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post #21 of 40
I think you could get away with it (on the top cabinets only) if you arrange the cabinets really nice and make sure that the different colors of dishes are stacked together so they don't look cluttered and disorganized. If you have four colors of plates make sure when they are stacked that you stacked them with all the orange, then all the yellow, then all the green....Does that make sense?

Basically, if you play around with it, you could make it look cute! Maybe paint the insides of the cabinets to compliment the dishes, if you can.
post #22 of 40
Have you thought about removing the doors and trying to put up drapes in a simple fabric you like?
post #23 of 40
I'd leave them on too... but either way, on or off, I would definitely prime and paint the wood white. In my eyes that would be the best way to open things up like you want.
post #24 of 40
wow, is your kitchen always that clean??

I have removed the upper cabinet doors in 2 kitchens now, so I'm definitely a fan of taking them off! and I don't even have cute dishes I've always left the lower ones on. waaay too messy, and too inviting for the littles I store glasses upside down to avoid dust getting in them... although I don't do that with mugs, so I'm not sure why I bother things don't seem to get particularly dusty if they are getting used regularly (and if they don't get used, why keep them??).

post pix when you're done!
post #25 of 40
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Originally Posted by thriftyqueen View Post
I think you could get away with it (on the top cabinets only) if you arrange the cabinets really nice and make sure that the different colors of dishes are stacked together so they don't look cluttered and disorganized. If you have four colors of plates make sure when they are stacked that you stacked them with all the orange, then all the yellow, then all the green....Does that make sense?

Basically, if you play around with it, you could make it look cute! Maybe paint the insides of the cabinets to compliment the dishes, if you can.
oooh I would definitely have all the colors mixed together. I think it looks better that way personally I also don't want to have to stress that much about what order plates are in when putting them away and using them, you know?
post #26 of 40
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Originally Posted by goddessjulia View Post
wow, is your kitchen always that clean??

I have removed the upper cabinet doors in 2 kitchens now, so I'm definitely a fan of taking them off! and I don't even have cute dishes I've always left the lower ones on. waaay too messy, and too inviting for the littles I store glasses upside down to avoid dust getting in them... although I don't do that with mugs, so I'm not sure why I bother things don't seem to get particularly dusty if they are getting used regularly (and if they don't get used, why keep them??).

post pix when you're done!
Oh days I don't cook it is!
post #27 of 40
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Originally Posted by AFWife View Post
Have you thought about removing the doors and trying to put up drapes in a simple fabric you like?
HOnestly, I really don't like the look of drapes
post #28 of 40
If it was my kitchen, I would leave them on...for a couple reasons - dust and things might look too busy and more cluttered for my taste. It sounds like you already have made up your mind though, lol, so take those puppies off an enjoy your kitchen
post #29 of 40
i might actually take a page off of the fiesta wear itself.

so, the color of the kitchen wall could be a more saturated version of the orangey-red of the fiesta wear, since the blue and the yellow seem to have taken it's cue from the blue and yellow of those dishes. so, why not just go with that orange/red color for the kitchen?

i would also remove the top shelves, and then do some kind of painting inside (white would look great, if it matches the bottom doors), so that the wear 'pops' and it also looks crisp and clean.

and, it will force you to stay organized.
post #30 of 40
Just make sure if you do remove the doors to get wood fill and fill the holes where the hinges were. Have you considered taking down the upper cabinets totally and putting up stainless steel or white shelves?
post #31 of 40
Take it off! Take it off! Once I lived in a house that had the cupboard doors on and off a few times. I could never make up my mind! What I did at the time they were off, however, was painted the backs of the cabinets the wall color. But, my cabinets were white and the dishes were white so it looked cool.
BTW-I would TOTALLY go with red in your kitchen. It would look great. It's your kitchen, and paint, well you already know, it can change in a day if you hate it.
For your beautiful dishes to look great I'd paint white the back of the cabinet only. Painting over the wood only gets you a painted future as it's a big pain to strip them. See what it looks like off and live that way a while--if it makes you smile to see your kitchen, then that's all that matters.
post #32 of 40
I have flicked back and forth a few times between looking at the open then shut photos....and I would suggest that you should keep them on.

With them open, it looks cluttered and busy.

The other thing is that it is above the cooking area, (forgive me if someone has already said this, I haven't read other replies) but the grease will rise with cooking fumes and settle on everything in the cabinets.
post #33 of 40
We used to have cabinets like that in my house growing up. I'm with you; they're hideous!

I would take them off, even though I'm really not a fan of exposed storage.


Alternatively, you could find some sort of glue that would work on them and do a sort of tile mosaic.
post #34 of 40
a friend did this and she had someone come and paint the insides and everything,completely professional finishing and it still looks odd to me,I am not a fan.
JMO
post #35 of 40
1. Love the nice clean kitchen!

2. Great dishes I was actually looking for something similar!

3. I think closed cupboards keep a space looking clean. Also I would think trying to keep my cupboard display ready would be too much work.

4. My sister had the same cupboards and just got new doors for hers and now they look fantastic.

5. I would be hesitant to take off the cupboard doors around my stove because the cupboards above it are always slightly sticky/dusty from cooking.

6. You could always try it and if you decide you don't like it put them back on.
post #36 of 40
I'd be tempted to leave them on until I could get new doors...but if and when you could, consider glass doors to emphasize the excellent colour of your dishes. And plain wood for the lower doors...it would look really amazing I think.

we took ours off for a while while we were renovating and not sure what to do with the cabinets...they didn't last long off...it started to bother me to have dust in my cabinets.
post #37 of 40
I still vote for leaving the doors on. Consider painting the kitchen area the same yellow as the family room. It will help unify the spaces rather than breaking them up with all different colors.Also, your accent tiles look like they are a similar yellow so that will pull things together.Things will flow more smoothly and your eye will not stop and register all the contrasting colors when you have a continuation of the family room color and the neutral cabinets.
post #38 of 40
Take them off!! I took mine off and we love it. This was my inspiration: http://sewliberated.typepad.com/sew_...e-kitchen.html

You do have to try and keep them quite neat though (I'm doing ok, not amazing on this).
post #39 of 40
Thread Starter 
thanks again everyone for all your thoughts. It's really appreciated.

I decided (for now) to leave them on. There are pros and cons to both. I got some cute glass containers for the table and a new fruit bowl, also a live plant to hang, which takes some focus off the ugly cabinets and on to the counter more. I'll upload a picture soon.

My husband also didn't like them off.. so I didn't want to argue with it.
post #40 of 40
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Originally Posted by redvlagrl View Post
Take them off!! I took mine off and we love it. This was my inspiration: http://sewliberated.typepad.com/sew_...e-kitchen.html

You do have to try and keep them quite neat though (I'm doing ok, not amazing on this).
That is an amazing kitchen! I love the orange color and the jars she had too!

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