Hi, this is Mary Jo and I'm your designer. I graduated from Louisiana State University with an interior design degree and have been working in the industry ever since.
This kitchen is huge and you have so much cabinet space- both of which are prime qualities. However, we know that when a kitchen is this old, it feels dated and needs some changes. We love the fact that you recognized the cabinets as 'virtually indestructible' and very expensive to replace. The good news is that with professional design updates, you can make any room and even older cabinetry - look fresh and new and reusing cabinetry is very 'earth friendly'
Our goal is to make this room still the primary place to entertain but to also make this a space you love to spend time in.
The biggest concern for this room was working around the oak cabinets - to make them more updated looking without painting them etc. This can be done! Our solution for this was a combination of changes. The first was painting the room a beautiful shade of blue that has a touch of green in it. This color will not only give the room a fresh look, but compliments the oak cabinets perfectly. The next two changes were the counter tops and the floor. We selected a corian countertop that was darker and had a little bit of texture to it- making the cabinets "pop" and modernizing the look of the room. You can choose granite or even laminate to suit your budget - just select something with the same look and coloring we've identified. We love to give you options!
Originally we looked at a cream flooring, but after further consideration we thought that a more grey/stone look would work better with the wall color, counter top and appliances. This also updates the room's facade as well as will work great in all the other spaces throughout the house.
To continue the updated look, we chose appliances that were stainless steel because black would darken the room too much, and white would look off with the creams in the room.
We chose a simple pendant to continue the look and to replace the overhead light that was outdated.