But if you look at all the trim and wall color choices I’d made so far, I had chosen all fresh, clean colors. It had blues, white, cream, every color that might pull my kitchen together and it was so unlike anything I’d ever seen. (Side note: This whole experience might be part of why I’m passionate about DIY and saving money on decor.The cream just did not work with the rest of my house. But I was so beaten-down and mad at myself over the Cabinet Drama that I thought it’d be smarter to choose something a little safer. I didn’t love it, but maybe it would fix the cream problem? ”) at Past Kelly to not plunk down large sums of money on the counters she doesn’t LOVE to accommodate for the cabinets she also doesn’t LOVE? Because I like to reserve the right to change my mind, and spending lots of cash on something precludes that right.HOWEVER, we bought it so early in the construction process, that in the midst of our kitchen remodel, we accidentally dinged it up, visibly. (Maybe the “scratch-and-dent” idea was a self-fulfilling prophecy? Cabinet upgrades With five years’ hindsight, the money we spent on some of the cabinet upgrades was SO well-spent. I could just crawl in there and splash around amongst the spatulas. And now we have a place dedicated to wine glasses, champagne flutes, and… Ain’t no buns in this oven, y’all.) Future Kitchen Plans I’d be lying if I didn’t say there have been days where I’ve been tempted to just throw caution to the wind and paint the cabinets!

In my gut, I thought they’d be beautiful, but I hadn’t learned to trust it yet.

Once again, I was nervous about what other people thought, and I chose the oil-rubbed bronze “safe” choice.

Andy felt “meh” about it, the way he does about anything trendy that he hasn’t had a chance to adapt to yet.

He thought they were bathroom knobs and it might be weird to have them in the kitchen.

) to do your homework to find your style, and create rooms you love regardless of what anyone else thinks. This little blog is where I chronicle our efforts to fix up our beaten-down home on a tiny budget.

(Unless you’re married to them.) What do you love about your kitchen? Have you ever redecorated a room and been less than thrilled with the results? S.: If you liked this post, you’ll love the Decorating 101 Series: …And make sure you check these out too! We're not there yet, but here's a peek at the view along the way...

Old, damaged countertops do nothing but detract from the value and beauty of your home.

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To which she replied: “Oh, you don’t want white cabinets. You need – I thought she knew better than me what I wanted. I put way too much value in what some other person says so.

From then on, I stayed away from white cabinets and only shopped for cream. Huge Mistake #1: Trusting someone else’s advice instead of truly knowing my own style and trusting what I loved.

Last huge mistake: Like I mentioned before, I was afraid to speak up to the subcontractors when they made a mistake.