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drewald

Hi all I'm new here and need help! I'm repainting my kitchen, I'm totally zoned out for colors. House was built in 60's, style contemporary.
Counter top is a speckled laminate, dark greens, bit of light and almost a grey green. I've already done the very light green on cupboards, darker green on trims, 2 years ago bu NEED something different!
I have someone coming in to paint most of the kitchen we're just doing the priming.

Color ideas please please? She's starting next week.

Waiting impatiently!!:laugh:

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oreodog

It's great that you're pleased with the colours you chose and the new feel of your kitchen, but, forget the bananas, you've got a refrigerator, a dishwasher and a microwave all plugged into the same outlet!Thats an electrical nightmare. Each of these appliances should be on their own circuit, let alone, outlet. Believe me I understand its difficult dealing with these smaller kitchens in older homes, but for the safety of your home you really should have a licenced electrican sort that out properly.Your kitchen cart looks great, so does your baseboard..*sigh* I haven't had baseboard in years lol:)

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drewald

Thank you!  For posting the picture I do have them uploaded onto Photobucket, then just need to click on the direct link, copy and then paste it into the little window that opens here for pictures.  I didn't see an attachment anywhere, which is why I posted them!  Been awhile as you can see since I've been here to find a new forum!! Thanks again!

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drewald

Oh my I didn't realize it was so long ago!!After everyone here was so much help too my apologies for "disappearing", I have to show you the finished product of course!!It took a long time but I'm very happy with it!  Nana, I believe I used the colors you suggested, Alexandria Beige and Manchester Tan on the cupboards etc.  I even painted that white and stainless steel cart I have too.      HAHA I just realized the wilting banana's!!!  Too funny!!So that's it!  Even though it definitely is a small kitchen, I'm so glad I changed from the greens, this just feels warm and cozy now. Thanks again to all of your help, more projects under way soon I'll be asking for help with believe!  A loft/attic, that will really be a fun one!!

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drewald

Any suggestions, leave the same? Not too costly either unfortunately, that budget thing. Just fyi we're in the country, my kitchen window and door to deck (with window) face out to farmland.

Thanks for yet more!

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drewald

It is really hard telling these colors, as #3 wall color is showing a dark taupe, but Nana, the color #'s you gave me were in the grey's for that mock up where it looks the beiges on the cupboards. Oh boy

Thanks DBD I thought perhaps the program you were using gave you actual color #'s or names, so I'm torn between the grey and the beige and taupe, holy!!
I do like that last one too, but with yellow already in the dining room, i don't want too much?

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drewald

My painter just called and she was saying she has her kitchen cupboards in Cloud White (BM) but I'm pretty sure I want to go more beigey and tad darker, but not much, so when DBD has a second to tell me those colors for #3, I can see the chips. She also suggested just using the same color of cupboards for all trim?

Subway tiles my son can do, but at a later date

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drewald

LASS;233447 wrote:
I think that a backsplash in subway tiles would look great and fit it to the style of your kitchen. #3.

I'm assuming you can still put a shelf onto subway tiles? Ok here I go again, you thinking what color for the subway tiles? Also I've always wondered again, do you tile the wall beside the stove, as it gets dirty and greasy too? I never thought I could ask so many questions!

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lessismore;233445 wrote:
I like the 3rd one as well. I am really not seeing the blue.

Any ideas what those colors would be? Also wondering what paint you ladies prefer? BM, Behr, ICI...??? I wish my painter would call me back!

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drewald

Mrs. Peacock;233438 wrote:
DBD: I like the one with the grey bottom cupboard and light top. Could you do the top and bottom cupboard in the greyish and lighten the colour of the walls? I am not a fan of the blues too much. I also like #3 on first mockup and #5 on 2nd mock up

Mrs. Peacock for #5 that you like, are the cupboards in the browns, wall gray? I swear I'm going color blind!

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drewald

Ooops sorry it was the 3rd one! I'm in a panic I have to pick up my paint this weekend! My oldest son is liking a grayish and me, I'm just getting more confused, LOL

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:) I like nice and unique decorations. I really love this type of design -- flowers and butterflies

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drewald

Omg, you're so right, I'd totally forgotten!! I'm liking the first one the best I think, looks like a nice creamy with a taupey for the walls, is that it?

Dustbunny you're right I didn't go with them, they were too much for in there? Will definitely be going with something though, need to check out an inexpensive backsplash, maybe at Ikea? Thank you sooo much for doing these I know they're a lot of work!!
Ok, which does everyone else like?

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drewald

This is great, thanks so much. Nana24 listed some colors there for beiges and grays

Yes I definitely want to lose the green!!

I can't wait to see what this looks like!

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drewald

PearlG;233372 wrote:
I enlarged the pics some altho they are blurry.

Hmm, I did resize perhaps too much and it's distorted a bit. I'll try again, sorry to be such a pain here!

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drewald

Yes you do need it, and oh my terrible pic taking, and excuse the mess, it's worse right now even with cupboard doors off!!

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drewald

I may be missing one that i ran out of room for!! Phew!!! Let me know please if you need that extra piece missing, very tiny anyway

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drewald

dustbunnydiva;233367 wrote:
Okay, first things first. I took a look at the coding in your post and the reason your pictures are posting differently is because you are linking directly to Photbucket so they act as a link vs being an attached photo. I assume you used the little link button for images at the top of the reply vs going further down to use the 'attach files' option.

The alternative is to pull the photos right off your own computer using the attachment option (see the screen shot below and follow the blue arrow). Your photos may have to be resized first as there is a limit of something like 450 pixels tall and 600 wide at 72 resolution. How you do that depends on what photo software you use.

If you can post some other photos I can do some mock ups.

Meanwhile I really like the vintage feel of your cupboards including the hardware which is perfect for the era. I think you should just run with it as adding modern knobs and such is sometimes hit and miss and may just come across as an attempt to make an old kitchen look new vs maintaining and appreciating the mid century modern look.

I have and love older houses so going with the original is always nice in my book (especially when the budget says no big updates are happening). I also have a 10 X 10 kitchen and they aren't that unusual in older homes. What I always hold with is it's having too much contrast that makes the room look smaller, so if you have that trim etc. cutting into the wall colour in too big a way, your visual size suffers. So if you painted the cabinets one colour and the doors another, now you have a lot of visual contrast and that will make the space smaller. Splitting between upper and lower cabinets in colour does the same but not to the same degree. How light or dark you go depends on what feel and look you want and how bright or dark you want it, but it doesn't really make it look bigger or smaller.

It would help to see exactly what colours that countertop is. Any chance you have a close up or know what company made it so we can see a sample?

Also, what's keeping that wood trim above the counter if you don't like it? If you are painting anyway, now is the time to remove it and fill the gap. I bet it's from replacing the countertop because if it's like my last house, the old one had a rolled backsplash that was .5" higher than they are making them now so the plaster probably just needs to be filled and sanded and then you will never know it was there. Otherwise you could also consider using tile or some other material you like better to cover the flaw in the wall.

Here's a site that has a couple hundred photos of kitchens that might give you some ideas of directions to head [url]http://finishedkitchensslideshow.blogspot.com/[/url]

Hi, Yes that one picture I linked with photobucket. No matter where I go for an attachment, I am still being asked to log in, which clearly I am, it's a window that pops up. Once I log in through that pop up, this is where I get the 500 error.

You're correct regarding the trim, there is a gap between the counter top and the wall, I'd have to ask my painter about that, as yes I'd love to get rid of that trim! That trim will be the same color as the walls, only difference will be around the door, baseboards and window.

Ok off picture taking I go, and if the site won't allow me for some reason to attach then i'm afraid i'll have to upload from photobucket if that's still doable for the mock up which I thank you so much for!!

Nana thank you I will definitely look at those colors!!

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drewald

Thanks, I'm definitely wanting to get away from the green. I noticed that there are mock up pictures or something here? How would I do that does anyone know, it's so much easier to get a visual!!

The break up of color was my sister's idea, only by picture, haha not taking responsibility for that one!

Seriously I really do appreciate everyone's idea, and you're right something is going to click! I just really want this kitchen to have a bit of the "wow factor" nothing way out there as again it's small.

I really wish I could get this attachment to work it keeps asking me to log in again, I'd like to post all the pics.

So it sounds like the grey/greens and the warm neutrals, beiges and tans are the favorites so far?

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drewald

Oh geesh, I should have mentioned, that whatever colors I go with, that dark green trim the painter suggested I paint the same as that small portion of wall/backsplash, as I really don't like having the trim there at all, she said if same color it would obviously "hide" the trim, which is what I want to do. Wherever you see green trim, it will be the same as the wall color. No we don't have much wall on the opposite part of the kitchen, and only a partial wall adjoining to the dining room, so very little wall space. I'd originially thought of doing the cabinets, trim white, walls a light grey and then just the cabinet doors a "stainless steel" look, but just doing the doors alone is a little daring for me! I'm more as Patty, traditional look with this kitchen and the style of cabinets I had, plus the size I'm limited with too. Just concerned that any dark colors will make the room look even smaller? I'm on a budget here too as far as any trim on these cabinets go.

Hope this is all making sense! As you can tell I'm all over the place here with what to do!!

I very much appreciate all your suggestions

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Mrs. Peacock;233350 wrote:
Drewald: Instead of painting the cabinets 2 different colours, how about the cabinets a light(er) colour and then a darker colour on your walls. Pick out a dark brown from your counter top for the walls and then paint the trim in a white or a very much lighter version of your cabinet colour. The wall colour will be grounded by your flooring which seems to have some darker shading to it (I think).

Our kitchen has a Behr colour called 'Wooden Swing' on the the walls. I loved it when I saw it in the mock up kitchens at Home Depot and knew I wanted it for my kitchen. The cupboards are an ivory colour (ordered them that way) and all the trim is Cloud White. The floor is a beigey - taupy colour. and the counter top is a darker beige with dark speckles. We also have a couple of wooden pieces that are a darker tone of wood that helps ground the wall colour.
Hope this give some inspiration.

Mrs. Peacock, I don't have and browns in the counter top, it's different greens, and what almost looks like a grey. I do love the colors you have though!!

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drewald

nana24;233351 wrote:
I would play down the strong greens in your counter top & go to warm neutrals. Funnily enough I like the colour of your soap dispenser so take a look at these suggestions. Cabinets Natural Linen CC-90 Manchester Tan HC-81; Walls Bennington Gray HC-82 Greenbrier Beige HC-79 & all the trim White Down CC-50 or Cloud White CC-40. I would paint over the green trim you have now & it will all look fresh & new. If you don't have much wall you could go quite dark taupe which will make the cabinets pop. Keep us posted.

Nana, which paint product are those colors? BM, ICI, etc?

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drewald

When I try to click on the paper clip, it's taking me to a page that says page cannot be found?

I'd like to post all the pics so you guys can see the size of my kitchen I'm going to guess it's 10ft square, that's a guesstimate!!

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drewald

Wow thanks for all the replies!! I did like the colors when I painted it 2 yrs ago, however, the paint peeled off, needed to be primed etc., so I've removed all the paint off the doors and sanded as well as the cabinet frames where the doors go on.

I also got new hardware then too what you see there. I really want to go with something different this time around, the woman I have that's going to paint it, suggested the warm white for trim around the door going out to the deck, which is that same dark green trim everywhere which I've really grown to dislike, but with it being a house from the 50's I need to have all that trim to cover gaps etc.
OH forgot!! Floors are medium color laminate!
So warm light taupes have been suggested by her for the cabinets, then maybe a bit darker taupe color for the walls, but again, I'm feeling the drab!! I love that kitchen sorry I forgot who posted the link, but not sure how it will look in my small kitchen? Dining room/living room off the kitchen is a pretty creamy yellow.

I'm still trying to navigate this site to find other kitchens I can look at, and should probably post more pics but I don't know how to make a small one like Patty did where you click on them to open up larger?

Arghhh I'm getting even more confuzzled, and I'm on a deadline with family coming on the 28th!!

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drewald

Hmmm am trying to!! I'm clicking onto the pic from photobucket but it won't allow me to paste? [IMG]http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n354/drewald/Misc/kitchen2.jpg[/IMG]

Ok what am I doing wrong?

Well it worked!!

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