Need help with kitchen please
I thought I had already made the kitchen decisions, sigh. I picked out new vinyl floor, picked out pretty formica counters. I had been planning on just painting the cabinets.
They are not high quality wood. The doors don't match the rest of the cabinets -- although that's hard to tell in the photos. They also don't match the knotty pine paneling in the dining area.
I've had a couple of painters tell me they can be painted, but will take one coat of primer and two coats of paint to cover the wood grain. Then the door and drawer edges will have to be sanded down so they don't stick due to all the paint layers. At a cost of about $1,500.
I've already had the old counters torn off because I was ready to put the new counters in -- but seeing them all torn off has made me question whether I should go forward and just put in new cabinets first. That's what the last painter recommended. It's not a very big kitchen, so there are not many.
Do I replace them? Or paint?
If I were to replace them, the next question is do I make the cabinet/bar all one level? Right now there is a bar directly behind the kitchen counter. Can you still sit there and eat if it is all one level? The cabinets below the bar would be replaced too. Even though those are knotty pine, they are extremely beat up and literally "pawed" at by previous dogs.
You all have so much more experience than I do, and do such pretty things with your homes. Any advice?