Every day the kitchen plans come up over here. We’d love to start the big renovation (new cabinets, appliances, countertops, lots of windows!) next year and it’s one of our favorite things to talk about these days. Endless drawings and plans and discussions. In those discussions, I almost always end up frustrated at myself.
You see, when I painted the kitchen cabinets just over a month ago, I chose the colors I did partly to get it out of my system. I missed our two-toned cabinets from our last house that we only got to live with for a minute, but I didn’t want to do the exact same thing so I did something lighter.
Also, I wanted to get the white cabinets out of my system because in the renovation, we’re leaning toward colored cabinets. All one shade. These images are currently serving as our inspiration:
^^This is actually the photo that pushed us over the edge on our flooring choice. We love the muted floor tone with the slate-colored cabinets! Love.
So why do I feel frustrated? If you are planning on ripping out your cabinets and replacing them, but want to paint them in the meantime–definitely do! Except don’t do what I did and paint them in a color that “gets it out of your system.” Don’t paint them white, if you want to replace them with colored ones. Don’t paint them in a tuxedo fashion, if you plan on replacing them with one solid color. Use that opportunity to test out where you’re headed to make sure you will like it when it’s the real thing.
It seems so obvious when I say it out loud, err type it. I wish I would have painted our cabinets in a similar way to what we’re planning on installing next year just so I could make sure it will look good before we spend thousands of dollars. I admit, I am a little nervous that our choice won’t be classic enough as white cabinets are–which is when my scared mind always resorts to, Oh, let’s just do white cabinets–it’s safe. But, we’re crossing our fingers the bolder choice pays off and we love it for the long haul.
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