First up, the backsplash. We were really excited about a moody backsplash. But, when the sample showed up last week, it left a lot to be desired. And that “a lot” was any amount of moodiness or gray undertones.
This second photo is truer to life because it isn’t reflecting some of the gray countertop:
So…country blue. We lived with it, stared at it, squinted for a few days before we were sure that was not the direction we wanted to go. Is our dream, moody backsplash out there? Oh yeah. But Chris and I came up with a cost-effective solution we are even more excited about–painting the base cabinets and doing a classic white subway tile backsplash. We really wanted to inject color in our kitchen somehow. Originally, the backsplash seemed like a welcome and unexpected way to do it–but painting the base cabinets will allow us to get the exact color we want in the kitchen and save us a ton of money on tile. In fact, since white subway tiles are so much cheaper–we’ll be able to tile the entire exterior of the pantry, too! As for the base cabinets, we’re going with Navy. Specifically inspired by this photo:
I am not sure the cabinets in the photo are painted Hauge Blue, and I am not 100% sure that is the navy we’ll go with–but it is a top contender right now. Something deep, warm, without purple or too much green undertone.
The other change we made was in our hardware. And we actually made the switch before we decided to paint the base cabinets. I was going back and forth between oil-rubbed bronze and nickel and I sprung for nickel pulls from Restoration Hardware. They were on sale–still more than we planned on spending on hardware–but we decided to splurge nonetheless. Sometimes you just gotta.
So you’re officially caught up on all of the changes–feel free to weigh in with your thoughts–and I better get back to painting our new pantry door.
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