March 28, 2007

I had this feeling like I should change the subject (although holy shit you guys crack me up). Hey look! It’s Cat, baleful and no doubt plotting to eat the flesh from our faces:

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And Dog, demonstrating all that is stupid and good in the world:

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Also, the boy is suspicious (FOR A CHANGE):

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So I could use your opinion on some kitchen-remodel stuff. First, what do you think of the paint color on the left?

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That is Benjamin Moore’s Powell Buff, the right color is Golden Honey or something like that. Too yellow, I think. The granite color is in front, I think the Powell color looks pretty good with it but as I’ve stated before, I’m kind of a dumbass about this stuff.

We also have to decide what sort of built-in furniture we’ll be putting into the small breakfast nook that will be built. JB likes this style:

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It comes from this website, we can basically ask the builders to match some existing design. What say you, would that type of nook seating go okay with the cabinet style we’re choosing?

Finally, I’d like to state for the record that not only is it never too early to start with the Red Bull, apparently in our home there exists a helpful Can Pickup Fairy whose job it is to trail the male adult all around the house tidying after his little aluminum remains. I can think of no other explanation, anyway, for THIS:

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jen
jen
15 years ago

i like the powell buff. looks good with the granite.

suspicous boy= hahahah!

flicka
15 years ago

powell buff all the way. screw the yellow!

Daily Tragedies
15 years ago

Love the table for the nook, but Mission is definitely a different style than your very contemporary cabinets.

Does the Can Pickup Fairy have a sister — the Wipes Crumbs From the Counter Fairy? Because my roommate apparently thinks she frequents the place.

kim steppe
kim steppe
15 years ago

not liking the powell buff color, think it would make the room too blah. However, hate the yellow. I’d look at other colors, Daly’s on Stone Way in Freemont used to allow you a small size of paint (yes, smaller than a quart) to test on your wall. I’ve remodeled three homes and been happy with the last two. I love color but would go a route that pulls something else out of the granite. The powell buff is boring, you are definately not boring, right?

Kathryn
Kathryn
15 years ago

What about a terra cotta-ish color? It looks like there are flecks of it in the granite, and it could be warm and pretty. Otherwise, my vote’s for the Powell Buff.

Jo
Jo
15 years ago

Yah for Cat pictures, gotta love how they can look cute and evil at the same time.

Powell Buff gets my vote too, I’d steer clear of the yellow

Chiara
15 years ago

I loved my little yellow formica kitchen back in my Lake City (holla!) days, so I am going to vote for that, even if I think it looks a little weird with the granite chip thing.

Erica
15 years ago

Coming from someone who has a yellow kitchen (and detests it) I have to say the buff.

Jane
15 years ago

I have to be honest about the nook – looks a little Church Pew-ish, and like perhaps it might be a little uncomfy? Hard straight wood seat and back… ouch.

Prefer the tan to the yellow in the paint.

Shutting up now.

Jane
15 years ago

PS: Just on the nook furniture again (had another quick squiz) – is it just me or does the table look too high for the seats?

Katie (The Yap)
15 years ago

Hmmmm…I really love yellow kitchens with dark granite, but I’m not sure that shade or yellow quite works. I would pick the buff, but I am liking the terra cotta suggestion…although that might not work with your red walls.

How about a cross between beige and yellow? Like more of a camel color?

Chloe
15 years ago

I don’t think that shade of yellow would look good with your countertops. But I think that beige shade will make the room dark, and maybe a bit small looking, and perhaps a bit blah? I’d definitely look for another option… Would orange be too crazy? You’d have to carefully look at it with your red wall to insure no clashing, though… the camel color Katie suggested sounds like a worthwhile idea too.

Keaton
15 years ago

I like the browner color. Also, I like the design, though the back on the booth looks slightly uncomfortable. Padding, maybe?

Pete
Pete
15 years ago

I like the Powell Buff. As far as the nook seating goes, we have that model (sans bench) and hated it. You can have it for shipping. It’s a major PITA to get in or out, the table is unstable and hard to slide (when you have to get out). It’s now in the game room taking up space.

Sonia
Sonia
15 years ago

I like the buff paint color on the left with your granite. Hell, I like the buff color without your granite. And so I painted my entire kitchen, dining room and great room with it. :-) It’s very warm and nice. And boring, but I don’t care. You can always add accent colors to such a nice warm neutral.
On the built-in….I like it. But? I’m thinking it’s 180 degrees from your cabinet style. You’d mentioned that it was a small space that the built-in would go, and I’m wondering if you might find the mission style too busy? (That seems weird to say, as mission style is inherently simple, no?) There is a lot of detail on the one in the photo sample. I hope none of this sounds jerky.

Cali911Gal
Cali911Gal
15 years ago

Go with the buff.

I did a bathroom in that color yellow, and ewwww

Overpowering. (And since re-painted over in white…)

angela
15 years ago

That cat is a zombie! AHHHHH!

Nicole
15 years ago

I also think the buff would be too blah with the color of the cabinets. I like a yellow, just not that yellow. I am thinking something that looks a bit more honey/caramel colored. As long as it is a color strong enough to match the red in the living room.
I agree that the mission stuff does not seem like it will go with the cabinets.

thejunebug
15 years ago

How about black for the kitchen walls? Really! Or at least the main wall where the cabinets are? No? Hehe.

I also really like the breakfast nook that JB picked out.

And I have to say, Meercat looks really snuggly fat & soft. I just felt a lump where I think my cat’s cancer has come back, three months after surgery, so I’m feeling a little sentimental and sad. I guess if I tried snuggling Cat she’d rip my face off & then drag it under the couch, but then that’s the beauty of cats. ;)

Gentry
15 years ago

DO NOT DO YELLOW.

wn
wn
15 years ago

Definetly like the Powell better than the yellow…

HOWEVER….since you need to match with red….

Have you thought of a beige/brown that has a hint of grey. Something a bit darker and richer. I was thinking Copely Grey in the 2007 colors ( http://www.benjaminmoore.ca/colours/2007_colours.aspx#) ? It would be bold….but then again, I don’t think you tend to shy away from color…I mean you do have a red fireplace and all!!!

As for the nook, I think I would go with the rustic style…but I would ask the builder to NOT insert the slate tiles…and replace with wooden squares. I like the style of the rustic (neato lines and from what I can understand on the website…the rustic is more tactile and a bit rougher in the ultimate finish) and I think it would make a nice contrast to the sleek style of the cabinets….

Good luck!

wn
wn
15 years ago

Chelsea Grey would work too!
OK, I’lll shut up now!

Paula
Paula
15 years ago

Everyone has a different opinion on paint so I will leave that subject. On to the breakfast nook. If you can get a carpenter to customize it, why not add storage under the seats?

I call the can a “crumb”. My husband does NOTHING in life that does not leave crumbs. Drink a can of pop; there is a can that hasn’t been put in the trash. Fix a leaky faucet in the kitchen; the contents of his toolbox are scattered throughout the 1st floor, all of my dish towels are under the sink soaking wet, and the packaging for every new part for the faucet is blowing in the breaze outside our kitchen door. It drives me bat shit crazy. If you can explain it, I will hug you. If you can fix it, I will pay you. Period.

biodtl
15 years ago

So THAT’S where the pickup fairy has been! I was wondering, since she;s been slacking over at my house.

Sarah
Sarah
15 years ago

We painted our living room with a ‘buff’ type color (I think a little lighter than yours) and really like it. I’ll have to find the name. Otherwise, I think I tend to agree with the others – the buff is too ‘blendy’ and the yellow is too yellow. And the nook does look like church. Helpful, aren’t I!?

I really want to comment on dog. I’m so glad to see her photos because I want to make sure she’s not being forgotten (we have a dog and are expecting a baby next month, and everyone says once baby arrives, the dog is ignored….and I can’t imagine it!). So it’s nice that she still features in your photos :)

Allison
Allison
15 years ago

A big NO to the yellow. You’ll get sick of it quick. Plus, didn’t you want something that would look nice with the big red wall? Two primary colors seen together might looks, well, a little dumb.

filakia
15 years ago

I like yellow as a color, but I am not a fan of the particular yellow in your photo with the granite. The brown is better and looks good, but maybe something slighly lighter?

I like the nook furniture and I think it would be just fine with the modern cabinets. Both cabinets and furniture are clean and simple, and while they may not be the same design style, they are harmonious styles. Besides, I don’t think it’s necessary to match everything up perfectly; however, had you chosen fussy Louis XIV-type nook furniture, I would have to revise that answer. There are limits.

ang
ang
15 years ago

I would look for something in between the two colors. I like the buff better with the countertops, but maybe a little bit lighter shade with a hint of golden yellow in it?? Not so buttery.

Lawyerish
15 years ago

The yellow is a no, I’m afraid. The buff is very nice and looks great with the granite.

I’m not sure about the Mission deal with the contemporary cabinets. It also might get a little too….woody? In there?

Incidentally, if you need extra kitchen storage, they make these upholstered banquette/booth thingies where the seat pulls up and the bench is hollow so you can store crap in there.

filakia
15 years ago

Sorry to post again, but I have some paint suggestions. I’m not sure these are going to be the right shade of brown — it’s hard to tell from a photo of a small piece of granite — but I’ve used these colors in two different houses, in different rooms, and I think they look very nice on the walls. I’ve even gotten compliments on the shades, and they’re just brown, you know? Also, the second one sometimes looks kind of golden in certain lights. Try painting a tad on the walls like you did above and see what you think:

These are from Lowe’s, Olympic brand paints, the first is C13-2, Almond Paste, and the second is from the same paint strip, C13-3 Earthy Cane. If you can’t find the strip, see if Lowe’s will mix it for you, anyway. They’ve done this for me for another paint color they “discontinued.”

bad penguin
15 years ago

I vote for Powell Buff, definitely. I don’t think the yellow works with the granite.

Becky
Becky
15 years ago

OMG I love DOG!!!! To be that happy!

As for CAT…she has the stare down perfect!

Caitlin
Caitlin
15 years ago

Yellow is awesome for kitchens–makes them bright and big and you cook scrambled eggs more often.

Also–who turned your baby into some kind of lumberjack boy-man?! With a manly hole in his big boy jeans, ah, the ovaries!!

Danell
Danell
15 years ago

How about the yellow that is the background color of this site? Less yellow-y than the chip shown, but maybe a little warmer than the buff chip. Or maybe it just looks that way on my screen.
Anyway, my kitchen is merlot and my foyer is bright-ass terra cotta…kind of obnoxious but it felt pretty cheery when we painted it that color in the middle of this dreary winter. So, I like color.

Jamie
15 years ago

I would have the store mix a little cream color paint into the Powell Buff – it’s a teensy bit dark, and when you throw it up against your warm cabinets and warm granite, you run the risk of having it all look like a big Powell Buff vomity blob. If you lighten the PB without changing it’s tone, you should be good to go. A little contrast never hurt anyone.

Also: that yellow is beautiful. But not for your kitchen. Aack.

I can’t believe no one has commented about how deliriously happy the dog looks in that photo. What a smile!

Omu
Omu
15 years ago

Yellow is fine, but not *that* yellow. A friend once had the best yellow ever in her house. When I asked what shade it was, she told me she actually used a cream color, but after it was painted it looked like a nice, buttery yellow. So maybe try cream? Or look for a more toned down yellow. Or go burnt orange. :)

Does anyone else watch home remodeling shows? I’m still haunted by one I watched where the interior designer shreiked, “Why the hell does everyone paint their kitchen yellow?!?!” I’m considering doing it too, but I can’t get that shriek out of my head long enough to actually paint mine yellow.

I like the furniture, but I do agree the storage underneath would be nice. My grandma has that, and it’s really handy!

Cat! Dog! How I love thee!! And suspicious boy is always a hit!

Lisa-Marie
15 years ago

The Powell Buff is perfect with the tile, and the furniture is awesome (I’d love that in my own home), but I think you’d want to try to match your cabinets. Nice choices!

Susie
15 years ago

Love the buff — it looks great with the granite. Not a fan of the yellow and it’s really hard to work with — my husband and I painted our bedroom three times before we got the right shade of yellow. LOVE the nook furniture (big fan of mission style), but if I were choosing, I’d want it to match the cabinets.

My husband does that all the time — not so much with cans, but pretty much Every. Thing. Else. Drives me insane. I hope you have better luck breaking yours of the habit than I’ve had with mine…

Amanda
15 years ago

I think the buff color is going to look green when it’s up in all its glory. I would go with a cooler color. And I agree with the commenter who said that the nook stuff isn’t in keeping with the sleek cabinets. Here’s what a tool I am, I’ve gone to the Benjamin Moore site- I would explore:
Dorset Gold, Concord Ivory, Chestertown Buff and Goldfinger.

As for the nook, just envious you have the space, chutzpah and cash to be doing the remodel. Enjoy!

jonniker
15 years ago

Filiakia: My bedroom is in Lowe’s Almond Paste, and while I love it – LOVE IT – I have to say, it was a total bitch to put up. Olympic Paint is not the best quality I’ve ever used, and looking back, I wish I’d used something better. I had to use something like 12 coats of paint to get it even.

That being said, the color is awesome, and Sundry, I think it might be exactly what you’re looking for.

(I, too, am a little frightened by the comfort of the nook furniture. My back gets creaky thinking about it. And my butt. )

MRW
MRW
15 years ago

I wonder if this is the same person as the laundry fairy who magically refills my husband’s underwear and sock drawer every week or so. When there are no clean socks or underwear, spouse is mystified…

breckgirl
breckgirl
15 years ago

Now don’t be counting out yellow tones just yet! I am generally not a fan of yellow (I mean, really, who looks good in yellow?) BUT we painted our bathroom a fabulous creamy yellow in our home in Portland and I loved it. It was Ralph Lauren paint (pricey, but very good paint) and I cannot recall the exact name – I think it was “Chamois” but I am not positive. It was a warmer, buttery yellow – the one you show is too yellow, needs more cream to it. Anyway, that’s my two cents. You should check out Ralph Lauren’s paint colors – I know they sell it at Home Depot and Lowes. The nook is darling. You guys are so lucky to be able to do all of this stuff to your house. I am insanely jealous. And isn’t “baleful” such a great word to use when referring to a cat’s stare? Love it.

warcrygirl
15 years ago

I like the yellow but not with that counter top; go with the Powell Buff. Also: Red Bull:Red Mantle. Hubby once told me that he didn’t have to do housework, that’s what he had me for.

Melissa
Melissa
15 years ago

So glad you asked for opinions, right? :) I like the buff. Love the idea of the nook but wonder if it’s not quite modern enough for the cabinets. I really like the cabinets.

Cat, Dog, and Riley all look so cute…love the pic of Dog!

Niki
Niki
15 years ago

I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who has reservations about the buff.

You are correct, the yellow looks terrible, especially with the granite. But I don’t see the buff working at all. I’ll chime in with those who suggest a cooler color. A buff-ish color sounds fine, but something softer seems better. Maybe a buff with just the slightest bit of pink? I dunno. In any case, try to take a color in the granite and find paint to either match it, or paint that is slightly darker or lighter but is clearly evoking a particular color in the granite.

I really think you’ll be unhappy with the buff. (We will not speak of the yellow.)

Oh, and just to chime in on the seating nook: Mission is classic turn of the 20th century styling; this will *not* work with sleek modern. Look closely at the little, um, bars in the styling. They’re made to go with built-in cabinetry, chair rails, etc. (I think.)

nstig8r
15 years ago

i think the buff is better than the yellow (which does NOT match the granite), but the buff has too much yellow undertone. you need a light brown color that doesn’t have yellow in it. i used one called Oat Bran for my house–very neutral. i can’t remem who it’s by but it is at lowe’s. if you’re interested in the specific brand then drop me an email & i’ll look at the paint chip at my house and let you know.

Dawn
Dawn
15 years ago

That Benjamin Moore site someone posted earlier? Go there and see what you think of their “Maple Syrup” color with your tile.

I’m so jealous of your home improvements! Our house is held together with duct tape and spit, pretty much, so I’m hoping that some improvements of our own are in the cards soon!

This post makes me want to go buy paint.

Bianca
15 years ago

I can’t comment on the colors because I can’t remember what color your cabinets are going to be. I think you should look at granite, paint and cabinets all together to really get a feel for how they will blend. I definitely don’t like that yellow and I like the tan more but I also think a darker terra cotta would look good. However, I’m not casting my vote until I see cabinet color (& style please!) paint color and granite all in one entry.

God, I’m so demanding aren’t I?

But seriously, I think once you’ve got all three to show people will be able to really let you know what looks best. Thanks for letting us help!

nonsoccermom
15 years ago

Personally, I like the Powell Buff, but I agree that it might not work with the cabinet color you picked out. Maybe something a little more brownish with less of an orangey undertone?

I have always wanted a seating nook like that. It would make it easier to keep my son in his seat at mealtime.

Rene
Rene
15 years ago

I agree with Umo. I’d go with a creamy buttery colour on the walls. Keep it lighter to showcase the dark cabinets & table. Plus, it will “flow” better into the red living room. BACK SLOWLY AWAY FROM THE YELLOW!
Also, I think the table is a bit too country/churchy with the sexy cabinets. The Sonoma or Cherry Nook from the website would be better but I’d check out other manufacturers. Most of the stuff these guys do looks “countryish”.
P.S. I have the same counters. My cabinets are a medium oak, with buff tiles on the backsplash and buff ceramics on the floors. The walls are a *gasp* creamy buttery colour and the whole look is very soothing and elegant. So, No. I’m not biased at all. heh