We looked at buying salvaged cabinets, but honestly, with a kitchen as small as ours we just didn't have much wiggle room to work with whatever we ended up finding. And I really wanted to go for a classic arts & crafts/Stickly/mission style, which you just do not find in salvaged cabinets. So we went the Home Depot route, and have custom designed cabinets arriving in two weeks. Which means I am in crazy mad demolition mode!
Actually it's rather fun, finally being able to demolish this stuff I've been cursing at for three years. So far, all the cabinets but the sink base are out, we are stripping wallpaper (my new worst job ever!) and I am stripping roughly 50 years of paint off of the window and door frames (my number 2 worst job ever!). Although I did find this awesome soy-based gel stripper that is no oder and water washable - makes it SO much easier!
After that's done, I'll paint the whole thing (one coat primer, one or two coats base, and then a rag finish in a slightly lighter color), and stain the woodwork. That *should* just about get me to delivery date. Then we get the cabinets, but no counter. We have to get that remeasured after the install, and wait another 3 weeks.
Then I am putting in a tile backsplash that I haven't quite figured out what I want to do with yet. I'm waiting for samples to figure out what I CAN do (arts and crafts style tile is frakkin' expensive y'all!). This will also determine my final choice of paint, so I hope they get here soon, cause clock is ticking! Then I will take the glass panels from the 2 cabinets that have them, and do a mock-stained glass design on them (depending on what I end up doing with the tile and paint colors...) I still have to find a facet, and pick an over-the-range microwave.
Whew! First world problems, right? I have ordered the cabinet hardware (OMG gorgeousness and love!). Here is our door style: Gettysburgh in Maple Auburn Glaze. I'm thinking a sort of toned down golden parchment yellow for the walls, and a sort of sage-green tiles with rust-colored grout for the backsplash. I'll post pics as it starts to come together.... meanwhile, more stripping! (If only that was as much fun as it implies....)