It all started about a year ago . . . when I needed to replace my refrigerator.
It quickly became clear . . . that my kitchen was terribly out of date (although pretty wonderful -- after all, I had a few up-to-date features like granite countertops and recessed lighting). But out of date all the same because . . .
Brass fixtures and cabinet pulls.
Just. Not. Cool.
I ended up switching out my refrigerator with one in a new "color" -- slate. (Not stainless -- because it really doesn't go with oak at all; not white -- which just seemed way too stark in my kitchen.) (Of course, black appliances are SO 1990s.) (And not even available anymore.) Ultimately I replaced ALL the appliances with slate. (So at least everything matched.)
But the brass? Really dated. (Especially with the new slate appliances.)
I would've loved to re-do the kitchen.
Already doing the master bathroom/bedroom.
And so silly, really . . . because everything is in fine shape.
(Also. Despite their being SO . . . outré . . . I actually LIKE my oak cabinets.) (Just sayin.)
And money doesn't grow on trees.
For a while, I thought about painting my cabinets. But there are just too many.
So I decided to settle for a few minor tweaks. Little things that would make a big difference. Like. . . switching out the brass fixtures with new ones in oh-so-much-more-current oil rubbed bronze.
New cabinet pulls.
New recessed light covers.
And . . . "conversion kits" to create pendulum lighting over my kitchen island!
Yes. I still have my oak cabinets. (My kitchen is VERY 1990 when it comes to woodwork.)
I have an updated look, and I'm really happy. (And it didn't cost a fortune, either.)
I'm thinking window treatments. . .
And my special thanks to Tom. Because he did the actual work to switch everything out. (There were 40 cabinet pulls in the kitchen alone.) (And I did sort of extend the switching-out into the bathroom off the kitchen.) (I know that towel rod was a real bitch.) Thanks, honey!
I found a great online source for cabinet pulls and fixures. Great selection. Really good prices. Excellent customer service. And . . . quick delivery! And I got the light covers and conversion kits here.