As I’ve previously mentioned, I live in townhouse/condo here in Duxbury, MA. This is a town with precious few condos and I was lucky to get into one. My building was built in the 1980’s and I had to do a lot of work when I moved in bringing the place out of the 80’s (ripping up carpet, installing hardwood floor, new lighting, etc). The one room I’ve not really touched so far is the kitchen. The only thing I’ve done is put is install the black and white checkerboard tile. I’ve been wanting to paint my nasty knotty pine cabinets for a long time and I’ve been girding my loins for the challenge. My kitchen is tiny, but it will still be a lot of work. And as this will be a total DIY on a budget project, I’ve been dragging my feet about the whole thing.
Of course, the decision about what color to paint the cabinets is the biggest one. I’ve been wavering back and forth between dramatic black or soothing grayish/green. The inspiration for the black came from my own powder room that is on the same floor as the kitchen. It too has the b&w checkerboard floor and had the same nasty knotty cabinets. I painted an undercoat of a soft unripe tomato red, and then covered with a high gloss black and rubbed off some edges for an antiqued look. I did this several years ago and still love it and it still looks great. No chips, etc. So, this was very easy to do – especially where I didn’t bother to prime or had a need to treat the knot holes since they’re not going to show through black. So, black it is, right? Well, as a few friends have pointed out – my kitchen hasn’t got a lot of lighting. One window and only two overhead lights. I don’t have the budget to add recessed lighting at the moment. I may try to add some under cabinet lighting, but the lip is very small, so that may not be an option. So, black is problematic on that level. Oh, and by the way, the walls will be painted in an off white.
So, like any good blogger, I took to google and some of my favorite blogs and magazine websites to see if I could get some inspiration. So, here are some fantastic black kitchens.
Which reminded me that I am also drawn to softer, more soothing colors.
Anyway, here are two badly done photoshopped mockups of my kitchen in black cabinets and in green. Note that the black is way shinier and metallic looking than would actually be the case…