Don’t worry, I’m not asking you to do any manual labor….
Over the last 8 years we’ve done significant work on every room in the house except our kitchen. We plan on remodeling it, but that realistically isn’t going to happen for probably 10-15 years. The kitchen was by far the most agreeable as far as color palette and functionality, so we were in no rush to do anything to it. My husband has repainted the ceiling, turned the coat closet into a walk-in pantry, and installed a dishwasher – that’s about all that’s been done.
About a month or two ago I was moving something and hit the bottom of one of the drawers next to the fridge and took out a chunk of the veneer on the drawer face. I decided then I’m sick of how the kitchen looks we need to do something to it in the interim. If you look closely, some of the veneer on the cabinets is starting to get worn and chipped, and the stuff in front of the sink has some water damage. Nothing is bad, it all just needs some freshening up.
We don’t want to invest much, so a few coats of paint with new handles and hinges on the cabinets is all we’re looking to do at this point. However, I’m probably the most indecisive person on the planet, and coupled with the fact that I’m not the kind of person who can envision what the final product will look like, I’m in need of ideas.
Many of these photos are from way back in the archives… these are photos we took back when we first toured the house and right after we moved in. Without all the clutter you’ll hopefully get an idea of the project we’re looking to do.
We no longer have that stove. I’m not sure if it matters, but this is our current stove:
The only thing I’m sure of is that the windowsills are going to get painted white – the same white that is on almost every other windowsill in the house. We’re also going to take this opportunity to remove the scallops over the windows. The countertop is going to stay. I don’t love it, but I also don’t love the idea of spending money to replace it. It’s in good condition, so it’ll do for now.
My primary objective is to paint the cabinets and backsplash. I know, who would want to paint that lovely backsplash!?!? News flash, that’s not real brick. I don’t plan on taking off the faux brick (because quite frankly, I don’t want to know what’s behind it), but I think it might look interesting painted. But what color?!?!
Here is the third wall of the kitchen. The fourth wall is the same as this one. This wallpaper is by far the least objectionable wallpaper we had…
(Pardon the mess, we were literally moving in when this picture was taken)
I have nothing against it, and if it works with the new paint colors that we choose I have no problems with leaving it. I’m also indifferent about the wainscoting. We could take it off, we could paint it, or we could leave it alone. I don’t love it, but it’s easy to clean.
When I’m describing the wallpaper as “the least objectionable,” I can’t help but take a moment here to revisit all the wallpapers that are no longer with us…
Weren’t they wonderful? We’ve scraped all that wallpaper off and those walls have all been repainted. The fireplace was taken out, the paneling taken off, and that whole wall was refinished too.
So, if you have a better eye for design than I have, I’m looking for ideas for the kitchen cabinets and backsplash. Those are the top priority. I’ll also entertain any ideas for the wallpapered walls and the wainscoting. We’re not afraid of color, but would prefer something that if we ever did move we wouldn’t completely alienate a potential buyer.
My sister-in-law quickly vetoed my idea of painting the cabinet doors one color and the frame another. Probably for the better… it would show off how uneven my cabinet doors are…
What fresh, exciting ideas do you have for me?