Another hard part is coming up ... deciding on the kitchen colors.
That darkish green paint deep underneath the other layers (going back to the 1930s?) had always repulsed me... it wasn't easy imaging a darkish green kitchen.
However, I painted the blue one countertop years back and had also put a few robbins egg blue accents around.
The green is starting to grow on me ... I'm understanding it better.
Here's some green kitchens:
My original idea was to just go with whites. The room gets good natural light ... I thought it would be fascinating to use a range of whites and slightly off whites, along with different sheens (gloss through matte) explored on the different surfaces: walls, ceiling, door & window trim, door, metal sink cabinet, porcelain farmer sink, backsplash tile, cabinets, light fixtures, etc. ... plus the metallic cabinet hardware and the effects of lighting both natural and artificial ... to work together to produce subtle temperature and tonal shifts in the whites so that it becomes fuller, richer, and deeper. There's a newish oak floor in the kitchen. The light fixtures are original and they are a sort of off-white/putty color.
I still like that idea but the green has triggered something. I'm starting to lean towards keeping that range of whites, but extending it to include some subtle earth tones accents and maybe set the cabinetry off by an extremely light terra verte green but desaturated and maybe warmed up a bit and/or with a subtle mint infusion ... or maybe a greyed robbin's egg blue.
When this is all done and if I an find the time to complete my unfinished workbench, the next project will be to build a kitchen table. I've never built a table and I've not used oak. For the past few months the idea of a quarter sawn oak with prominent ray flecks light and cool in tone with a flat sheen has been gripping me ... that or some sort of very dark grey or black oak table in a flat finish could anchor the space.
I think the kitchen would work in whites/creams/subtle earth tones-light greenish-greys/ + wood + brass. Deciding and committing on this sort of color thing is always hard for me, lol.
Top pic is of my kitchen's light fixture.
2nd pic: I'm starting to like this sort of light green cabinet color.
3rd pic: looks to be the same space as pic #2, but some weird color correction/lighting issue going on with the lower cabinets, which makes them appear slightly cooler and more grey in color ... I actually like the shift between warm and cool. Maybe the sink cabinet could be a light tone slightly cool grey. My floor is a warmer tone wood which would provide a warm balance to space. ( I actually like the cooler subdued wood tones).
4th is a table with the black sort of finish which features the grain.