Monday, 11 February 2013

kitchen flop?

So some people like to do things the hard way, take the road less traveled, blah, blah, blah; and some people like to do things the easy way - I believe my nurses in the hospital called it the "epidural highway." Easy way, you had me at easy... And yes I took the epidural highway too... was that an over-share?

Anyway, after months of debating (secretly of course - I didn't want to get the hubby in a panic that another change was a in the air), I put out a blog post about my kitchen, which you can read here, and then a few days later I pulled out my paint brush. Did I go with my gut? No. Did I go with popular opinion? No. Did I do what was easiest and could be accomplished in about an hour? Yep.

Do I regret it? I don't know.

You tell me. Opinions around here have been vocal and varied.

I am standing here with my paint brush ready to tackle this project again... What do you think? Repaint the wall and uppers white, to achieve this look:

Thomas Smythe


OR

Stick with this:




I just had to show off my 1965 range, isn't she a beaut? Looks like I need to scrub the inside a bit...



Oh and these pictures are deceiving, in real life my counter tops are worse than they appear  in these pics. They are actually cream/light tan laminate, they are not in the best shape and have to stay...

So with that in mind... Let me know, what would you do???? Oh and don't tell my hubby that this is happening - I would hate to ruin another surprise, he loves them so...

If you wanna see the full transformation you can click here, but I thought I would throw another pic at you, it was one of my "inspiration choices" that lead me to the solid dark grey:

via house and home

Oh and here is my kitchen after the 1st change (2 years ago) before I decided that the wall and uppers needed to be seamless:




Linking to:
http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.ca/ 
http://www.craftytexasgirls.com 
http://elizabethandco.blogspot.ca/ 
http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ 
http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.ca/ 
http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.ca/ 
http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/

19 comments:

Rasonda @ Lake Cottage Dreams said...

I actually think its really pretty. But its SUPER dark. I love walking into a space and it feels fresh and airy. This does has a sophisticated look to it, but I guess its just too dark for my taste. But then again thats MY taste I don't live there so its all up to how you feel about it. I have noticed in my renovation experiences, that if I don't love something right away chances are I am going to end up hating it, so if you arent feeling it I would start to think of ways to change it up a bit. When you show the close up pictures I LOVE it. Its that first picture thats a bit overwhelming. Maybe a way to break it up around the window area?? A different paint color or white art pieces above the cabinets?? Keep up posted!

Christine Graves said...

I think the question is: How do YOU FEEL when YOU walk into YOUR workspace? is it working for YOU? But, you asked....I like black and white kitchens...I have one myself. There are the paint changes that you can do....like just paint the inside of your cabinets a lighter color, or just paint the outside of the cabinets white, leaving the inside dark, so your dishes will pop. An idea I am going to do with mine is (My budget is tight so ONE day it'll happen) but I'm going to add mirror backing inside my showcase cabinets so light bounces around. If you wanna cheat to test how your cabinets will look, maybe there is a temp fix like using plain white contact paper (remember the drawer liner stuff?) you can cut strips and place it on....to see? that way your not committed until your sure. Good luck and sorry for the longggg comment. Hope it helps!

chickinstyx said...

I think your cabinets are delicious! Maybe the walls could be a little lighter. What about a really light grey?

Lauren said...

I think this looks great. How is it a flop? What do I know. I just posted my kitchen and everyone hates it so that would really be a flop. I am hosting a link party and would love it if you would link up. Thanks.

http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

It is your kitchen so how do you feel about it? I love the inspiration photo but that is not the real world for everyone, eh? Maybe live with it a bit longer and see if you want to

a} keep it as is

b) try just painting the uppers white and have the dramatic grey walls and grey lowers.

C)Then if you didn't like the walls still grey, paint the uppers and walls white as you had mentioned.

I like how the grey interiors make the dished pop.

Oh, and I'm a 1965 model too. Now I'm feeling really old.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Oh, I thought of an easy d} too: just paint the walls a lighter colour.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Now you are going to think I am crazy, but I just can't stop going back to look at the photos. If you paint just the uppers white, you could always try leaving the interiors grey for the dramatic look with dishes and all about easy, right?

Crunchy Diva said...

What a bold choice! If it were mine, I'd do the uppers white. Then you would have a classic cabinet combo that you can use to play with wall color - maybe you want gray, chartreuse, white - whatever, but you'd have the "good bones" colors to handle anything. I'm not sure where you live or when you painted this, but living in the Northeast I always try to think of how my color choices would work during each season - I ask myself "would this work in summer? winter?". Hope this helps!

frugal-interior-design said...

I love your inspiration kitchen but I think yours is super too! I love the dramatic gray with the white accents. I do think painting the upper cabinets white would make it feel a bit more airy and open but again, it's great as is too! If you do the cabinets white, I'd retain that grey on the wall/backsplash area so the white of the cabinets really pop.

Oh, and love your vintage range!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love your kicthen and the colour you chose. But I noticed how bright the white island looks in front of the cabinets and I love that contrast. So maybe I would add more contrast by painting either the top cabinets or the top walls white, but maybe also I would be lazy and leave it as is. Good luck with your decision!

Sheila said...

Just opinion, but I think the wall and soffit (spelling?) should be painted white or another color.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I'm torn. It truly is sophisticated. But I can see the uppers and walls white too. I'm struggling with a similar dilemma. I painted my cabinets a dark chocolate ... but now I'm thinking white on the uppers and gray/blue on the lowers. My kitchen is very dark with no natural light ....

But either way, it's not a fail! It looks fabulous!

:) Linda

Gretchen said...

I'm inclined to say go with white for the top cabinets, but I'd live with it for awhile first and see how it grows (or doesn't) on you. Like everyone else says, you're the one who's going to live with it :)

Connie Haack said...

Only thing I would try is a bright color - maybe red or turquoise blue - valance over the window and bowls or other display pieces.

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

I love it. I am a big fan of monochromatic. There are products that allow you to repaint your countertops...you could paint them proper white IF they're not in good shape as you say, and IF you are willing to spend some time on that project. (I speak from experience! I try to do certain projects in an hour also, but some you just can't. For instance, I'm reglazing my own tub next month and I know I need to slow myself down for that one!)

Lauren said...

I am featuring your kitchen today on my blog. Thanks for linking it up. The next party starts later today. I hope that you will link up again. Thanks.

http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/

Pam said...

I think it's the lack of natural light that's missing. (the inspiration photo had a much larger window) Could you put some tall buffet lamps on either side of the sink? It's a very dramatic look and I applaud you for going in feet first. Anything less would look "watered down" IMHO.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i personally LOVE it!!! i love the darkness- it's cozy! but you are the one who has to live there, so it has to be cozy and perfect for you!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i personally LOVE it!!! i love the darkness- it's cozy! but you are the one who has to live there, so it has to be cozy and perfect for you!

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