A white kitchen was on the top of the wish list when we were house hunting for our new home in North Carolina. I can’t tell you how many times I thought about painting the oak cabinets in our Texas home but, I was lacking the confidence and painting skills at the time to take on such a big project. My white kitchen obsession would have to be put on hold for a while.
When we finally found a house that was a good fit for our family and it had a white kitchen too, well I have to say it was totally worth the wait!
Here is our kitchen today…..
and when we moved in.
Our updates included changing the cabinet knobs (Lowes), door knobs and hinges (Lowes) from brushed nickel to bronze to add a little warmth and contrast to the white cabinets and trim. We also updated the light fixture (on clearance at JC Penny online).
We were fortunate to have a kitchen that had been updated with granite and stainless appliances. The cabinets are original but were in great shape for a 14 year old home and they are easy to clean, low maintenance laminate so no painting required ! I would eventually like to switch the backsplash to a subway tile but for now I just added a few white plates so that it does not stand out as much. I always love how inexpensive updates, accessories and paint can really transform a room.
I really struggled with choosing a paint color. In fact, I ended up painting my kitchen three times in ONE YEAR before I found the winner. My husband truly thinks I am nuts! The first try was Bennington Gray, second, Providence Olive and the one that FINALLY worked was Camouflage (all are Benjamin Moore). The first two just didn’t work for me, they competed too much with the granite and backsplash. The countertop is baltic brown and along with peach and black there is also a color that sometimes looks gray, green and even blue depending on the lighting and time of day. So, it may have taken me three attempts to get it right, but the Camouflage paint color ended up being the right choice as it also has hints of gray, green and blue. Now the paint, tile and granite all work nicely together.
And just for fun here are a few pics of our previous home. You know how they say everything is bigger in Texas? Well, that sure was the case with this kitchen. Cooking a meal and cleaning up afterwards was a workout on my feet in this oversized space.
We updated this kitchen by adding all new stainless appliances, granite countertops, cabinet knobs, door knobs and of course paint! These changes were not cheap but the appliances were not in good working condition when we purchased the home and for selling purposes the granite was a big plus in getting our home sold quickly.
Luckily we did not have any major expenses with the kitchen in our new home, just simple and low cost updates. I had even started collecting white ceramics and black and white accents before we moved and they fit in perfectly. I also worked with the curtains I had by changing them from 108″ panels for those tall Texas windows to cafe curtains for my new cozy white kitchen.
Hope you enjoyed the kitchen tours! : )