Like most of us in the northern clime who don’t have a heated work shop I’ve really been chomping at the bit to get started on my projects. The big project I have set for myself is to build and install new kitchen cabinets. A very ambitious and somewhat daunting prospect for someone of my limited experience, but exciting too. I’ve spent most of the winter researching cabinet building on the internet, which is what led me to LumberJocks, lucky find. Now tho, I think that my enthusiasm for the project caused tunnel vision. I’ve only been looking at the cabinet making and not the space where they go.
I was cleaning the kitchen today and realized I really ought to paint the walls, they were last painted about 7 years ago and are starting to look a little worse for the wear. And the ceiling too. New cabinets are really going to make this space look shabby if I don’t do something about that, and obviously it’s going to be a lot easier to paint before I put in the cabinets. This started me thinking about other things that should be done. I think I really could use about 4 more outlets in the kitchen. Right now I can’t use the toaster and the microwave at the same time without tripping a breaker. Would be nice to solve that problem before the cabinet installation. I put in a new vinyl floor at the same time I painted 7 years ago and its held up very well so I think I’m good to go there. It’s showing very little wear and I still like the look of it.
Now I have to face one of the tasks I dread the most….choosing the paint colors. When I painted it last I went very safe with a very pale beige, and I’ve hated it every since, but learned to live with it. This time I want to go bolder. What I hate is trying to coordinate everything. I’m terrible at it. Everytime I think something is going to look good together it usually doesn’t and I end up having to everything all over again until I finally get a result I like. I find my taste in interior color sort of leaning toward the orange end of the spectrum. Not a garish pumpkin or sherbert orange, but more of a subdued sort of spice orange. In fact I painted my living room Behr’s Chai Spice a couple of years ago and I really love it, but don’t want to carry that color into the kitchen. Something that will go well with the Chai Spice and will make the new cabinets pop. I’m thinking about Behr’s Bonfire, but sort of worried, will it be too dark, too bold, will it look garish, etc.
Talking about the wall color making the new cabinets pop, leads to another decision I finally made. I decided early on that I wanted face frame cabinets with raised panel doors, but was having trouble deciding what wood species to use. I’m not overly fond of oak, maple is a nice choice, but a little pale and bland for my taste. Curly, tiger or spalted maple would be really nice, but not in my budget. Cherry is nice but not exactly what I want for that space, I love walnut but I’m afraid its just too dark for my space. Many of the exotics have the character I like, but again budgetary restraints raise their ugly heads. When I first thought about building cabinets the picture that popped in my mind was knotty pine cabinets, but as I explored the project I rejected that idea because I thought I should go for the “snob” appeal of the more expensive and more commonly used hardwoods. I kind of thought the rustic look of pine cabinets probably wouldn’t appeal to many people except me. But then I realized I don’t have to please anyone but me and so it’s going to be knotty pine cabinets. I like the character and the contrast of the knots against the paler pine and I plan to finish them so that they will “amber” over time. I really think this rustic look will be in character with my house too, which began life as a 4 room farmhouse nearly a hundred years ago.
Anyway sort of a peek into my thought processes, or in some instances lack of, and what I have on my plate. If anyone has any input about what else I’m forgetting, or any advice about how to choose colors I would certainly appreciate it. Thanks.
-- Fred ~ lignator novus ~