Monday, August 23, 2010

Looking for some design advice...

Okay, first of all please pardon the mess. I am going to clean my house later today, but in an effort to stall I am going to first do this...

So I am wanting to do a little bit of freshening up of my house decor. I have wanted to do something in the kitchen ever since we moved in...but here we are over 4 years later, and, well, anyways...

I need some help. Here are my thoughts, please give me some feedback!

The kitchen. Notice the wood cupboards, wood laminate counters, more wood cupboards, and then wood floor. Hmm. A little too much wood color for my liking. So I was thinking that the most economical way to go in the kitchen is to paint the cupboards and the windowsills (etc.) white. Yes? Any suggestions from those of you who have done this before? My kitchen is very small so I thought white would brighten it and maybe even make it look bigger. (wishful thinking? Maybe.)

Okay, next. We sold our dining table this weekend becuase it wasn't working in our small space. So, before I buy another on on Craigslist I need some advice. What color? A darker wood? Same color wood as the floor? White table? Black table? Help!! And if I paint the kitchen white, I would also paint the baseboards in this room white, just so you know :)

Here is what we have to deal with. The people who lived here before us painted half of the baseboards and frames and doors white, and left the rest the dark wood. So at one point you have this lovely scene...
And here is the view down the hall...white and white and then dark wood in the kitchen.
So, now you have the facts. I am ready for your input and advice. Even if you are a secret reader please help me. I probably read your blog too so don't be shy :)

Thanks :)

15 comments:

Cari said...

When it comes to decorating I am no help whatsoever (I do the same thing you are doing and seek outside opinions), but I love your kitchen cabinets the way they are! And all of the wood seems very fitting for a family of Wood's. ;) And what mess? I kept waiting to see a pile here of there and there was nothing! I think anything you do will look great!! Happy redecorating! :)

Ginger said...

Oh good, I'm glad I'm not the only one. I like your wood cabinets too. Could you dress them up with some black hardware? I'd try painting your lower cabinets to break up the wood below from the wood above. But, I'm NO decorating expert. Ultimately, you're the one that has to live with it though - so I say do what you really want. :) Oh, and I'd go with a black table, but that's just me - you can't see the peanut butter and jelly smears as well, right? :)

Greg and Andrea said...

I think you need Faith to weigh in on this one...but we had dark wood cabinets in our kitchen when we moved in, and we painted them all white. I like it so much better! It really brightened up our small kitchen. Anyhow, if you do decide to paint them, Miller paint has a great primer/cover-stain that is essential (so the wood stain doesn't come through). And I vote for a black table, too. :)

Faith said...

Ha..thanks Andrea:) I would paint them white..that's what we did and it brightened the whole kitchen up. Plus, you have some character on your cabinets (ours were flat) which will make them a little harder to paint but will look better when painted. My advice would be to take the time to sand them carefully and then do the primer like Andrea suggested. We got lazy and didn't sand them all, just did TSP and primer and I regret that because there were spots where the paint was peeling off after a while. If I could redo it, I would also get the small paint rollers and go that route. With brushes, you have to be really careful or every brush stroke will show! Bleh. As far as a table goes, I think a black table would look really good there but from my experience, black furniture is a pain to keep dust free. I would still go black though, I think it would look really cool. I'm picturing a square table but that's just me. Jill has a black table and I think it looks really, really sharp! Hope that helps. I'm with Ginger, you have to live with it so do what you want! I can come over anytime and help you with any design/decore problems...it would be my pleasure:)

Alison said...

As a person who has recently painted ALL the trim and doors in our house (turth be told, there is still one window left to do...), I would say that it is well worth it. It is very time consuming, so you have to be committed to stay the course. We used an interior trim paint from Lowes (around $15-$18 a can) and we were really happy with it. We used a great primer (Kilz) and it definitely made a difference. If possible, I would recommend having a work party to have some help. I'd be happy to help! I worked on things in the evenings (from 9-12) for several nights to get everything done. There can be a lot of down time waiting for paint to dry too. Anyway, I guess I'm just trying to say that it takes TIME. But not a ton of money. That's right up your alley, huh?

Let me know when to show up with my paintbrush!

Alison said...

p.s. What about a round table with an optional leaf? That might give you a little more room when walking through the space between the kitchen and living room.

Anna Anderson said...

I'm a semi-secret reader, Megan. :)And I have no advice. But I love reading everyone's thoughts and it's getting me itching to do something with our house! Good luck!

Brandy said...

I just painted my cabinets, and it was a super cheap project! I did what Faith mentioned, which was sand first and prime and all that jazz. It made my kitchen look SOO different in a good way. We just bought a table and chairs for super cheap, and I will just say that if you are up for painting, refinishing furniture (i love doing that!) Salvation army has SUPER cheap table and chair sets that just need a little love:) Have fun, I love projects!

Brandy said...

Oh, and check out this website, I haven't ordered anything from them yet, but have a couple projects that I might do with there paint.
http://www.caromalcolours.com/

Megan said...

Wow, thanks everyone! I am not totally decided on anything yet, but this really helps a lot.

Heidi said...

If you like the black table look, but don't want to see dings and stuff you can always paint just the legs black, and or chairs. I think it tends to moderize older style tables. I'm all about the destressed wood look on top, frequetly my children like to add to that look also!

Tera said...

Everyone has such good advice for you! We painted ours white in the past and we currently have ones that were made white in our place now. WHITE is so hard to keep clean. (obviously) BUT what about black? With a black table it could look really sharp!

Heidi said...

Oh, one more thing i forgot. I wouldn't recommend bright white paint. It shows flaus even more (i think i spelled that wrong!) I little more creamy white still looks great and kind-of warms up stuff. We might use artic white (miller)? i think, but that might be a little too creamy for some people, for us it works with the old woodwork in our house.

Faith said...

I TOTALLY agree with Heidi and forgot to mention that. We did STARK white and it wasn't so lovely after a while. I would definitely do a creamier white next time!

Mae said...

Megan, I wish I was there to help. Just be sure to take the cabinets down and sand them very well and they will look wonderful. We kid all of Ker's kitchen cabinets and they really brightened up her kitchen.