Looking into my kitchen I see cabinets that lack a “wow-factor”. I have tried to keep the integrity of the wood cupboards by not painting them. I painted the kitchen walls a great blue-gray color. It looks fantastic with my dark hardwood floors. My cabinets are a honey-colored knotty pine and they have a wonderful texture to them. My family all laugh at me when I talk about painting or repainting. In the matter of the kitchen cabinets, I have had more feedback about them than anything I have done before. The general consensus is “don’t paint them”.
I have delayed the decision. Citing to myself the general conclusion that they should remain as is. Our kitchen connects to our great room. From every living area in the house, the kitchen cabinets are visible. At night the honey color goes from yellow to orange. When I sit outside on my patio they hang there in visible defiance.
One day my sister came in from out of town and with her – her husband. He thinks of himself as a home decorator and does the majority of the home improvements in their house. Not that what he has ever said has had any impact on me, this day his words caused me to pause. He told me that it would be an atrocity to paint the cabinets because of the beauty of the wood. While I agree with the beauty of them, I don’t want that kind of beauty hanging in my kitchen. Is that wrong?
I reflected on those words and considered the feedback from other family members. I decided that I should try and adjust to the way they look. It hasn’t been an easy task. I catch myself visualizing white painted cabinets. I like the way it looks in my mind. Sometimes the way I see it in my mind doesn’t materialize like it should.
On the home improvement shows that I watch on HGTV, they consistently use white cabinetry. I usually don’t follow trends, but in the case of the white kitchen, I would follow that one. I tend to side with them because of the clean look it offers. Splashes of color and dark floors contrast the white and make it so beautiful. Although my kitchen isn’t big, it opens up to the dining room and the great room giving it extra visual space. My ceilings are vaulted and my cupboards don’t go all the way to the top. The honey color stands out like a sore thumb as my cabinetry hangs in the middle of the room. My counters have tones of brown and tan with hints of gray. AS I look at my granite countertops I begin to question the color I chose for the walls.
To paint the kitchen again would be extra work as I painted them last summer. So I guess what it boils down to is should I paint the cabinets? Going against all the odds and all the naysayers I have decided to paint them white. Once I decide to paint them white there is no going back. You can paint over stain but you can’t stain over paint, and so I would never get that knotty pine back. I am willing to risk it.
So off to the paint store I go. Wish me luck. I’ll post pictures of my new kitchen!