Last Updated on February 11, 2019 by Kristi Linauer
My bathroom cabinet painting project at Gwen’s house didn’t go as smoothly as I had hoped yesterday, so I’m going to have to go back tomorrow and finish. But because I was there by myself, just my paint brush and KLOVE to keep me company, I had plenty of time to lose myself in my thoughts. So what was on my mind?
paint their cabinets with color?!
Gwen’s bathroom cabinet started off a very standard light yellowy stained oak.
It was just very standard. Nothing special, nothing personalized, and definitely nothing about it looked custom.
So I’m painting it a gorgeous shade of blue called Distance (Behr 540F-6).
And as I was painting, I was thinking how rare it is to see a beautiful color on bathroom cabinets. This year’s HGTV Green Home featured a gorgeous light blue cabinet in the master bathroom, which I was very pleased to see. But other than that, off the top of my head, I couldn’t think of any other bathroom cabinets that I’ve seen, either in person or in pictures, that were painted a COLOR.
Even last night when I got home and did a Google search for “painted bathroom cabinets” and every other combination of words I could think of, I still found virtually nothing but white, black, and brown. White, black, and brown. Uugghhh!!! Don’t people ever get tired of having homes just like everyone else’s?
What I found interesting is that people seem to be willing to take more chances in their kitchens, which are filled with MANY times more cabinets than bathrooms are. But I did find some gorgeous examples of painted kitchen cabinets.
via Decor Pad
via Made By Girl
(incidentally, this is THE PICTURE that inspired me
to paint my own kitchen cabinets turquoise)
via Agnes Kitchen
I mean, those are gorgeous, right?! Oh sure, you may not like ALL of them, but we all have certain colors we’re drawn to.
So why are so many people afraid to put color on their cabinets?! I’m not suggesting that EVERYONE needs colorfully painted cabinets. I completely understand that there are those who simply LOVE stained cabinets, or who have always DREAMED of a white kitchen. I get it. I really do.
But I’m convinced that there are many, many among us who would love colorful painted cabinets, but instead settle for white, black, or brown.
Why? Well, I think I found one clue last night when I came across an interior decorating forum. Here’s what the person asked:
How about yellow cabinets? Bad for resale?
The color always felt more cook-friendly to me than white or cream but I haven’t thought of it for our kitchen just because it is not a commonly used one.
We are not planning to sell soon but most likely will sell sometime (may be in 12-15 years) and also want to be in good shape in case we have to sell sooner. So we picked stained maple to keep it light and practical (nothing ordered yet, long story).
But now that we are painting the house, I realized that warm yellow tones look great in our house so I am thinking of that yellow again or may be even doing yellow uppers with dark walnut-color lowers (we are using custom cabinetry also, just not as high-end as this particular place).
What does everyone think? Like or dislike?
What??!!! No plans to sell the house soon, but maybe in 12 to 15 YEARS, and concerned about what the next homeowner will think?!?! SERIOUSLY!!??
As outrageous as this seems for some of us (decorating a house for someone who might live in it 12 to 15 years down the road), I can assure you that it’s not uncommon. I can’t even begin to tell you how much this irritates me. Your house is YOURS!!! YOU live there. Decorate it for YOU!!
Here’s what ends up happening. The current homeowner is concerned about the next person who buys the house, so they decorate it in a “neutral” way that is generally pleasing, never really putting their own stamp or personality on it. Then in 10 or 15 years, they sell it to the next person. Only now, it’s a bit outdated, so the new homeowner wants to “update” the house, but rather than decorate it according to their own personal taste, in a way that will truly delight themselves, they’re concerned about what the NEXT owner will think. It’s a huge, big cycle.
It’s time to stop the madness, people!!!
Okay, I’m going to step down from my soapbox now, and allow my blood pressure to return to normal. But I seriously…SERIOUSLY…want each of you to think about this. Ask yourselves, What cabinet color would truly be a delight to live with each day? What color really makes me smile, and lifts my spirits? What color is “me”?
If the answer is black, brown, or white, that’s fine. It really is. But if the answer was something else, then it’s time to break out the paint brush and make a trip to the paint store, okay? 🙂
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