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Cabin Kitchen Redo

weddl002January 13, 2013
We have a cabin kitchen that needs to keep the rustic (hubby) touch but be a remodel. We are opening up the kitchen by taking down an overhead cabinet over the counter, plus we have ordered the undercounter refrig/freeze...to totally open the bar area. NOW. I need ideas for cabinet colors, textures, countertop, flooring.
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This the other living area of the cabin that will open up to an open concept. (yes, i know the rug is to modern and via the hubby is going back home. Also, the logs have an orange tone as they are cedar
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 7:03PM
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Are you painting the current cabinets, the panelling, and the rest of the cabin? It looks like a warm and friendly place. Those huge log beams are impressive.

You may want to get additional closed storage to replace the cabinet you are taking down and then add even more to help you keep the counters clear. Add more electrical outlets to reduce trailing cords. Brighter lighting flush to the ceiling would be good, with no place for moths to enter and die. In my experience, the fewer things stored in a cabin to get dusty, the better.

As for flooring, if the cabin has an open floor plan, you'd probably want to consider using the same easy-clean mid-tone flooring throughout. Off white laminate countertops would be fine.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 7:09PM
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I could paint, or have custom cabinets, etc.--I am so lost on this....
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 7:11PM
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Here is the outside of the cabin...tons of log and wood..on interior drywall..Massive logs
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 7:14PM
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what about the color of wood for the new kitchen cabinets? black-weathered, or match logs, or weather barnboard, or or or or :(
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 7:18PM
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reclaimed wood? Acorn Millwork in northern Minnesota has an amazing selection and showroom
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 7:25PM
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I will look into Acorn... Thanks
Please keep all ideas coming... So excited
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 7:28PM
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Sue Ann Stevens
Knotty pine is common but if you want a contrast, I think distressed or antiqued painted cabinets look lovely in a cabin. Here is a mag cover with green and another pic with a blue/gray which both look nice against the wood if you want a contrast.
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 7:28PM
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Seems kinda dark--something to brighten it up? Add some color?
Good luck
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 7:31PM
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Sue Ann Stevens
It looks like parquet tiles are in the current kitchen. Have you considered a replacement? Brick flooring looks amazing in log homes. Check out portstone.com for brick pavers the thickness of ceramic.
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 7:35PM
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Yes, yes, yes...I would still be thinking sorting and looking...I am getting a vision....
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 7:40PM
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If I went with a rustic looking painted black or greenish colored cabinets what about countertops?
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 7:47PM
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Maybe light butcher block counters or light creamy granite?
And to add storage, if there's enough room, you could add another row of cabinets on the outside of the bar area. What about moving your stove to the bar area, overlooking the family room. Then you could have a regular refrigerator in the place of the stove? Just a thought.....I'm not quite sure if I even think that's a good idea yet. Just brainstorming. Good luck and have fun with it though! So fun! :)
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 8:25PM
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We thought the same thing about moving the refrig tooo ;)
Nothing done except moving the overhead cabinet
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 8:29PM
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E Klo
I would maybe want to paint the cabinets to bring them out from the wood beams & walls. Maybe a paint (red, green, etc.) that is distressed to look old & broken in:

Cozy Kitchen · More Info
Reproduction Peoria, IL. Saltbox House · More Info
Caruth Home - Fall 2012/Winter 2013 · More Info

For counters.. I'd go with a thick butcher block:
Bonnie Bagley · More Info

Or even a rustic Granite that is local to where your cabin is at:
Kimberly Cole Design · More Info
Traditional Kitchen · More Info

Can't wait to see the finished update!
1 Like    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 8:37PM
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Beautiful cabin you have!
Lots of options here. I will attach some photos. Rustic can mean different things, as in not just the cabinets will make the place look rustic.
This is a cabin and a place to unwind, personally I would keep the colours neutral. I would stay away from knotty Pine, it might make your kitchen look dated. Im worried if you paint it black it might swallow all the light and be depressing...green does not look too bad...i would not do butcherblock counters, you have enough wood around, inside and out.
How about simple Shaker cabinets with wrought iron handles. A lighter or darker colour granite countertop, even up in the back as a backsplah and a slate floor. River rocks on the front side of the bar.
Dont forget to remind your husband, that if he wants you to come along, you have to like the place too...I love the rug, Nice choice! You have good taste, trust your instincts.
First photo: similar to your kitchen cabinets in green
Second Photo: green but different cabinet style
Third photo: light countertop, rustic edge, tile flooring
Fourth photo: personal favourite, best depiction of idea.
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 11:17PM
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Totally love the looks of the idea rooms above. Hope you pick a color from there for your cabinets. Will be incredible and you will have wife smiling and hubby!
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 11:40PM
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Sue Ann Stevens
Depending on what you do at the cabin (large family gatherings or usually only the two of you) would be a consideration as to your bar and countertop decisions. Just the two-put the stove on the island so you can chat while cooking. Family get togethers? Keep the stove where it is, find another place for the fridge (window wall? Photo vantage point?) to keep the wide open counter for buffets, party food and extra eating space.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 4:40AM
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Sue Ann Stevens
If you go with green or black cabinets, I think the gray toned granite (or whatever surface) would look stunning. White/creamy colors without much pattern would lighten it but may also make it a little bland. You have a beautiful cabin that can be a real knockout with some color.
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 4:59AM
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