The Kitchen

 The kitchen.   Ain't she a beaut?

I am sighing and shaking my head in exasperation as I am typing this.  When we bought this house there were many, many things that made me thrilled to be able to call it home.  The kitchen was not one of them.  By a long shot.  In fact, from the beginning, I knew that the kitchen would be my nemesis.   The ultimate stock oak cabinet, nasty white (not anymore) sink, tumbled limestone, late nineties, miniature version of a kitchen, that would kill me slowly.   And so it has.

A wee bit on the dramatic side, maybe.  But then, it's not your kitchen.
    Now, there are plans to gut it, knock down walls, take the powder room sqft. down by half, etc.   However, that is years down the line (hopefully only 2-3, but, you know how that goes.)   Am I able to be patient and wait for that to happen, living with it as-is?  Not a freakin' chance.   I at least need to be able to enjoy it to the best of it's ability while it is waiting for the final axe to come.  So, enter the mini-lift. 

I have decided that I need to give it a little bit of loving to keep my sanity in the meantime.  Putting lipstick on the proverbial pig, if you will.  Below, you will see it in it's current primed state.

Nope, no big reveal today.  In fact the only reason I'm showing you right now, is so you can hold me accountable to get the thing finished this side of Christmas.  Pressure helps me get things done.  Sad I know, but true.  

So, let me include you on the plans here.  They ain't grand so don't get too excited.  Lipstick on Pig, remember.  It involves a lot of paint (surprise, surprise.)  The idea is that the cabinets are going to go a very light grey (Lord, I love grey,) similar to these...


OR even alllll white.  Similar to these...


God I love that last kitchen.

It's going to be a game-time decision I think.   So there you have it.  The kitchen plan (for now) in a nut shell.  I will report back when the painting is done.  Hopefully in the next few days!  

Til then, easy does it all.  It's hot outside!


Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Go for gray!! Though that last kitchen is one of my all time faves too.

Schnelle said...

I like the idea of light cabinets too! I think paint will make all the difference, maybe you'll end up loving it so much you won't need to gut it.

Anonymous said...

I wish you all the best with this project. I have a similar kitchen and it drives me crazy! I desperately want to paint the oak cabinets, but I am afraid that the grain will still show through the paint. I look forward to watching your progress and the finished product!

Jenny B. said...

Paint, hardware, a runner (maybe a new faucet) and it will be like a new kitchen!

Lonely Wife Project said...

Lipstick never hurt no one! We did the same thing to our kitchen a few years ago and despite nearly killing each other in the process (cabinets are a bitch to paint) it made the space tolerable.

Nichole Loiacono said...


I understand, but the grain showing through some doesn't bother me at all. It's a vast improvement grain or no grain. Hence...PAINT!


Kecia said...

I hear ya! Stock oak cabinets are grotty! I don't blame you a bit for doing temporary face lift. You'll feel much better about it when it's done and happier in the interim until you can fulfill your master plan.



Mollie said...

New paint will definitely help a lot to look like those gorgeous kitchen. And adding drawer organizers or pull out shelves will save you space on your counter tops.
Good luck to your kitchen remodeling.

Linda said...

Nichole, just found you via your guest post on recycled consign & design - well done!

I have painted out golden oak cabinets to a very similar gray. I say, if stainless were a color this is it. To everyone ahead of me in these comments...do it! The subconscious mental stress that golden oak gives off is only truly understood when it's gone! :-)

We have black appliances to deal with and maybe a lot more cabinet space. I found the color (medium gray) and on the same color strip chose the whitest one for our upper cabinets and nearly the darkest one for the lower and the tower that contains the double ovens and fridge. The medium gray is on the walls, ceiling and a wall of cabinets opposite the triangle work space. We have light colored counters.

It's been like this for two years - a bit of kitchen heaven!

You do see the grain - but that is the character of real wood, embrace it.


Danika Herrick said...

Go girl! I just finished painted out my 1960's fake walnut laminate and I feel like a new person with a new kitchen. Paint is awesome! Lipstick that pig up! Can't wait to see you work your magic.

PS- I had golden oak in my last house, and I totally agree with the last comment about "mental stress". They were so "gold' they made my head hurt. I painted them out and it was gone :)

Linda said...

Everyone! Go check out Danika's kitchen.

Love the dark lowers and "nearly white" uppers....BUT her ceiling!

Just go. It's worth the time to see more inspiration. :-)

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