Thursday, September 10, 2009

The story of the sad little kitchen *Update

I hardly ever show pictures of my kitchen, that's because I hate it!

Photo taken before we moved in last year


My neighbor just told me a few weeks ago that my kitchen cabinets were metal, but I guess they were really rusty, so someone ripped them out and installed these traditional looking ones with a birch finish. It soo doesn't go with the rest of the house. grumbles...

In a few years I'd like to redo the cabinets but I have no idea what kind finish to do. The floors are a bit strange, white and light gray raw marble slabs with dark brown grout. I thought it would be nice and contrasty to do a dark walnut finish but not too dark because the kitchen doesn't get a lot of light. Anyone have any ideas?

One thing I know I want is Vetrazzo countertops! While I was looking to buy last year I visited a property for sale that had this type of countertop, it was gorgeous! All of the glass used in Vetrazzo countertops is recycled, and it makes up about 85% of the final material by weight. The largest proportion of glass comes from curbside recycling programs. Besides being sustainable it's soo beautiful. Click here to view more colors.




*Update

I found this image online and I think this is what I want to do. Darker cabinets on the bottom to contrast the flooring and then something light and airy up top, maybe even some glass doors with frosted glass.

10 comments:

Tirzha said...

What about Armstrong's moderno cabinets in the cafe or mocha finish? They're very sleek and I LOVE the hardware they have on the cabinet doors.

http://www.armstrong.com/rescabam/na/cabinets/en/us/product_detail.asp?styleId=37&finishId=15

50s Pam said...

How about painting the cabinets avocado green? Go for a retro renovation 70s look. Would pick up the green glass in the countertops...look good with the floor...be a good segue to the outdoors...and fit your style (I think). Take a look at the Sherwin Williams Suburban Modern palette for their avocado. I have it on my office walls - I love it.

50s Pam said...

Here's another green for you to consider, Jenn: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandiv999/3905932304/

Anonymous said...

Ugh, I so understand. We have a really awesome 1952 MCM that is almost completely original. Except for the horrid kitchen. It is a nightmare but less of one than it was since the 80's butterfly wallpaper is now gone. Someday we will have the thousands to remodel it I hope.

Gina Perry said...

Beautiful counter material,drool. We went with something similar in look, white quartz. Your sad kitchen made me laugh, because as much as I know it doesn't fit your style, it's not as heinous as our 60's ranch original kitchen was! http://ginaperry.typepad.com/the_pineapple_diary/musings/page/3/
I was just going to post a link for you re: lighting at Rejuventation. Have you seen these? http://www.rejuvenation.com/fixshowC996/templates/selection.phtml So sweet AND cheap! Great mid-century stuff in general. You'll get to that kitchen eventually and it'll ROCK!

Jenn Ski said...

Wow Gina, you did a great job!

Jenn Ski said...

I really like the green idea Pam, thanks

Little Paper Dog said...

Perhaps painting the lower cabinets the walnut color and then replacing some/all of the upper cabinets with open shelves would not make the room too dark.
Your house is looking so lovely I can't wait to see what you come up with.

50s Pam said...

I keep coming back to see what others say, I think your kitchen has great potential and that you will do something fab with it. If you like the green idea, you could do the base cabinets all green, and only do the raised panel edging on the uppers green - inside the panels, off white. This would be a very 70s look. I can probably find you some references on my site.

"Welcome to My Humble Ablog" said...

I also have a sad little kitchen and can't wait to tackle that project...once the funds are available, of course! ^_^ Check out www.modwalls.com for some fantastic backsplashes.
-d