It seems hard to believe that a solid year has past since we did the kitchen facelift.
Do you remember where it all started? Not a bad kitchen, but it wasn't for us. I still get emails from people that are mortified that I painted the wood. For us, painted cabinetry was the way to go.
Do I have any regrets? Not.a.single.one.
One of the best decorating decisions I've made. Not much has changed in the year either (that's a good sign, right?) I thought that I would at least have some type of curtains covering the windows....nope. I like them with just the bamboo shades.
How about the wear and tear? Has the painted finish held up? For the most part, yes. There are some fingernail nicks that happen with everyday use and over time, especially around the handles. Specifically the cabinet right above the coffee pot where I reach in and grab a mug each morning....When I was painting the cabinets for the laundry room, I did a quick touch-up and it wasn't bad at all.
The new sink and faucet are still functioning well. The only design flaw with the faucet is that it has to be tightened every so often and the tightening screw is in a bad spot, but other than that I love it. The best feature is the pull out sprayer, I still love that.
Logan has done his fair share of damage to the lower cabinets, running his big plastic motorcycle into them, airplanes that have to make a 'crash' landings and countless other scenarios (Mother's of six year olds know what I mean). But that is, after all, the main reason for going black on the bottom! :)
Another decision that I made was to paint the oak trim on the counter tops....this has been great and held up remarkably well. I thought that it would get a lot of nicks, but it hasn't. The only wear has happened on the peninsula where most of my projects and crafting happen, but it's hardly even noticeable.
Overall, if I had to do it over again, I would in a heart beat.