If You Give a Girl New Appliances, She’s Going to Want a Kitchen Renovation…

This Mothers Day I told my husband exactly what I wanted…. a dishwasher. It wasn’t a suggestion, I was going to get my dishwasher. New, used, whatever…as long as it worked. We have been married seven years and have never had a (working) dishwasher. He (gasp!) said I could get a new one, a stainless steel one to match the future other appliances we wanted.
So I started my research…consumer reports, checking websites for reviews, scouring the web for the cheapest price. We don’t take purchases lightly around here. That’s when I discovered that three weeks away, Memorial Day weekend was Texas tax free appliance weekend. I didn’t even know that existed! Isn’t Texas awesome? Memorial Day weekend also hosted sales out the wazoo, rebates, military discounts, price matching discounts…you name it. I started to get excited… real excited. I thought maybe, just maybe, if I played my cards right I could convince Adam to buy all our appliances that weekend. Well, we did! YAY! Everything in my kitchen works and we ended up getting an amazing deal at Lowes. I went in with my stack of paperwork and ads for price matching and picked out my salesman. Made him sweat…he even asked Adam not to leave me alone with him, haha. Actually he was a really nice guy and I didn’t have to be too hard on him. Anyway, we ended up *pretty much* getting everything for the price of the fridge. Awesome. So here is some before and after pics.
old dishwasher
outdated kitchen appliances
outdated fridge
beautiful new oven
new dishwasher
updated refrigerator
outdated kitchen with new oven
Now that our appliances are in I am DYING to start our kitchen renovation. The awesome appliances somehow make the kitchen look both better and worse. Notice the color swatches in that last picture? I can’t make up my mind about colors….I need your opinions. First let me show you what we are for sure doing so you can get an idea.
We are definitely raising our current upper cabinets to ceiling height, painting them white, and adding open shelving below. A perfect example…
kitchen renovation dreams
kitchen dreams
This way we can get a totally custom look for the price of a gallon of paint, some lumbar, and our time. Plus no more weird space between the cabinets and the ceiling.
Next, we are going to have butcher block countertops, a farmhouse sink, and beadboard backsplash…
farmhouse sink
farmhouse backsplash
The part I can’t decide on is the color of the lower cabinets. I love the idea of a two toned kitchen and I super love the color on the kitchen below
color pop kitchen cabinets
Love, love, love that dark grey/blue. I’m thinking that might make our kitchen a bit dark? I don’t know…we have a really light filled kitchen so that probably wouldn’t  be a problem. Its just a big deal to repaint cabinets if I hate them.

Everywhere I look I’m seeing these beautiful, fresh, all white kitchens…

fresh kitchen
farmhouse kitchen inspiration
kitchen design inspiration

Beautiful? Boring? The last thing I want is to have a kitchen that looks like everyone else’s!

Perhaps a lighter bottom color…

lighter cabinet color

Maybe brown?

brown kitchen cabinet
I know you have an opinion! Let me hear it!

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  1. First, let me say that I love the open shelving under the cabinets. I've never seen that before; I think it's awesome.

    I also really like the dark gray/blue color. And after being a HGTV junkie for quite some time now (lol), I can tell you that I've heard more than one expert say that dark colors don't make a room feel smaller – it's a myth. But I suppose that can be subjective and probably depends on the room.

    I think that the dark lower cabinets will actually provide an anchor in the room with the white upper cabinets making things feel more spacious. If you keep the light tile, the dark cabinets would also be a fabulous contrasting element. And I think that “stormy” blue would also mesh beautifully with the stainless.

    So, there's my two cents. Ha! Have fun with the remodel!!

  2. Ok, so here are my two cents. Don't go with the brown bottom cabinets. Brown is often overused and I am guilty of it just as much as the next person. It is a safe color, and Ash, I have known you long enough to know that you don't like to go with what is safe. I really like both of the suggestions that krystal and elisa said. they both would do well with your new curtains.

    i can't get over your new curtains. I have bay windows like that in my living room, and when i saw your curtain idea i just about flipped. IF ONLY I didn't have to put my couches up against my wall like that! Otherwise your idea would have been stolen in 2 seconds flat!

    Speaking of stealing, I need to raise my cabinets too. Who decided that leaving a useless foot between the cabinet and ceiling would be good? I have to use every inch of my place to get my family and my stuff comfortably in our condo. So, that's what I'll do. Why didn't I think of that before? and then the open shelf…I like it. I may also steal that too.

    So all in all, don't go brown. Oh and don't go white either. That's safe. Be bold as you always have been. White is lovely, but it doesn't strike me as you, Ash.

    Love you!

  3. Oh I love the new appliances!! Drool!! What colors are your walls going to be? Are you keeping the light brown color? I'm completely obsessed with light turquoise/aqua colored cabinets – I think that would look awesome! But out of the options you have I love the all white kitchen and the one with the darker bottom! Or, if you guys put in an island, you could keep all of the cabinets the same color and paint the island a more bold color. You always choose the cutest things, so I know it'll look awesome either way! Here are some kitchens you may like:




  4. I love the blue in your inspiration picture. I agree with some of the above ladies that brown is over done and I've never been one who's wanted an all white kitchen regardless of how beautiful some of them can look.
    Just my two cents from a stranger who found my way to your blog from Craptastic!

  5. Great new appliances! I am slowly killing all of mine off so as to replace them. I haven't cleaned the stove in months and am now having small fires :)

    If it were me I would go with one colour on the cabinets. I love the two tone but I like to change my wall colour fairly often and with one tone of cabinets I am able to have much wider choice in colours.

    I've had white and it drove me crazy but you might be either more tolerant or tidier than I am.

  6. I love the deep blue/gray color. I have two toned cabinets and LOVE them!! Mine are a sage green on the bottom and creamy white on top.

  7. As an architect and interior designer, I have to say I love your ideas (I've never actually seen the shelf below the cabinets)but my biggest concerns for your kitchen are all the things you're not thinking about – or at least not mentioning. You have a great expanse of floor and celing (with terrible lighting) and that really wide opening between your kitchen and family room. Spatially it eels awkward. Are you going to do an island? These are the things that are going to make or break it. Think long and hard about these materials and how you can utilize the opening differently. Maybe it doesn't need to be so wide. Maybe you could do some built in shelves there too. Maybe it could be divided up into multiple openings etc. These are the things that are truly going to make your kitchen “WOW”. P.S. I vote for the gray / blue.

  8. What a brilliant idea to raise the cabinets and put a shelf in between! We did our kitchen last year and boy, those new cabinets were so pricey!

    I also vote for the stormy blue-grey cabinets. I think it will look gorgeous.

  9. I LOVE your kitchen! I am shopping for appliances now, and would love to know which ones you went with. I was trying to see the brand in the pics. And now that you’ve had them a while, are you still happy with them? I’ve been reading reviews on CR also, but there are just so many options. Yours look awesome!

  10. I guess you finished your remodel because I just read the butcher block posting. I will heed your advice and since my countertops are kind of split (part in front of kitchen, then more space in back) I am going to do a combo quartz and butcher block design. I am excited to plan the replacement of the countertops and add new appliances. We used to live in Texas but Indiana (our new home state) doesn’t have the tax free benefit. Although, I am pretty sure that we can also get a good deal later this year when we make the purchase. I might also put bead board on the backsplash in one part of the kitchen and mirrors on another part. I’m excited to start the job later in 2014. Keep posting your ideas. I am also going to steal your pantry remodel ideas, I’m going on amazon now to order the OXO canisters. Take care, Gina

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