The kitchen in the new house is so similar to the kitchen in our old house.
It has the exact same creamy glazed cabinet and brownish/green granite countertops.
It’s unbelievable to me how many similarities this house has to our old house. I loved our other house, but I REALLY love this new house. I wonder when I will stop calling it my “new” house. We’ve already lived here a year. I guess I can stop calling it that now, huh?
The microwave is still above the oven but that is where the similarities end. This one has a convection oven built into the cabinetry with the microwave built in right above it. I do love having the oven raised up so I don’t have to break my back lifting hot-n-heavy items out of it.
My biggest complaint about this kitchen is the size. It’s a lot smaller than the kitchen in the old house. But, there is a butler’s pantry that gathers all of our junk just down the hall, and a ginormous pantry that leads to a laundry room where I can store all of my big stuff like crockpots and the Kitchenaid mixer and my stockpiles of Vermont maple syrup. So, it’s worked out just fine.
But it is kind of a squeeze between the island and the refrigerator if the door is standing open and a certain kid is digging around scavengering for popsicles.
The other thing that has taken some adjustments on my part is cooking on this electric cooktop. I’ve been a gas stove girl for so long that the flat top electric stove kind of threw me for a loop at first. I have adjusted, but I’d still prefer a gas range over this stove.
I have two things I’m trying to decide about changing right now.
1. The paint color
2. A curtain fabric
The paint right now is a nice cheerful yellow that I would never have chosen for myself but it really works in this kitchen. I’ve flip-flopped back and forth about painting it. I’ve tried to find a good color that works with these creamy cabinets, but it’s hard to pick something that doesn’t make them look dirty.
Any suggestions on a good paint color to go behind those cabinets? I want it as light and bright as possible.
I removed the blinds from the kitchen window a few months ago, and I love how much light streams through in the afternoon. Unfortunately, with the light comes heat, so I’m considering making a balloon valance to cover the top of the window for summertime.
Which fabric do you like better?
If I painted the kitchen a light blue color, I would use this pretty fabric from Ballard Designs.
But if I stay with the yellow then I’m leaning toward this brown toile panel curtain from Walmart. Actually I’m leaning towards it either way.
What do you think?
Paint it or not?
Toile it or not?
ETA: Mindy at Rindy Mae asked me about the herb crates beside my refrigerator. I still haven’t filled them with anything photo-worthy! Here is an up close picture of them. Thanks for reminding me to show them here, Mindy!
I have seen a very similar kitchen done in a light robins egg blue, and it’s stunning…go with the ballards fabric, and def paint! Yellow is a cheery color but the blue is amazing with these cabinets…that’s my 2 cents 😉 Either way I’m sure it will be beautiful (already is)
Agree with above, a robin’s egg blue color or along those lines…and use the Ballard fabric…you have a beautiful kitchen!
Susan/Project Balancing Act says
Keep the yellow! Well, that’s not fair… I totally love yellow walls. But I AM getting tired of seeing light blue kitchens. Yellow is so nice and inviting and your kitchen looks great decked out in it.
Go with the Ballard fabric! What color is the living/family room? I would paint the kitchen something that connects the kitchen to the next room.
I had to take a day to think about it and it’s not even my kitchen! lol I like both of those fabrics! But my final answer is……green walls, toile fabric. There, I commited. :o)
P.S. What are the crate looking things in the first picture hanging over the garbage can? I think I may be in love.
I just stumbled across your blog and I love it! I only went back to sometime in 2009 but will catch up soon! Love your house (last one too)!
Allison aka Half of VAMH says
The toile! And I’d do a cool brown/greige I think?
Kim @ NewlyWoodwards says
I love the toile, too. We did the infamous Silver Sage in our kitchen and it totally brightened it up. I loved it so much we painted our new kitchen the same color.
They’re completely blog worthy in their own right!! I LOVE THEM!!!
I’m sorry dear, but I’m not going to be a bit of help as I love the yellow walls in your kitchen. As for the material, I can’t help you there either as I love bright colors, so sorry. 🙁 I’m sure whatever you choose to do will look wonderful.
You have done a bang up job on your lovely home. You are very talented and I wish you and your little family the best.,
What color is your cabinets? I am painting mine and love your base coat before the glaze.
Beautiful yellow on the walls.! Do you know the color name and brand of paint? Also I love the tour of the new bluish hue too. 🙂
Beth at Unskinny Boppy says
Sorry, it came with the house and I have no idea what color it was.
I know this post is a few years old but this is My Kitchen! Crazy. Same cabniets and back splash all the way down to the cut outs… I built my home so it was my design ! I had my kitchen painted a greenish grey but getting ready to change to a beige . I’d love to know what you ended up painting it?!
Beth at Unskinny Boppy says
We went with Restoration Hardware Silver Sage (you can see it in this post)