Since we purchased our home my biggest pet peeve about our house has been our cabinets. It was one of those things that wasn’t big enough for me to nix the house when we did our search, but I knew at some point I would need us to make a change. There are tons of fixes I would do to the kitchen to make it a little more us, but I knew the cabinet color was one that would make a huge impact without us spending a ton of money. We already had a great backsplash and though the granite wasn’t my taste it was a solid surface that did a great job holding up to the wear of a kitchen.
What I wanted in our kitchen was to have cabinets that were light colored, contrasted with our original wood floors, and allowed there to be the largest amount of light in the space as possible since it is a galley style. So we decided going white was the best option. Some people would have considered just replacing them, and we did, but when we thought about the design we wanted it was this exact simple style cabinet so we decided it wasn’t worth the extra cost and ripping out the whole kitchen to replace perfectly fine cabinets. We knew it was nothing a good coat of paint (or 5) couldn’t fix.
Sure enough using a color such as Behr’s Ultra Pure White made all the difference in our space. The kitchen took on a whole new feeling and experience from what it originally was. The color of the cabinets and walls matched so we could make the most of the space. The beauty of using white in a space is the amount of space it creates. We talked about potentially doing the cabinets in a light gray to create some contrast and even placed swatches in the kitchen. At the end of the day we felt it just wasn’t going to give us the final result we wanted. Now, I couldn’t be happier with the white. It is very simple, but it has been so easy to keep clean and really has made the space feel much larger.
The best part of sticking with the white we have in the rest of our home is that the whole space feels cohesive for the first time.
Though my natural instinct when thinking of my ideal kitchen in my home is a little modern, there is a nice farmhouse quality to this space that makes it feel very home-like. One day that more modern kitchen will be something we might have, but goodness for now this kitchen is just the right one for us.
It is nice to see how the cabinets now pop from the floor with just one simple change to the space. So if you have a home where you aren’t 100% crazy about the cabinets, think about updating them with just a coat of paint instead of redoing the whole kitchen. You might be surprised by how a little goes a long way.