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I think I hate my kitchen

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What do I do? There is so much form/function to think of and where do I even start? I got into my house just after the builders already selected the cabinets and countertops. I did get to select my own stove & microwave (and I did decide on black, the stove and microwave’s blue interior is a fun surprise). But yeah – I feel unhappy with the overall choices that were made. So far I haven’t been able to commit to an update or a replacement of the cabinetry cause well, I just can’t commit to much of anything really.

MY KITCHEN:
You can see what I’ve been stuck with for cabinetry, and there are no windows in this room, so it has been very brown in there for the past 8 months. (I’m also painting over the brown in the LivingRoom – back to white).

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I suppose wall color is a quick & easy upgrade in style and that will be happening this coming week. It will be done using this color in the kitchen. (I hope that your monitor shows this – the color is a wicked tiffany blue (maybe even a little on the greener side). It was matched to my totally rad danish leather sofa that I found on the side of the road.)

The Estate of Things chooses a light shade of turquoise for wall paint

I like the slab of raw wood seen on the wall in this next image, and I was considering doing something like that, but now I’m kind leaning towards a Beadboard Waynescotting with a similar corner banquet to the Ikea Hack pictured below. Its such a small corner, but I have a GREAT lighting fixture and some artwork that I can already see above it.

The Estate of Things chooses Ikea Hacker

I believe that adding an island would be of great value and I will be hitting up the new Charlotte, NC Ikea in hopes for a solution, but these pictured architectural details (both) are a must have….. The trick will be finding them or having them custom made. I notice them on great old houses – but also I see them on old and new Gazebos around here. I’ll have to check out the local builder’s supply.

I saved the Image below to the DecoFile (Domino). It is from Rambling Renovators and I think maybe it was b/c the the paint color with the white cabs was what I had in mind. Its been another inspiration in this kitchen brainstorming project.

The Estate of Things chooses Rambling Renovators

The tile above is interesting, but I think I’m gonna take it easy on the budget and go for the 3×4 white subway tile with dark grout. And I don’t know about hardware….. ?? Black?

The Estate of Things chooses White Subway Tile Backsplash The Estate of Things chooses Cottage Bin Cabinet Hardware

 
 
 
 

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8 Responses
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    January 27, 2009

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  • Tric
    February 18, 2009

    I know I hate my black counter with black and white backsplash, white cupboards and black and white linoleum floor, kitchen! I love color and mediteranean style!
    I am begging for ideas on how to add some style/color, starting with a new linoleum floor, then wall colors and finally window treatments. These are the only things I can change for now.
    I have to do this one step at a time due to budget constraints. Any and all ideas are happily welcomed, as long as they DO NOT involve black or white! lol

  • Tric
    February 18, 2009

    Oh, I am planning to paint the ceiling, too.

  • Betsy
    February 19, 2009

    Those first 3 things that you can change will probably make a HUGE difference, especially if you are painting the ceiling a color. What color are you thinking?

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    March 16, 2010

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    March 16, 2010

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