October 22, 2010

Kitchen Dilemma

Aside from new stainless steel appliances, my kitchen hasn't been updated since it was built 25 years ago. The countertops are a hideous mix of off-white colored laminate with some kind of wood looking trim.

The cabinets are solid oak and in great condition but all of the wood really darkens the already tiny room. I've repainted 4 times already and I'm still not happy with the color. I'm not sure if it's the lighting or if I just suck at choosing paint colors but whatever it is, I think it's time for some major updating.

Here's how my kitchen looked after I repainted it Martha Stewart's "Chinchilla":

It's OK but I don't love it, I'm just living with it. Oh, and don't mind the awful blue mini blinds, I have a white replacement shade I just haven't put up yet. 

Here's my kitchen before I painted it "Chinchilla":

I don't remember the name of the color but it was a delicious charcoal gray that I LOVED but at night, the kitchen kind of felt like a cave. Maybe if the cabinets were all white, it wouldn't have been as dark...

So here's a run down of what I've been thinking:
  • Paint the cabinets white to help lighten up the space (no budget for new ones)
  • Install modern hardware on the cabinets
  • Install a white subway tile backsplash to, again, lighten up the space
  • Replace the countertops with a light colored granite. I was thinking white with some gray mixed in but I do love the look of sleek black granite countertops and it will blend nicely with the stovetop. Hmmm...
  • Paint. For the 5th time. Since the cabinets and backsplash will be white, I was thinking of going dark again. Maybe navy or another shade of charcoal gray?
I was inspired by these photos and love the navy and white color combination:

[ Image via HGTV ]

[ Image via JK Bergin ]

[ Image via Apartment Therapy ]

What do you think of the navy and white color combination? Have any of you painted your cabinets? Do they chip/scratch over time or did you put a coat of something over the paint to prevent chipping/scratching?


  1. I love that color combo of navy and white.

  2. I love it too! I think it would look great with some pops of yellow and dove grey accessories :)

  3. I think this is a great color combo! It is going to look fabulous! : )

  4. I love the navy and white idea! Dark grey would look pretty too. I can't wait to see it finished! We are in the middle of our kitchen makeover too :)

  5. White and Navy is gorgeous! This is so funny I just emailed someone asking about painting our cabinets white! We have the same oak colored cabinets and I HATE them! So excited to see what you come up with!

    BTW I just ordered two of those overstock cowhide rugs for my Mom and I, I am so excited!


  6. @Joi - Thank you!!!

    @Jen - Yeah, I think I might paint it another darker shade of gray since I don't have any blue in my house haha It's going to be a while before we're finished (still in the planning stage) but I'll be sure to post the results!

    @Leah - Great minds think alike! I asked Joi about painting the cabinets since she painted hers and she said:

    "We haven't experienced any chipping, but we prepared the cabinets pretty good to be painted! We stripped the old finish and sanded them down. We then used an oil based primer and paint. The oil based paint wasn't difficult to work with as some people suggest and it cures pretty hard with no brushstrokes. I love it!"

    So I think I'm going to follow her advice and use oil based products because I don't want brushstrokes!

    Can't wait to see the cowhide rug in your space :D


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