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  1. Anne
    April 7, 2016 @ 10:22 am

    Oh this post reminds me of my days working with my Dad in his custom cabinet shop. Which gets most of its business from people building new homes or remodeling kitchens and bathrooms.

    And every cabinet maker and installer really hopes the white trend ends soon because it’s nothing but a pain in the butt from the staining/painting process to the installing. And then the countless times those cabinets have to be retouched if someone is crazy enough to think they are a good idea when you have children.
    White paint chips horribly and looks worse then a dent in natural wood.

    With all of that being said I have helped install many beautiful kitchens over the years and the ones I drool the most over have natural unstained wood. Oak is old school yes, but walnut, hickory, cherry, birch ahhhh…….those look beautiful!! Just please!!!! Don’t have them painted white! ?

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  2. Lindsey
    April 16, 2016 @ 3:09 pm

    “And I will include tips about where to find delicious artisanal (gluten free!) pastries made by villagers who have been growing specialty grains for over 900 years.”

    No, you’ll write about even though you are gluten intolerant in the U.S., you can totally eat bread in Italy because Monsanto and other conglomerates haven’t ruined all the grain crops.

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  3. Terri
    April 18, 2016 @ 4:59 pm

    This is the best thing I have read in a long time! I am about to spruce up my kitchen, which was already outdated when I bought it 13 years ago. I will attempt to make it more to my liking and a bit more functional, but I’ll keep the honey oak cabinets.

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  4. Rachel
    April 19, 2016 @ 1:47 pm

    Maybe you should start a challenge post on Pinterest or something, challenging people to show their kitchen, how it is right now and perhaps it will go viral. That would be fun to participate in!! That said, I love beautiful kitchens and drool over them but it’s mostly just in appreciation of their beauty, I don’t let it get me down that’s for sure. Good thing to remember is that person with that high end, trendy new kitchen has someone that they are jealous of too 😉

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  5. Debra
    April 20, 2016 @ 9:39 pm

    I have a new white and grey kitchen that actually does make me happy! We waited and saved for 6 years to save for the house we wanted. When I am not working, I spend most of my time cooking for my family and it is a pleasure to be in such a bright light filled easy to clean kitchen that finally has enough storage. I didn’t design it for anyone else but us and I no longer covet Pinterest or Houzz kitchens. I am just happy to be home!

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  6. Megan
    April 24, 2016 @ 11:28 am

    I LOVE this!!!! Thank you thank you thank you for writing it! Instant gratification can’t come to most people (that I know, anyway) and we have to put things together bit by bit in the old houses we were so fortunate to be able to purchase. If they were to stay the way they are for the rest of our lives, we would be lucky. Trends come and they go, but our house provides comfort, safety, security, love, laughter and the best memories of our lives. I am totally guilty of being a reno-zombie for long stretches of my very precious and limited “me time”, sifting through a gazillion pictures on houzz and adding a multitude of pins to my “kitchen renovation” board. Enough. It’s fine to dream and maybe have a goal for the final result, but from now on, all my energy and love will go to what I have, not what “should” be in my house.

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  7. Sarah
    May 10, 2016 @ 12:12 pm

    This is spot on. I hope you don’t mind that I share it. I love your writing!

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  8. Anne Arjani
    May 30, 2016 @ 11:09 am

    This article is brilliant. As a Realtor with some green awareness, I must constantly bite my tongue when my buyer clients pronounce perfectly functional kitchens to be so “outdated” that they cannot possibly purchase the home they are seeing. Thank you for writing this article. It effectively states what is in my mind. As an aside, I “remodeled my own 25 year old dated kitchen….mostly by refinishing my existing cabinets, refinishing the floors, changing out the drawer hardware, and replacing my fridge and dishwasher. Everyone thinks I did a completely new remodel. I did not even change out the light fixtures. I toyed with the “white kitchen” but went with simply refinishing my cabinets. As a serious cook, I am not neat enough for an all white/light kitchen.

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  9. sean ryan
    June 28, 2016 @ 2:21 pm

    My life won’t be complete until I have a contrasting island with two (not three) pendants dangling over a carrera slab. I will be so pinteresting.

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  10. Brenda
    August 26, 2016 @ 4:54 pm

    You wrote my thoughts! Thank you!!
    I’m rebelling! In fact, I may go as far as Kramer and have NO kitchen. The shower will steam my food and wash my dishes. Go Me!

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  11. susan sellars
    September 23, 2016 @ 10:06 am

    Great Articles, love this blog.

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  12. Emmy Louvaris
    November 27, 2016 @ 11:32 am

    Yes! Anyone remember the white kitchens of the 90’s? Not cabinets…appliances…WHITE, WHITE, WHITE and then came Stainless Steel 😉

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  13. Deanna
    December 24, 2016 @ 1:46 pm

    LOL! Just what I needed to read today!

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  14. Kmarissa
    January 11, 2017 @ 11:46 am

    I know this is quite an old post, but it was so funny reading because that’s really where I’ve come around with my kitchen… at least for now. We moved into our home about two and a half years ago, and the one big cosmetic change that I really wanted to make soon was replacing the old formica countertops. They were probably put in when they kitchen was redone in the 70’s or so, and were a weird pinky beige, with the brown seam lines and everything. I thought, surely we can find some kind of Ikea butcher block, or new formica that’s faux soapstone, or something like that.

    Well as anyone who has bought a home quickly learns, we soon discovered there were far more important things we needed to spend our money on, like replacing our leaking roof, and now two and a half years later, I’ve decided the formica, it’s really not that bad. After all, it’s probably between 30 and 40 years old, and is still in great shape. No major scratches, burns, stains–only a tiny bit of wear and tear if you lean down and look really closely. Sure, it’s “outdated” and I don’t really love the pink tones, but it wears like iron. What more do I need? So we just painted the kitchen a complimentary tone and added a desperately-needed backsplash so we could clean flood splatters, and now, I’m pretty happy with my kitchen, all things considered.

    That said, I reserve the right to replace the whole kitchen someday. You know, when I win the lottery and build my dream addition.

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