I try not to photograph it much because my own kitchen is a bit of a nightmare. It's not unworkable or unlivable, for sure. But the 90's oak cabinets slowly wear you down to the point that you just resign yourself to existing with them (trying to convince your brain that the hue is close enough to it's more current cousin, teak) until you get your next bit of energy that says 'are you kidding me!?". I always tell myself I am going to redo my kitchen as next year's resolution but so far no dice.
The small galley style kitchen works well in our little cottage and wouldn't be too ungodly on the pocketbook to renovate. All of the finishes are moderately up to date, which keeps us chuggin along at status quo for a while longer.
Until I ran across this little gem.
I do the mental back and forth on just painting the cabinets white and being done with it. But that just doesn't make my heart sing. This, on the other hand, does.
A few coats of charcoal paint would fix the problem. F&B Down Pipe would be wonderful. The only time in my life I could afford a marble slab backsplash would be in this house since the entire area is only 1 foot high and 7 feel long. Can we say remnant!? Ikea butcher block countertops in beech and these beast little hammered copper pendants would add some warmth. And if I had room for barstools, it would be these hide and brass numbers. We recently sourced a bench for a client out of this same footprint and it's amazing! Finish it off with some not-your-everyday-Home-Depot-picks and it could be totally doable ... next year.
That is if I have a spare weekend. Which I don't.
On the other topic that my brain argues with itself on : decorating for yourself vs decorating for the masses - I'd rather be irreverent any day. I read wonderful article by Emily Clark about this very thing and I was further convinced that doing my own thing is always better. I am not afraid to mix metals or hand paint my hallway. Some ceilings may need to return to white before I ever list my home but I don't want to be a slave to resale. The justification for me is that I live in a very eclectic neighborhood where style and taste varies tremendously. I am not kidding when I tell you there are shacks and then there are compounds in this little lake community. Since it's not cookie-cutter suburbia, I can afford to make bolder decisions here. People who want to move here are looking for different.
So that said, please offer up your easiest cabinet painting advice! Since the beginning of the painted furniture upswing years ago I've been pinning tutorials (and I love the ease of use of chalk paint like we used here although not sure I want to use it for this) but surely you have some recent tips and advice out there, oh friends of ours. Do tell!