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cream kitchen making me crazy!

Jen B
2 months ago

Hi all!

I posted on here when I first purchased this house almost four years ago. Unfortunately, I got locked out of my account. So, I will try and recap. I was looking for backsplash help for my cream cabinets. A few people suggested calacatta subway tile. I went with their suggestions and it turned out horribly. The cool tones in the backsplash made the cabinets appear even more yellow. It clashed and looked way too busy. I lived with it for a while and then realized I was in over my head. I consulted a kitchen designer and she said that she only takes on full remodels or larger scale projects. I planned on consulting more designers and then Covid hit.

I couldn’t take another minute of being in the house and looking at that hideous kitchen I bit the bullet and changed the backsplash. I think it turned out okay. A vast improvement from how awful it looked. But, I still hate this kitchen. I consulted a painter who quoted me 6k to paint them. He was very transparent with me about the possibility of chipping. I’m so paralyzed with fear and afraid of making another costly decision.

Is it possible to make this look brighter and less dated? I am open to changing the floor and counters. I just can’t justify a whole remodel on and newish kitchen that is in great shape. Any advice or insight?

Comments (235)

  • Lynn Gutman
    last month

    Diana, thank you for that article! Such beautiful kitchens and a lot to think about..The other part of my problem which was mentioned in that article is we are an open concept with white crown and white plantation shutters. I may try and match the cabinets and paint the wall and trim just in the kitchen that color and leave the white crown and paint the rest Navajo white Benjamin Moore to bring the cream in LR. But...I don’t know if it will be too much cream then 😫

  • Lynn Gutman
    last month

    Kateinparadise, Thanks , I think I may try that!!

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  • Jen B
    Original Author
    last month

    Hi Loo! Thanks for the picture. I like the flooring but I don’t think it’s my style. I love the details in the kitchen though. Thanks for thinking of me!

  • loobab
    last month

    I didn't think it was your style either, but it does look cool. I grew up with checkerboard kitchen floors so I couldn't resist! Just shows how they go with everything :)

  • Jennifer K
    last month

    @Lynn Gutman, if you have more questions, best to start your own thread. But I'd just replace the bulbs to start out. The fixture can come later if you wish-- it doesn't affect the colour of the light.

  • Jen B
    Original Author
    last month

    Going to the Stone yard tomorrow. Purchased new lighting for in the kitchen. 4000k as you all suggested. Waiting on my husband to change them out. Just a question. Since kitchen is visible from other rooms will the lighting difference look strange? When I changed out the lights that the builder put in to GE reveal, we did kitchen first. The very next day I had to run out and get new lights for the whole first floor. Not sure what the previous lights were but they were very yellow in compassion to GE. Will post pictures when they are up for comparison. Also considering ordering some new hardware to try out. I can’t find the few dark knows I purchased a while back. Was thinking of trying gold in addition to dark hardware. But, there are so many variations. Brass, satin brass, gold, a golden champagne. Not sure where to start. I supposed I can order them all but would prefer to narrow it down if possible.

  • tedbixby
    last month
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    If you are going to change out the countertops, I'd wait on the hardware until you have the counter tops install. As some finishes play better than others depending on the counter top. Yes, I know you want to go full steam ahead now that you are ready but patience does pay off 😁

  • Jen B
    Original Author
    last month

    Hey Ted! I thought maybe I should order them just as an experiment to see what I like. But, if you think it will just confuse me or if you think I’m getting ahead of myself I will hold off. Thanks for your advice.

  • tedbixby
    last month

    Since you don't know 100% what you like, it will be easier for you to figure it out when you have the countertop in place as it more than likely will narrow your choices down real fast. And at the worse, you can always go to a big box store get some different finishes and play around with them and then return them and order what you really like in style if they don't have it. I'm not 100% sold on a dark finish unless there is some black or dark in the countertop or elsewhere to balance it but we'll see when we get to that point.

  • tedbixby
    last month

    I'm excited to see what you find at the stone yard!

  • Jen B
    Original Author
    last month

    Thanks so much! I will hold off on the hardware. I’ll keep you posted on what I find tomorrow. I’m so excited too!

  • Jen B
    Original Author
    last month

    Went to stone yard today. Didn’t have much luck. All the quartz slabs were too cool or too white. As you suggested Ted I looked at the granite. The only slabs that went with my cabinets were pretty dark. It wasn’t a total loss because the person I had the appointment with said she would send me pictures of anything in the future she thinks I may I like. I have a few more stone yards I can check out as well, but have to do so by appointment. I will call for more later this week. If I find anything I will be sure to post it here.

  • Jen B
    Original Author
    last month

    Changed out the lights as you all suggested. Snapped a picture to share with you all. Keep in the mind the original photos I posted were during the day, so there was a lot of natural light. This was just taken tonight. Pretty happy, because at night the cabinets look the most yellow.

  • Kat S
    last month

    Your floors and counters are imo really nice. What if y just paint the cabinets?

    If you change floor, counter etc cabinets will still be cream and you will still think they are cream. White cabs will really pop leaving everything else as is.

    and 6 k paint is insane. We just painted ours, professional company who spray paints laquor and it was a bit over 2k.

    Get more quotes.

  • tedbixby
    last month

    If you had found something at your first stone yard I would have been surprised as that happens rarely. At least it was educational as far as the quartz. THE one is waiting out there for you.

    .

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    Beth H. :
    last month
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    jen, are you still considering painting the cabs? or has that changed? There is something about the creamy yellow tones that just don't look right w/the taupe/gray flooring.

    edgecomb gray^ and Revere Pewter




    If so, I think you should do that first, then look for a countertop.

  • tedbixby
    last month
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    Beth- Just thought I'd jump in here since I'm around at the moment. Jen is changing out the flooring to bamboo which will match what is in her other rooms that run into the kitchen. She is keeping the cabinets as they are. When she purchased the house what she really didn't like was the flooring and the countertops in the kitchen so that is what she wants to change. So any ideas for the new countertop?

  • happyleg
    last month

    When I clicked on your picture though wall color for your kitchen it said SW Agreeable Gray

  • happyleg
    last month

    Here is your proof what do you think?

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    Beth H. :
    last month
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    oh, thanks ted! I wasn't going to comment on the flooring since I though she had done it! But actually I would change the flooring first!

    Jen, do we have a close up of the flooring you're redoing the kitchen?

    and Taj quartzite would work well w/the current cabs


    if you want quartz, look at something in this color tone. take a door with you when you check slabs


    Portico Cream quartz. this would look nice w/your cabinet color


    check out Cielo Blue (this one is honed) or the other from caesarstone

    it's a quartzite




    Galaxy White granite


  • tedbixby
    last month

    Beth- Just a FYI- the backsplash is staying.

  • Jennifer K
    last month
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    Hi Jen, I fiddled around with your wall paint and floor colour under your new lights. Here are a few pics for thought.

    de-pinked. I reduced the amount red in your floor and wall paint.


    de-pinked with dark brown floor


    If you were staying with a dark marble, I'd do dark brown rather than black.

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    Beth H. :
    last month

    ted, yes I know. that's why I didn't suggest one. (and all of the countertop picks I pictured will work w/her splash)

  • Jen B
    Original Author
    last month

    Hi Beth! I love those countertops options! The portico cream is my favorite. I’m going to make another appointment at a different stone yard and see if I can find any of them. Thank you so much!

  • Jen B
    Original Author
    last month

    Hey Ted! Thanks for answering the questions for me. I was MIA for a bit. We got hit with a tropical storm yesterday morning, and we just got our power back now. So excited to have air conditioning and internet!

  • Jen B
    Original Author
    last month

    Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much! That is a big improvement. I want to change the counters to something lighter and I’m going to continue the bamboo floors I have everywhere else. The paint looks so much better. Definitely something I need to consider.

  • Jen B
    Original Author
    last month

    Hey Beth this is a close up of the flooring that I have in the rest of the house. I am trying to locate the samples to put them in the kitchen for a better view. Until then figured it couldn’t hurt to share this quick picture I took.

  • Kat S
    last month



  • Kat S
    last month
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    had my own freak out about cream cabinets and was starting to think they ll ruin any future plans for grey/white countertops etc...and saw this pic. Grey and cream so pretty together. Warm and cool with is usually a no no. And floor like you have in the rest of the house

  • tedbixby
    last month

    Jen- hope all is well with you and your husband and your kids (dogs-lol) after the storm. That was a nasty one that went up the coast which I assume you are talking about.

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    Design Interior South
    last month

    Oh gosh Jen are you in NC? We expected worse than we got in Raleigh but the areas of the coast really suffered. ;-(

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    Beth H. :
    last month
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    Jen, Ok, so the regular bamboo floors. nice.

    I notice you have some handles on the drawers but I think you should also put them on your upper cabinet doors. the doors are so tall, that the knobs look skimpy on them.


    I gave you some brushed gold handles w/this combo, since the golden tones of the bamboo, and this creamier quartz, work better w/the metallic color.

    Here is Taj Majal




    Taj slabs vary greatly. some have more golden tones, others have more gray.

    I know you have dark now, but this is Eternal Charcoal in a matte finish. It resembles soapstone. With your bamboo floors and white tile splash, I think this would actually look nice!



    This quartz is called Daria and is more of a buttermilk shade.

    I'd also suggest you repaint your kitchen walls. that current shade isn't doing a whole lot for the coloring. wait until you decide on your new countertop though.


    you could also do a pendant light over the sink, and maybe a window treatment. Woven wood shade maybe? and instead of a pendant, what about a semi flush mount type of light? just jazzes up the space a bit more



  • Jennifer K
    last month

    Here's the kitchen with your bamboo floor and 2 choices of counter. Myself, I find the light counter kind of blah. The contrast from a dark counter livens things up a bit.




  • tedbixby
    last month

    Jennifer- could you do one with Jen's current tops. I'm thinking that because they have white in them that may pull the back splash and still offer the contrast. Could you with your 1st photo replace the counter stools with rattan ones as Jen was thinking of adding some rattan to the space. Thanks.

  • Jennifer K
    last month
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    @tedbixby, here's bamboo with original counter and de-pinked walls. I'll see about rattan chairs-- that's a bit harder.



  • tedbixby
    last month

    Thank you very much. And no worries if you are unable to do the rattan. Any help is always appreciated by those of us who are technology challenged.

  • tedbixby
    last month
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    I'm not having any issue with keeping the black counter with the bamboo flooring. On my monitor the cabinets look less yellow with the black and the black gives a nice contrast ( as Jennifer mentioned earlier with a darker top). I think if it were me, I'd get the flooring in and then live with the counter for awhile as it is and see how you feel about it later. Though if I remember correctly there are some issues with it that you didn't like?

  • Jennifer K
    last month

    I agree with Ted. This should be a staged project. Do the flooring and live with it for a while. Then do the wall paint (less pink! as in my mock-ups). Then consider the counters if you need to.


    None of these steps depends on the other. So you'll have 3 nice prezzies over the next year instead of one giant anxiety.

  • Jen B
    Original Author
    last month

    Thanks Ted and Design! I’m actually in New Jersey. I live on the water and this summer has been pretty bad for storms. We had a tornado touch down here last month. This storm brought a tornado warning, and 70 mph winds. Minimal damage to property and thankfully everyone is safe. Unfortunately, our power infrastructure is not equipped for this. Over a million people were out of power. Not sure how many people are still out. For those of us who are they gave us a restore date of Aug 11th. We got our generator up and running yesterday so we have some creature comforts. Happy to hear that the storm wasn’t as bad for you In Raleigh as you feared Design.

  • Jen B
    Original Author
    last month

    Beth I love the mock ups so much! The first one is so pretty! I really like the gold hardware. The taj is pretty but anything with gray tones scares me after my backsplash issue. The gray tones made the cabinets look so yellow! As far as the soap stone it is nice but I really have my heart set on lighting up the space. I love the idea of a light over sink. I have a bamboo shade but it’s light and I mostly keep it open because the kitchen doesn’t as much natural light as I would like. I really appreciate your help. I love your designs and they make me excited for my cream kitchen. Thank you so much!

  • Jen B
    Original Author
    last month

    Hi Kat! I love the kitchen you posted. It’s so pretty but I think the cabinets are different than mine. Mine pull very yellow and I feel like the gray really brings that out. Would love to see what you did with yours. I’m sure it’s gorgeous.

  • Jen B
    Original Author
    last month

    Hi jennifer! It’s so nice to see what it would look like with bamboo floors throughout. I appreciate your advice regrading the counter. I really have my heart set on everything being light and bright. Although,I see your point about doing things in stages. I haven’t found a counter in person that I love. I have a quote coming in for the flooring already so I may just end up doing that first. Will keep you posted. Thanks much for your advice and the mock ups!

  • Jen B
    Original Author
    last month

    Hi Ted! My issue with the counter aside from the fact that I don’t love the look, is that there is a seam right down the middle. It doesn’t line up and it’s very unsightly. I also hate that the counters show every streak, fingerprint etc. I haven’t found a countertop in person that works for me, and the floors are next up for me to do so I may just end having to do it in stages. Thanks for all your help and advice. I really appreciate all your time and effort to try and help me out.

  • Marguerite Mastromatto
    last month

    I am late to this conversation, but I have cream cabinets as well. Actually, they are called silk and have a hazelnut glaze. I also have a separate small island/peninsula in cherry java - very dark brown and black slate appliances. I took down a wall and could not find my gorgeous hardwood. Nothing else looked right next to it, so I had to go in a completely different direction and installed brick. I love quartzite and marble, mainly because I like linear movement. It is difficult to find the perfect countertop in a white and gray world. I have been to several stone yards with all of my stuff - they are all sick of seeing me. Taj Mahal is very nice but looked blah. I found a few others - Dakar quartzite, a Palissandro marble, and a Santorini quartzite. I would be interested in seeing what you choose.

  • smcf03
    last month

    It's worth a few hundred dollars to hire a designer to give you ideas. That way, you do the shopping and installation (hire someone).

  • tedbixby
    last month

    Hi Jen- I came across some ivory kitchens that made me think you might like to see what they had as far as counter tops. I know you are thinking light but wanted to post this dark one as it is pretty. And when you get into a leather or honed finish you don't get the finger prints like the gloss.


    Cosmic Black granite in leathered finish

    DuPont Circle · More Info


    Colonial Cream on the island

    Kitchen · More Info




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    Beth H. :
    last month

    ted, that first one is nice w/the black countertop. but it looks like a warm, light gray. Like this revere pewter


  • tedbixby
    last month

    Ummm, are you talking about the walls as those photos I posted are in regards to the counters. I know I may have had a few more than normal adult kool-aids tonight though!

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    Beth H. :
    last month
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    uh, no,,,thought you were talking about ivory color cabinets??!


    Hi Jen- I came across some ivory kitchens that made me think you might like to..

  • tedbixby
    last month

    Oh, gotcha now. LOL...