Monday, May 5, 2014

Wishy Washy

I have so many ideas that I want to incorporate into my dream kitchen that I'd need about a dozen properties and an infinite budget in order to realize them all. There's also Chris's wish list to consider.  Truth be told, the guy does most of the cooking around here and I suppose that gives him the right to an opinion.

Over the last couple of months I've changed my mind at least 5 times regarding the cabinet color and countertops. It has literally been keeping me awake at night. You see, for the longest time I wanted a classic all white kitchen, 
Tamara Magel
but when we visited the cabinet showroom and saw charcoal gray cabinetry up close and personal, Chris was all over it. I was on board too. 

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Though all that gray started to feel really dark and heavy as I thought-then obsessed-about it. 

Around this time, we were immersed into Season 2 of House of Cards and so I changed my (our) mind to black countertops and white cabinets...

until we finished the season. Since then, I've kind of forgotten about it. I guess that's proof that I didn't want that combo all that much in the first place. 

Somewhere along the way we flirted with the idea of a butcher block countertop. Neither of us officially nixed it. It just sort of fizzled. 
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Eventually we settled on a color scheme that seems to be the best compromise of the classic white kitchen that I want and the masculine gray kitchen that Chris wants: white cabinetry on the perimeter of the kitchen and charcoal on the island. We'll also have a built in hutch that will be painted gray as well. Carrara on all surfaces. 
Houzz
The Art of Bespoke
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I realize this isn't a ground breaking result to arrive at after all that deliberation, but that's how we got here. We need to place our cabinetry order soon, so for better or for worse, time is running out to change our minds! 

14 comments:

Cathy Wall said...

Love it! Not only will this be gorgeous, but it will be a perfect classic, timeless style for your home! Hope it's all coming together and that you are surviving the process.

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michelle@decorandthedog said...

Your solution seems very like you all's taste. Weird, right? I think the painted island and white cabinets is a good choice. I really like grey cabinets but I feel they are going to date themselves sooner than white will.

Karen at Home Sweet Hollywood said...

I feel ya...it's a huge decision. No do-overs. You're very smart to be as sure as you can. Your choices will be gorgeous.

Down Raspberry Lane said...

A perfect compromise. If the gray does get dated, it will be much easier to paint just the two pieces than the whole shebang. It sounds really pretty. I love Carrera too.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Your inspirations are absolutely gorgeous, but I love the classic look you are going with - with the charcoal island and marble. Can't to see it all unfold!

Ashley said...

Wishy-washy? No way. I think you and Chris have really put in the time that's necessary to create a kitchen that is going to feel like "you", will fit into the existing style/history of your home and won't be dated within a few years.

The white cabinet/gray island/carrara stone is a wonderful combination!

Ri Home said...

Picking out the cabinets is difficult. Picking out the right color is even harder. I like the color choices. I'm looking forward to seeing the layout.

Holly Gruszka said...

I agree with what Ashley said above. This is a big project and I'm glad to read/hear that you're taking time making these decisions. Rome wasn't built in a day ;) And it sounds like you've made a great compromise too of mixing your preferences.

Ocean Hill Estates said...

Hey! How are things? I can't decide if I totally envy you or if I'm glad I'm not in your shoes! Major kitchen reno sounds stressful!!! I don't know if I would be able to make all these important decisions:) Loove what you guys agreed on, sounds perfect in my book. Can't wait to see more!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I think you guys are doing it right by really thinking over things. It will turn out wonderfully I know.

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Tiffany said...

That combo is going to look amazing. And, it's a great compromise. Now hurry up and order those cabinets. I need to see this come together;)

Laura@Elegant Nest said...

So excited for you! We are in the middle of our own kitchen remodel over here...so I know exactly how you feel!The (white) cabinets have been ordered...now time to select all of the other elements...eek! Looking forward to following along...

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