Dear Design Diva,
I have a very dark kitchen with ugly kitchen cabinets. I can’t afford to replace them, but I hate the look of white cabinets. What do you suggest?
In The Dark
You probably spend more awake time in your kitchen than any other room in your house, so it is important that you enjoy the view. Since you didn’t mention how low your budget is, I will give you a few options at varying levels of expense.
Option 1 – Instead of replacing them, you can reface them. Basically a contractor removes all your cabinet doors and drawer fronts, applies a new veneer to the frames of the cabinets, and then installs brand new cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Still pricey, but less pricey than replacing.
Option 2 – If you like the look European or English Country, you can remove the bottom cabinets and cover the openings with colorful curtains while you either remove the upper cabinet doors completely or have the center panel cut out and replaced with glass. This is the option I used in my own kitchen, and I love it!
Option 3 – I know you don’t like white cabinets, but painting the cabinets is the least expensive option for transforming your kitchen. Just because you are painting doesn’t mean you have to paint them white. Soft green cabinets are very popular now and will give a soothing, restful feel to your kitchen.
Dear Design Diva,
What is the difference between a sofa and a couch?
Some might think the only difference between a sofa and a couch is where you grew up and which term your family used. However, those two terms do actually refer to two different items. “Couch” came from the french word “coucher,” which means “to lie down on a bed.” (Remember the popular Patti LaBelle song “Lady Marmalade” which was later remade by Christina Aquilera for “Moulin Rouge” – Voulez vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?) That being said, couch refers to a “fainting couch” or flat bed-like surface without the typical arms and back associated with sofas. The word “sofa” came from the Arabic word “suffa” which means long seat made of wood and cushions used for comfortable seating.
Hope that clears things up. So now you have to decide if you are a couch potato or a sofa slug…
The Design Diva of Sensibly Chic Interior Design