When we bought our house this summer the kitchen was one of the first things I wanted to tackle.
Well, picture the kitchen your mom (or maybe your grandma) grew up in.
Got it in your head?
Ok. That's our kitchen.
Honestly. When we bought the house it had brown, orange and yellow floral print wallpaper, yellow counter tops and brown cabinets. It was Now and Then meets That 70s Show. That being said, there's also nothing wrong with it. The appliances are old, but they're in amazing shape. I find myself saying things like, "They don't make stoves like this anymore," when I give newcomers the tour.
However, as much as I like to channel my inner flower child from time to time I just couldn't deal with the colors. We had the wallpaper removed in August and my mom and I spent Halloween redoing the counter tops. (I have a really nice mom). We used this tutorial from Young House Love and this tutorial from Little Green Notebook.
It actually wasn't that hard, although it was insanely messy. Here is what it looked like during the first coat.
So to recap, we've fixed the walls and the counters. All that's left is the cabinets.
And I know I've been all about brown furniture these days, but this just isn't the same. I want to paint them. I really do. I just can't decide if we should.
Well, the cabinets are really nice. Like, really nice. The people that owned the house before us took excellent care of it, and they definitely invested in quality. I couldn't believe it the first time I opened the cupboards and realized that all of the shelves pulled out! I thought that was some sort of recent development that only existed in fancy kitchens! Apparently I was wrong. So, while they aren't my taste, there is nothing obviously wrong with them. In fact, they're nicer than most cabinets.
But, I still want to paint them.
And I feel guilty about that.
There are a lot of DIYs out there about painting cabinets. In fact, I was inspired to share all of this when I saw this DIY post on Jamie's blog. However, like many of these DIYs, this one shows a paint job on simple cabinet fronts. Our doors are a bit more decorative (again, not totally my taste) so I'm not sure that painting them will have the same insta-DIY! effect.
Oh, and one more thing.
We're probably going to do a big renovation in a few years which will include the kitchen. Which makes me wonder? Should we invest time in painting if we're just going to redo the whole thing in a few years?
The jury is out.
Mike isn't bothered by them and neither are many guests (...or so they say). That being said, he doesn't really care if I do it.
It seems like it's up to me.
So what exactly do I have in mind?
I'm glad you asked.
At first I thought I wanted to paint them all navy (this is a lake house after all) but I was worried it would be too dark. Then, I thought maybe we could paint the bottoms navy and the tops white. THEN I took it even further and thought we could paint the bottoms navy, rip out the top cupboards and do open shelving! YAY! Construction! Mess! Open spaces! Open spaces that must be constantly kept clean so they don't become a mess!
Then I came to my senses. I like the storage and I cannot in good conscience rip out perfectly good cupboards.
So, rewind to blue and white.
Turns out, I'm not the only one with this "brilliant" idea. I've been Pinning away over on my kitchen board and I'm happy to report that there is a lot of inspiration out there. Take a look...
I love this kitchen but I could never handle open shelving.
This one below is probably my favorite. Love the old-world details of the molding and the light fixture. The tile work is also pretty spectacular. And, maybe just because my kitchen isn't exactly brand-new either, I think the drawer pulls are really charming too.
So, should we? Shouldn't we? I would love to hear your thoughts.
*These images are all on my kitchen board with links to their original sources.