I never even showed you a Take One of our kitchen, but I’m already onto Take Two. So let’s play catch up.
We started with all that early-nineties bleached wood cabinetry. Not the best in the world, but certainly not the worst.
And we also had (and have) a glass tile backsplash, in brown.
We moved into this house a month or two before our girl was born, and I was pretty sure that during my maternity leave with her not only would I have been a full-time mom but I also would have remodeled three bathrooms, built a deck, replaced a kitchen, etc. I am
an overachiever a fool. Clearly none of those came to pass (although my girl is pretty cute so maybe I did okay at taking care of her). A year later, I finally came to the realization that we weren’t tearing out our kitchen any time soon. So I decided to test out a potential look for our future kitchen by painting the cabinets. I thought I might want espresso cabinets with white counters, so I decided to go faux with dark brown paint.
Let’s take a break to talk faux. There are times when it works out great, like when I did faux-metal for my coffee table. And then there are times when it doesn’t work at all. Like when I painted all my kitchen cabinets a dark, odd shade of brown that looks nothing like espresso-stained wood cabinets. I love dark wood cabinets, but apparently not painted ones. So last fall when I painted my built-in bookcase gray on gray (which I love!) I decided just to keep on painting and take care of at least all the upper cabinets in my kitchen.
For the first few days after painting, every time I walked into our kitchen I squinted. Even this gray/greige color made our kitchen that much brighter. Luckily, I like bright. Painting the uppers lighter is a great test to see if I want gray cabinets. Honestly, I don’t know. I think I’m ready to ditch color and go all white but the other person with a vote in my house prefers gray. So while we’re debating that, we are enjoying this brighter interim step.
So, who else goes to the trouble of painting kitchen cabinets only to realize down the road you made a bad choice? Or who else paints them a second time only months before starting to plan a whole new kitchen? Yep, I’m in planning mode…