Our Kitchen Mood & Our Cabinet Color

Our Kitchen Mood & Our Cabinet Color
House & Home

F INALLY I can actually say we will be starting construction on our kitchen in just a few weeks. No more dreaming, it’s finally happening. What a long process to get to this point (lack of money and time always slows me down), but I’m thrilled to say that by the holidays this year (KNOCK ON WOOD!) we’ll be enjoying our new kitchen.

Today you’ll find inspiration photos that helped reinforce and influence our own kitchen choices to help you start to visualize the vibe we’ll be going for. None of them will have every element we are choosing, of course, but they all have a similar feel to them. I’ve shown several of these images in past posts since they were in our kitchen inspiration files, so they probably will look familiar.

Our Kitchen Mood & Our Cabinet ColorZoldan Interiors – High Gloss Magazine

I spent months wrestling (agonizing, ha) over each decision (and there are still many final decisions to be made). Ya’ll know me, I love ALL THE KITCHENS. It’s really hard to commit to just one when there are so many colors and styles and combinations I’d be happy with. But since I can only have one kitchen here, I had to narrow down my options, including what elements seemed to fit best with our style, our kitchen layout, and our budget.

Our Kitchen Mood & Our Cabinet ColorAtlanta Homes Magazine

The first real decision we made for this kitchen was made months ago, when we first moved in. Remember my dream of a Dutch door in the kitchen? It’s finally happening. Because a Dutch door feels like a friendly, homey cottage type vibe, we knew the rest of the kitchen needed to flow from that mood. So I guess you’d say the Dutch door was the key element we designed this kitchen around! And in fact, when I got my heart set on a specific color for the door, every other decision was easier to make.

Our Kitchen Mood & Our Cabinet Color

In my last kitchen, we basically started our design with the floors. Since they were a very distinct grain and pattern (natural Hickory), every other decision flowed from what would make sense with the floors. The dark color of our previous cabinets brought contrast and strength against the wood grain and texture. Dark gray cabinets weren’t popular like they are now (I was actually really nervous no one would like my dark cabinets!), so even though it was not an expected choice at the time, it just felt like the right decision for that kitchen. In contrast to the dark cabinets, we had white walls, white counters, white upper cabinets and a white island If you’re new around here, you can find my previous kitchen reveal post and sources here!

Our Kitchen Mood & Our Cabinet Color
Patti Wagner

Interestingly in my new kitchen, we are going to have white cabinets (unless I change my mind before I order them, ha) mixed with some other darker elements. We chose white this time, not because I want to rebel against the trend of dark cabinets now, or because we’ve “been there done that.” We chose white cabinets for our new kitchen because they will be a clean contrast to other elements (the floors we want, the hardware, the Dutch door). As much as I still love dark or colored cabinets, my Dutch door will be a feature with a strong color so it just feels right to have white cabinets.

Our Kitchen Mood & Our Cabinet ColorSouthern Living

Over the past months, we found a few kitchen inspiration photos we all loved and discovered that while they were all unique, they all had a similar “mood” in common. Each kitchen in our inspiration file had different colored cabinets or mix of materials, but the mood was always simple, relaxed and inviting.

our kitchen mood: simple, homey, relaxed, inviting, classic, timeless.

To make each design decision easier, I thought about the mood we wanted and considered other goals. I wanted a kitchen that would be easy to update with the seasons. A clean backdrop was important to me because I wanted to be able to make simple changes to the room on a whim, like adding a different pattern or color of rug or accessories.  I wanted a kitchen we would love for years to come, but something future owners could live with, too, if we ever move. I began to picture our kitchen as having a classic “lake house” vibe and that seemed to help me narrow down many of my choices. I wanted it to have style and personality, but nothing too pristine, not too glamorous, not too fussy or fancy.

Our Kitchen Mood & Our Cabinet ColorBungalow Magazine / Photo by Jared Tseng

Our Kitchen Mood & Our Cabinet Color
House Beautiful

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be making final design decisions so I’ll be able to share more details with you as things happen! Fall nesting will be in full swing throughout my house and in the kitchen this year so I CAN’T WAIT for FALL!

Catch up on some of our home progress so far: Dining Room Shiplap Wall / Fireplace Makeover / Living Room Botanicals & Dresser / Living Room DaybedMaster Bedroom / Guest Room / Basement White Brick FireplaceMy Son’s Room /// or scroll through all my Seattle house posts here to see inspiration and ideas!

Shop my house and latest home decorating finds

The Power of Paint – Before & After

The Power of Paint - Before & After

Before we move on from the focus on kitchens in our Best of the Best Room Makeover summer series and (as promised) look at pretty bedrooms for awhile (we’ll come back to kitchens, though, because there’s so much more to talk about that I couldn’t get to!), I thought I would share about the simplicity of a kitchen paint makeover.

Yes, it’s been fun to dream up the most grand of ideas and be inspired by kitchens that have had far more impressive improvements, but I also love to see more humble makeovers whenever they are possible. I bet many of you do, too.

If a room can be more charming with less effort and money, that’s a dream makeover in itself. So with our little 1950s kitchen, I let myself think long and hard before we made any major decisions, just in case it was something we should simply “makeover” rather than remodel. I didn’t want to leap to the gutting and redoing without considering the potential of what was already there.

The Power of Paint - Before & AfterPaint Red Wall to White

One thing I kept thinking about as I was weighing the options is that I always have to remember the power of paint. Even though we did eventually decide that it would be better in our case to redo our kitchen and do it sooner rather than later (I can’t wait to share more about our project!), I still kind of wanted to see what it would look like if our red wall wasn’t so vibrant and the oak cabinetry wasn’t so, well oakey :).

When a reader asked if I might show an “in between makeover,” I thought that was a splendid idea. Why not? I was actually REALLY CURIOUS myself about what a can of white paint could do for this side of the room. Nothing wrong with colors or wood in a kitchen if you prefer, but together with the yellow wall it just felt like there was a lot going on for my personal taste. Especially in such a little kitchen and all in this one corner where each color came together.

A little makeover in this corner would appease my curiosity and give you the fun of seeing what paint could do. When Glidden announced their new stain blocking paint and primer called Complete, I knew it was the perfect paint for this quick project.

The Power of Paint - Before & After

Glidden Complete acrylic paint covered the red wall and the oak with ease. The paint dried really fast and the end result was SO FUN to see! I didn’t really didn’t want to take the time or energy to paint the entire kitchen, but you can see how the fresh coat of paint certainly calmed and unified this side of the room giving it a whole new look. It looks so much fresher, I’m really pleased with the result.

For your enjoyment, check out the before and after below to see the power of just a paint makeover!

The Power of Paint - Before & After

Phew! I feel like I can finally take a deep breath and just relax in my kitchen. I love the clean simplified look. Honestly, if my remodel was going to take any longer to begin, I’d be painting the entire kitchen and it would be worth it.

The power of paint is amazing, isn’t it? If you have a kitchen that needs a makeover (or any room or piece of  furniture that just isn’t what you want it to be), paint might be your answer or at least a great first step!


Here’s a few facts about Glidden Complete paint and a paint giveaway sponsored by Glidden, below.

  • Stain Blocking
  • Exceptional Hide
  • Highly Scrubbable
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • 100% Acrylic
  • Low Odor/ Low VOC
  • Tintable to any color on the Glidden color palette
  • Available in the following sheens: Flat, Eggshell, Semi-Gloss GIVEAWAY TO ENTER: Leave a comment to enter a giveaway for 5 Gallons of Glidden Complete Paint in the color of your choice.THE RULES: You do not need a blog to enter and winner, open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be selected at random, the giveaway will end on July 13th.What paint project would you like to do?


This project and giveaway was sponsored by Glidden, all opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that support The Inspired Room! 

The Power of Paint - Before & After