When my husband and I were looking to buy a house in our new town, we were struck by how small the kitchens were. Even in higher end, more expensive, and larger homes, the kitchens were pathetic. As a couple who both cooked, and often together, the larger the kitchen the better.
I also had an aversion to kitchens on the other side of the house from where you parked. The first two houses we’d owned required traipsing through many other rooms to get to the kitchen and since groceries are the most often thing schlepped from car to house, if we had a choice, we wanted to avoid that again in our third house.
We began looking for a house in 2008, but I put the brakes on making any offers as I foresaw the housing market bubble was about to burst. When it did, we made an offer on a 1900 Victorian at over 30% less than its original asking price. We got it! And bonus, not only did it have five bedrooms and an office, it also had a kitchen only single digit feet from the driveway. And extra, extra bonus, the kitchen was the biggest one we’d seen in our extensive house search.
It needed some help.
Though the kitchen was large with a lot of cabinets and countertop space and high ceilings, the natural oak cabinets were dated. This late 80s/early 90s trend had seen better days.
But we did nothing. For years. Mostly it was because in our previous two houses, I’d painted the kitchen cabinets. I didn’t want to do it on our third house for a third time. But we’d been gradually redecorating some rooms, which made the outdated kitchen that much more obviously off-trend.
I’d watched enough home improvement shows while the kids were babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to buy into the advice that rooms should have an “inspiration” piece.
Here’s ours, which we’ve had for well over half a decade just hanging by its lonesome with only some terra cotta-colored tiles to keep it style company.
I toyed with colors to paint the cabinets, but as my kids transitioned from preteens to teens, it quickly became clear that white bottom cabinets would not do. Too many dried black bean dribbles and grape jelly crusties. And those were a bit camouflaged by the darker wood grain of the oak. How bad would it show if I painted the bottom cabinets white? Eventually, I turned back to the Diego Rivera hanging in our kitchen.
What about blue? I wondered. Cool colors are now IN! Gone are the days of tans and browns. We painted our dining room blue and both of my twins, Isaac and Samara, asked for us to repaint their rooms in the same shade of gray. Finally, when we decided we needed to upgrade our couch situation to accomodate three teenagers and two Labrador Retrievers, we picked out a light gray sectional. So blue was definitely on my mind as I thought about redoing the kitchen.
I originally thought I might do all the kitchen cabinets in blue- both base and wall. But our kitchen is big-ish, but not big enough to handle the that much dark. So what about blue bases and white wall cabinets. Yes! Not only that, what if I did it in chalk paint so that we could write menus on the insides of the doors? Checking out the offerings, I fell in love with Waverly’s Ocean blue chalk paint.
I began painting them well over a year ago and only took pictures a year ago this week. The time stamp on the two photos below is December 8, 2016.
Little did I know that this blue and white kitchen combination would hit it BIG!
The pic below from Laura Medicus Interiors I saved on my Houzz.com account sometime back. I wrote: “Serendipity! I already started painting bottom cabinets in blue, planned to top in white. Love to see my vision already done. Backsplash will probably be different, though.”
Here are some of my favorite blue cabinet kitchens:
This kitchen was designed by Bunny Williams for the 2015 Southern Living Idea House-
Next we have a teal blue kitchen, but, again, paired with white upper cabinets-
Another light blue version, this one from architect Ken Linsteadt-
For more blue kitchen cabinet inspiration, see my Pinterest board.
Coming Soon! Well, soon-ish- My kitchen’s transformation with Ocean blue base cabinets and white wall cabinets and a really cool project to tie in the Diego Rivera inspiration piece and the terra cotta-colored tiles!
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