The one kitchen thing that’s been a lasting source of mild annoyance to me is the skirting board material. Instead of wood, the skirt boards are the rubber kind that’s commonly found in industrial kitchens. I assume the person who put them in did so because they’re flexible and thus easy to wrap around corners, and they’re no doubt quick to install.
Plus, there’s one gently curved wall at the back outside corner of the kitchen, and fitting wooden skirting boards there would be more difficult than simply pressing the rubber into place.
But that’s what kerf cuts are for.
So I’m thinking about making an inexpensive upgrade by replacing the rubber skirting boards with 3/4″- or perhaps 1/2″-thick painted poplar. All I’d have to do is measure, cut the parts to fit and kerf the back of the piece for the curve (then fill the cuts on top where they’d show). I can’t imagine it would take me more than a couple hours’ work (though Murphy’s law dictates, of course, that it will take at least twice as long as I anticipate).
Because the door and window casings in the kitchen aren’t profiled, I don’t even have to worry about an edge treatment; square would match the rest of the trim (though I would no succumb to the compulsion to add a toe kick to match the trim in the rest of the house…and because I can never seem to take the easiest path).
But I can’t decide, should I do this, if black or the white of the cabinets is the best color choice. White would perhaps made the room look a bit larger* and form a continuous visual line with the door casings and cabinets – plus it would match the baseboards in the rest of the house, and look fresh and clean…but without vigilant attention it might not stay that way for long. Black would match the appliances and grout, and help to “ground” the base cabinets – but wouldn’t look as crisp against the yellow walls and white door casings.
What do you think: Is it worth the trouble? And if so, would you choose black or white?
* That may be a fashion-based assumption; white skirts make things look larger – which is why I don’t wear them.