The DH and I are getting ready to move back to the Midwest this spring. Before we do, we plan to remodel our home there. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. I watch HGTV faithfully, but I still didn’t realize the sheer number of decisions to be made. Or my inability to feel confident making them.
But I have a few I’d like to share with you. First, we’ve settled on Shaker-style cabinets in white. It’s a clean, classic look that I don’t think we’ll tire of any time soon. (No, this is not my house. My current cabinets are pretty sad-looking.) Haven’t settled on a countertop yet, but we’re leaning toward quartz in some sort of grayish tones with subway tile backsplash. The DH insists I find some way to work some color into the mix so I’m thinking of maybe a stripe of glass tile worked in with the subway tile. Any color suggestions?
We have picked our flooring. It’s an engineered product called Brown Sugar Maple. It’ s a little distressed, which hopefully will work since our two little dogs are bound to distress it further.
We’ll do ceramic tile in the baths & laundry room, but the jury is still out on which one. For the longest time, I was hesitant about whether to put the wood in the kitchen. What if there’s a leak? Do any of you have wood in your kitchen? How’s that working for you?
The next bone of contention is what to do with our golden oak woodwork. I really like the art deco vibe with the extra joints in the corners. I’m in favor of painting it all “Snowbound White.” The DH would like to leave it as is.
When I posed this question on my Facebook page, one guy threatened to come to my house with a gallon of stripper if I painted it. (The DH said he didn’t know strippers came in gallons! ;-)) What do you think? Painted or as is? Will the two woods mix and match ok?
And we’re also working on a basic color for most of the walls. I know these choices sort of look like 50 Shades of Beige, but we’ll do a few feature walls and accent colors in the tray ceilings. I like to add the bright colors through my art prints, so a neutral is important to me and I’d sort of like to keep the same basic wall color throughout. From left to right, the colors are Gateway Gray, Accessible Beige, Barcelona Beige, Wool Skein & Pewter. Do you have a favorite? And if so, should the woodwork be white or wood tone next to it?
Thanks for letting me pick your brains. I so appreciate the input. This is going to be our “forever” home, so we want to get it right. There are tons of things I’m probably not thinking of now, so if any of you have advice about working with a contractor or just anything about a renovation project, I’d so appreciate hearing about your experience.