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Kitchen Magic

Once in a Lifetime Kitchen Remodel

Ok, you're going to finally do this, makeover the kitchen. Money, check, color, check, hubby's buy-in, check. Ok, you're ready!

When remodeling the kitchen, are you choosing what you really, truly want or what everyone else has? Look around your house, what is 'your taste'? Ok, you know it. Traditional or transitional because you made some furniture choices that were a departure from the traditional style you started with when you moved in. That's, ok, tastes change, or you had to have that modern chair from Peir 1.

Ok, transitional it is. Door style is vital here. Shaker or raised panel. Either will work with existing decor. Shaker, a simpler design and you can really flex your design muscles when choosing other colors or embellishments, so decide now where you are going with the rest of this design--upscale or safe. If you like the sophisticated look of raised panel, that's a safe bet.

Color: white, yes, that's it, white! Bright and beautiful..oh and everyone else has it. Antique white is ok too, another safe bet. Raised panel in Antique white, nailed it. Frosty white may be too stark for you. Phew! 2 decisions made.

Where am I going with this countertops choice, shiny. Quartz or granite? I love saying the word granite. Yes, that's the ticket. Now, what color matches the antique white. Oh, everything, except maybe black. that's a contemporary look. Brown and, chocolate. I like saying 'chocolate and cream'. :) Countertop decision, done.

Ok, one more decision, the backsplash, I'll just marry the cabinets to the countertops, nothing showy here. Lay the backsplash samples on top of my countertop swatch and it just comes to you, off white, another shade in the creame palette.

You did it, you made all your kitchen decisions. and your new kitchen is going to be fabulous! I knew you could do it! Happy remodeling!

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sheila cordaro

I'm looking to paint the kitchen cupboards. They are the honey colored stain that was popular 10 years ago. My island is a dark mahogany w/ a white marble countertop. I'd like to keep that as is but lighten up the cupboards on the exterior of the room. Do you recommend painting or stripping and staining them? Also, what is a good color to work with to tie in the white marble, dark island and dark stained wood floors?

Thank you!

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