Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Kitchen Cabinet Dilemma

Mike and I are beyond excited to actually move into our new home!  We are only days (possibly today or tomorrow) away!  Naturally, I've been stuck in the universe that is Pinterest and Houzz, looking for ideas for our new place.  My plan is to get the girls' rooms done and then RELAX a bit.  There is so much I want to do to the house, but first I want to take a breather.  My spring project will be the kitchen/dining room/family room.  Right now, it is pretty outdated.  The cabinets are dark, the paint is dark, the wood paneling in the family room is dark.  I need to lighten it up a bunch!  For as long as I've been collecting Pottery Barn catalogs, and from way back in the day when I was probably the only 15-year-old subscribing to Metropolitan Home magazine, I've wanted white kitchen cabinets.  When I lived in an apartment, I obviously couldn't paint them.  When we moved into the Bolton house, everyone raved about how wonderful my beautiful oak cabinets were (gag!) Now, I'm painting them!  They are mine and they aren't "beautiful oak."  BUT, do I keep them painted white, or do I glaze them?  Do I go with stark white or opt for an antique white? Here are some of my inspiration photos, courtesy of Houzz.com, of course!

This is a good glazed example:

Here is an antique white:

I think this next one is one of my favorites.  It is also very representative of how my three areas all blend into one.

Here is another glazed example:

This next is also a big favorite.  I like the wall color with the white cabinets in this next photo.

The next one is a little TOO white, but I do love those drum lights, no?

After looking through the photos again, I think I'm leaning a little toward the white or antique white cabinets instead of the glazed.  I know that the glazed look would hide a lot of the fingerprints and dirt, but I think that I could stay on top of it and keep them looking nice... I don't know!  What do you think?


Nic said...

i started painting the kitchen cabinets white in our house the day we moved in. and i even painted the cabinets in our apartment white. it may cost me our deposit, but i seriously don't care. i love me some white kitchen cabinets.

that being said...they are kinda hard to keep clean. it just kind of sneaks up on you. it's totally not a big deal to clean if you finish them correctly {which of course you would}, but i think the next time i have kitchen cabinets to re-do, i'll do light maple or even a gray color.

can't wait to see pics of the new house!

Abbey said...

ummm...not nic. abbey. :)