is extended even further). And I know that it will work well with the counters since I’ve done a similar paint job in the last place.
Do I go big and bold and throw caution to the wind and go Navy/Blue/Teal…or stick to safe and neutral gray?
Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.
(Andy and the kids watched that last night. It’s in my brain.)