This is the original kitchen in my 1965 mid-century home. We purchased the home 2 years ago and have been renovating it slowly ourselves. Our floors are hardwood and the backsplash is the original subway tile and it is in great condition. We found a box of extra tile in the basement and its Villeroy and Boch. The counter is white formica. The cabinets are structurally in excellent shape but there is a little bit of wear around a few of the knobs and some fading from the sun on one side of the island. The fridge is a subzero. The knobs and recessed light figures are all chrome. The pinch pleat curtains were probably replaced in the 80's and they are a really nice linen but I am kind of over the colors and would like something more contemporary. They do, however, open to cover both walls where they are situated.
We want to update the kitchen but stay true to the mid-century aesthetic of the home. What we've done so far: The hood used to be orange but we painted it with stainless steel spray paint and it looks really good. We replaced the kitchen faucet and the old cooktop with a new Bosch one. Other than that, we haven't done anything to the space. We cannot afford to gut it but we would like to update it--budget is about $10K.
Here are my questions.
1. Should we paint the cabinets or try to refinish them? I personally love the idea of gray cabinets but I'm not sure if they would work in my MCM home.
2. Any ideas on countertops?
3. What color for the walls?
4. Should we keep the chrome hardware on the cabinets?
5. Ideas on new window treatments? Should we have curtains or another type? I'm thinking geometric patterns for the fabric. We need light control as our kitchen faces due east.
6. What kind of light fixture should we put over the table?
7. The table is from our old house--any ideas on how to update it or should we get a new one--my dream table is a Saarinen tulip table for this space.
Our style is a warm contemporary. Thanks for your help!