Kitchen Cabinet Paint and Cape Cod!

So sorry for my absenteeism!  After arriving back to Dallas from Jackson Hole I was a little overwhelmed with cramming in 10 days of kitchen renovation makeup work before leaving to visit my sisters on Cape Cod.

Kitchen update:

With the cabinets and trim now in place painting has officially started.  Biggest issue was the TYPE of paint to use, I always try to implement green and/or eco-friendly décor options when available but paint is tricky.  Low/No-VOC paints are awful options for wood work like trim and cabinets as it can chip and peel after a few years and tends to have a watery runny appearance.  When I suggested it, my contractor was all…

So I reluctantly settled with the traditional version of Ben Moore’s Dove White, but wait!!  I met a painter while looking at paint samples who suggested I try Ben Moore’s Advance paint, which is low VOC but different from your traditional mix because its waterborne NOT water based.  I bought a pint and had the painter whip up a sample and it looked great – even our contractor approved!  Fingers crossed it looks ok – will be home in about 2 weeks to check it out myself, will keep you posted.

Cape Cod:

I was quite happy to leave behind 100+ weather in Dallas to head to the beach.  We are staying in my sisters guest house right on the water in the Town of Centerville.  Her home has gorgeous views of the ocean and the river – I love sleeping with the windows open and falling asleep to sound of the waves.  Her house is a traditional Cape shingle style home with enormous hydrangea bushes in a beautiful Merlot color right out front, neither of which you would see in Dallas.  Here are some gorgeous images of Cape homes that I find to be tranquil and traditional, capturing the essence of the architecture down here:

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One of the areas most sought after architects, Patrick Ahearn, is responsible for the two gorgeous homes below on the Cape and Islands – his work is exquisite!

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A lovely barn by Patrick Ahearn as well….

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Do any of you tune in to PlumTV??  We have close family friends who are part of the production team and I happened to find this clip about Patrick Ahearn on a Plum Homes segment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuOLKIeWtHE – if you are interested in his style its worth a look!

Hope everyone is having a great week!

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Cabinets and Hardware

Most major kitchen renovations require the skills of a “cabinet guy” if you are going the custom route.  Because we require some specific cabinetry due to awkward corners/walls and working around appliances already in place this is the way we are going.  Our cabinet guy, Stan, requested that I send along images of cabinets I like.   I actually struggled with this task for some reason but managed to find a couple that could at least act as a starting place.  I knew I wanted something clean and simple; nothing too decorative as little fingers have a knack for getting food in the hardest to clean places!

Here are a couple of the kitchen cabinet ideas I sent along to Stan:

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I was also toying with the idea of white top cabinets and a color on the bottom, either in navy or gray.  I’m not sure if I will tire of a two toned color scheme sooner than I would an all white one so I think im going to go in the all white direction – seems almost cleaner to me to have everything streamlined in one color (but is that boring?).

Here are a few two toned kitchen images that pull it off:

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I love the tiled floor from that last image – so beautiful.

As for what KIND of white paint I should choose I only know I am in favor of a low or no VOC option, Stan has conveyed to me that the low VOC options are more dull than your standard paint but I think a strong paint odor lingering for months will bother me more than a dull finish.  Any opinions here?  Has anyone worked with low/no VOC paints?

For hardware, as of right now, I’m going with these knobs/pulls from Restoration Hardware:

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Do any of you have refrigerator drawers (in addition to your standard upright)?  I found a floor model on sale and was thinking it could be a great addition.  I love cooking and am already envisioning storing baby #3’s homemade baby food in there!  Speaking of cooking – has anyone picked up a copy of Gwyneth Paltrows new cookbook “It’s All Good” – I personally love it and my kids love her chicken meatballs – I highly rec if you are looking for healthy dinner ideas for  yourself and/or your family.

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