what do you think of this kitchen??

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
4827 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

@bella731:  it totally has potential! right on about the hardware and painting the cabinets. New flooring and a new black fridge maybe?

Post # 4
8677 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I kind of like the woodwork as it is. Nice contrast with the black metal hardware on it. If anything I’d stain them a couple shades darker.

Post # 5
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@bella731:  iwould change the cabinet hardware and paint them white.  the tiles is ugs, i would change it.  

Post # 6
2466 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It has potential but I’m not a huge fan of the cabinets or floor.  I personally would paint the cabinets white to brighten things up and ditch that hardware for something better.  Floor would have to go but I think you could make cabinets work until you could afford to totally redo them (which honestly probably has to be done since you said they aren’t in the best condition anyways).

Post # 7
171 posts
Blushing bee

Paint the cabinets, redo the floor, new appliances, maybe get rid of or upgrade the ceiling fan? It has sooooo much potential! So many possibilities. 

Post # 8
3119 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think the space / layout itself is good, so that’s a big hurdle out of the way. I’d definitely update the cabinets with some white paint and new hardware, tile or hardwood the floor, maybe change the counter to something more modern, and update the appliances when budget allows.

The kitchen definitely isn’t hopeless!

Post # 10
1305 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would keep the part above the cabinets. It’s just one less place you have to dust.

I think it would look nice with new hardware, cabinets painted white and keep the above part that colour. Then get new hardwood floors in the same/similar colour as the above part.

Post # 11
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

It has promise for sure!  I’d paint all the cabinets and the part above it white. We did this to our kitchen and it brightened everything up beautifully. I actually really like the hardware and think it would look cool contrasted with the white.

Ikea has some pretty cheap kitchen counters, or I think you can refinish laminate counters.

The floor is AWFUL! New lineoleum ASAP, or laminate wood flooring, or tiles. Or google about painting lineoleum, it looks pretty cool and easy. 

Do you read the blog Young House Love? It has soooo many examples of redoing parts of a house yourself and is super handy. They just bought a new house and are in the process of redoing the kitchen for cheap while saving for a big remodel. Their kitchen looked a lot like yours, with the cabinets and floor!! You should check it out. 

Post # 12
42135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@bella731:  Can you afford to replace the flooring now? That’s what is determining the color scheme as it is.

If you can afford to replace the flooring, and that shouldn’t be too expensive, I would:

replace the flooring with dark grey or a hickory shade of brown

take out that little scalloped piece over the window

get rid of the curtains unless you need the privacy- in that case I would use something more clean lined- like a shutter or blind

paint the cabinets light grey- all the way to the top

replace the hardware with chrome or brushed nickel

replace the stove hood fan with a over the range microwave/fan- that frees up your counter space

replace the fan/light fixture with something more modern

The backsplash looks white- if so I would leave it

Cover the front of the dishwasher with a white panel (sometimes they even come with the dishwasher and are underneath the current panel)

If you have good lighting,you could  also consider dark grey cabinets. If you are nervous about that you could do the uppers white and the lowers dark grey.


 You will end up with a modern kitchen with matching appliances until you can afford to do a gut reno.

Post # 13
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@bella731:  if you didn’t want to mess with taking the very top portion off, it would like fine painted the same color.  You might have to add some crown molding or something to finish off the top of the cabinet if you did.


perhaps whe you take off the handles, you can just use the existing screw for new hardware.  You may have to do some sanding around where those side bracket things are.  Depending if it’s real wood or just a veneer, it might damage the front panel and make it impossible to paint.  Well, you probably wouldn’t be able to paint it anyways…. I hope it’s real wood!

they have some amazing looking stick on wood floors that are pretty inexpensive!

Post # 14
6632 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@bella731:  To small for me and to dark.  I like light and airy feeling not 70’s dark.  Replace the appliances with modern ones.  

Post # 15
3097 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

I would paint the cabinets off white, change the hardware from.black to silver & get some pretty tiles for the floor.

Post # 16
279 posts
Helper bee

@bella731:  I don’t know if anyone else said this, but you could look into getting a counter depth fridge or not as deep, but wider so it doesn’t stick out as much. My family did that and it made the kitchen feel bigger and it was awesome

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