Kitchen help

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 2
1836 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

are the cabinets painted taupe or are they a really light wood?

i’d say you should either paint the cabinets white and change the hardware- then get whatever color granite ou’d like

or change the hardware and go with a dark granite if the cabinets are light wood.

Post # 4
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I love the cabinets but hear you on the counters. Too 1990’s. I like your ideas. Don’t forget the back splash either. I’ve always been partial to mosaic tile back splashes. What color granite were you thinking? 

Post # 6
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

confusedbridehere:  HAHAHA! Oh lord…. I was curious bcs my cabinets are similar color and it’s def not my fav. :/ Our counters are speckled sandy beige, but as we live in a rehabbed beach cottage, it works with the theme. Your cabinets are a true blonde, with cooler undertone. With stainless steel, what about a very light, soft muted grey with tiny beige speckles? Normally I think grey with light/gold wood is dated, but in your case I think it would look nice. 

I like this counter (bot pretty much nothing else)

<div></div><div style=’color:#444;’><small>Traditional Kitchen by Golden Valley Design-Build Firms Gonyea Homes & Remodeling</small></div>

And this one….

<div></div><div style=’color:#444;’><small>Beach Style Kitchen by Montauk Kitchen & Bath Designers Kitchens & Baths, Linda Burkhardt</small></div>


Post # 7
1654 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I think you can totally work with the cabinets the way they are, what about a warm sandy brown/black flecked granite:

You could do a darker granite too:

Or if you really don’t love the light cabinets, you could use Rustoleum Cabinet Tranformations:

I think just getting a SS fridge will make a world of difference though!

Post # 8
42182 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

nightcheese:  Check out all your options before you make a decision. The most inexpensive option would be to paint the cabinets.

If you prefer to change the countertop, be aware that you can now get countertops in engineered stone  that are very thin and fit right over your existing countertops. You end up with the look of thick stone at a fraction of the cost and they last forever.

Post # 9
3018 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Also keep in mind future clean ability! I know everyone loves SS, but if you don’t keep up on it it gets smudged very quickly.  i think it would be cheapest to re-stain your cabinets and change the handles.

Post # 11
1112 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I just want to say, I usually prefer fridges to be a part of the cabinet over stainless steel (stainless steel is awful to clean) but that fridge is so weird! I hope you can find a better one!

Post # 13
5518 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

You already have a very nice kitchen but if you’re not feeling it then you should change it to your liking.  I think refacing the cabiners or even the countertops would be an inexpensive and impacftul upgrade.  Do all your research first.  I’m getting ready to tackle a kitchen reno myself.  Good luck!

Post # 14
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club

If you hate the counters, you can buy a Rustoleum kit to paint them. I saw it at Lowe’s and considered it before I got a deal on a scrap piece (small kitchen). I think you paint it and it is textured? I’ve seen it on Pinterest too. 

As for the cabinets, a friend of mine used a rub on gel coating and they came out a beautiful dark chocolate. The kit was also Rustoleum… I swear I don’t work for them! Lol

Post # 15
1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Your kitchen looks fantastic the way it is – I think the cheapest way to update is to paint the walls a different colour, put it in a contrasting backsplash, new cabinet hardware, a stainless steel sink/faucet, and possibly a stainless steel, chimney-style rangehood.   

Stainless steel fridges are expensive, and painting the cabinets is a big job.  I would suggest putting in slate grey tile floors for a modern edge, but your current floors are too nice to consider that.  I also love the white countertops with your cabinet colour.  Your kitchen has a great base and I wouldn’t mess around with it too much- a few styling changes will make a world of difference.       

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