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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Time For A Kitchen Makeover - What Would You Do? - Help!!!

We have lived in this house about 11 years now and my kitchen was the first room to get painted.  I really didn't like the light wood cabinets and all the white that just seemed to jump out at me.  Cream colored counters, white sink, white appliances and white walls.  It seemed so bland.

So I painted it Chocolate Brown.  That was a great start and then a couple years later I did a mini makeover.  New granite, stainless sink, stainless hardware and dark wax to totally change the look of the cabinets.  I kept the brown walls.  11 years later I need to repaint, and I want to give the kitchen a whole new look.

I know I've shown this a thousand times, and it really is just fine the way it is and I even think it looks really good.

                   However - I AM REALLY TIRED OF IT - and I think it needs to be refreshed and brought up to date and modernized.



(If you're new here, this is what it looked like right after we moved in and I had just painted it brown.)  Really builder basic and oh so bad.

NOW TODAY - - - -

This is how it fits into the rest of my house  - - smack dab in the middle.

It is completely open to the familyroom and breakfast area.  I have recently updated these areas a little so they reflect my current taste and decor style.

 the family room area.

This is the view of the living/dining spaces from the kitchen. 



I want to redo the kitchen to better reflect my current style that I call "Updated Traditional with a touch of Contemporary"


One thing that will change for sure is I am having hardwood floors installed all the way through the living/dining,family/breakfast/kitchen area.  I am still debating color, but I am thinking something with a brown/gray color.   If you look back at the photo of the kitchen in the middle of the house you will see how there is carpet then tile then carpet.  The carpet is really worn and needs to go, so I am doing hardwoods all the way through so there is only one surface.  I think this will make the whole area seem larger and definitely more cohesive.

I am thinking a medium color flooring like this.  We are surrounded by farmlands, so we have tons of dust with all the plowing that goes on.  This won't show so much dust.


I want to refresh the kitchen -

              WITHOUT PAINTING THE CABINETS.

  I know, everyone is painting them white, gray or black, but I really want to leave them stained.  So I need suggestions that will go with stained cabinets.

1.  Paint walls - what color - I am not opposed to another dark color again, but I think I want something light.
2.  Paint Island an Accent Color - black maybe if the walls are white or ?
3.  New Stainless Appliances - These are the builder grade ones that came with the house. Time to go.
4.  Remove all of the antique tin cans - I want a more contemporary look.
5.  Add new accessories - but what?
6.  New barstools - I just ordered these. (I even really like the floors too - great color)
7.  Add subway tile or marble or????????? backsplash
8.  Replace the formica counters on the back walls.  (I really like the black counters in the pics below)  I love the look of honed soapstone. (My granite has black/brown/camel/cream in it.)
9.  Change Hardware - if there is something that would be better

In otherwords, I want to give the kitchen a  makeover  to something with a more updated contemporary look.

I will definitely be going with a slide in range. - -(I do like this Kitchen-Aid model and also the Samsung that is similar)


These are some great examples of light stained cabinet kitchens that I like. (Love the black island and it would look good to paint mine black)
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Kitchen

I love these soapstone counters, so pretty.
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Again, I love the black counters.  I think they ground the cabinets.
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The white island is pretty, but I think I like the black better.
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Ok, now I know you are all so smart and so talented, so tell me

                 if it was yours, what would you do?

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44 comments:

  1. I like your ideas. I recently extended my hardwood into the kitchen and then was faced with brown everywhere! The oak cabinets with brown hardwood became a depressing dungeon. Then...I had the cabinets painted white. With the lighter shade of your cabinets I like the painted island!

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  2. I love black counters & agree that soapstone would look amazing with your stained cabinets. It would also pair beautifully with a subway tile backsplash. The wall color in your family is such a beautiful neutral, and I think painting your kitchen that color would make everything look cohesive BUT if you want an accent neutral, you can't go wrong with a contemporary grey-green or grey-blue. Both look great next to stained wood. Our guest bedroom has medium-stained wood trim & grey-blue walls, and they really complement each other well and it gives it a contemporary yet traditional look.

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  3. I love your inspirations so, with those in mind, I would start with painting the larger surfaces like the walls and island. What inspires me is that fab horse painting above the sofa. Look at all the beautiful neutrals you have in that painting! Gray (light and slate), brown (tan and chocolate), and soft blue. How about slate countertops, the island in a soft antiqued blue, light blue and gray glass tile backsplash, cream on the walls above the countertops and yellow accents here and there? As for the appliances, I am a big fan of LG or Samsung but I'm a bigger fan of do your research first by reading other people's reviews BEFORE you go shopping. I'm sure whatever you choose to do is going to be a stunner. Can't wait for the results!!!

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  4. Oops...I meant "cream above the cabinets," not countertops! Sorry 'bout that!!

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  5. I love your ideas Marty! The soapstone would look gorgeous! I could see the same colour of your living room walls (great colour) carried on in your kitchen, to contrast with your floors and cabinets and keep the back splash natural as well. I really love the corbels your added to the island! ;

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  6. I would think of the kitchen as an extension of the rest of that area and paint it the same color. It looks stark white and I would probably opt to pain the whole area in a softer white -- more of a cream color -- including the doors. If affordable, install a counter-depth frig with panels that match your cabinetry rather than a large expanse of stainless steel. Same thing if you are replacing your dishwasher. (I did that in my kitchen and love it!) I agree with using the horse print as an inspiration piece. Given the softness of the rest of the area, black may be too harsh. I would probably pull one of the colors from the print for the island. To coincide with the rest of the area, I would get rid of the cans and things on the walls. It will be more peaceful and sophisticated. Thanks for letting me give my opinion! ;)

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  7. OK, you may think I am CRAZY but I have 2 friends who have mirrored backsplashes. They both have similiar set ups as you; smaller kitchens and open to family room and dining. And no, they both say they are NOT hard to keep clean! AS for paint, I would love the black island and for the walls maybe a very soft green? I consider green a neutral so it would blend in with anything. Hope this gives you a few ideas to ponder:):)

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  8. I am wondering about a greige on the walls and a big YES to a black island.

    I may have missed it on the blog from earlier, but just quickly....what sort of dark wax did you use on your cabinets? I love that idea for an update of my own without painting. Was it one step and did all the doors have to be removed when you did it? Sorry....did not mean to hijack, but I have to ask!!!

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  9. The hardwood will be beautiful. We replaced our flooring with hardwoods throughout and we love them. So easy to wipe up my spills in the kitchen and they look so rich and warm. I really think you need to rethink not painting cabinets. Painting them will have the biggest impact of all changes. We did ours 2 years ago, and still everyday I walk in and love them more. Our home is open concept too, and the white cabinets brighten up the whole house.If you are trully against painting have you cosidered getting them restained a richer color and trim on cabinets changed out to update. I love the color of cabinets in photo with soapstone counters and dark country sink!! Less is more in decor (I need to to follow that and declutter our open shelves) so scaling back on collections is great idea. I agree painting walls the same color you used in living room will connect all the rooms especially with your new hardwood. What ever you choose it will be just lovely...as the rest of your home. Can't wait to see how it all comes together!

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  10. I was going to suggest a color that would be harmonious with the cabinets. That first picture with the black island is the look I would be aiming for. I agree lightening things up on the walls will help give it a more contemporary look and your cabinets will look great with it. I used Benjamin Moore- Butterfinger for our living room and I really felt it brought in a more contemporary feel to the room. On the sidebar of my blog is a link to when we painted the living room. Seems like adding black counters to the kitchen cabinet area would be a nice tie in to the black island. Soapstone is the most expensive as far as I know. Quartz counters seem to be the in thing right now. They can offer the look of granite or marble but no maintenance or stain worries. I wouldn't be able to choose a tile for the backsplash until I had counters in and the new flooring. On all the makeovers of kitchens I've seen they always say that the flooring needs to be a contrast color to the cabinets. They usually put a darker floor next to a lighter cabinet and lighter floors next to a dark cabinet. If you have a lot of sand I wonder if wood flooring is a good choice. Those granules can cause mild scratches and after a while it will show. What do the new builds around your area put in? I guess I figured tile is the best avenue for your southwest location.

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  11. I think the island painted black along with the soapstone counters would be stunning with your cabinet color. I think it would give the perfect amount of contrast which is what your dark brown paint does now. Then bring in a bright color like the yellows I see in your other rooms through canisters, vases, flowers, and kitchen linens. The color pop accessories can be changed seasonally or to suit your mood or changing taste. If you go with the soapstone and choose a subway tile for the backsplash, I think it should be similar to the one in the 5th inspiration photo which looks less shiny than some I've seen and a bit on the larger side which looks more traditional/contemporary/transitional and less farmhouse. The second inspiration photo strikes me as totally "your look." With a dark island and dark counters, I would go with a light wall color, a warmer gray or offwhite or a taupy white.

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  12. Since your kitchen is in the center of your home then I am assuming that there are no windows letting in light. That in itself can give a kitchen a gloomy look, and as we age our eyes need light. At least mine do. I think if you painted the walls a much lighter color, replaced all appliances with stainless steel (this reflects light) and also the new appliances would match the pulls on your cabinets. I would also put in a new pantry door, perhaps one with glass in it which would also help to bounce light around the room. Do the floors in a medium to light stained wood, and also put in some nice pot lights in the ceiling and under cabinet lights too. You would be surprised at the difference they make. If you want a backsplash, use a light color also. I would not choose to do any open shelving. Dust is not your friend and you would constantly be wiping off every dish before you could use it.

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  13. I love your thoughts on updating! And that first picture captures the look and feeling I think you talked about. As far as black honed soapstone....yes they are beautiful. But, I personally would worry, that in a kitchen with no windows, they might appear too dark! I do love your idea of painting the island black. You have excellent taste Marty, and I can't wait to see what you will do! ;)

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  14. For me it's the 'brown out' in many homes, brown floors (wood or carpet) or a shade of brown, brown cabinets or furniture, etc. It all then runs together. I had a couple of houses like that and before the lighter look took over it seemed the norm....not anymore and that's why the newest house (6 months, new build) is different. So I think overall there is too much brown so isn't current. Really like your wood floor choice but it will blend into the cabinets. Take your time and be brave. I think you and I are in the same decade and if we don't do it now...when will we?

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  15. Your ideas sound great Marty! I look forward to seeing what you pull off. :) I like the idea of going lighter and mixing in a bit of contemporary...

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  16. Your home is gorgeous as is, Marty! I always love seeing how your color schemes evolve! Your plan for wood floors is awesome ... love the wood you're leaning towards ... your other choices for your kitchen will be fabulous, too ... can't wait to see!

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  17. Lots of light...that's the only thing that comes to mind! I like the chocolate brown. I like your idea of painting the island black. Maybe a new backsplash? Something whimsical.

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  18. You have lots of good ideas. Maybe timing is the most important thing. Get the floors and appliances installed first before you buy paint the walls and island. I'm sure you know paint chips will look different once they're affected by the light reflected off the new flooring.

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  19. I have honey-brown, stained cabinets as well. My husband is against painting them. (I wanted white) So after much looking and researching, I am planning on painting the walls a dark-ish gray. I am also adding hand dyed gray subway tiles. My cabinets are builder grade . Very boxy, no crown molding or anything, so I have also decided to add some crown molding to build them up and stain it honey-brown. The gray seems to work well with such warm colored cabinets. For me , it is a nice balance. To offset those colors, I am painting my china cabinet black. I have lots of white ironstone that will brighten things up. I also plan to add a black stained door with glass inserts that may have some sort of design etched in to my pantry. The only thing I am having trouble with are the color of the hardware that I want to add to my cabinet doors and drawers.

    I love your ideas and I know that you will pick something wonderful. It is fun to see what you have done to your home and you have been such an inspiration to me. Maybe a brown and white color scheme would would work with pops of natural colors, greens, yellows. They could come from plants and flowers that you add. Brown and white is so pretty, especially with the addition of texture. I can't wait to see what you do!

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  20. I forgot to mention that I too, am planning on getting soapstone counters! I have read a ton, and they are really nice. They start off as gray, but you can make them darker by using wax or mineral oil.

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  21. Oh you KNOW how to get us going and thank you for NOT painting the cabinets! So....I think if you put in a medium wood floor against the lighter cabinetry that you will love it! I think a light colored backsplash would give the open and modern feel without having to paint. So will doing something with the island to anchor it and make it look more "furniture" like. Even wondering from the pic if there's a little room to extend the island to center with the stove a bit more??

    My sister just did her kitchen with light cabinets and wood floors and a light wood cabinet. I think you might like to see it for ideas on light vs. dark backsplash... I don't know how to insert the pic here but here's a link to it since she sold it in less than 3 days! http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Sycamore-IL/pmf,pf_pt/61693567_zpid/27354_rid/any_days/42.138968,-88.364754,41.867004,-88.963509_rect/10_zm/?3col=true

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  22. Marty, I would keep it neutral whatever you wind up doing. Because it is so open to your other rooms you want to keep the flow and it still be cohesive. This is not my strong suit so I don't have much to add. I do love those counters though.

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  23. I love your ideas - and that photo with the soapstone counters has a lovely wall color that would work great in your house.

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  24. I agree with your choice of flooring because dark floors are very hard to keep looking good. But one person had a great suggestion, because of all the dust, you may want to think about tile that looks like wood. I also like the soap stone counters, but dark again will show every crumb. I have granite and if I had my druthers I would change to quartz. Absolutely no maintenance and no staining. The one thing no one suggested. If you need extra storage space, Have cabinets built on the top of your existing cabinets to the ceiling then finish off with crown molding. This way you get extra storage and do not need to worry about Tchotchkies on top of the cabinets.
    I would paint the walls a grayish brown, or a taupe color.

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  25. Hi Marty,

    My suggestion is to paint the walls a light blue that will pick up the color in the horse painting. It looks blue to me anyway. This goes nicely with browns that you are wanting to keep or maybe use it as an accent color. I've been decorating with a light blue and brown and find it refreshing. I see it in the stores right now.




    Hugs,

    LaDonna

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  26. I love white cabinets with crown molding. You can add any color accents during the year you want. After looking at the suggestions, I have kitchen envy.
    You always take the best photos to share with us.
    Myrna

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  27. I think the hardwood floors all the way through will look great. I like the black island and the soap stone counters. I would go with the wall colors that you have in the rooms that open up into the kitchen. I know you will pick the right choices and it will look terrific when you finish.

    Mary

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  28. One more vote for painting the island black. The cabinets in that photo look very much like yours and it all looks great with the wood floor. I would paint the walls a light color. I agree with Lady Vagabond that you can choose the exact wall color once everything else is installed.

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  29. Our previous kitchen when we moves was white with black marble counters. When we totally remodeled it, we went for white granite counters and wood cabinets. Therefore, I do love you to do your island black, like it better then white and if you want to change the counters, I like the black too, it'll go nicely with your black island... plus the photo with the black island has your same color cabinets, it's amazing!
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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  30. Oh, Marty, I think you're on the right track! If I were you, I would definitely go for the same flooring throughout. If wood will hold up well in your area, then go with wood. If not, one of the new tiles that looks like wood (amazingly so!) might be a great option. Choose a stain option that will provide some contrast with your wood cabinets so everything doesn't just blend together. I'd say a black island (perhaps with some distressing) is a great idea; it'll look lovely with your existing granite (which I assume you're keeping). I think you'll really enjoy a black island--I've been reading your blog for a long time, and you've always used some black in your decor, it seems to me. It's not a color of which you'll tire, and you can add color with accessories. Soapstone counters on the perimeter sound like a great idea, and they will go nicely with your island granite. I'd choose a subway tile in one of the light colors from your granite (bring home sample tiles so that you can see what works with the flecks of color in your granite). As far as wall colors go, if I were you I'd probably start with painting the kitchen walls the same color as your adjoining room. If that feels too stark for you, you could certainly add some color later--maybe one of the light blue/grey colors from the horse painting above your sofa. But you might find that with the floors all the same you'd enjoy having the walls all the same as well. It'll be fun to follow along this journey with you!

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  31. Okay here's what I do.

    I like the horse print as well so for the kitchen walls I would do a very pale blue. I'll respond in a comment on your Facebook page and I created a little Pinterest page called Marty's kitchen to show you what I'm talking about LOL. I would then paint the kitchen island a deeper blue / turquoise. I have examples of what I would do on that Pinterest page. As for the granite countertops, I'd either get the same granite that's on the island or I would do the granite that you showed in the pictures above from Arch designs. I really liked that. Next, remove all of the accessories and I would go with some traditional style accessories use sparingly. I do like the horse that is above your cabinets and would definitely keep that since it cut ties into the horse print from the living room . I would remove all of the current track lighting and I would put three pendants or two pendants over the island. I showed examples of that as well. I would keep them bronze however and do bronze hardware since you have so much brown in there. You have gold accents or sconces in the living room so I didn't want to do silver hardware in the kitchen. I'd keep the faucets oil rubbed bronze. I think the light blue walls and darker blue/turquoise island would look pretty with your brown cabinets. It will also look nice with your basket of bread in the photo. I would remove all of the stuff from the counter and above the cabinets for a much more modern look and I would also want that light blue paint color to be visible. As others have said typically when you do a dark floor you do a lighter cabinet and vice versa but since you're doing a dark floor and dark cabinet then I would definitely want to make those walls later. I would not do any backsplash since you really need that lightness of the paint color to come through. Hope that helps.

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  32. Mary, I have soapstone counters and LOVE them so much! I would go with them and because you have touches of a light gold/yellow in your horse painting and living room, I would go with a light version of that color on your walls. Black is really stunning and I know your island would look awesome painted black, along with the black soapstone countertops. I have the subway tile and we had subway tile in our previous house, too. In that house we had beautiful oak cabinets and it all looked great together. We just bought all new stainless appliances by KitchenAid. In fact, we have the same range and oven you showed above, except ours isn't the slide in. The KA dishwasher is fabulous and you can't even hear it running. We were going to get a Bosch, but we found out KA is all Made in America, and they had a special deal going on them if we bought all the main appliances, plus a nice rebate. We found out, however, that ALL microwaves are made overseas. I've got two recent posts on our finished kitchen and appliances we just bought on my blog. Our appliances were just delivered last week.

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  33. Your kitchen looks pretty as is, but I understand wanting to do something different every so often. I love soapstone. It's been used since colonial times for sinks and surfaces. If it coordinates with the granite on the island you wouldn't have to replace that granite. I would NOT paint the cabinets. Natural wood is always in style. Since the kitchen has no natural light, if it was painted light it would seem brighter. Love the white you used on the family room so why not continue that on to the kitchen walls. If you want to add color, paint the ceiling. A pretty pale blue on the ceiling would make it feel like it was open to the sky. Or any favorite color on the ceiling would be a nice pop of color. My kitchen cabinets are cherry and the island is black. Very happy I went with black. If you decide to paint your island, treat the whole thing, including the side facing the stools, as one piece of furniture and paint it all the same color, including the trim at the floor. I'm sure whatever you decide to do will be lovely. Just look at the rest of your home!

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  34. Marty, I think those bar stools are inspirational for me. I would copy the stain on it for your cabinets! I agree with the black island, and perhaps, do some other type of back splash other than subway. Glass tiles would be a great bet I think or kinda like my back splash, sort of oyster pearl like finish. I would not paint the walls dark though, but I would go with white, only if you re-stain your cabinets like the bar stool. I think a washed out finish on the cabinets will look great. Are you thinking of replacing you knobs and handles again too? If you are, something with a bit of glam would give the right amount of oomph to the cabinets for sure. Anyway, you are great at doing redecorating and renovating. I trust you will make this kitchen like spanking new again! Will follow along your progress!

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  35. Marty, I have original oak hardwood in my 50's ranch which I love but they do show the dust!!I do not like the look of the laminate wood as it looks fake to me...I would paint the kitchen a light beige, leave the cabinets as is. I love my granite counter and it is in the beige, some darker brown spots and I love it. No black, as my friend did her granite in blacks and it is dark and shows dust!!!Whatever you choose, take your time with it!!

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  36. I have wood cabinets and I found this post from Remodelaholic inspirational:http://www.remodelaholic.com/update-oak-kitchen-cabinets/

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  37. Marty, I feel your angst! We are hoping to do a kitchen update next year and I am overwhelmed by all the choices and scared at the thought of choosing something I won't like shortly after. It makes me want to put it off but on the other hand, I desperately want a new look to my 90's oak kitchen! I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Be brave and good luck!

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  38. How exciting that you are getting wood floors! We are adding some wood floors around here, too, and I cannot wait! I like the pic of the flooring that has a bit of gray to it, if that works with your cabinet color. There are some beautiful "warm gray" paint colors that would definitely brighten your kitchen wall color, and I would paint the island black. I love the look of soapstone, but after having very dark corian in the kitchen at our last home, I don't think I would do dark counters again....really shows the dust! I think your most difficult decision will be the flooring color and getting the right one to work with your cabinets. Lots of decisions to make, my friend....good luck! Oh, one last thing....jack-hammering that tile (that's basically what they do) will create dust worse than a haboob, so be prepared and cover absolutely everything!

    Warm hugs,
    Carol

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  39. I really like the photo you found with the black counter tops. But then I like the darker cabinets. I know you don't want to paint the cabinets. But if you painted them a white/type color, I think it would make the area look much bigger. That is if you're going with stainless steel appliances. You asked what we would do. I'd either make the cabinets darker and go with that black counter top. Or I'd go white with the cabinets.
    Brenda

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  40. I think the cabinets need a darker (richer) stain.

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  41. I have the same color kitchen cabinets as you. I've been trying to convince my husband to let me paint them white, but he's totally opposed, which frustrates me so much. Are you opposed to painting yours because of the amount of work that goes into that project? I think your kitchen would look absolutely fabulous painted white. White walls, white cabinets and a light wall color. You'd end up with a jewel in the center of your home. I know you said that you were NOT going to paint them, but I just couldn't resist, I think because I want to paint mine so badly!!! I think by lightening up your wall color will make a huge difference.

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    1. Several have suggested that having white would look amazing. I know I am in the minority here, but I really don't like white cabinets. They would be my last choice for my kitchen. I think they look amazing in others homes, but I really don't like them for me. I do agree, they would probably look great, but then I really wouldn't like my kitchen at all, so that would be a real bummer. I hope you get to paint yours since you want them painted. Good Luck.

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  42. Oh I love the black island and the soapstone counters. I think the white subway tile would look good with it all too. Love the idea of keeping the cabinets stained. And I like the idea of doing all the floors in hardwood. I really like your color choice. You have good taste and should trust it. :o)

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  43. Marty, so much great advice here today. There's nothing new I could add but I can't wait to see what you do.

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