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Painted Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

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Painted Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

It’s no secret that a kitchen renovation can be a daunting (and expensive) task. If your kitchen cabinets are in good shape, painting them is an inexpensive, eco-friendly way to give your kitchen a major facelift. Below are some painted kitchen cabinet ideas to inspire you.
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Painted Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Inspired by the homeowner’s love of Old World design, Ron and Martha Wolford created a rich, traditional look with frameless, raised-panel cabinets painted steel blue and accented with a creamy glaze. Important extras include in-cabinet puck lighting, under-cabinet lighting, mirrored glass mullioned doors (not pictured), and marble countertops. For a cohesive look, “the kitchen’s cream, gold, and blue palette flows into the family room and covered porch,” say the builders.
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Painted Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

If you’re ready to update your kitchen cabinets, you’ll need to select a new paint color. There are many directions you can go when it comes to kitchen cabinets and it’s not always easy to figure out which one is best. Consider the other items and colors that are already in your kitchen and select a color that will complement them. Take your backsplash, counter top, floor and walls into account. White is a common go-to color for kitchen cabinets because it feels clean and fresh. It also works well with every other color and can brighten up a dark space. Gray and greige also look great on kitchen cabinets; the colors pair well with yellow and blue, two common kitchen colors.
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Painted Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

“I crave juxtaposition, so I am envisioning bleached out, reclaimed, herringbone wood floors combined with kitchen cabinets painted in Plummet by Farrow & Ball. I would use a full gloss finish to add a modern element into the design and to reflect light. I would accent the minimalistic details of the millwork in a gilded paint and select simple brass pulls to play into the element of a classically rich, yet simplistic design.” – Katie Scott
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Painted Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Farrow & Ball Plummett No. 272 “I crave juxtaposition, so I am envisioning bleached out, reclaimed, herringbone wood floors combined with kitchen cabinets painted in Plummet by Farrow & Ball. I would use a full gloss finish to add a modern element into the design and to reflect light. I would accent the minimalistic details of the millwork in a gilded paint and select simple brass pulls to play into the element of a classically rich, yet simplistic design.” – Katie Scott
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Painted Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

If you prefer a pop of color for your kitchen cabinets, the sky is the limit. There are many shades of yellow that would really shine, from bright, almost neon hues to lighter, more buttery shades. Other pastel shades that would look good on kitchen cabinets include sky blue and mint green. If you have a big, airy kitchen and want a deeper, more sophisticated shade, try emerald green or navy blue—but only do this if you have light-colored walls; otherwise, your room will feel too dark and heavy.

Painted Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

“I recently used Sherwin Williams: Knitting Needles for all the cabinetry in a kitchen and the results are amazing. This is a light gray that manages to be not too green or too blue, a color that manages to be sophisticated and contemporary, but not boring. The satin finish from Sherwin Williams is beautiful for cabinetry and very durable. I paired the cabinet color with antique brass hardware and the contrast is stunning.” – Jeff Andrews
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Sherwin Williams Knitting Needles SW 7672 “I recently used Sherwin Williams: Knitting Needles for all the cabinetry in a kitchen and the results are amazing. This is a light gray that manages to be not too green or too blue, a color that manages to be sophisticated and contemporary, but not boring. The satin finish from Sherwin Williams is beautiful for cabinetry and very durable. I paired the cabinet color with antique brass hardware and the contrast is stunning.” – Jeff Andrews
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Two-toned cabinets are also in style these days. If you like this look, select a light color such as a creamy white or light gray for the top cabinets and a darker color such as a cobalt blue or even cranberry red for the bottom ones. If you’re really adventurous, try color blocking your cabinet by choosing two bright shades that are on opposite sides of the color wheel—for instance, bright yellow and navy blue. Some designers are using the ombre trend on kitchen cabinets. Achieve this look by selecting one color and painting your cabinets varying shades of it. Chalkboard paint can also look cool on cabinets and will make it easy to record shopping lists and to-dos.
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Punch up cabinetry with bright blues and reds, or ground a large space with a soothing gray or bay leaf green. Here, the ultimate kitchen color inspiration is served. (And if you get through all of these ideas and still love those pearly whites? Check out these designers’ top six shades.)
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Previous36 of the Most Stunning House Exteriors Ever view gallery 48 Photos Punch up cabinetry with bright blues and reds, or ground a large space with a soothing gray or bay leaf green. Here, the ultimate kitchen color inspiration is served. (And if you get through all of these ideas and still love those pearly whites? Check out these designers’ top six shades.) More view gallery
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Punch up cabinetry with bright blues and reds, or ground a large space with a soothing gray or bay leaf green. Here, the ultimate kitchen color inspiration is served. (And if you get through all of these ideas and still love those pearly whites? Check out these designers’ top six shades.) More view gallery
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Gray is a refined, classic shade, but it also evokes a more modern feel than its black counterpart. Designer David Stimmel chose a hand-applied painted sheen for these birch cabinets, which allows a hint of the natural wood grain to peek through the soft gray tone.
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Painted cabinets are ruling Pinterest these days, since intrepid DIYers love the idea of updating their kitchens with only a few coats of a new color. It seems like a no-brainer project, but this undertaking actually has many potential pitfalls. Avoid these blunders to end up with cabinets you can’t wait to show off:
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Painted cabinets look lovely, but they aren’t going to look totally smooth. “If the cabinets have a visible open grain, the grooves are going to show through the paint,” warns Don Fahrbach, president of professional painting company PNP Craftsmen in New York City. “Even if it wasn’t super obvious when the wood was just stained, it’s going to be more evident once the paint dries.” You can fill the grain with putty, but that can be time-intensive and challenging to get just right.
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Vacuum up any debris before you even think of dipping that brush in paint. Just a few pieces of dust can ruin the look: “You’ll get a gritty finish and it’ll look like you painted over sand,” says Fahrbach. “To fix it, you’ll have to sand it and repaint it all over again.”
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When painting your kitchen cabinets, the design choices are limitless. You can brighten up the space with a coat of white, or blast the room with a vibrant color like cobalt. You can also combine colors for a trendy, dual-tone look in your kitchen.

Energize your kitchen by painting your cabinets a bright color, such as emerald, cobalt or golden yellow. Be conscious of how it will coordinate with the wall color and fixtures in your kitchen, as well as the rest of your home. With vibrant cabinets, you’ll want to stick to light and neutral wall colors to keep your space from becoming too dark or busy.
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America loves a white kitchen. We get it. White’s clean, simple, orderly—and, even devotees have to agree, a bit of a no-brainer. But we’re here to tell you that color can be a kitchen’s best friend, cleverly highlighting architectural details or transforming dated cabinetry. It can change the whole feeling of the room. Even brightening up just one area—an island, say—with a refreshing hue can be a real mood-booster. Combine two colors on your cabinets, and you’re on your way to a truly personal look. So break out of the white-and-wood zone and let color work the room. We’ve pulled together a dozen duos to get you going.
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“Creating a hip, young kitchen while respecting the architectural heritage of an old house can be a challenge,” says designer Jason Ball. To meet the twin needs of this particular project, Ball chose cabinets in a traditional raised-panel style, but gave them a fresh look with a trendy color: Behr’s Dark Granite, in a rich semi-gloss finish. Hidden storage features complete the clever design. Deep drawers under the range keep pots and pans handy; cabinets extend to the ceiling for maximum stow-away space; and a pullout on one side of the kitchen keeps dog food easily accessible.
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Colorful Cook Spaces America loves a white kitchen. We get it. White’s clean, simple, orderly—and, even devotees have to agree, a bit of a no-brainer. But we’re here to tell you that color can be a kitchen’s best friend, cleverly highlighting architectural details or transforming dated cabinetry. It can change the whole feeling of the room. Even brightening up just one area—an island, say—with a refreshing hue can be a real mood-booster. Combine two colors on your cabinets, and you’re on your way to a truly personal look. So break out of the white-and-wood zone and let color work the room. We’ve pulled together a dozen duos to get you going.

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