These kitchens are cute.
If you need a kitchen makeover but can’t afford to replace the cabinets, this first image shows that a new coat of paint and sleeker hardware can do wonders. Hey, those 1960s kitchen cabinets were built [to last] out of solid wood, so if you have to keep them, then, by all means.
So it looks like these cabinets were painted in a pale aqua, the counters are white, and—correct me if I’m wrong—the walls are an even paler shade of aqua. So beachy!
I can’t tell if this second image has old or new cabinets, but they’re also painted in pale aqua and are contrasted with yellow walls. The butcher-block counters and stainless steel appliances make it look less retro and more like an updated cottage, but, besides the colors, there are other retro details—note the scalloped edge on the open shelves. Cute, cute, cute.
Note that neither of these kitchens have tiled backsplashes. Sometimes I think we get too caught up in what we “should” have that we don’t stop to question necessity. If a kitchen can function without a tiled backsplash, and if you find that you’re spending too much time agonizing over the cost of the prettiest ones, why bother? We didn’t have a tiled backsplash in our Chicago condo, and I promise you, food was not flinging all over the place. And if it was, it was washable.
Also, I apologize for not being able to credit the source of these photos (though it looks like the first one might be from MarthaStewart.com). I never wanted to make this blog a personal version of Pinterest, where I just post random images and say, “Ooh, isn’t this pretty?” No, I don’t want to saturate your life with more unattainable visuals and then have you sit back and sigh; I never intended to make this a space for fantasy.
Instead, I hope that you can take something away from this space, mostly in the form of knowledge. Knowledge about how to decorate, how to organize, how to shop, how to train your eye to see how one design element impacts another…
Whether or not I’m achieving that goal—well, I guess that’s more your call than mine. But at least now you know my intention. Ha!
Anyway, I feel a little guilty posting these images without credit to the designer or publication. For one, you should know who produced these things of beauty, and second, you should be able to return to the sources for more information. I’ll try to redeem myself this week.