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KITCHEN REMODEL
2mch2du
February 17, 2013 in Design Dilemma
HI, I HAVE A SMALL KITCHEN WITH BUILDER GRADE DIRTY OAK CABINETS AND UBA TUBA DARK GRANITE. I NEED HELP WITH THE CABINETS. SHOULD I GO WHITE SHAKER STYLE? THE ADJOINING FAMILY ROOM CABINETS ARE DARK MAPLE.
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spmm
Maybe pick up the ivory from the island base? Would be much brighter and match your appliances.
February 17, 2013 at 11:46PM        Thanked by 2mch2du
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February 17, 2013 at 11:49PM     
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rinqreation
Don't you like the wood or do you just want a lighter kitchen?
A lighter counter on the kitchen (ivory?) might make the change you were hoping for (if you do like the wood).
February 18, 2013 at 1:18AM      Thanked by 2mch2du
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charleee
I wouldn't replace the cabinets, but I would paint them as spmm suggests. If you can, have the doors professionally sprayed (much better result) and you can easily paint the boxes yourself. This will make a world of difference!!
February 18, 2013 at 2:15AM      Thanked by 2mch2du
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Dytecture
Do you have photos showing the dark maple wood in the family room ?
February 18, 2013 at 6:40AM      Thanked by 2mch2du
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2mch2du
Thank you all for your comments. The family room and kitchen is one open space. I am considering new white custom cabinets in the kitchen to brighten the dark space, but I am not sure how that will look with the dark cabinets in the adjoining family room. I'm attaching a photo of my entertainment center with dark maple cabinets. Thanks for your help!
February 18, 2013 at 9:26AM   
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gail_account
Have you decided I am in a similar dilemma
February 18, 2013 at 9:32AM   
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nasmijati
The dark maple in the family room is nicely finished.
I think a Shaker white kitchen would be too jarring for a couple of reasons - one in terms of color, and two in terms of style.
The kitchen cabinets have a lot of "movement" in the wood grain. I would have the cabinet doors professionally sprayed in a color two shades lighter than the kitchen floor. Paint the cabinet boxes yourself.
Paint inside the cabinets with bright white semi-gloss paint.
Install under-cabinet warm LED dimmable light strips.
Replace your existing light bulbs with bulbs that have a high lumen (about 2500 for "warm" white).
If you still want to replace your countertop after the painting and lighting changes, choose a color similar to your flooring.
What are your thoughts?
February 18, 2013 at 11:30AM        Thanked by 2mch2du
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charleee
It's hard to tell true colors from a picture, but, will pale yellow cabinets work with the redish tones of the family room media center?
February 18, 2013 at 12:22PM      Thanked by 2mch2du
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2mch2du
Thank you for your comments. I wish I had the time and skill to save some $$ and repaint the cabinets myself. They are not good quality anyway, so we are definitely replacing them with new ones. My island has a pony wall (you can see it in the picture), which looks yellow in the picture, but it is actualy a neutral green. We are planning to take down the pony wall and completey replace the island. I am considering a warm brown on the island cabinets with a lighter granite or quarts, and off-white cabinets with a neutral/ lighter backsplash on the walls.
February 18, 2013 at 5:16PM     
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