Hello people! I wanted to share with you a few ideas I’ve been knocking around for the cabin kitchen. A little background, the kitchen cabinets are currently painted a light sage green, and the cabin’s exterior is also green. Green is also my favorite color, so it seemed pretty natural to me to want to incorporate a bunch of green into the cabin design. For me, green is also a protest to all the red and black cabin decor that I am firmly not in to, because of it’s overuse and misuse. I’m taking a stance, I’m woke, I’m openly, and whole heartedly embracing the natural color of the woods!
Okay, so. The cabinets need a refresh. I started with taking down the upper cabinets that hung over the kitchen peninsula so that the main floor felt more open (see pic in this post). Plus, when yer cooking, you can look out at the lake instead of looking at old grungy cabinets hanging from the ceiling. Of course we had to compromise, giving up cabinet space – howevs, those cabinets have been empty since we moved in, so no biggie.
Removing the cabinets left a funny space on the side of the uppers, adding some open shelving here would help to balance the space and give the illusion that the tile goes all the way to the ceiling throughout the entire kitchen.
The other big recent change is new paint on the base cabinets. I wanted a dark muted green with blue undertones. I found it in Olive Tree by C+K. Next time we visit the cabin, I’ll be painting the uppers white and removing that ~~~~ trim above the window.
Unlike the gold mine we found on the main floor, there are no hardwoods hidden under the linoleum kitchen flooring. What’s a babe to do? I think it could be really cool to do a buffalo check style pattern using vinyl tile laid on a 45º angle. I know this plaid flooring is really trendy r n, and it might be a little bit too whimsical for the more mature and sophisticated cabin vibes I’ve already put together, but I think laid on a 45º angle it could elevate the overall feel. I am in no rush to lay new hardwood or tile, and I think this could be a good “in the meantime” solution. There is also tons of traffic in this area, the kitchen leads to the main floor hallway, front door, and bathroom. Having a cute durable flooring would not be a bad thing. Jesus Louise (that’s what Gus says now!), I need to take some more pictures the next time I’m there so you guys can actually see what I’m talking about! For now you’ll just have to use your imaginations.
I feel like I’ve done so much tiling in this lifetime (now that I’m done with the basement bath), that I’m pretty sure I could whip this backsplash out in a matter of minutes. Not seriously though, I could probably do it in a day and it would be cheap and look way better. We’d leave the counter tops for now, because they are just okay – they are a light wood grain formica, and they look alright.
So what do you guys think? Am I on the right track. I’m including some inspo photos from other cool kitchens as well as a view from our living room looking into the kitchen so you can get a feel for how this will all look together.
I promise I’ll take more photos next time!