So conflicted...must make a decision by Wednesday
Hello GW members, I have been using this forum as a resource to plan my kitchen for the last year and now we are in the thick of it and I need some advice, so I made an account and here is my debut post...
My home has huge open beam pine ceilings that have mellowed to a warm tone, but the area my kitchen is in is directly under the loft. The original soffit and dark cabinets with uppers over my island made it feel small and distinctly out of place in relation to the rest of our house. Needless to say, we have pulled out the soffit and uppers and immediately the room felt larger.
I'd been pulling together images of kitchens I love using Houzz for a couple of years and most (80-85%) of the kitchens have glazed white cabinets and a darker island. The remaining images have darker cabinets all around. When planning our kitchen my DH pointed out that our main bath used to have the same darker cabinets that were in my kitchen. They had been painted a cream color and with the constant dust we have in my area, looked "glazed." Of course, this did not sit well when trying to convince him to do a glazed white kitchen, because they look horrible. We went through the big box stores and the only cabinets we could agree on were a glazed and stained maple. Fast forward to last Friday-We have had our kitchen cabinets custom made by a local cabinet shop out of maple and he just began install them on Friday. Now that they are in, DH is looking around and says "Maybe we should paint the perimeter that white glaze you like so it doesn't end up feeling small and dark in here again." So now I am so conflicted because we paid the extra $$$ for the maple cabinets, including the interiors in the glass front cabinets! My cabinet installer is shaking his head muttering about how much money we could have saved if we had gone paint grade and suggested that we stain everything then go to a white later after we have enjoyed the maple for what it is. If I paint them now, the maple will be ruined and there is no turning back. Of course, my DH (who used to be a painting contractor, so he is doing the finish work) wants us to choose and be done with it for the next 30+ years, not change later.
Items I am weighing:
-Does white lacquer yellow? I know they have been improving the formulas so they claim they are non-yellowing, but is it too soon to know if those formulas actually do not yellow?
-We have decided on a beautiful acacia hardwood floor. I have wood ceilings (the kitchen is below the loft) and a wood floor...does having another wood in the cabinets feel too rustic (which I am trying to steer away from)?
-I haven't chosen my counters yet since the cabinets will determine what we do...either a light granite like delicatus or genesis if the cabinets are stained, or a brown antique if we go with white. (I LOVE the antique brown, so beautiful).
I have to decide by Wednesday so we can move forward with the granite templating and paint/stain. Thoughts? Advice? Thank you in advance!!