First, my experiments with painting the cabinets failed. They're finished in some kind of oil-based (seems like kryptonite-based) clearcoat, and the primers and paints I have on hand will not stick. I'd have to strip the finish first, then paint. :( I don't like using chemical strippers. And the cabinets are so poorly made, they're hardly worth the effort.
Second, the garbage disposal side of my sink began to leak. The disposal -- which shakes the entire cabinet and operates at the decibel level of a 747 -- has long been in need of replacement, but I'm not keen on installing a new garbage disposal on the crappy old sink.
I don't want to spend the next year putting time and money into a continuous series of patches to a kitchen that will eventually be gutted. I think my better course of action is to move ahead with the full kitchen renovation sooner rather than later.
First step: Plan the layout. The general footprint of the kitchen is fine, but I don't like having the stove on the peninsula (or the requirement of buying a more-expensive slide-in range). I also think the sink should be under the window. Moving the appliances will require re-routing of plumbing and electrical; the expense of this work is part of the reason I was delaying the remodel.
Second step: Plan the cabinetry. There's a huge price range for cabinetry, from relatively inexpensive stock cabinets to somewhat pricey semi-custom to how-many-thousands-of-dollars-did-you-say?! custom cabinetry. I will stick with stock cabinets.
Some of the cabinet companies offer free 3D design tools, which make it easy (and fun!) to determine which sizes and styles work best for you.
|this is what my kitchen currently looks like|
|option A: same general U-shape footprint, stove and sink moved|
|option B: different U-shape, fridge moved to right side wall, pantry added|
|option B in dark stain|
|option C: cabinets and appliances on two walls only|
|option C in dark stain|
I like the idea of an ebony stain on the cabinets (it looks dark brown in the renderings), but it might make the kitchen too dark. White cabinets would keep it brighter. Of course, I could also change the wall color.
|purple walls are always an option in my house ;)|