It’s time to paint the kitchen cabinets. We bought a new countertop and backsplash, both of which look great. We also installed new under cabinet lights, but I’m not so happy with those. Now we’re talking paint colors. Here’s a photo of our very white kitchen.
I happen to love white kitchens and would be happy repainting the cabinets white, but Mark is really keen on adding color. So we decided to compromise: we’d repaint the upper cabinets white and the lower cabinets some other color. Inspired by photos of these gray cabinets I found here, I tried to sell Mark on the idea of gray cabinets. His response to the photos: “very pretty, but cold and institutional.” Hmm. After much discussion, we settled on searching for a blue-gray color which would add some color but still be fairly neutral, go with the countertops, and feel warm and inviting. That’s when we brought home every blue-gray paint swatch known to man and started taping them on our cabinets (you can see just a few of them of them in the photo above).
Over and over our eyes was drawn to “Winter’s Day” by Martha Stewart. Not wanting to repeat the mistakes I made searching for a porch ceiling color (which you can read about here and here), I tried to do some research on “Winter’s Day,” googling to see if I could find photos of it on other people’s cabinets. No luck. So we made a $3 investment and bought a test can which I used to paint a portion of the bottom cabinets.
Pardon the less-than-stellar photos. I’m not a great photographer on my best day, but I really don’t know how to take photos when dealing with light from a window.
Sadly, we don’t love Winter’s Day. We like it, but we’re going for love here, not simple affection. So it looks like we’re back to the negotiation phase of searching for a paint color.
It’s probably a good thing that we decided not to go with Winter’s Day because it has a rather unfortunate side-effect. “A winter’s day” is the opening line to the famous Simon and Garfunkel song, “I am a Rock.” If you’re not familiar with that tune, it builds to the following lines which every time I look at Winter’s Day I can’t help but sing at full volume: “I have no need for friendship; friendship causes pain. It’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain. I am a rock. I am an island.”
Yeah, thank God we’re picking a new color.