Post # 1
So here is our existing kitchen. Note how the cabinets kind of “stop short.” They really feel like they are missing a wall and base unit just to the right of the sink. I added a cart but which is so helpful, but not enough. Plus where the clock is is so empty.
The house came with this two colored wall and super high chair rail.
Things we want to keep:
- dining set
- cabinets (painting or new doors is an option)
- grey couch in the foreground
Things we want to change:
- wall color
- backsplash tiles
- lighting (maybe pendant lighting over island)
- add hardware
- cabinet color or add new doors
- add a base/wall set of cabinets to the end of the cabinets. hopefully ones with glass window pane doors on the top. (would probably need to paint them with the rest)
Given the things we want to remain the same, do any of these feel like they would work better in our space? I know we don’t have high offset wall cabinet, but could we accomplish the same FEEL?
1. white on top, wood on bottom, rust walls
2. White on top, dark/black on bottom – i’d do a different tile, but overall nice look
3. white all around. love the backsplash, window pane doors and rust lights
4.White all around, more simple
5. white and grey combo
6. dark for top and bottom
How hard is it really to keep white cabinets clean???
Post # 3
What a spacious kitchen. Personally I like the all white cabinets, but I’ve seen the white grey combo on person and I love that too. I would definitely add another cabinet and upper ones with the glass. If you want to change our the other uppers to glass that easy too. I personally don’t care for the chair rail, what a strange place for it. I’m digging cement counter tops and those can go over your existing ones. They can also have any finish you want. I’ve done tons of research into them, you can diy them but im not gutsy enough. Are you thinking glass tiles for a backsplash?
Post # 5
@tksjewelry: I do like a tiled/glass backsplash that goes up to the bottom of the wall cabinets, opposed to the 2″ lip that laminate counters usually come with. I’d take the chair rail down too. Phew that’s a lot of wall painting! We’d remove the old counter and replace it with new something.
Post # 6
@sienna76: I missed the two inch lip, I thought it was paint. That should go. Hopefully it comes off easily. That’s a ton of painting! That’s on thing I’m horrible at, my mom volunteers to do it for me, thankfully. What colors are you thinking?
Post # 7
@tksjewelry: Hmm, maybe a warm color for the kitchen – like soft yellow or rust? I am really bad at envisioning stuff! But then the living room is the same space so it has to match. Maybe a really light grey for those walls? Or do it all light grey? All my outer wall corners are rounded too which will make for tricky painting.
Post # 8
@sienna76: yellow in the kitchen and grey in the living room sounds amazing! Curved wall are really tricky. My best friend just built those in her whole house, every corner is curved. She found a trick for it on pinterest, she swears by it and her walls do look good. She did red in the kitchen and tan in the living, which is all open like yours.
Post # 9
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I like white on both the uppers and lowers. I’m actually OBSESSED with white kitchen cabinets. I think you should definetly add cabinets to the end where the clock is like you said. That will give it more of a finished look and will frame (or in other words give an endpoint to) the backsplash to the right of the window where the outlet is. I love love love the backsplash in #3.
Post # 10
I love the different ideas that you have come up with for your kitchen makeover. Personally, I don’t like having different color top and bottom cabinets because I believe that is one of those things that will go out of style relatively quickly over the next few years, so you may end up refinishing them again down the road. I think the black appliances will look great with the white cabinets. My suggestion for the wall with the clock that looks very empty is to maybe add some open shelves that you can find relatively cheaply at Ikea, or you can even make them yourself by painting some inexpensive wood for the hardware store. These could be used to hold decorative pieces, or I’ve even seen them used for easy access to some cute bowls and dishes.
As for the paint, I would personally go for something neutral depending on what you decide to do for your backsplash. I’m really into gray tones right now for the walls, and I would paint the same color above and below the chair rail leaving the chair rail white. I think this would look awesome with the gray tone backsplash in the one example picture that you provided. I’ve seen that same backsplash at HomeDepot and Costco for relatively cheap. I also like the counter top that is in the kitchen with the backsplash that I mentioned. I think those tones all look great together, and you can add pops of color on your couch and through decorations placed in the kitchen if it is too neutral for your taste. I’d just add some simple nickel pulls to your cabinets.
Another suggestion that I have for adding some more storage space would be to consider getting one of those metal carts that have wheels. I’ve seen them at Ikea, and my dream kitchen is pretty similar to the ones you have posted, and I’ve always wanted one for some extra prep space in my future kitchen!
Post # 11
3 or 5 looks doable and lovely!
Post # 12
@sienna76: the fridge looks like its in an awkward spot. Would it fit to the right of the sink (where the cart is)? If you moved the fridge and changed out the island to a two level peninsula starting where the fridge is now, with stools on the living room side which would be the higher side and prep/countertop space on the lower kitchen side. I think it would help define the space while keeping the open feeling and give you more working countertop space (and storage if you need it). Hanging pendents over the peninsula.
Post # 14
@Goofball: We did consider moving the fridge to that space, but I think it’s supposed to be where it is due to the cabinetry it sits in. It was made for a fridge. Plus it was too wide for the space where the clock is. A pennisula sounds lovely, but I think it would block off the entry points here. Ideally we’d like to avoid any construction. We really aren’t that handy! LOL
I think we might do two open shelves above the coffee pot (as mentioned by another posted) in the mean time until we figure out a plan and budget.
Post # 15
@sienna76: ah totally see what you mean. It is sort of an odd place for the fridge except I suppose it’s easy to grab a drink when you’re hanging out on the couch 🙂
Post # 16
What a great space! Im a white kitchen fan and with a space yours I would redo all the cabinets in white but have the island a different color. I do think you should add some sort of stoarge between the windows too. Have you considered 42″ cabinets to elongate your kitchen?
I am putting in 42″ cabinets in my kitchen this year. But since replacing cabinets are a pain we are only doing the top and buying just the doors for the bottom. Easier and cost effective.