July 13, 2012Color My Vintage Kitchen – Cabinet Stain and Retro Rubber Floor Tiles
Finally! The time has come to get started on my kitchen and the cabinets are first on the list.
Now, I desperately need your advice on colors I should use. Let’s start with the basics, ok?
My cabinets are birch and varnished in a warm honey tone, the original finish.
I plan to refinish them in a blonde stain like this from Minwax .
I already have the new hardware for the cabs, just like these “Dish” knobs from Rejuvenation, but in satin brass. Unfortunately, I don’t remember where I bought them online. Sorry.
I asked Bob to put up a few of the new hinges/knobs and he gladly complied! The range hood is the original Nutone from 1955.
Hanging over the kitchen table is a pull-down lamp. Yep, Bob put it up!
Flooring is still up-in-the-air. As you know, I have this generic off-white ceramic tile floor that seems to have taken over in the world of remodeling. And, not only is it boring and ugly, it is not pleasant to fall upon. We are considering installing commercial rubber tiles that are softer and easier to maintain.
Our two favorite colors from the Mannington ColorSpec Sculptured series:
Chili Pepper (a warm red with black and yellow flecks)
Lagoon (more of a deep aqua color not shown so clearly here, with pale yellow and white flecks)
My countertops are the original in white. Still in good shape, it’s getting harder to keep them from looking dull and stained. Also, someone before me decided to use the countertops as a cutting board. I’ll probably remain with the white color when they are replaced.
Color wise, here is where you come in readers. These areas need your expertise!
1. The CABINET INTERIORS must be repainted. I’d like to do something other than ultra white.
2. The WALLS. One wall merges with the hallway to the bedrooms. (PS: the floor is actually clean; that is the color of the ceramic tile. It always looks dirty to me.)
Right around the corner from the pantry door is this wall. Not sure if I will put a sideboard against this wall, but what do you think about floating shelves?
3. I will be going with interior wood shutters for the 2 windows, but I have SLIDING GLASS DOORS leading from the eating area into the sunroom. Pinch-pleated drapes are my choice.
4. The SOFFIT needs something. I do have a wall clock to put there where the outlet is, but I don’t know whether to paint, wallpaper, tile or use paneling.
I am open to wall art and trinket things to decorate with, so feel free to recommend and send images of your ideas. This includes fabrics for the drapes and table linens.