Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Kitchen Cabinet Update

Hey all my friends!

**This post could also be titled, "Working With What You Have"**

Thought I would give you a quick up date on the kitchen cabinets we discussed a couple of weeks ago.  Remember my question and the cabinets I showed you?

Well, nothing has been done in the painting or staining department and that’s okay.  Contentment…remember…is what I am striving for.

I did decide maybe I could take a few more cabinet doors off and maybe that would help open up that area a little as well as deoakify (not a word, I know) the kitchen a little.

It also gave me a chance to play around with my dishes a little, which is always fun to me.

This is what it all looked like before…

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Now, with the cabinet doors off, it looks like this…

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I think it helped a whole lot.  They’re still oak, but they are open.

And, yes I know they are waaay full, but it cannot be helped.  I have to have all that stuff accessible and I really do like dishes stacked to the brim.

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Most of my white dishes I have bought at Goodwill or flea markets.  So thankful for thrifty shopping.

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Love having these jars of snacks at our disposal.  When it’s in sight, it’s easier to remember we have it.

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I use wooden and bamboo cooking utensils 95% of the time so I like having them out and easy to get to.

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As much as I enjoy simplicity, this is one place that simple doesn’t work for me.

I am sure you noticed my sign above my sink.  This is my sweet and not so subtle reminder to a few people in my family who often forget that they too can put their dishes in the dishwasher.  That’s not mean, is it?  I don’t think so.

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There you have it.  My temporary solution to my orange oak problem. 

Someday those babies might just get a major makeover but hubbie is just not ready yet and I am okay with that.

Trying some other things in my kitchen to soften it up a little and will show you that next.

Have a great rest of your week!

***update on my mom who just called me about 5 minutes ago.  Dr. told her two more treatments left because she is doing so great. (we were thinking eight more)  All of her blood work has been great and she is doing wonderful!!  PRAISE THE LORD!!

Linking up over at The Vintage Farmhouse


blhitchcock901 said...

I love the look! Love the white dishes. My favorite. Thanks for your nice comments. Indeed, we are all "Under construction."

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Taking the doors off the cabinets made a huge difference. I like it!

raggygirlvintage said...

Ha!! Laughed out loud at that chalkboard sign Amy. Just had that conversation with certain males in the house. Again. Not that I nag or anything:-)I have a huge chalkboard, whatch think, will it make the point!!
Mostly I wanted to say awesome news about your Mom, how full your heart must be today.
And I think the cabinet doors off make a huge difference. They would look awesome white....maybe we can start a support group for hubbies with aversion to white kitchen cabinets:-)
K I'm off to write on my chalkboard!!

Connie (aka LOU) said...

Oh Amy - Great news on your mom. I'm so happy she is doing well enough to shorten up on her treatments. I LIKE the cabinets without the doors. Leave it to you to think outside the box. Looks great. I want to know what is in that crock pot. I have become a nut using the crock lately. Blessings back at ya!

NanaDiana said...

It looks great, Amy. I did that in one of our kitchens, too. It really does open it up, doesn't it? Nice job and your dishes are displayed beautifully. xo Diana

Al said...

Your cabinets look great! Love the white dishes, stacked and ready for action. Just like a real home should be. The number 9 brings a bit of humor, and character too. The clear jars are a good solution for organizing, and they look good :) -Al

A Primitive Place ~ Tammy said...

Love that chalk board message!
Oh if only I could put one up and they would actually listen.

Love cabinet displays and your kitchen.

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Amy....glad to hear about your Mom hope she continues to do well! Love your cupboards..I am way to messy to do that,I once opened a cupboard door and had a big heavy plate hit me in the face (black eye and all)but don;t tell anyone!! x0x0x

Heaven's Walk said...

Praise the Lord, Amy! More answered prayers for your sweet momma! :)

I'm loving your open cabinetry! You know I feel your pain about "orangey-brown" cabinets since I have the same problem here and the same type of male in the house who doesn't like painted kitchen cabinets. :) I just may have to take some doors off, too! It really does make a big difference, Amy! And no....I don't think your sign is mean. You said please and thank you! lolol!

xoxo laurie

Anne Marie said...

great idea!! they look so nice like that...especially sine your collections show off...and what a great collection you have!

Becky C said...

The best thing about this post is your mom's great news!! Praise God :) I love hearing praise reports. I am so happy for you and her!!

Now, the cabinets do look amazing... love the way you've stacked all the dishes. You have wonderful things to display :) I really LOVE the chalkboard there. Cute message.
Lots of love

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Praise the Lord, indeed! What wonderful news for your family and mom.
I love the cabinet doors removed. Makes it feel more farmhouse. I love all of your stacked dishes, too. The best is the chalkboard sign. I need that one for the ONLY male in my family. Why oh why will they not put the dishes in the sink? My husband does spoil me in many other ways so I try not to complain but sometimes I just can't help it! :)


Stephanie said...

It really does open it up a bunch -looks great!

Bring Pretty Back said...

GREAT choice! men and their oak!!!!
Looks so pretty with the white dishes!!
Have a pretty day!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Amy- I like your cupboard doors OFF! and the sign too. I don't think it's mean--your building character with these little reminders.

Praising the Lord with you on the good report for your mom!

take care and have a great week.Pat

Deloris said...

So glad for good newsof your MOM!!! We are also debating whether to paint our cabinets. Was wanting to take some of my doors off also.. great minds think alike haha!!!! What color are you wanting to paint your cabinets? HAVE A GREAT DAY...

It's me said...

It look great !!

JoAnne Weisser said...

Your kitchen looks great, Amy ~ a real family, heart of the home space! Don't know what we're going to do with these men and their wood ~ I think they would really like it once it's done but I know it's hard to convince them. And you're sign is not mean at all. It's actually way too subtle for my family ~ I need one with flashing neon lights, I think! : )

Mary said...

i love your idea!
and i am so happy to hear about your mom!
we have been praying for her!

Marilyn Holeman said...

Praise God your mom is doing so well! Rejoicing with you!

michelle said...

I love it Amy and I love your dishes, they are so pretty! Ok I have to say that I love your sign too! It seems at my house the dishes never make it to the dishwasher, they make it to the sink which is right next to the dishwasher but apparently that extra three inches are really hard! :)
Your kitchen looks beautiful.

On Crooked Creek said...

This is stunning, dear!!! Perhaps hubby will see all the white and decide he might enjoy a change, as well! Adore your chalkboard sign! Subtle reminder, indeed!

chateau chic said...

I really like the doors off your cabinets. It does open up the space more.
Mary Alice

Bonnie@ The Hopeless Romantic said...

Hi Amy, so nice to meet u and thanks for stopping by my little blog. Ur cabinets look great! This is something i often think of doin, if only my dishes were as pretty as urs, LOL. Im returning the follow love............Bonnie

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Your cabinets look great Amy, and I am spying so many great ideas that I can use too. We have kitchen cabinets in our basement (formerly my parents suite) that are circa 80's off white laminate with oak trim. So NOT lovely. I have been toying with the idea of taking the doors off this summer. I will be sure to come back to these photos for inspiration. Yes, I love the fullness too, and the stacks of plates. I love that you added some textiles and numbers. The enamelware are such interesting and pretty storage pieces. Most of all I adore the dishwasher message. I really need that too. My husband is awesome helping keep up with dishes and actually would rather tidy the kitchen than any other chore/diy, but my young teen boys need the reminder.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Great news on your mom too!

Debbie said...

My favorite part was at the end. Wooohoooooo! I am so happily joining you in that praise. My heart is kind of thumping, actually.

I am considering a removal of a few of our doors too, just to see how I like it. I think your steps to deoakify are going well. Since I want to deoakify too, I'm watching your inspiration.

Passionate for White said...

Wow, looks great with the cabinet doors off and I love all your white accessories.

arrielle_p said...

Your kitchen is so lovely and I adore the idea of those open shelves. What a great place to cook for your family. So inviting!

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Holly said...

Your kitchen is darling with the cabinets open. I need a chalk board by my sink too. I will say PLEASE RINSE AND... put in the dishwasher. Good idea!

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The best factor about this publish is your mothers excellent news!! Reward God :) I really like listening to praise reviews. I am so satisfied for you and her!!

Kitchen Cabinet Doors said...

Nice looking cabinets !!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I just found your initial post asking for advice about your cabinets, and quickly looked for the follow-up post. I have to say, my advice was going to be, "work with what you have." But, I would not have thought of removing the doors, because I wouldn't have imagined that approach would work so well with this type of cabinet. But, it looks great! I love the eclectic look you have going on in your whole house.

I'm in the same boat you are. I have similar cabinets, although the shade of wood is a tad lighter, and the hinges do not show. But, you and I have even selected very similar knobs and drawer pulls. My husband doesn't care what I change in the house, EXCEPT for the wooden cabinets. He did finally give in and "allow" me to paint one of the bathroom vanities (with great results, I must add) but he loves the natural wood in the kitchen. Initially, I desperately wanted to paint the cabinets. I tried to explain to him that it's not like they're custom-made solid wood cabinets - they're builder-grade, with solid fronts and doors, but particle board cases. He wouldn't budge, and after awhile, I have actually come to LIKE - even PREFER - the wood look.

Removing your door fronts worked well (that would NOT look good with the hodge podge of stuff I have hidden away!) But there are some other approaches which will make a world of difference. First, wall paint. I have a very sunny kitchen with views of the woods through every window, and I chose a creamy yellow. (Not quite a bright sunny yellow... slightly muted... but clearly yellow and cheerful.) Contrary to what some people say, this color "goes" with the cabinets, but does not draw out the golden tones in the wood. Something like green or blue (complementary colors) would draw out the tones. So, I have no worries about drawing attention to tones I might want to hide. Second, the cabinet hardware made a difference in making the cabinets seem less dated. (And they're not even dated! My house was built in 2003! But people see oak, and think, "dated.") Third, counter top material makes a HUGE difference. Despite the darkness in the wood, I think a soapstone countertop (or similar medium to dark look) goes well. Whatever you choose, light or dark, I think it should continue over the edge of the counter - not be trimmed in wood or wood tones along the edge. Fourth, and this is not something everyone can do, changing your flooring can help. We installed wood floors and now instead of "builder-grade," it looks like, in our woodland setting, we were going for a cottage/cabin look. Finally, bring in color. I've brought color in through green plants, saturated hue plant pots (mostly blue and terra cotta) books, and a colorful kilim rug which ties everything together. It looks like you go for a more muted color scheme, but the general principles apply. Consider the wood cabinets a blank slate, and accessorize.

Personally, although I initially LOVED the new white kitchens, I think that look is going to come and go (it's already clearly waning) just as wood does. At some point, you may be happy to have kept the wood. My opinion is that while white can be "classic," so can wood. But, I think that the particular treatment of white we're seeing today, just like 1980s oak cabinets with arched panels, will in the future be very closely associated with a specific moment in time. One will be able to look at the kitchen and say, "that's so early 2000s."