Some of you may well recall that my kitchen looks like this:
Your eyes don’t deceive you, it’s battleship gray with old white painted cabinets and a very worn vinyl floor. Ideally we’d gut and replace with lovely natural maple cabinets, soapstone countertops and hardwoods to match the rest of the house. However, in the real world we need to pretty it up for now while we save for what we want to do. To my mind the worst part of all this is that the previous owner painted over old wallpaper. It makes wallpaper removal twice as difficult and of course, in the humidity of Atlanta I don’t dare put another coat over it.
That being the case we’re going to paint the cabinets, put down some new vinyl on the floor and add some stock cabinets at the end of this 8′ x 25′ bowling alley of a kitchen. (Yes, we’ve been asked why we don’t just put some pins at the end and charge admission.) I’ve hemmed and hawed over this forever, (Mainly because I don’t want to strip that bloody wallpaper) but I’ve more or less settled on yellow and charcoal gray. Found this lovely fabric for curtains:
Obviously all this fabric isn’t going in the kitchen, the birds are going on the kitchen window. I think the gray tone-on-tone will go on the dining room windows and I’ll probably cover my dining room chairs in the floral and the bee fabric, but I’m not sure yet.
If you look closely at my cabinets you’ll see that they have funky little lines carved in the doors. I hate that. I think it makes it look country. I think if I paint them a dark color, like charcoal, and put on some modern hardware it will update it nicely. But if I go with a dark color on the cabinet then I have to have light-colored countertops and I really hate that idea. I have my heart set on this countertop:
I don’t think I can have that with the charcoal gray cabinets, even with a yellow room.
So I might have to go with something like this, which is a limestone look:
Or maybe this:
Interestingly enough, despite having two large windows, the kitchen is still fairly dark, so I don’t know if cabinets that dark will bring it down or not. Of course, I could paint the cabinets yellow (white is out of the question), but I’m not sure. What do you think?
And in case you’re wondering we’re putting down this vinyl plank flooring by Novalis, believe it or not, it’s peel-and-stick: