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Your kitchen is perfect!
If you are planning on selling your home, a suggestion that came to mind is that instead of
painting the cabinets (cost, time) I would add a few pop accents of a colour in the kitchen accessories.
They will pop against the overall tone of the kitchen, and in the end, you can take it with you! I like the idea of reds, red blender, toaster, red and white striped bowls and cups in the glass cabinets etc. and matching towels etc. or green. I would also put up a kitchy sign (wood or canvas for the space between the cabinets and wall over the stove. I would add a huge bunch of flowers on the L shaped gray countertop. So my point is, if you are selling your home, look at each room, downsize and then bring in pops of colour accents. It is way less expensive, and you can spend your extra time on looking for the new dream home. Buyers just need to see a clear space, so they can picture their stuff in it. You can stage your own home, while living in it, pack the clutter away (easier for the move) and pick up a few accent pieces, if needed, to stage the rooms. Let the new buyers do the renos!
September 14, 2012 at 8:59AM     
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I think your home is beautiful! The only thing I might change is the vent hood and the cabinet above the fridge.
July 29, 2014 at 6:56PM     
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Jenna - I haven't read the entirety of these comments either, but after looking at your photos and the images you showed us of your dream kitchen what comes to mind is you LIKE WHITE WOODWORK! It's obvious! So just do it! Paint the crown, baseboards and windows white! Find a soft satiny white and just do it. You're never going to get the look you want with all that stained wood. I agree that your house has lovely bones, but I don't think your taste will be satisfied until you paint out the trim. It isn't inexpensive, for sure, but it can be a DIY project if you have some skills with a paintbrush and some knowledge about painting over stain. So here's what this designer recommends, based on your own taste:

1. Paint crown moldings, baseboards and window trim a soft white. With proper prep for paint over stain, your painted millwork will be NO harder to maintain than the stained wood.

2. Lose the funny box over the vent hood. Easy - go to a sheet metal fabricator and have them fabricate a stainless chimney to fit over the existing chimney that is the same size as the existing chimney but extends to your ceiling. A little sheet rock repair to the ceiling and a good contractor will be able to match the texture too. Then repaint the ceiling or touch it up if you have matching paint. Leave that vent hood alone. It's just fine. Only the box is funky.

3. Have a carpenter build cabinet boxes over the top of your existing cabinets that come to the same height as your windows. These can be built out of plywood and be very inexpensive. Be sure these boxes are wired for lighting and then trim the tops with crown molding. The seam where the new boxes meet the original upper cabinets should be covered with a flat or simple decorative trim piece. You can leave these boxes open or cover them with glass doors, but be sure they are lighted. Simple LED tape will work or even rope lights properly hidden behind a face frame. Then paint your upper cabinets only. The new paint will make the added cabs on top look like they're all original. Paint them white if you want to. I've done this treatment a number of times in remodels where the upper cabinets are too short. It's especially striking if you paint the back of the upper boxes an appealing color. You can keep the lowers stained and put a nice clean white countertop on the island to tie it together. Or just paint the island white or whatever color you've painted the uppers on the other side of the kitchen. I'm seeing this all the time.

Lots of people find it scary to paint over "beautiful" wood, but if it's not your thing, it's not your thing. I like stained wood and I like white trim, in different settings each can be beautiful. In my opinion your house is lovely but you've got too much of a good thing in all that similarly
toned wood. Be brave. Imagine that trim was unstained, ready to be stained or painted as you wish. I hate to see people compromise what they want because everybody says "I would NEVER paint over stained wood!" My question is, why not?

Note, a number of my clients have tackled this exact job. Do it one area at a time and it won't seem too daunting.
August 6, 2014 at 2:44PM     
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The white is lovely, but so are your cupboards. What do you think about painting the walls white, adding a high gloss white subway tile, painting your red chairs to white. Add large white bowls in the open shelving and remove a lot of the items on the counter to make it feel more streamline. Add new shiny hardward on the cupboards and all this may make it feel lighter and be a good compromise.
September 6, 2014 at 1:25PM        Thanked by Carolina
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I'm afraid I'm siding with hubby on this one. Those are gorgeous cherry cabinets and look like they could have been installed yesterday! Maybe paint your chairs white, not your cabinets? ;-)
September 6, 2014 at 1:48PM     
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I would leave the upper and lower cabinets alone.
I would color wash the island a medium grey, blue, or green color.
you can Google images in your search engine.
September 6, 2014 at 1:50PM     
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Hi LeAnne. I already made one suggestion on your other thread, but since you're not interested in major purchases here... LOL

You can start by removing the ironwork scrolls from the beautiful window wall. Unless, of course, they are antiques rescued from a historic building, in which case, we need to showcase them somewhere else.

That is one gorgeous view. No one is going to notice the furniture.
August 22, 2014 at 1:56PM     
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Joss and Main links are weird. Here it is.
August 30, 2014 at 2:27PM     
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LeAnne Cantrell
Groveraxle's voodoo rendering & the console I found today. I seriously love consignment shops!
September 1, 2014 at 7:27PM     
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