Recently, I've been gearing up for a major overhaul....painting upper and lower cabinetry in a ginormous kitchen for a client, who also happens to be a good friend. No pressure, right? Haha! For the last few months, we've been going over color selection and whether or not to add a soft glaze to her oak cabinets when, all of a sudden, girlfriend pulled a U-ey and is now contemplating whether she should stain them darker, instead. Don't get me wrong - I loved stained cabinetry, but her kitchen does not get a lot of natural light and since we're on a very tight budget and can't afford renovations of any kind, painting them a lighter color would add a breath of fresh air to an otherwise dark space. Here are some of the inspiration photos I sent her to help make her decision. I'm off to Philadelphia for my brother's engagement party this weekend, but I'll know next week whether I'll be painting or staining these cabinets, so stay tuned!
I love the soft gray cabinetry and trim in Sally Wheat's kitchen-they blend so seamlessly with the marble countertops and soft white walls:
Joni Webb's kitchen is stunning in its simplicity, as well. Her cabinetry is such a whisper-light shade of gray:
The lovely and uber-talented Erika Powell of Urban Grace Interiors knows a thing or two about painted cabinets. Many of the homes in her portfolio boast cabinetry in soft-hued nuetrals that are breaktaking:
Despite my preference for white kitchens, Windsor Smith's jaw-dropping navy blue cabinets and trim is at the top of my list of dream kitchens:
Martha Stewart is a pro at tone-on-tone kitchens and her gray Beford Farmhouse kitchen is no exception. Gray cabinets and walls exude warmth and softness:
What do you think? Would you go with painted or stained, after seeing these beauties? I'm sure you can tell which way I'm leaning....stay tuned!