Post # 1
Right now we cannot gut the entire kitchen and redo it. I was thinking of painting cabinets an eggshell finish black, replacing the knobs with brushed nickel, leaving the white countertops, taking the light box out and adding a couple of handing/pendant lamps, replacing ALL appliances with SS look ones, and adding a mosaic glass tile backsplash with blacks, dark grays, light grays, etc. What do you think? If you think this sounds good, what paint color should I go with? Any other thoughts?
I wonder what the appliances would look like if I just left the white stove and microwave (they seem fairly new) and get a new white fridge and DW and paint the cabinets black. Do you think it would look bad? The cabinets are a cherry color now but they have this thick gloss coating on them. I have no idea if I will be able to repaint them at all.
Post # 2
That chair rail is coming down too. This is not my stuff or my furniture.
Post # 3
Sound like an awesome plan to me! I would also make sure there are plenty of outlets before you put in a backsplash. Light grey paint?
Post # 4
Yes gray would look great thanks. This is what I am thinking for backsplash. This picture makes me wonder if I should paint cabinets white and get black appliances (which are cheaper than SS?) Or if I should paint cabinets all white with black knobs/handles, buy just a fridge and DW since the range and microwave are fairly new and put the money into replacing countertops.
Post # 5
hegetsme: You can paint all cabinets with the right prep. You will want to remove all the hardware and the doors. Lightly sand the finish to take off the gloss. Then use a good primer like Zinsser Bulls Eye. It grips to almost anything, then allows your paint to grip to it.
I wouldn’t like a black kitchen but if you do, have at it. I would choose a dark charcoal grey for the cabinets and a lighter grey paint color.
Remember that you can do the kitchen in phases. Do the cabinets now, replace the appliances later.
Post # 6
You could do white upper cabinets and light grey bottom cabinets and keep your white appliances. I have a thing for white kitchens, though! I just think that white cabinets open up a kitchen a lot, especially if there aren’t many/any windows.
Post # 7
I commented on your other thread, but I think you should stick with the white right now. Maybe upgrade DW and fridge through kijiji… or craigslist… depending on where you live. Then when you can afford it upgrade to SS appliances. I really like that backplash, but still agree a bit of colour would really add to the space, but that can also be done with accesories… like a vase, or different small appliances which are a lot easier to change than a wall colour or backsplash.
Post # 8
I”m a designer, and I would not recommend that backsplash unless you want your kitchen to look dated in 5 years and always want to decorate around it, because it will become the boss of your kitchen. Are you planning on keeping those floors and counter tops? If so, go with a tile something like this.
Also, if you’re keeping those floors, I would not go with white appliances or cabinets. They will always look wrong with your floors and counters. If you want white cabinets, then go with a creamy white rather than a true white. I would recommend stainless appliances if you can afford them.
Since you expressed an interest in black cabinets, here is a look that I think would work in your kitchen.
See how the floors are similar in color to your floors, and how they used a granite counter that’s a creamy color. The backsplash is very neutral. It wouldn’t look right with a busy backsplash.
Keep your permanent fixtures… ie. backsplace, floors, and countertops simple, without any kind of pattern. I dont count cabinets or walls as permanent fixtures, because they are so easy to change with paint. You can’t change your backsplash, floors and countertops very easily or inexpensively. If you keep the permanent fixtures neutral and simple, they won’t become the boss of your kitchen.