slate appliances + plans for our kitchen

this old house

Our dishwasher started growling at us.  We'd look at each other and wonder what the noise was, and it really was our dishwasher.  Not good.  

But one thing leads to another and months later we still hadn't replaced the dishwasher because we (I) couldn't decide what finish I wanted on our appliances.  I didn't trust myself to keep stainless clean.  I really love white appliances but the ones I wanted were all super high end and out of our price range.  Enter the Slate appliances from GE.  Ding Ding!  We have a winner.  They are similar in appearance to stainless steel, but darker gray in color and a matte finish. 

We've known since we bought the house three years ago that eventually we'd have to change the appliances.  We have one white appliance, two black, and one stainless.

Let's take a photo time-travel trip to back when we bought the house.

MLS photo...

MLS photo...

When we moved we had the dining room walls and bulkhead skim coated, and the kitchen, hallway, bulkhead painted white.  Then the kitchen ceiling painted blue.  Design is in the details. ;-)

Then recently I painted our backsplash.

That freed me (color wise) to add a new color to the walls.  I chose a pale, pale, blush pink.

This week our new slate dishwasher and refrigerator arrived!  I'm thrilled with them.  This is my first big-girl fridge, and I couldn't be happier.  We love the color and the finish.  No fingerprints!   

Now for the exciting news...

(to see our updated kitchen transformation click here)

I think I've convinced my husband that it's time to paint the cabinets.  These cabinets aren't ugly, and they certainly aren't old, they just aren't me.  Plus this house is surrounded by trees which can make for dark days.  I need light and bright!

Now decisions have to be made.  I know I want white upper cabinets.  No questions there.  And the black granite will stay.  But the lower cabinets are where I'm not so sure.  I've limited it down to a blue or green color.  Or possibly some mix of the two.  

Naturally I pulled some inspiration for our viewing.

I really like how the light blue looks against the black counters.  But my living room is light blue and I don't want to be too match-y.

LOVE this teal color against the white uppers and black counters.

Then there's glossy...I'm 99% sure I'm going glossy no matter what color I choose. We'll see.

You know how I feel about green, especially this emerald green, but I'm the most nervous about this choice.  I'm afraid it doesn't really fit our home.  

This deep blue/gray color I would love.

And ohmygosh this kitchen...

And more green--I think this shade is a more likely option for me.  Not as bright as the other green.

And mint is never a bad choice.  Is that a blush wall I see in the background?  Looks close.

This kitchen looks so rich.  

Maybe a blue/gray is really the way to go.

Obviously I have a lot of decisions to make.  All good!  Between our kitchen and the One Room Challenge plus client work there's enough to keep me busy.  Once we've finalized decisions I'll be sure to put a design board together so you can see my full vision.

What do you think?  Blue?  Green? Or somewhere in between?
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  1. I love the blue/gray cabinets with your counters, backsplash and walls. I have been trying to psych myself up to paint our cabinets F&B Hague Blue, but it seems like such a commitment! :) Good luck -- all of your options are beautiful.

  2. blue or green...either way I think it will be beautiful. I don't think there's a wrong choice considering the two rooms flanking the kitchen. cant wait to see what you choose.

  3. I immediately thought a soft gray before I saw the options you were thinking about. I loved the teal option personally. I have green and love it, but not sure I would like blush walls with it. The green would make the pink, look pinker, but maybe that is what you had in mind. I think the gray would be the most neutral and the teal would tie into the adjacent wall color in the other room. Fun choices and exciting. I remember when I FINALLY got my husband to agree to paint our wood cabinets, it was a very happy day. What is with men and wood? It will be fun to see what you come up with. You can see my green cabinets in my last blog post here if you want to see what they look like.......http://goodlifeofdesign.blogspot.com/2014/04/kitchen-update_9.html ..... it is Pratt & Lamberts Northern Green

  4. I had the same question regarding my kitchen. (Remember?) My bossy black granite was preventing me from painting my lower cabinets navy.
    My husband is letting me replace the granite with butcher block. But after seeing your inspiration pics, I'm wondering if I need to do that. I'm kinda digging' that teal color.
    And I need to get my butt to an appliance store to check out the slate.

  5. These inspiration images are gorgeous. I LOVE a black countertop. I would do black with creamy ivory cabinets in the blink of an eye. I know you are going to do an amazing job with this. I'm always inspired by your choices. I don't even have an opinion on color, because I could see most all of those colors in your house. Can't wait to see what you do!

  6. Based on the photos of the surrounding rooms, i love the teal and blue gray options you shared. The emerald image is amazing, and I know you Love that color, but I would worry about flow. Or maybe I'm just a sissy :)

  7. Based on the photos of the surrounding rooms, i love the teal and blue gray options you shared. The emerald image is amazing, and I know you Love that color, but I would worry about flow. Or maybe I'm just a sissy :)

  8. I have always loved that teal blue on cabinets. It is so bright but seems timeless.

  9. We just bought a house in Rockford and are re-doing the kitchen. I LOVE the Slate appliances, we first saw them a few months ago and planned to use them in the new house. We have dark cherry cabs that are sooooo not us. We plan on painting them SW Intellectual Gray. The taupe and Slate look amazing together! With marble counters. I cannot wait to kick the 90s out of this place!!!

  10. I don't think you can go wrong with any of these colors... I cannot wait to see which you select!!

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  11. I just finished my kitchen 11gables.blogspot.com So many choices!!! I am sure that you will make a beautiful decision that perfectly suits your style! xo, Emily

  12. OMG.....that is a big decision because it is a lot of work....so you want to be sure! Love the black countertops. I would be scared that I might change the colors in the den:) But after reading all of the other comments....I am inclined to go with the dark blue on the bottom even though I LOVE the teal color. Crazy for me I know [white lover] but it is easy to tell other people to go bold!

  13. I'm leaning toward blues or mint. Great inspiration pictures - You are going to have a beautiful finished product!

  14. I have always loved that teal blue on cabinets. It is so bright but seems timeless.
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