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Cream Kitchen Cabinets

I would like to add my 2 cents for you to consider, because this is so fixable. I have two thoughts… 1). Change the tone of your existing blue walls to a softer blue with warmer, greyed down undertones and paint a warmer white or cream on the trim (to match cabinets or a shade or two lighter). This will make the cabinets read more as the ‘white’ you are craving while still maintaining the colour scheme you love. Basically you would be going from what is a mixed cool and warm scheme that is fighting each other to an all warm scheme. I realize you were going for a cool scheme, but there are now too many warm fixed elements (countertop, splash, cabinets, hardware) that shouldn’t be ignored. I fear that painting your new cabinets white will make your backsplash, knobs and countertops pop visually (perhaps a too harsh contrast) and since these were not your favorite elements you may be disappointed when they are accentuated. Plus, the factory applied cream paint on your cabinets will be a better finish than a DIY paint redo…..unless you remove them and send them all to be professionally lacquered. OR… 2). Pull a taupe, grey or cream colour from your backsplash tile and repaint the walls. The trim would then be the cream to match your cabinets or a lighter version. This could be a more sophisticated tone on tone scheme with softer contrasts….not unlike your dream kitchen photo, but only with warmer tones. You can add blue accents with your accessories if you miss the blue…and if the blue is elsewhere in your home, provide continuity. Keep your warm tones clean and fresh….not muddy.
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Cream Kitchen Cabinets

What a great posting! I can identify with so much of what people are saying. I originally envisioned an all white kitchen, much like the one at the top of the page. I couldn’t afford custom-made cabinets, so my contractor showed me pre-fab ones. Great quality, except I thought the white ones (which were shaker) were just meh. (Granted, I didn’t imagine them on the walls with the backsplash, counter, etc.) So then I went to my second choice, espresso. The shaker espresso cabinets didn’t have a grain; looked like cabinets spray-painted dark brown. So I went with an espresso birch slab. So it has a grain, but I preferred shaker over slab. But it’s more of a dark warm brown than espresso. Then for the counter. I liked the look of an “oreo” kitchen—white or cream counters with dark cabinets. I was talked out of Quartz, the person at the design center saying it would be more expensive than granite and that because of the length of my counters, I’d get a seam somewhere. I went to the granite yard where the contractor had a discount, and all the white(ish) granites didn’t slay me, so I wound up getting this beautiful bordeaux granite with lots of movement in shades of cream, beige, etc., with lots of mica. As for the backsplash, I went with tumbled botticino marble squares, because white white didn’t work, and glass fought the granite. SO…kitchen is very pretty. But not…one…element…is..what…I…originally…wanted. (Although I painted the walls a creamy white.) Every time I see an all-white kitchen on TV or in a movie, or even one with dark espresso shaker cabinets with white or cream quartz counters, my husband immediately says, “I don’t want to hear it.”
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Cream Kitchen Cabinets

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Ugh…that is all so frustrating! It’s still a beautiful kitchen but I see what you mean…it’s just nothing like your inspiration pic. Those damn “designers” kill me! My mom just built a beach house with an all white kitchen and bathrooms and some “designer” told her to get cream cabinets too. Now the bright white sink and the white subway tiles make the cabinets look dingy. And the white and blue marble in the bathrooms doesn’t match the cream cabinets in there, either. And don’t even get me started on the advice she got from the “designers” at Ethan Allen! Regardless, you have a beautiful kitchen. Enjoy it!
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Cream Kitchen Cabinets

1). Change the tone of your existing blue walls to a softer blue with warmer, greyed down undertones and paint a warmer white or cream on the trim (to match cabinets or a shade or two lighter). This will make the cabinets read more as the ‘white’ you are craving while still maintaining the colour scheme you love. Basically you would be going from what is a mixed cool and warm scheme that is fighting each other to an all warm scheme. I realize you were going for a cool scheme, but there are now too many warm fixed elements (countertop, splash, cabinets, hardware) that shouldn’t be ignored. I fear that painting your new cabinets white will make your backsplash, knobs and countertops pop visually (perhaps a too harsh contrast) and since these were not your favorite elements you may be disappointed when they are accentuated. Plus, the factory applied cream paint on your cabinets will be a better finish than a DIY paint redo…..unless you remove them and send them all to be professionally lacquered.
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Cream Kitchen Cabinets

I also have a re-done kitchen that I don’t love. I also did not listen to myself with what I wanted and I got some bad advice from the Home Depot lady designer. Also listened to my MIL and did not open the kitchen like I wanted to. I actually really like your cabinets and agree that the cream is better with the dark floors. Since they are new cabinets, instead of painting them YET, I would start by painting the very nautical looking light blue that is all over. I think this is a cheap place to start and will probably really change your view of the cabinets. Its an easier fix that painting the cabinets. The existing blue is calling out for white cabinets. Time to let the blue go. Just an idea. I have not read all the other posts. Good luck.
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I enjoyed this read a lot. I always have trouble choosing colors. Not because I don’t know what I like, but because little swatches are hard for me to visualize life size. And you are right. You need to bring those color samples to your home, to see how your lighting affects it. I did want to add one thought. I love white, stark white. So it is never an issue which color of cabinets or wood trim to go with. But I discovered something when I moved into out current home. The previous owner combined white AND cream everywhere. So though there was some wall paper, it had cream background, not white, but the woodwork was white. I will always use both colors in a room. It affects towels, sheets, bedding, curtains, all of those linen choices and makes them work. I guess my colors are white and cream and everything else turns into the accent color. Anyway, I like your kitchen. Thanks for sharing your lessons.
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Cream Kitchen Cabinets

I just happened upon your story. First of all, let me say that I am so sorry you didn’t get what you wanted. I just want to say, though, that when undertaking a project of this size – a kitchen in particular – it often makes sense to work with a designer (not just someone roaming the halls). Yes, it is a separate expense, but it doesn’t have to be a huge one. I am a space planner/designer specializing in kitchens, and I regularly work with people who just want to run their choices by me. A good, seasoned designer doesn’t tell you what you want; they help you achieve YOUR vision. That is not to say that I don’t sometimes suggest a different material or finish, but even when I do, I explain why I am making the suggestion but leave it up to the homeowner. My experience is what they are paying me for, after all. It sounds like your layout was a given, and your finishes were what gave you trouble. For probably less than a couple of hundred dollars – depending upon where you live – you could have hired someone to review your choices and help you to coordinate everything and get the look you wanted (obviously, full scale design services would cost a lot more, but if you are gutting and changing your layout, it becomes even more important). I would have told you that your glass knobs would look fantastic! This is what we do, day in and day out, so we are familiar with products and sources and trends (if you care; I don’t), and we WANT every kitchen to look unique. For instance, recently I worked on a very expensive new house project where the owners were originally convinced they wanted to use 2 different finishes, one a white glazed maple because, although they really wanted white, they were convinced that painted cabinets wouldn’t wear well. The maple cabinets looked extremely pink – something they didn’t see until I laid a white door next to it – and looked like the old pickled cabinets from the ’80s. I was also able to allay their fears that a painted cabinet wouldn’t wear well – they’ve come a long way from 20 years ago. In this large kitchen, we ultimately mixed cabinet finishes, backsplash tile and even hardware, and they are thrilled with the outcome. I really prefer working on remodels, however, and making an old or “builder’s special” kitchen into a custom looking, well-functioning kitchen full of storage, while using all the tricks I know to keep the price down. A kitchen remodeling is a lot to coordinate, and you are spending a substantial amount of money, no matter what the budget. There is absolutely nothing wrong with DIY, but sometimes it pays to get a little professional advice. A good designer can show you where you can cut costs, where to splurge and how to pull the whole thing together to achieve your dream.

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