Today is one of those rare gloomy summer days. Gray skies and lots of rain when everything looks clean and smells fresh.
I find a lot of decorating inspiration in nature. Nate’s room colors came to me in early spring when I was noticing the clear blue sky and a gorgeous green leafy tree while sitting at a stop light. This past weekend I saw a show where they painted kitchen cabinets gray. A color I hadn’t previously considered. I want a new kitchen, while this one functions well (appliances excluded) it’s dated and not really my taste. We knew when we bought this house that we’d love to scrap it and start fresh.
Last week we looked into refinancing just for the hell of it and in an over the phone estimate learned that our home is currently worth less than we paid for it. It’s not really a big deal since we plan on staying for a while and eventually the economy will recover. But, it let me know that for the time being our neighborhood cannot support a full reno. We won’t know how long we will be in Ohio for a few more years when Mike goes up for Tenure which is also a big reason not to dive right into it. We may live here forever or for just a few more years. So, a face-lift will make more since. Especially since we need new windows and eventually a new furnace and AC system, not technically a new kitchen.
In my head I now see a pale gray on the lower cabinets, a concrete countertop, a glass tile back-splash in white with white upper cabinets. Stainless appliances and a few other spruce ups. Lighting, sink, faucet and cabinet hardware.
Here is my kitchen now:
Here are a few I found on flickr after coming up with the two tone idea!
This first one, I love the open shelf that runs the length of the wall, the awesome light, direction of the hardware.
I love the use of space with these glass topped cabinets- this is something I’d love but would not be money well spent. I also love the pop of color from the pendant lamp.
This last one has a country feel (the island and cabinet hardware) but I love the richness of the cabinets and the contrast of the back-splash.
I can’t say when any of this will be in the works. We still need our shower done, our master bedroom and eventually a second nursery which leads to one big boy bedroom in addition to the big stuff mentioned above. I think the jumping off point will be when one of our 17 year old appliances finally give up. I just love the process of a good daydream turned plan.