Condo Blues: I Dream of New Kitchens

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I Dream of New Kitchens

When Husband and I went house shopping his main requirement was a kitchen in which he could take a step because that wasn't happening in our rental's one butt galley kitchen. Not to mention that sad excuse for a kitchen was stuck smack in the middle of 1976. Ew.

The kitchen in our condo is the largest room in the house.

It's your basic boring builder's kitchen but at least it's ours!

Husband really wasn't into the decorating minutia for the rest of the house with the exception of the kitchen. As the Head Cook he said he should have the right to first refusal for any decision that affects His Domain*.

Unfortunately six years after buying the house the kitchen has stayed largely the same since the day we moved in. We are less than thrilled with the cabinets. The placement is fine, we don't like the doors because the insert is thin wood and looks cheap. On days that end with a y I've alternated between replacing the doors, painting the cabinets, adding crown molding, restaining the cabinets, and lighting them on fire.

If I used the fire method, instead of a new beautiful kitchen rising from the ashes like the Phoenix I'm pretty sure I would have a kitchen crawling with fire marshals and arson dogs.

I crossed kitchen by fire off the list.

Whatever I choose must go with these red and white curtains.
I have a second set hanging in front of the sliding glass doors in the kitchen. It's one of the few things Husband and I agree on. They stay.

It's time for an update, a renovation, and a revamp. Most likely it will be done in stages so Husband and I can pay for it with cash in hand. Let's take a look at some of my favorite inspiration kitchen from around the Web.

I love every single thing in this eclectic kitchen design especially the dog! It wouldn't be difficult to paint everything in my kitchen white and add in the open shelves, hardware, backsplash, and cute accessories. You can shop this kitchen look here. (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links in this post for your convenience.)

eclectic kitchen design decor and remodel
Doggo wants you to make him tacos in this cute kitchen.

I'm seriously considering painting my current cabinets red but I'm unsure of a wall color. I like the color combination here but the white walls feel like a cheat to me since I've spent almost all of my rental life in apartments with nothing but white walls. I'm not into the floral curtains. I have a thing for black and white check floors although I'd lay it on an angle for interest. I plan on keeping my current vinyl flooring for now. It came new with the house, is still in good condition, and removing it is going to be a colossal pain when the time comes. Working with my existing flooring is green since I’m keeping what I already own and it allows me to save my pennies for the slate flooring that makes me go all weak in the knees.

Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

This kitchen is more traditional than I like but I like the red cabinets and refrigerator. It gives me a rough idea what my kitchen would be like with painted cabinets and some crown molding at the top because if I keep my current cabinets I want to dress them up a bit with molding. Not a fan of the glass fronted cabinets because everything has to be tidy since it's on display.

Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Or instead of painting my kitchen cabinets red, I could take my cue from this kitchen and paint the walls red! The baker's rack (learn more about it here) isn't a bad idea for extra storage, either.

kitchen remodel and decor with red walls
See something you like? You can shop this kitchen look here

This has got to be one of my favorite Debbie Travis designs ever! The owner was stuck in an all white house (hello!) and wanted a jolt of color. Debbie painted the kitchen orange and did an amazing kitchen cabinet revamp by covering the existing cabinet doors in an orange plastic film and silver metal trim. I love the industrial elements of the flooring, and even though as a rule I don't like two different colors of cabinetry. Here, somehow, it works for me. I could move right in.

mid century modern orange kitchen remodel and decor
Photo courtesy of Debbie Travis

The modern elements in this kitchen reminds me of the Debbie Travis kitchen, especially those to die for mid century kitchen bar stools (learn more about them here!) I could easily add crown molding to the top of my builder cabinets and select doors of chalkboard paint to duplicate this look.

mid century modern farmhouse kitchen decor design and remodel

Another example of paint the walls red and leaving my oak cabinets alone. The ugly cheap door problem is easily solved by removing them or adding glass fronts. It's a cheaper and easier fix but I'm not a fan of open shelving because it requires constant dusting which I dread. Also I like to hang organizers on the inside of my cabinet doors for extra storage which I wouldn't have here.

red kitchen walls and island decor
 Photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

I'm considering doing a red accent wall on the wall opposite the cabinets. The tan walls, while still a fairly safe color, works with the red and would coordinate with my current flooring and counter tops. It’s something to seriously consider.

Photo courtesy of Elle Decor

Love the red and molding and how the refrigerator blends in with cabinets! This is an idea on how I can revamp my white refrigerator instead of buying a new one. The builder put in a back dishwasher and microwave and then a white refrigerator. It makes me stabby when I think about it because I never thought to ask if the appliances would match in color or not. The industrial lamps over the island make me happy and if that's marble on the island I'm in LOVE. You're never baked or made candy until you've done it on a marble table! The downside of marble is that it stains easily and you can't clean it with vinegar or it will fizz away. Oh yeah, marble’s pricey too.

red and black kitchen decor
Photo courtesy of Elle Decor

Red walls with a pop of wall color! The silver lighting looks like Ikea which is fine as long as the whole kitchen doesn’t look like it's lifted from page 37 of the Ikea catalog. Going with a black wood floor would be a less expensive alternative to a slate floor. However, installing hardwood flooring on my concrete slab is just asking for trouble. I’d have to go with engineered wood instead. Pass.

kitchen decor red cabinets black floor
Photo courtesy of Elle Decor

I love these wine crate cabinet doors! I could easily do something like to this to my current cabinets. However I think this design works best because of the open shelving above the busy wine crate doors. I also like the green and white variation of the checkerboard floor. However if I ever got tired of the green, it would be a more expensive revamp than a black and white checked floor.

recycled wine crate kitchen cabinets
Photo courtesy of Readymade

What do you think? Love 'em? Hate 'm? Want more ideas? Check out the helpful options below!

*I'm perfectly fine with Husband calling the kitchen His Domain. Heck, he can call it Shirley for all I care as long as he cooks dinner!

** Yes I'm using The Bloggess's word stabby although I really don't want to stab people because that would be mean. I'm giving Jenny author credit for the term so I hope that makes it OK because it's describes how I feel about having mismatched appliances and a stove with the same coloring as panda bear. I try to convince myself that the black and white stove ties the white refrigerator to the black dishwasher and microwave, but that is a lie and I know it.

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