Alternate title: My Kitchen Sucks, and Why That’s Kind of Awesome
The first time I was in our new kitchen, I felt like it was a pretty decent kitchen. With different paint on the walls and cabinets, it could even be a great kitchen. Fifty bucks, one trip to Lowe’s, one weekend with a paint brush–golden.
And then inception happened.
That’s the only explanation for how I thought the unthinkable thought that this perfectly good kitchen should be gutted.
Well, that’s not entirely true. It’s actually entirely false. There is a logical for explanation for how I came to that conclusion, and it’s that I looked around. I started to notice things.
I noticed, for instance, that the counter tops are kind of low-end, and they don’t fit totally precisely into the space (there are gaps in places between the counter tops and the wall, for example). I noticed that the cabinets are old, and some of the shelves are bowing. The layout of the cabinets also needs help. There are no drawers at all in the main kitchen area, so we have to go into the sun room to access our silverware. Excepting the microwave, all the appliances are dated. The the refrigerator not only stores alcohol, it’s also old enough to legally consume it. The wine chiller flat out doesn’t work, but if we take it out, we’re left with a big ol’ hole–and really, we don’t need a wine chiller (and definitely not a hole), we need some more drawers!
None of this makes the kitchen terrible, but slapping some paint on it isn’t going to do the trick. Generally speaking, if you make good choices where style, function, and cost are concerned, a kitchen reno is a good home investment, so we’re going for it!
In a few years. Even a proud penny pincher like me can’t turn a $50 budget into $10,000 overnight.
Which leads me to my inspiration! Since we have to live with the kitchen as is for a while, of course I want it to look good. As it turns out, a kitchen that kind of sucks and needs to be gutted actually comes with an unexpected perk–stylistic freedom! Most homeowners would probably agree that renovation choices are made partially with resale in mind, and sadly, what prospective buyers might think puts a damper on a lot of awesomely creative and individual style choices. But when you know that a choice is temporary, you can do anything you want, and what I want is to paint my wood floors! Because aren’t these rooms fabulous?
(credit: Residence mag)
In a way, a painted wood flooring breaks one of my own decorating rules. Generally speaking, I subscribe to the idea that quality wood in good condition should not be painted. However, my floors aren’t great quality or in great condition, so they’re ripe for technical exemption from this rule. Plus, if they’re probably going to be removed in a few years anyway, it’s not totally sensical to preserve them in pristine condition up to the point that they’re torn out, right?
We’re going to stick with a white/cream palette elsewhere in the kitchen, so I’m really excited about the impact a colored floor could make! To see more painted floors in funky, fresh, and fabulous colors (and patterns!), hop on over to my Pinterest board.
Do you like the look of painted floors, or would you ever consider it in your own house?
PS – If you missed the grand tour of our new house, it’s still here, right where I left it. Which is a lot more than I can say for my keys, socks, or chihuahuas. Isn’t the internet lovely like that?