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Help! How to modernize kitchen with baltic brown granite?

karen v
hace 4 años

We are installing new medium dark grey hardwood flooring

and would like to also update our kitchen but cannot afford new cabinetry and granite. We were hoping to just salvage the existing baltic brown granite and do the following:

  • Paint our maple cabinets - not sure what color, advice?
  • Remove backsplash trim and install new backsplash - not sure which one, advice?
  • Add modern pull
  • New stainless appliances

Can anyone please offer advice on how to make this dated kitchen look more modern but budget friendly? All and any advice would be appreciated!


Comentarios (61)

  • Bruce Crawford
    hace 4 años

    Karen V, couple more thoughts. I'm on tablet now where I can see better than earlier on my phone. 1st, glad to hear appliances are budgeted separately. 1st thought, following on Flo's ideas. The paneling on face of peninsula has totally different grain than do your cabs. It almost looks like a laminate. I'd replace w/ beadboard painted per Flo. The current color goes w/ nothing else on either side of peninsula. 2nd thought. Use LED tape to add under-cab lighting below uppers & also above uppers. The latter would add accent lighting to area that now makes K look dark & gloomy. LED tape & transformers are relatively inexpensive, but don't cheap out on them. The really cheap LED tapes flicker & change color over time. LED colors, expressed in Kelvin degrees, range from warm to cool, so pick according to ambiance you want.

  • jhmarie
    hace 4 años

    Consider rethinking the gray floor you are planning. If you look at the pics shown as examples, most have a warm floor. A warm wood floor will help tie in with your countertop better and possibly with the rest of your home. Gray is very trendy right now, but what is very trendy can become passé very quickly. Mid-tone wood is a more timeless look and very flexible style wise. Use gray in areas less expensive to change out then in flooring.

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    Flo Mangan
    hace 4 años
    Jhmarie is right on your flooring. Gray tones are harder to work with. You don't want to go oak, but a shade that is more warm brown would be advisable for longer term fit.
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    Flo Mangan
    hace 4 años

    I agree with Bruce's comments and I surely meant for the front of the peninsula to be painted the sage green. Warmer LEDs would work best with the overall color scheme I'm suggesting.

  • CATHY
    hace 4 años

    I agree with jhmarie. I was having a hard time with the Baltic Brown granite and gray floors. A warm wood or even a wood texture tile would work better.

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    Sophie Wheeler
    hace 4 años

    A professional paint job of those cabinets is twice your budget. DIY it, even tough it will be a couple of months of nights and weekends. No to the gray floor. BB is pinky beige, and not a lot won't set off that pink. A white with pink undertones would be best.

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    Beth H. :
    hace 4 años

    You can get different granite if you do the pre-fab ones. they run about 500 bucks for an 8' piece (with edging). Or you could do the peninsula in a butcher block. Floor and Decor or Lumber liquidators has them. I just hate Baltic Brown, personally, so I would do anything possible to get rid of that. You could always look for some remnants as well. It's possible to do the kitchen if you DIY the cabs yourself.

  • karen v
    Autor original
    hace 4 años

    thank you so much everyone.

    We really dislike the granite generally as well, but we figured with our budget and this being more of a track home we would do the cabinets and try to draw attention away from granite. The cabinet doors are maple and the boxes and peninsula have that laminate finish.

    Here is the specific hardwood we picked out, should we still be concerned? http://www.homedepot.com/p/Malibu-Wide-Plank-French-Oak-Baker-3-8-in-Thick-x-6-1-2-in-Wide-x-Varying-Length-Engineered-Click-Hardwood-Flooring-23-64-sq-ft-case-HDMPCL145EF/300182562 

    Although those sage green kitchen you shared are beautiful, it feels too much of a bold change for us. We hoped to keep it more neutral and simple. White seems to work as shown in the pictures above?

    We still plan to remove that trim which drives us nuts and then add the backsplash, about 30 sq ft with Grecian White 3 x 6 subway. Is this neutral enough with the countertops?

  • karen v
    Autor original
    hace 4 años

    Flo Mangan, what color are the cabinets in the Chadsworth Butler Pantry photo?

  • jhmarie
    hace 4 años

    Under the other photo's for the Chadsworth project, the paint color is not given, but it states the colors come from Benjamin Moore's Historic Colors collection.

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    Flo Mangan
    hace 4 años
    The French Oak is nice but if you are set on doing that then paint your cabinets gray because white won't work very well especially since appliances will be SS or basically gray tone. I would strongly suggest you make up some large sample paint boards and get a sample of your flooring and hold up in your light to see what it looks like. I am very familiar with Baltic Brown. Lowest cost granite around which is why it went into production homes. It has very pink look to it. Test your proposed elements with it. Let us know how that works. With that budget, you are DIY-ing painting cabinets which I highly recommend researching very well. It is huge job. Remove all hardware, remove doors, prep all surfaces thoroughly, prime, sand, clean with tack cloth all cabinet doors inside, outside and flat front cabinets. Repeat 2-3 more times. Final finish. Purchase and install new hardware. Install doors back. Fight with the ones that now don't fit back just right. Keep fighting because now you have to fill previous hinge holes because the were messed up and now you can't get screws tight. Pray you have sanded and cleaned surfaces so they look clean of dust and oh yes, bugs that flew into wet surface in your garage! Couldn't pay me to do this. Save your money and just try painting the outside of the peninsula and see how that goes. Just telling the truth here.
    karen v agradeció a Flo Mangan
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    Sophie Wheeler
    hace 4 años

    Or take a sledgehammer to that ugly bacteria under a microscope stone and put in a nice stock laminate for now. Straight runs from a box store that you DIY yourself, likely will run you under $300. I'd MUCH rather have an inoffensive laminate than BB.

  • karen v
    Autor original
    hace 4 años

    Thank you Flo and everyone for the advice. Will post updates and photos as things progress.

  • gtcircus
    hace 4 años
    You can reface or repaint the the cabinets. I would pull a color from the granite to paint it and I don't think white will look right.
  • Bruce Crawford
    hace 4 años

    Re Flo's comments on DIY refinishing, she's right. The secret to a successful project is in the prep work, whether painting or staining. It's boring & tedious but it's essential. Years ago when I was repainting our eaves & fascia a neighbor thought I was a contractor & tried to hire me b/c he'd hired a contractor who hadn't prepped correctly & was having problems barely a year later. Onsome of Nicole Curtis' shows she shows refinishing steps but it's time-lapse editing so viewer doesn't get accurate feel for time req'd. Re Sophie's comment, I've seen some laminate that looks like real stone at first blush at Lowe's. I'm considering that for my laundry room. And I haven't seriously shopped for it. Others may offer even better-looking laminate finishes. If you do resurface counters, you'd have many more options in cabinet & backspash colors.

  • eaw 513
    hace 4 años
    I have to agree with those who said to ditch the countertops. You'll spend your entire revamp budget fighting to get those counters to look good. All the best to you.
    karen v agradeció a eaw 513
  • jhmarie
    hace 4 años
    Última modificación: hace 4 años

    I realize you are loving the white / gray kitchen look. I throw this out just as an option. Maple cabinets are pretty, still sell and yours look to be in good shape. You can update your kitchen without painting the cabinets. New appliances, countertops, hardware and backsplash can make a big difference. I added an apron front sink - the Kohler Whitehaven "short apron" style can be installed on a standard sink base. I did not paint my cabinets and am very pleased with my refresh.

    karen v agradeció a jhmarie
  • adhleysmom
    hace 4 años
    I also have baltic brown granite and initially pickled maple cabinets in my 1993 house. I painted the cabinets this summer using SW bungalow beige. the backsplash is beadboard, painted BM sea urchin. Same as wall color. cost was a few hundred dollars. we used a sprayer for the cabinets. we already had an air compressor. Hope this helps.
  • adhleysmom
    hace 4 años
    I've seen white cabinets with baltic brown, and it's not a good look.
  • Bruce Crawford
    hace 4 años

    To paraphrase the wacky TV detective, Maxwell Smart, you know what you want to do w/ appliances. You don't know what you aant to do w/ cabinets, backsplash & maybe even countertops. Start w/ what you know. Your range, u-wave & fridge are all slide-ins so you won't have to configure cabs around them.

    karen v agradeció a Bruce Crawford
  • mamadada
    hace 4 años
    Have you done any work yet? I too have baltic brown and I am painting cabs cream. I apparently disagree with others here and think it will be pretty. There are several posts here that make it work and it looks lovely. I wouldn't do stark white. I am battling finding a backsplash right now.What ard you choosing?
  • Bruce Crawford
    hace 4 años

    Karen V, in comparing your "before" pics at the top w/ the "after" ones, I'd say you hit a home run, and it didn't just barely clear the fences, it was a "no-doubter" the instant it left the bat. Nicely done!

    karen v agradeció a Bruce Crawford
  • Julie PH
    hace 4 años
    Looks great.
    karen v agradeció a Julie PH
  • barncatz
    hace 4 años
    Última modificación: hace 4 años

    Wow, it's so much prettier. Great job. May I ask what color you used on your walls and ceiling?

  • mamadada
    hace 4 años

    I do think it looks great!!!! Funny how they really trashed Baltic brown. Mine isn't pink at all. It is a kind of terra cotta color. In other words more orange than pink. Having a tough time finding a backsplash. Also, regarding the cost...not cheap. I just paid way too much for an additional counter. The granite yard said it is middle not low end. I am sure prices are different in every location. But it was $45/sq. ft. It is hard to get my color though. What color are your floors?

  • karen v
    Autor original
    hace 4 años

    thanks so much everyone!

    barncatz - the walls are taupe tease by behr and then ceiling is a white by pittsburgh paint.

    mamadada - we inherited this granite when we purchased this condo. originally built in 2001. we wanted to refresh our kitchen without replacing the granite so I'm not sure about the cost. The floors are Wide plank baker oak floors from home depot. They are on the gray brown side.


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    Studio Snaidero DC Metro
    hace 4 años

    Yes definitely! Sleek, modern white cabinets could make all the difference!

  • mamadada
    hace 4 años

    I think the counters are very pretty. And in regards to the comments above about Baltic Brown being a builder grade...I have been touring new homes since pre granite craze in the late 80's when Corian was the thing to have. Not once have I seen Baltic Brown in a spec house. The grey white polka dot one yes. Never Baltic Brown.

  • reyotem
    hace 4 años

    Wow! Great transformation! If you do anything in the future, you may want to change out the island granite, but leave the countertops against the wall as is. You could go with a Carrera to tie in the backsplash.

    karen v agradeció a reyotem
  • mamadada
    hace 4 años

    You people are brutal. Do you even have granite?

    karen v agradeció a mamadada
  • dentgal
    hace 3 años

    Glad you didn't go with sage green!! I have the same countertops and am also going to a white/cream cabinet. Don't know what to do with the backsplash but yours looks great!!

  • 80sgirlatheart
    hace 3 años

    @Sophie Wheeler-what white with pink undertones do you recommend? I have BB countertops as well and am looking for a color to paint my cabinets. I am thinking of getting new granite or quartz for our island. What granite or quartz would compliment BB? I know you dislike BB but due to budget, it's staying. :)

  • wddmlgb
    hace 3 años

    @ Karen, I just came across this, having the same colors you had before- your post makes me want to start painting my cabinets right away,

    fantastic outcome, what a great job, this is really beautiful, thanks a million for posting.

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    Joseph Corlett, LLC
    hace 3 años

    "OK, change your appliances to stainless"


    Yes, and your sink too:


  • Jill
    hace 3 años

    Has anyone tried any other color painted cabinets with baltic brown countertops like expresso to modernize? I've got the light oak colored cabinets and want to paint to modernize but don't want white, orangish brown, or cherry cabinets like i've seen in the pictures i've searched for. Floors are cream neutral marble


  • 80sgirlatheart
    hace 3 años

    @Jill-Many houses in my neighborhood have baltic brown countertops. IMHO, those kitchen that have espresso cabinets or other dark cabinets, feel very closed-in and well, dark. Perhaps lighting can solve this issue. Not sure.

  • mamadada
    hace 2 años
    Reno'd my kitchen and painted cabs SW Cameo Cream and exact match crackle subway. Not great but I'm used to it now.
  • Jenny Dale
    hace 2 años

    I love your result! can I ask what color white you painted your cabinets? I looked for it in the thread and cannot find. I have Baltic brown counters and getting my cabinets painted next month! Would love to know your exact color! Thank you!

  • Steven T.
    el último año
    Última modificación: el último año

    We have Baltic brown as well and absolutely hated it for the first 2 years of owning the house. Then we decided to try and work with it. Painted the cabinets Sherwin Williams naval and added gold pulls.



  • Usuario de Houzz-741010687
    el último año

    @Steven T. your Baltic Brown looks different from mine. We too are considering painting the cabinets dark blue and were clueless about what kind of backsplash to add. I hate BB but I’m trying to work with it instead of replacing my granite.


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    Beth H. :
    el último año
    Última modificación: el último año

    HU,,his looks diff because his under cabinet lights are very warm temp. They give off a yellowish hue. if he had cool, 4500K light bulbs, it would look like yours.

    Have you considered looking into pre fab granite or quartz? they are usually about 2K less than buying a full slab. and really painting cabs comes in at about 5K anyway, so use the money to get new countertops if you hate them, Your cabs are very nice looking and so is your backsplash. all you need is a white quartz, or marble or marble-look quartz.

    or, if you like darker, go w/a black soapstone or honed black granite

    or this Charcoal quartz (Silestone Eternal)

    if you can spare about 4K, you can do this, or the light gray one. Either would look great in your kitchen


  • dentgal
    el último año

    Steven T: I love what you did with your kitchen! I ended up refacing the doors of the kitchen and changed the counter tops and new backsplash. I love it. And I build an island.

  • tracywilches
    el último año

    Karen,

    Is the Marble tile you used from Home Depot the “MSI Greecian White Polished Marble Floor and Wall tile”? Thanks

    Tracy

  • J D
    hace 9 meses

    Steven T. Your
    Countertops are not Baltic brown. But they are similar in shade. Not pattern.

  • J D
    hace 9 meses

    Steven T your kitchen looks stunning!

  • J D
    hace 9 meses

    I worked with my Baltic brown countertops too. The kitchen looks great. New backsplash and off white painted cabinets.

  • felizlady
    hace 9 meses

    If you are replacing the appliances, all stainless steel would lighten the look considerably. If you need to paint, select a light silvery gray.

  • Angela Iannitti-Hulse
    hace 5 meses

    Steve what great combo! It looks fantastic! What color are the floors?

  • Ddr Ddr
    hace 2 meses

    Work it!

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