I need some help planning the kitchen remodel in my 1925 bungalow. Trying to keep the budget in the $10000 to 15000 range. I am fortunate that underneath the very worn vinyl floors is maple hardwood that is original to the house. The plan is to hopefully restore that. But do I keep the cabinets in their (rather dated) oak state or should I paint the cabinets?
Kitchen in its current state can be seen: right side
, left side
, and entryways
. The kitchen is very small, just 10 feet by 10 feet (don't laugh too hard city dwellers, by the standards of single family homes in the Upper Midwest, it is pretty tiny). The cabinets were replaced by previous owners in November 1991 and are in good shape. The doors even seem to be real wood.
I have consulted with a contractor, and to keep costs down I will be keeping the upper cabinets and just doing some rearranging of the base cabinets. Mainly putting in a dishwasher to the right side of the stove and replacing the cabinet to the right of the fridge with a bunch of drawers. As stated above, I can either get the base cabinets done to match the upper ones as they currently are, or get them in just about any Benjamin Moore paint color.
On one hand, leaving the cabinets as oak and adding some handles would be simpler and cheaper. I also like the warmth of the natural wood. On the other, refinishing the maple floors may put too much wood in a tiny kitchen. Painted seems to be more in line with the era of my house, and I like the results of this retro renovation
. But I have also heard of mixed results when it comes to painting cabinets, and would the 1990s era arches look strange even with the paint?
So what would you guys put in my little kitchen? Any experiences with painting cabinets? Ideas, pictures, everything but telling me to knock out walls will be welcome. Thanks.