What do you think of when you see this photo:
|mad men kitchen set|
If you said dated: correct
If you said a spot on representation of my original kitchen: correct
We lived with a version of the above kitchen for 1 year, until I had our second child, who was colicky and kept me up 24/7. In a haze I decided that our kitchen HAD to change (over tiredness and hormones made me pretty productive)...
My inspiration was a kitchen I saw a year prior. Is it weird that I gasped when I 1st saw this kitchen? Is it weirder that I still do? Anywho... I had been lusting after this kitchen for 12 whole months. Dreaming about it night and day (whenever I had the chance to dream, that is).
|House and Home, 2009|
|via house and home|
Things I LOVE about this kitchen: clean simple lines, classic cabinets, sturdy surfaces, tone on tone colours, texture, ah the list goes on...
Since teleporting, or any other (perhaps more realistic) form of drastic overhaul, was not an option I had to pay homage to this kitchen by referencing it, not ripping it off (which I would have infinitely preferred).
I read that Linda Reeves and her team decided on iron mountain (by benjamen moore) for the cabinets. So off to the paint store I went and purchased the same colour in their flat aura finish.
There was a lot of wall paper stripping, handle changing and prepping. It was a process and I will not bore you with the details of all the pre-paint scrubbing, sanding and priming that were required. There are countless tutorials on-line that can walk anyone through the necessary steps. If I can offer one piece of advice though, it would be not to get all over-confident and think you can skip steps or take short cuts. If you want your paint to hold up to the wear of everyday life, then you better follow the steps.
So in the end I came out with this:
Nope, it is not identical. But it's the best I could do.
2 years later I am still loving my kitchen. I love the changes that I made. Love the open shelves both for their beauty and utility. Love the paint colour and the durability has been surprisingly good. But I find myself mulling over change, yet again. This time it is on a much smaller scale.
I am being pulled in 2 very different directions, and am stumped on how to proceed (now lets be clear - I would be making references to either kitchen I am still not in a place where we can overhaul)...
Things I love (that I can incorporate into my own space, lets face it, if I could I would teleport this beauty into my home as well):
- open/airy feeling brought into a small kitchen (I have a very small kitchen)
- dark lowers and white uppers that blend into the wall (note I will be keeping my "open" shelves)
|House and Home|
So what do you think I should do? Light and airy or cozy and dramatic? Or should I leave well enough alone? What would you do?
Oh and incase there was ever any doubt that I live in 1965's best... you wanna see the controls for our oven????