Now that our cabinets are painted, it’s all in the kitchen decorating details. You had lots of questions about how we redid our kitchen on a tight budget, so I wanted to answer them here.*Edit. Some of this post has been updated to reflect the more current time. In fact, our kitchen has gone through some big changes!
So. Where’s your microwave?
In what I call the “ugly” area next to the coffee maker. Even though we’ve had the kitchen re-do, we still have our mish-mosh of appliances and I thought it was better to have all of those things grouped together. Does your chandelier give you enough light?
It actually gives off so much light I feel guilty because I couldn’t find CFL bulbs to go in there! I had it rewired to take 25 watt bulbs so times 8 that’s a lot of watts.
Where did you get your countertops? How do they hold up? Are they a lot of work?
I love them! The only work is to oil (from Ikea) them every few weeks. It completely repels water and beads up fine. I just use vinegar and water to disinfect. I will say we’ve never directly prepped or cut on our countertops anyway. I’m not a germ-a-phobe as much as a chem-a-phobe. If you read more about wood countertops you’ll find they actually are naturally anti-microbial, more so than plastic which holds bacteria. We bought them at Ikea which is a great deal, but they come in slabs, so if you want more than a straight cut then you have to have someone fabricate them for you. You can see how they are holding up 6 years later!
What is your hutch color?
That’s kind of a hard one; because I mixed it myself it has about 6 shades on it. The closest straight color I could find was Antique Jade number 465 by Benjamin Moore. I think BM needs to call me for my own color line. 🙂 The funny thing is, the kitchen hutch has been moved around several times and now my grandmother’s buffet is there!
Where did you get your handles?
I found them at the Great Indoors. Talk about a hidden expense. Prepare to take out a small loan to replace all of your knobs and pulls. I don’t have the bags any more but I think they are by Amerirock. And we just primed and painted over our hinges isntead of the expense of new ones.
What are your paint colors?
The Walls are BM Bennington Grey which I love. It’s a taupe-y, warm grey and it really changes color depending on the light. The cabinets are Linen White which is a warm white. As you can see in current pictures, there is now a hand-painted wallpaper in that area!
Why did you decide to not paint your cabinets a color instead of white?
Originally I was going to put Bennington Grey on my cabinets. Then, I tried a couple of green shades. I even sent away for a $13 dollar sample of Mouse’s Back from Farrow and Ball. Because to be honest, I didn’t want a white kitchen, I never thought I could love a white kitchen. However (never say never), once the floors and the countertops were in, I just couldn’t take away from the wood. I was just so pretty. Though I finally did get some green cabinets!
Thanks for all of your questions! You can see how our kitchen looks today here.
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