The kitchen is now sitting empty, bare and lonely waiting to be filled with its fancy new look. Unfortunately we’ve run into a little problem in my design idea. Due to the small size of the kitchen the right thing to do would be use white cabinets and then bring in the richness with the flooring and counter. I’ve discovered there is no such thing as white cabinets made from real wood these days. Every “painted” cabinet is now pressed board laminated with some crap called thermofoil. I refuse to put fake wood cabinets in our kitchen. I really don’t understand the point. You spend thousands for a kitchen and once the cabinets start to show wear what is a person suppose to do if they can’t paint or re-finish them. Stupid I tell ya!
Short of getting custom cabinets built it looks like we may have to change plans. Instead of white it looks like we are leaning towards dark cherry cabinets. Going dark is not really the right choice for this space but I hate light stained wood cabinets. I figure we can lighten things up with the counter, lighting and wall colors. There’s always a solution to every problem. I like a good challenge anyway.
I mentioned custom cabinets to Barry as a way to get the white-painted real wood cabinets but the word “custom” set him off an a “god no, those would be expensive” tangent. I haven’t the faintest clue what the difference would be in cost but I’ve heard more than once that often times local custom cabinet builders can come in cheaper or just a bit more than a big box seller. I may have to research this one on my own and see if it’s possible we can still get what I think is the right route to go, white.
If anyone has gone the route of custom vs mass-produced cabinetry I’d love to hear what you ended up with and the cost comparisons.
I’m still holding out for a white kitchen but just in case I had to put my “dark wood kitchen” idea book together for some inspiration.
We were at Lowes picking up windows the other day and decided to let them design a kitchen for us. They had a super slick mission style that I loved but we picked a middle of the road shaker style setup. This was just to get an idea anyway so it didn’t matter much what we picked I guess. I knew cabinets weren’t cheap but I wasn’t prepared to hear the total come to a whopping $6500 for just the cabinets. It’s a good thing we plan on doing this a piece or two at a time. That’s a lot of change at one time.
Photos below show pretty much what our kitchen is going to look like when all is finished. More counter space would be nice but I think this will be a nice little kitchen. Our scanner isn’t working at the moment so I had to take photos with my phone