Our Kitchen Refresh: Part One - The Reveal

It's been a few weeks now since we had our kitchen cabinets repainted and it is by far the best decision we made for our house. The entire first floor feels so much lighter and brighter as you can see the kitchen from most room of our house.

The kitchen is the only (and I mean, ONLY) room in this house that we haven't touched since purchasing our home 2.5 years ago. Several years before we bought this home, the kitchen had been completely remodeled with custom maple cabinets which include a nice 'cottage-y' feel with some beadboard backsplash and range hood, a neutral granite, and travertine back splash. I fell in love with the lay out of the kitchen (we have SO many cabinets and counter space), the fact that cabinets go all the way to the ceiling (no awkward gap or weird soffits!), the recessed lighting, and the paneled dishwasher and fridge. What I didn't love about the kitchen was the color of our cabinets. They were very yellow with an antique glaze and skewed our home very traditional, which just isn't our style. Here are some picture of how it looked before:

As much as I wanted to go with a nice creamy Greige (I am really digging BM Edgecomb gray with polished brass knobs) I just knew in my heart and gut that a white kitchen would serve our space best. It not only would flow with the rest of our home, which is also white, but I knew it would also appeal to buyers when we eventually decide to hang up our hat on this house and move. I also really love a good brass knob (like we did in our last kitchen here), but with black accents throughout the home as well as black appliances, I decided to use these matte black pulls and knobs which was a great budget friendly find!

I have to give my husband a major shout out because he did some magic voodoo work to our existing free-standing island, which saved us a ton of money on investing in a new one. My husbands ONE request for the kitchen was having an island that we could sit at. The one we currently had, which I loved, was a freestanding island without a place to sit down. We started budgeting and receiving quotes on adding an island with electric and including a wine fridge, but the cost was almost as much as the entire cost to paint the cabinets.

While we were in the kitchen brainstorming how we could achieve this, my husband figured he would try to remove a few panels off our existing island, add a couple pieces of wood, and see if we could slide two stools under it. IT WORKED! Sure, it doesn't have electrical and we can't use a wine fridge, but the savings to repurpose the existing island makes it worth it.

I was nervous painting the cabinets the same color as the walls (BM White Dove) would look too sterile, but it actually looks great! It brightens up the entire house and because White Dove has a nice creamy undertone to it, it's not overpowering. Having this bright (and cheap!) rug also helps break up the white, along with black accents.

Painting the island black was a game time decision. I went to the paint store to find a few neutral colors (I was loving Rustic Oak by the Magnolia Line), but when I got there, something drew me to black. I figured I would try it and see what I thought. Immediately, I knew black was the winner. It tied in the black appliances and hardware and added a bit more of a 'modern' twist to the white farmhouse vibe.


I ordered these stools for the island and command center which match our dining room table. They are a nice warm oak color, but of course they are back ordered until March. Bummer.

Do you like white kitchens or are you over this 'trend'? I personally think a white kitchen is timeless and am happy I decided to go with this color versus the greige. If you could have ANY color kitchen, what would you choose (I love a good navy cabinet, too!)


Next week - I will be answering all the questions regarding the cabinet painting process in case you're curious in having yours repainted!

Higbie Maxon Agney

83 Kercheval Ave

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

(o) 313--886-3400 

(c) 248-515-2201

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