Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Oh a little help from the choir please !!!!!

A wonderful commenter gave me the link to this brown kitchen , wow this is pretty special wouldn't you agree , thanks Sharon.
I need you all to come out of hiding ,stop your lurking and show me your comments people.
I have a neighbour that I am helping with her kitchen let's call her Lisa , she made the mistake of complaining about her kitchen cabinets {not her choice} she knew I had painted mine and had wondered if she should paint her's ? Of course and she should these are dare I say UGLY , pickled arched top oak , its gotta go , but a reno is not in the cards and the cupboards are in good shape .
Dark is the look Lisa loves , her dream kitchen would be dark stained wood, so I said black as the trend is going and is stunning , but she is leaning more deep brown , great that will do fine too , the fireplace is the dark brown and it looks amazing . So we are good to go , I am talking her through it and going to tackle this job with her , I know it is a lot of work.
Problem is people {mother , paint people etc} keep trying to convince her otherwise , "paint it white" safe and nice but not the look she loves,"paint with melamine/oil" no no no she needs your votes of confidence , ok let me hear it , should Lisa and I paint these yucky cabinets , I mean they are pickled . A dark brown and paint out the bulkhead to match and add crown moulding like the second photo below. You can see it , she just is a little afraid. So I would appreciate it if you would leave your positive comments and I can tell her in the morning 100 people from across the globe agree paint it paint it now !


























34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Paint them!!!! Black or dark brown...whatever she chooses! I find people always try to convince you to be safe when it comes to home decor. However, anytime I do things a bit out of the ordinary I typically get the most compliments. One of the things in my house that I get the most compliments on is the red vanity in my bathroom. Go for it and paint those cabinets!

karlene said...

for sure, paint them dark. for sure.

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

I desperately want the nerve to paint my kitchen cabinets black because in my goal kitchen (down the road) I have picked wonderful chocolate brown distressed cabinets. But, I'm a weenie. I say do it! I love Black cabinets. Don't be a scaredy cat like me. Mine are still not finished because I'm such a weenie about it. Go for it!!!

The Mrs said...

DARK BROWN!! I love that look. She will never be happy with white if she did it because someone else told her to, it will be ok but not what she was looking for.

Gordostyle said...

I TOTALLY agree with YOU. Paint them dark!

Smiles,
Jen

restyled home said...

Tell her to trust you implicitly...you beautify everything you touch. Teach her to relax and trust in you!

Have fun painting!!
Linda

debra said...

Paint them brown. We recently painted our cabinets -white - but because I wanted white. I (and others)actually tried to talk myself into brown but I wanted white. You have to do what you will be happy with not what others want you to do. Do share the photos when she's done. :)

Anonymous said...

Definitely paint it and absolutely yes, paint the bulkhead the same colour and add moulding to extend the look of the cabinets. If she's afraid of all dark, what about the "Lipstick and Rouge" episode of Sarah Richardson's Room Service?

http://www.roomservice.ca/episodes/episodes.php?epid=89&selseason=5

It's cream on top cabinets and black on the bottom.

Or this kitchen. The cabinets were painted Mustang by Benjamin Moore and the walls Gray Cashmere (like Restoration silver sage). Both gorgeous.

http://www.cottageliving.com/cottage/homes/article/0,21135,782536,00.html

Sharon

PrincessMollie said...

She should do whatever you say!! I personally LOVE the black, but brown would be gorgeous as well. And you MUST show us before and afters... can't wait, it's going to be amazing!!

Angie said...

YES!! Paint it black...it will be GORGEOUS!!!! If I had cupboards like that...I wouldn't hesitate at all!!! It will be stunning!

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

Yes Paint them!!!!
Of course I perfer black...distressed a bit, but dark chocolate brown would be fantastic too.
Chris....email me for your featured button......you deserve it.
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The Owen's said...

Paint it now! I have Never ever regretted when I have painted any furniture, etc. I like black but I am sure brown would look great too. It will refresh the whole kitchen and make you want to spend more time in there! That is my opinion for a stranger. PS theletteredcottage.blogspot painted hers and there is a before and after on there somewhere for more inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Paint them now! The only regret you will have, is that you did not do it sooner.
if you are not 100% confident, maybe Chris would just paint one and then you can squint your eyes and imagine the rest : )
It will look great with your back splash!
Dee

Nantucket YaYa said...

Okay, coming out of lurking...

You must paint! To quote Christopher Lowell "Just because it's wood doesn't mean it's special". The first hint is that your builder (a GUY!!!) didn't charge you extra for it!!!!

Now for the colour; please do black. Brown may not look intentional enough and, frankly could look dated-(and I really do love brown.)Remember that the cabinets are already grained, oak texture, and arched tops. Black is more edgy or traditional as you prefer and easier to accessorise in the kitchen with stainless and black accents that already come on most appliances. Heck! the handles on your pots might even be black. In the end, black will be a sharper look and more coordinated, even unintentionally. Oh! don't forget to make one or two upper cabinets glass front by removing the panel and having glass cut.
Good luck!
Jen

Jen M said...

PAINT IT!! She's got you to help, what could go wrong? What's the worst that can happen ... she ends up hating it? Well, she hates it already, so no loss there. Have fun painting!

paperjunk-lc said...

Yes, paint it black or brown but do your prep work. Esp. for kitchen cabinets that take such wear but you can show her the steps. If you don't do it right it will be chipped city a year down the road. We painted ours and I've never looked back.

Nikki said...

Paint them dark brown or black. They will be beautiful!

G said...

PAINT THEM! The dark brown will look great with the light backsplash and countertop. The cabinet moulding will tie everything together.

Kim & Ryan said...

Dark, please. They will look fab.

Jess said...

go for it! My vote is for brown! we are in the middle of renovating our kitchen....even though all the design books I looked at had white kitchens, I couldn't do it with two small kiddos....I have been drawn to the dark woods, black quartz counters and peacock slate floors...all warm colors....the cabinets are finally in....and I'm loving the look! Go with your instincts and you can't go wrong. Our counters go in next week, and I can't wait! Just make sure you have good lighting...that was important with our design.

laney said...

...yes...yes...yes! paint them (and i would vote for the black)...it IS your kitchen ...blessings everyone tomorrow and every day....

jaylista said...

yes yes yes she should paint them...i am doing over my kitchen and put in a black island and only WISH i had done all my cabinets in black...darker colors look so rich!!! tell her to go for it!!!!!! cant be worse than what she has now (although i might not say THAT)!

The Morrisons said...

I think she should go with dark brown. It would look nice since her appliances are white.

Saucy said...

Paint them DARK BROWN, here is a link to a reno I did in the summer... I waffled between the white and the brown! So glad we did brown, with marble counters:

http://bloggedy-blog-blog-saucy.blogspot.com/2008/07/reveal.html

Michael said...

Paint...the deep brown or black will be stunning. I've been trying to convince my mom to do the same thing!!!!

Northern01 said...

Dark for sure. Very elegant. You need to go with what you love. Yes for the bulkhead trim too. You are going to love it and wonder why you didn't do it sooner.

Lisa said...

PAINT THEM!!!!!! Love the idea of black.

Anonymous said...

P*A*I*N*T! Love your blog Miss Chris.

Erin Koch said...

These are my exact cabinets and I so want to paint them black. I have the glass fronted top ones, and I am leaning towards black on bottom and for the plain top ones then something else for the glass fronted ones, maybe distressed white? What do you think? My kitchen is open to my living room and dining room which are painted a light aqua with white bead board on the bottom. I have a couple of black bookcases and picture frames. I can't wait to see what you do with this kitchen. E

Meredith said...

Paint them! I painted my ugly oak cabinets black almost 4 years ago, when we moved into our house. Like "Lisa" they were in great shape just ugly. I can't believe how it transformed the space and after 4 years I still love them! I still want to add beadboard to the sides of the cabinets but I haven't done that yet. We also added crown to the tops of the cabinets and it made a huge difference.

Anonymous said...

paint them!! My kitchen looks alot like hers - similar backsplash tones wood floors granite countertops
I painted our island "espresso" (rustoleum product) to start small since I was scared...thought it would be too dark... I love it! looks so much richer!!

i love everything you do to your home!!

meg duerksen said...

i love the black! if i didn't have a white kitchen i would have a black kitchen. my two favorites. it's so dramatic. love it.

Anonymous said...

a great color is Sherwin Williams Black Bean. It's right in the middle between black and brown with a lot of depth. I've used it several time for doors and it always looks great.

DeDe Ray said...

GO FOR THE DARK!! How cool...everyone says not too, but they are just jealous that someone has the guts to jump out of the box! They will all come and see it and realize they were wrong...life is to short to stay in the lines! Post some pictures when your done!

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