Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color Advice

You have decided not to replace the cabinets, but rather to paint them to coordinate with your kitchen remodel. Choosing the right color is your next decision. This is a guide about kitchen cabinet paint color advice.

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Question: Retro Kitchen Paint Color Advice

By Jody F. 1

I recently bought a beautiful house with this older style kitchen. The backsplash is grey tile. The countertop is cracked ice grey. The wood doors are varnished wood and the box of the cabinets has been painted white. I would like it all to be one color. I have tried various colors of yellow and they either look too bright or peach colored. The floors right now are a dark grey/brown that will be replaced. The room also gets lots of natural light. The appliances are white. It's a u-shape. Suggestions?

Retro Kitchen Paint Color Advice

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    By KIM HOGGAN 30 49 Flag

    February 6, 2016

    I thought this looked cute ;) Depends on what style you like. Good luck Jody !

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    Question: Kitchen Dilema: Paint Color Advice for Cupboards and Walls

    By Wilmamacd 1 2

    View of kitchen sink and surrounding cupboardsI have a few questions about my kitchen. We just bought this place and I have no idea what to start with for colors. I like the countertop and I think that will be my jumping off point. I am planning on painting the cupboards, walls, trashing the curtains, and possibly putting blinds instead? The decorative little shelf off to the side is also going, but I thought maybe adding a small ledge for a breakfast bar there and a couple of stools?

    So what colors where? The floor is a neutral linoleum tile which is brand new so I plan on keeping it for a while. I am working on a bit of a budget here so it's mainly getting paint.

    Suggestions would be great! Thanks.

    By Wilmamacd from PEI

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    By Wilmamacd 1 2 Flag

    May 13, 2011

    Okay, I have figured out pretty much what I am doing as a whole for the kitchen.......

    The walls are going a soft but somewhat bright green, called soft pistachio. The cupboards are definitely going stark white (What kind of gloss? Semi or High?) The door pulls are going to be satin nickel. Hoping to get these ones: http://www.kent.ca/kbs/en/product.j ... N&skuId=P135SN&catalogId=876

    The window will be getting nothing if I can help it, blinds if my husband can't handle nothing on the window.....lol.

    And I have decided to switch out the countertop to a more neutral one, thay way I can add more color with paint in the future. Also hoping to convince hubby that a new faucet is needed there ;).

    Thanks for the input everyone.very helpful! I promise to post a photo when I get it all done.

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    Question: Painting Cabinets to Make Kitchen Look Bigger

    By margie 1

    I'm just wondering if anyone has any ideas on painting my kitchen cabinets? I wanted some colors that would make my kitchen seem bigger. But the colors in here also wrap around my tiny dining area, which is open to the living room. Please Help!

    By Msmargie13 from Grand Rapids, MI

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    By susan winship 4 405 Flag

    July 27, 2009

    Could you match the maple-colored trim? It would be lighter, but before committing to it, see if you can find some paper (think art supply or wallpaper store) that would have that color range so you could see how it would look

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    Question: Cabinet Color Advice for Kitchen With Dark Mahogany Floors and Blue Granite Countertops

    By Stephen 1

    We're creating our kitchen. The floors are a very dark wood, African Mahogany. We've chosen a blue granite counter top, close to Blue Persia.

    The question is what would be a good color for the cabinets. One thought is having new cabinets painted cream, or a natural wood color. If the wood is on a darkish side will that work with the Blue Persia granite and the dark floor?

    Thanks for the help.

    By Stephen from Pacifica, CA

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    By PENNY K 14 564 Flag

    March 17, 2010

    I lived in Africa once, and seeing that lovely blue with hints of green in it reminded me of the lovely days in the Highlands of Kenya. How about a soft green taken from the dark streaks in the granite; a pastel/light version.

    It would be like the blue skies and green of Africa, with the dark woods you find in most houses there.

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    Question: Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color Advice

    My appliances are white, but my table is off white with a stainless steel top (so the legs of table and the chairs are off white). What color should I paint my kitchen cabinets? off white to match the table or white to match the appliances, or does it matter?

    By Carla

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    By Carol Swanson 36 226 Flag

    June 11, 2012

    I agree with the person who suggested you paint the cabinets to match the appliances.

    Paint the walls around the cabinets a different color to prevent "white out." Or put a pretty throw rug and towels in the kitchen.

    You can never go wrong with white for cabinets. there are many shades of white!

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    Question: Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color Advice

    My kitchen cabinets are cedar. The counter top is a bluish-green with specks of black (granite countertop). The floor is vinyl with bluish green and off white squares. Please help me. I am working on a limited budget. I don't know what to do about the ugly cedar cabinets. It's an eye sore. Help!

    By Susan

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    By Mary Lou 14 765 Flag

    October 18, 2011

    Question: Are they real cedar wood or just simulated to look like cedar? If they are real cedar, painting them may be a problem as the oils in the wood might make the paint fail to adhere.

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    Question: Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color Advice

    I need to paint my kitchen cabinets and I don't know what color to paint them. My kitchen is pretty small, and we don't have a lot of light. I love Italian, so I painted the walls a golden yellow color with faux brown on top of the gold.

    The kitchen cabinets are totally flat and are a cheap laminate with no design whatsoever. The counters are a dark speckled brown laminate. Help me please. When you give me some colors to pick from, I also need to know what color hardware (hinges and knobs) would look good. I'm going to replace all the hardware. The cabinets are over 25 years old.

    By Susan

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    By Cindy Scinto 2 5 Flag

    September 12, 2011

    I'm getting ready to paint my old, laminate kitchen cabinets also. I was terrified they would look, "painted." I found kits at Lowes from Rustoleum to refinish your cabinets with a color and pattern. Go to their website to see the options at: http://rustoleumtransformations.com/

    Also, Lowes has the very best options for cabinet knobs. Look at the options here: http://www.lowes.com/pl_Kitchen_4294933153__s?Ntt=knobs

    All the best to you! I'm excited to get that fresh, new look! 8^)

    Cindy

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    Question: Kitchen Cabinet Colour Advice

    By hmacivor 1

    I am in the process of renovating my kitchen cabinets. I have a small kitchen which has red brick on one wall and as a backsplash. My counter top is a black faux marble laminate. I was considering putting pewter hardware on the cabinets. My appliances are white. My floor is a light grey. I have one other wall that is currently a peachy colour (this could be changed). What colour would be best for the cabinets and doors?

    By Helen M

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    By Donna 6 71 Flag

    January 27, 2013

    White or the same light gray as the floor.

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    Question: Kitchen Wall and Cabinet Paint Color Advice

    By Miracle 3 1

    I want red dishes and decor for my kitchen, but I'm unsure of what color to paint the cabinets and walls. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    By Miracle from Delphi, IN

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    By 1bettybooper 2 4 Flag

    March 30, 2011

    Base of cabinets a grey mist from Loews as well as the walls. red (close to the Rustoleum red) cabinet doors with a top border of red on ceiling & walls and also in the middle of wall as a painted chair rail. If you have a ceiling fan you could also paint blades red and grey I have not done my fan blades yet but have the colors in my kitchen. I use paint cards & taped them to doors, cabinets & walls Good Luck. ezmeralda

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    Question: Kitchen Cabinet Color Advice

    By ssperf 3 2

    So I posted a while back asking about paint colors for the walls in our kitchen which opened the door for a whole new problem. Cabinet colors?
    Here are pictures of our tiny spaced kitchen and we are bouncing between a few options:

    • white cabinets with the white appliances, then white or another color paint on the walls
    • stain/darken the cabinets with white appliances, then white on the walls
    • leave them, they look good

    Other ideas are more than welcome though! Side note- we do have under lighting under the cabinets. So when those are on it helps bring the shadow out.
    We are young homeowners and welcome advice. Help us! Thanks.

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      By Cisco's Mom 15 148 Flag

      July 4, 2015

      It looks like you have black and white tile back splash. I would paint the cabinets white. Black or white appliances would look nice. I would replace the ceiling fixture for something more up to date. I would definitely remove as many things as possible from the counter tops and put them in the cabinets. I love your kitchen.

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      Question: Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color Advice

      We are going to do a minor update on our terribly outdated kitchen. If it was up to me, I'd be tearing out the whole thing and starting over. It currently has very dark cabinets with reddish-orange terracotta tile countertops. Unfortunately, we are only going to be painting the cabinets instead of replacing the whole mess, so I need some ideas on colors for the cabinets. Any help would be welcome.

      By Carol from Saratoga, CA

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      By Sheilah Link 5 328 Flag

      April 8, 2015

      Have you considered painting just the cabinet doors? If the cabinet shows around the doors, this could look very new. You do need to stay in the same color family as the counter top and cabinets, but you can go much lighter or do a stripe or a sponge print. New hardward might be a way to update the look. If the cabinets are very dark, it may take several coats to cover the old color. A quick, cheap fix is wall paper or stenciled design. Pick out a light color from the tile and use that as a guide. If it is the same color, you can go with a tint (color plus white) of that color. Hope this helps.

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      Question: Kitchen Cabinet Color Advice

      I would like to update our rental to sell. The kitchen is awful, with handmade cupboard doors, uneven, rough edges. I have acquired some cabinet doors that are in good shape, but will need to be painted. The tile is an ugly beige/yellow that will be staying, unfortunately. Also, I have white appliances. What colour could I paint the cupboard doors? White? I feel like this will add even more contrast to the flooring.

      By Nancy M

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      By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

      March 7, 2015

      If you watch the shows on TV regarding selling of houses, they never advise leaving things looking like they need work. Fixer-uppers are very hard to sell. (I know Property Brothers makes it seem otherwise, but not everyone has that level of expertise!) If the cupboards are terrible, and since you already have replacement doors, put them on. I think white would be a good choice for paint. You might stage it with some colourful curtains, and if it is very clean, you might not have to do anything to the floor.

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      Question: Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color Advice

      I have light yellow walls, black appliances, blue and gray marbled counter tops, and Brazilian cherry hardwood floors. What color should I paint my cabinets?

      By Ginny from Fairfax, VT

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      By Mary Lou 14 765 Flag

      March 13, 2014

      Gray with perhaps an accent in the second color in the counters.

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      Question: Color Advice for Painting Laminate Cabinets

      Not sure what color I need to paint my laminate cabinets, but my appliances are stainless steel and my counter is black and tan specs. Please help me!

      By Lisa J.

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      By Cisco's Mom 15 148 Flag

      February 20, 2013

      Go on line and look at pictures of kitchens. Try HGTV or granite counters or Lowe's, Home Depot. All those pictures should give you some great ideas.

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      Question: What Color Should I Paint My Kitchen Cabinets?

      By MaryAnn 1

      What is a good color to paint my walnut colored kitchen cabinets, when I have antique white walls and a white counter top?

      By MaryAnn from Port Richey, FL

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      By Joyce 3 73 Flag

      February 21, 2011

      Go online at HGTV there are some great ideas on colors. Also just check colors for painting kitchen cabinets on google. I did this for two months before I made a choice. It helpped me. Happy painting!

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      Question: Paint Color Ideas for Kitchen Cabinets

      By margaret 2

      I have light green tiles over my kitchen sink and behind my stove. What would be the best colors for my kitchen cabinets?

      By Margaret from Auburn, AL

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      By Allison 460 Flag

      June 16, 2010

      You also have to look at the countertop and floor so that it all coordinates. You could do black, brown or a cherry look if you want a darker cabinet. Or,go with a cream or off white, whichever fits with the green tiles. White will be harder to keep clean. Here's a good link on painting cabinets:

      http://www.oldhouseweb.com/how-to-advice/painting-kitchen-cabinets.shtml

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      Question: Hunter Green

      By sam 1

      I want to redecorate my kitchen using paint. I have a hunter green counter. The cabinets are currently white with white/brass hardware. The floor is also hunter green vinyl tile. I want to replace the floor and paint the cabinets and walls. The counter must stay. The room borders the living dining area which is half charcoal floral wallpaper and painted jade/spruce green. I sent a photo of the ajoining wall colors. It came out a little darker than it actually is. All suggestions are welcome.

      Sam from New York

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      By guest (Guest Post) Flag

      March 20, 2007

      Hi! I would strip the white paint from the cabinets and go with a stain or a shade of brown paint. I would paint the walls a tan, taupe, apricot, pale yellow,, salmon, or a shade of gold--somewhere in that color range.

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      Question: Kitchen Cupboard Color Advice

      I now have beige cupboards with a cream color for the counter top and the walls are a dark to light brown background. I want to go to a tortoise or a blue for the cupboards. Will this work?

      By Betty P

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      By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

      March 7, 2015

      If you like the colour, I do not see why not. The walls and countertop are neutral, so just about anything will go with it. Will you get curtains, perhaps, in a print with some turquoise and brown and beige in them to tie the things together?

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      Question: Kitchen Paint Color Choice

      dining roomI have a dining room with pale blue walls and white wainscoting. The room opens to the eat in kitchen, foyer, and family room. The kitchen has oak cabinets, beige Corian counters, and steely blue floor tiles. What wall color would blend with the blue for the adjoining rooms?

      By Jjp from CT

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      By Myrna 17 1,083 Flag

      January 4, 2015

      Egg nog color, cream and a pale yellow or pale gray.

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      Question: Cabinet Paint Color Advice

      I am trying to change the color of my cabinets and my walls are a powdery blue color. What color should my cabinets be?

      By Matt D

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      By Myrna 17 1,083 Flag

      October 27, 2014

      What color is the floor and woodwork in the room; also dinette set

      Does the room have a lot of natural light? Is the room small or large sized?

      If the room is small with few windows, then white would look nice or some other light color which compliments the walls. IF the room is large and has a lot of windows, then you can go with something darker perhaps the darker color of the walls, but then I do not know if this will interfere with my previous questions addressed. Offer a bit more info please.

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      Question: Cabinet Color Advice

      I have galley kitchen 14 feet x 5 feet with black granite counter and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen is open to the family room with beige wall paint and a red accent wall. Medium brown laminate flooring flows thru both rooms. The kitchen only has a large window over the sink area between upper cabinets. Cabinets have been stripped and now need to be painted. What color would you suggest?

      By Ann

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      By PRISCILLA 2 31 Flag

      July 4, 2013

      Red! Same as the accent wall!

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      Question: Kitchen Cupboard Paint Color Advice

      I just installed new black appliances in my kitchen. My cupboards are beige and I was wondering what color grey would go good or maybe a yellow?

      By Brad

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      By Marg 16 435 Flag

      April 2, 2013

      Think I'd go for yellow and a red rug or blinds as a contrast. Grey would be a bit too neutral for me. You don't tell us the colour of the walls though, and if it's a small kitchen or large. Makes a difference.

      Marg from England.

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      Question: Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color Advice

      My walls are pale yellow and my kitchen cabinets are white with red countertops. What color would look good for the cabinets?

      By Patricia

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      By joan 7 141 Flag

      November 15, 2011

      Feng shui says to use touches of red. I'd paint the yellow walls white but you might consider a warm white and do the cupboards in the same. That will make your countertop pop.

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      Question: Cabinet Paint Color for Kitchen with Red Countertops

      By c 1

      I have a 10 foot red countertop in my kitchen dating from the 40s with off white cabinets. I would like to update, what color should I paint the cabinets?

      By c

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      By Dena Roberts 35 491 Flag

      March 7, 2011

      The "new" neutral colours work well with reds, the new neutrals are greys, a nice shade of grey would go very well with red. Try to get a really good picture of the colour with a digital camera and take it to the paint store with you to find a shade that compliments the red. My living room is a burgundy red and a soft grey. Looks great and if you don't like greys try a cream not a pinkish cream, but a brownish cream, really light, but some look pink and some look brown, ask if your paint store gives out sample pots of paint. Ours does, costs $3.50 for a pot worth it to get the right colour and not end up with a room you don't like!

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      Question: Cabinet Color to Coordinate with Butterscotch Oak Floor

      By Ken Dove 1

      What color should my kitchen cabinets be, if my hardwood floor is butterscotch oak?

      By Ken from Crownsville, MD

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      By Allison 460 Flag

      February 3, 2010

      You could really go with any color. I would look at the countertop and any tile too and coordinate it all. Try a warm light brown or add some contrast with a subtle burgungy.

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      Question: Kitchen Cabinet and Trim Paint Color Advice

      I am desperate to update on a tight budget. I have med oak cabinets and trim, golden oak floors, white and black backsplash, and yellow walls. I thought to have the cabinets spraypainted and also the backsplash a light colour. I will paint the windows and trim. Would creamy cabinets and white backsplash and trim work best? I don't really want a stark look. I can't afford new appliances

      By Karen S

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      Question: Kitchen Cabinet Color Advice

      What color should I paint my kitchen cabinets? I have tan tile floors and dark tan granite counters. We also have stainless steel appliances and bright white wood baseboards and crown moulding. Our kitchen walls are also tan. I need some color! I was thinking about very pale, dusty robin egg blue, but don't know if it will work.

      By Josie F. from Pittsburgh, PA

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      Question: Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color Advice

      I currently have maple colored cabinets and I want to paint them. My counters are cranberry and the kitchen opens to the living room which is a mix of browns, cranberry, green blue, and gray. My appliances in my kitchen and my kitchen walls are white so I am not sure that I should paint them white. However, I do want something light that will open up our kitchen space. Please help!

      By Jenney

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      Question: Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color Advice

      By Susan M. 1

      Should I paint the wooden cabinets in my kitchen to match my walls or a little darker than my walls? I am using Benjamin Moore, Elmira white, it looks like a light gray.

      By Susan P.

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      Question: Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color Advice

      I need help finding a paint color to repaint my kitchen cabinets. The previous owners painted the whole house including kitchen cabinets chocolate brown and beige, eww. I love color so I painted my dining room a very pretty aqua. Now I have a dilemma. My dining room has cabinets that run into the kitchen, weird I know. Anyway my floors are honey color wood and my counter tops are a yellow color with white appliances. Can anyone help me pick a color for my cabinets? Thanks in advance!

      By Angela H from Chestertown, MD

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      Question: Paint Color Advice

      I have a rug with tan-brown, eggplant, and olive green in it. Not sure what color to paint the walls nor the cabinets. Any suggestions? Thanks.

      By Linda

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      Question: Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color Advice

      I am trying to gut the kitchen but keep the flooring. What is a good cabinet style and color (countertops too) for a kitchen with white gloss tile (with a little black whispery accent color)? There is also a dark brown brick fireplace next to the kitchen.

      Our ideas are using a white or light grey glossy modern cabinet style with a blackish speckled countertop. Or a dark color butcher block countertop with white painted cabinets. IDK, just trying to brainstorm some ideas.

      Or should we paint the brick fireplace?

      By Nate

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      Question: Cabinet Paint Color Advice

      I need help picking a dark brown paint color to paint my island and vanities.

      By Lisa

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      Question: Kitchen Cabinet Color and Countertop Advice

      I have a red faux brick half wall and backsplash. The bottom half of wall is pine and the floors are a dark walnut. I'm painting my kitchen cabinets and was wondering what color to use and what type/color of countertop would work?

      By Dana C.

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      Question: Kitchen Cupboard Colour Advice

      By vikkixx23 1

      I have 1 teal wall, 3 cream walls, and black flooring. What would be the best colour for my kitchen cupboards?

      By vikkixx23 from Cambridgeshire

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      Question: Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color Advice

      I have a very small kitchen, with dark cupboards that I would like to paint. The appliances are almond and the flooring is lino that looks like tile that I guess would be a off white to beige. The countertop is butcher block in appearance. On one end is a window and sink then cupboards on both sides along with the appliances and then the end wall has a large opening in it to open it up. It had just a countertop there, but I would like to put a cupboard of some sort that is not permanent. Just so there is more cupboard room for a family. We had lots as there is just the two of us.

      Ideally we would pull it all out and start over, but we are moving and would just like it to look more updated. I would really appreciate some advice on colours as I am horrible at picking colours, but enjoy doing the work. Thank you.

      By Sharon from Edmonton, Alberta

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      Question: Cabinet Color Advice

      I have maroon tiles in my kitchen. What color it will work for my cabinets?

      By Thess

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      Question: Paint Color Advice for Kitchen Cabinets

      I have white kitchen cabinets that I've just stripped off and would like a different color. I'm unsure of what color to use since my sink, stove, and oven are white.

      By Rana

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      Question: Kitchen Cupboard Paint Color Advice

      My kitchen is quite small. The walls are cream in colour. My appliances and fridge, etc. are mostly black and silver. I would like to know what colour would be nice to paint the cupboards? The tiles are off green black.

      By Z. Cotwal

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      Question: Kitchen Cabinet and Counter Top Color Advice

      I have new hardwood flooring and the color is Maple Moka. What color should I use for the kitchen cabinets and countertops?

      By Lisa

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      Question: Painting Kitchen Cabinets

      What is a good grey color for kitchen cabinets?

      By Deana a from Chesapeake, VA

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      Archive: What color should I paint my kitchen cabinets?

      When I bought my condo they came with typical 90's kitchen cabinets, which are very blah. They are not real wood and have no molding on them. I have tried painting them white, but due to my black and stainless steal appliances the white paint just doesn't work. I would like to paint them black. I have Olive green paint on my walls for your info. Do you think its a good idea to paint the cabinets in such a dark color?

      Amina from Nashua, NH

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      I think black would look cool or else that textured aluminum paint that has the hammered finish. Although I think that might only be available in a spray which could be rather inconvenient for cabinets. If you do them black be sure to splurge on some eye-catching stainless steel hardware (or stainless steel-look). I bet black would look pretty nice with your walls providing your countertops and/or your flooring isn't too dark. Post some pix when your done. (09/19/2006)

      By Kendy

      Archive: Paint Color Ideas for Kitchen Cabinets

      We would like to paint our oak kitchen cabinets. I've read quite a bit here about the primer to use. Thank you all for your tips! I am now wondering if there is a particular brand of paint that is especially kitchen-cabinet-friendly?

      Cindy

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      Latex formulas specified for cabinetry, labeled "100% acrylic". It will create an even, durable finish. (10/28/2008)

      By choc01cake

      RE: Selecting A Paint For Kitchen Cabinets

      Previous response is excellent paint choice. If I may add this tip; use a small high density sponge roll to apply all coats of paint. It makes a remarkably good finish to the paint. Good luck. (10/30/2008)

      By hedera

      RE: Selecting A Paint For Kitchen Cabinets

      We used semi-gloss Rustoleum spray paint. Beautiful finish, durable, and many color choices. They looked like the painted ones in the showroom. We removed the doors to lay them flat. Very light coats and no drips. (10/30/2008)

      By Lisa from Lena, WI.

      Archive: What color should I paint my kitchen cabinets?

      Is brick red too bold to paint kitchen cabinets? My cabinets are old 60's wood style without molding, just a small lip on edges, (deep grain too, yuck). I would like to wash the lip with a butter color to add some interest. My appliances are white and wall color is a medium olive color.

      By NewWays02 from Lebanon, OH

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      This would be a good color combination. What about using the same olive to wash the lip? My kitchen has tomato red counter tops, oak cabinets, oak wainscoting on the lower half of the walls, and sponge painted tomato red over white on the upper half. Red is a great kitchen color. (06/16/2009)

      By Omanana

      RE: What color should I paint my kitchen cabinets?

      I think you can paint your cabinets any color you want, you live there. I painted my cabinets a baby blue and loved them. There was an occasional person who walked and remarked that it was "strange". But I loved them for years and years until I sold the house. (06/17/2009)

      By Noella

      Archive: What color should I paint my kitchen cabinets?

      What color should I paint my kitchen cabinets? I have black granite countertops, stainless backsplash and a butcherblock built in table/bar?

      By erice from TX

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      RE: What color should I paint my kitchen cabinets?

      If you want color and depending on your floor and wall colors, a pale sage green would look nice. It's not too dark, would give you color but not too much, and would blend with the black and stainless. Then you could choose accent colors in your decorations. (08/20/2009)

      By PDG

      RE: What color should I paint my kitchen cabinets?

      I know this is not a "conventional" kitchen cabinet color, but I had the opportunity to help paint a kitchen (not cabinets) this color and was amazed at how beautiful it turned out. The color? Red, with granite counter tops and stainless steel accents. I think this would really be pretty. Good luck. (08/20/2009)

      By Heather21230

      RE: What color should I paint my kitchen cabinets?

      Honestly, I'd just paint them white and change out your cabinet knobs to a brushed nickel finish to coordinate with your stainless backsplash. You could add interest by removing some cabinet doors for open shelving, or cutting out the centers of a few cabinet doors and adding glass. If you want to add color in your kitchen, I'd suggest using colorful canisters, small appliances (toaster, coffee maker, etc), or curtains, because these things are easier to replace than repainting an entire kitchen full of cabinetry would be.
      (08/21/2009)

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      We would like to paint our kitchen cabinets and also put a back splash on the wall under the cabinets in our kitchen. As you can see, the countertops are a "reddish" color and we will not be changing this. The kitchen is open to the dining and living room.

      They are painted with Home Depot's Behr Creme Brulee, a cream kind of color that has a yellowish tint. The trim is a bright white. The ceiling is pine tongue-and-groove and it is post and beam so is somewhat dark.

      My question is, does anyone have any suggestions for what I should paint my cabinets that would be bright, but not white because we have a two year old and don't want everything to show? Also what could I do for the backs plash color? Thanks.

      By josieposie21 from Springfield, NH

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      I could see your cabinets in tan/taupe/sand color and maybe a back splash of yellow (either light or bright). (07/02/2009)

      By RachelC

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      I know you wanted a bright color, but how about something like Colonial or Steel blue with a copper backsplash. (07/05/2009)

      By lindybell

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      I think a rich French Vanilla color would be beautiful for your cabinets, and with a little one would not show dirty little hands. If you use a paint that can just be wiped clean. A nice enamel paint would work. It would look lovely and very rich with the reddish counter tops. French Vanilla would also blend nicely with the Creme Brulee. I see from the photo that you have a hanging rack overhead for your stainless steel pots.

      I think a stainless steel back splash would be beautiful with the French Vanilla cabinet color and also give a very clean line and look. Then you could go with a brushed stainless steel, nickel or pewter pulls for the cabinet doors to bring this look together. If the stainless steel sheets are too expensive, you might opt for a galvanized metal sheeting and polish it up. Then, down the road, when money allowed, you could perhaps incorporate stainless steel appliances. This would, in my opinion, be very pretty and easy to keep clean, too. I wish you well. Happy decorating. (07/05/2009)

      By wsurfs

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      Cupboards: Grey, medium shade

      Backsplash: black Subway tiles with a "brick pattern layout" and black grout. If your budget is small, washable/vinyl wall paper that incorporates the colours you have chosen, will give you 2 to 3 years of wear and washing, and not cost a whole lot.

      If you're going to replace your cupboard hardware, brushed nickle finish looks really sharp. Stay away from brass, copper, or any antique finishes.

      (07/05/2009)

      By hedera

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      Think of a soft yellow on the cabinets and leave the back splash as it is (white). This will cause the room to not only be brighter, but larger feeling. The darker the color that you use the smaller the room will seem to be. Trust me, I learned the hard way. Use pencil thin black hardware for your drawer pulls and pencil thin black cabinet knobs or handles on drawers.

      Again I learned the hard way by putting large cast iron looking heavy handles, knobs and drawer pulls which ended up being way too heavy looking in my small kitchen; it actually made the room seem much smaller then it was to begin with if that makes sense.

      Your kitchen colors would resemble those found in "Black Eyed Susan" flowers. Lets us know what you end up doing. (07/05/2009)

      By Paula Jo

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      Are you really sure you want to paint the cabinets? I think they look great in white. I find that using microfiber cloths to wipe off things my kids touch is easy. You don't even have to use any cleaner, just wet the cloth and they work very well. I have a lot of white walls in my house so am pretty good about wiping off those dirty "paw" prints.

      Honestly, your kitchen looks great just the way it is. (07/08/2009)

      By Debbie52

      RE: Paint Color Ideas for Kitchen Cabinets

      I also like cream for the cabinets and perhaps bringing in a rust, copper, or sage backsplash. Here's more on painting cabinets:

      oldhouseweb.com

      (07/08/2009)

      By Allison5

      Archive: What Color Should I Paint My Kitchen Cabinets?

      The house my husband and I are about to purchase has beautiful tile countertops and nice floors in the kitchen. The cabinets have been painted white though, and I'm not too crazy about it. Any suggestions on what to do to improve the kitchen?

      By Lacey from Fort Smith, AR

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      A very pretty creme with some nice dark hardware would look great. Just be sure to see what hint of other color it has in it. You'd still have a neutral color, but it wouldn't be the stark white. Then you could put a pretty color on your walls. Depending on the colors (if they are fairly neutral) in the tile, you could choose a color in that family. (11/10/2009)

      By PDG

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      I saw posts about painting laminate. As you can see by the picture I am working on remodeling this kitchen. The cabinets are very dark/outdated, but are in "like new" condition. Very solid/sturdy.

      I was thinking of adding tiles to the backsplash and maybe painting this laminate countertop. Any ideas on these cabinets? or the green laminate? The wallpaper has already been removed.

      By Jen from Cleveland, OH

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      I saw this idea on one of those DIY shows. Remove the hardware from your cabinets and cut a piece of thin plywood to cover the decorative grooves, leaving about 2 inches or so of the cabinet door showing. Then you can paint the cabinets and add new hardware (that's not in the middle of the door), to give them an updated look.

      I actually like the dark color, maybe paint them a dark brown that's not quite as dark as they are now. I also like your green counters. Add a crisp white tile back splash. I found white "subway" type tiles at Lowe's for 22 cents each. Here's a picture of my back splash. (11/09/2009)

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      Oh my goodness you have some big decisions to make. Just my personal opinion, but the cabinets definitely need to be lightened up because there's just too much of a contrast with the rest of the much lighter rest of the kitchen.

      Okay, you wanted an opinion on the green countertop: Paint it. Do your cabinets first and then decide what color for the countertop and back splash. Someone here recently shared their granite look painted laminate countertops and a light color granite look would be lovely in your kitchen. Best of luck and please share a photo with us of your finished product. (11/11/2009)

      By Deeli

      RE: Paint Color Ideas for Kitchen Cabinets

      Boy, that green has got to go. I applaud your efforts. I would go with a cream or white for the cabinets and try painting a granite like look on the countertop, maybe in a brown tone. Paint or tile for the backsplash. Maybe a darker cream or something that is a shade of two different from either the cabinets or countertop. Good luck.

      oldhouseweb.com (11/13/2009)

      By Allison5

      Archive: What Color Should I Paint My Kitchen Cabinets?

      What color should I paint my flat panel kitchen cabinets? My home is 30+ years old. The cabinets are stained very dark brown. I am told that they are made of plywood. I was surprised at this, because they are very solid and nice looking, very well made.

      My appliances are black. My countertops are black with some gray and tannish specks. My walls are sage green. I bought new stainless knobs to install after painting.

      I don't really want stark white cabinets. I like the thought of black cabinets, but realize that I have enough black with the appliances and countertops. How would gray cabinets look?

      By Glenda from Oak Ridge, TN

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      Since sage green is my favorite color I'm voting for a very light shade of the same color you have on the walls. Maybe an antique look? Certainly light! (03/01/2010)

      By Glenn'sMom

      RE: What Color Should I Paint My Kitchen Cabinets?

      I would suggest you take a good look at your kitchen, do you feel you want another color in it or would it feel too busy by adding the gray to the cupboards? Maybe the sage green in just a shade lighter or darker would be something to consider. Personally, I like the gray idea without seeing your kitchen but I too am a green freak. (03/02/2010)

      By latrtatr

      RE: What Color Should I Paint My Kitchen Cabinets?

      I agree with Glenn's Mom. However, cream is nice with sage and black. You can go to any large paint store now and put in the colors of your walls or cabinets, furniture and what not, then try other colors in the photo with a touch of a button or mouse. Before you go with a color you don't like, I would take the time to do just that. Good luck! (03/02/2010)

      By Poor But Proud

      RE: What Color Should I Paint My Kitchen Cabinets?

      This sounds just like our kitchen! We did cream cabinets with silver satin handles. Don't forget to consider your flooring! (03/02/2010)

      By nichivu

      RE: What Color Should I Paint My Kitchen Cabinets?

      You don't say if they are poly coated or varnished. www.prattandlambert.com has the products we had to use on our 100 year old house. Strip, sand, prime and paint. Lots of work ahead if you want durability from your products and work. (03/02/2010)

      By TandT Grandma

      Archive: Paint Color Ideas for Kitchen Cabinets

      I want to paint my pressboard cabinets. The current theme is stars and stripes. I am hoping to interchange to a vivid bouquet of colors, including red and green. Any suggestions of what color I should paint my cabinets?

      By April from Portland, IN

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      I'd need to know more about the appliance and countertop color, the floor, and whether it opens to nearby rooms. The main thing is to make sure the tones blend. If you're going with earth tones do it throughout, same with primary colors. My only reservation about the red and green is that it will remind you of X-mas all year long. It's something to think about. Here's more on the painting part.

      oldhouseweb.com (03/26/2010)

      By Allison5

      Archive: Paint Color Ideas for Kitchen Cabinets

      I want to paint my cabinets in my kitchen. The countertops are a soft white and the appliances are black. There is an island in the middle. Would you paint the base of the island the same color as the cabinets? My style is very simple and clean (like Pottery Barn). The floors are a dark chocolate brown. I'm wondering if the cabinets should be white, chocolate brown, or black?

      By Cbaird

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      My mother the gardener says that green goes with anything because it's the color of leaves. Or what other main color do you use in your home? I try to carry my main colors throughout my house to give it consistency and continuity.

      I'd bring some color in there. When I think Pottery Barn I think beachy-wear look. How about a gorgeous sea blue green?

      Good Luck! (04/26/2010)

      By metroplex

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      With a dark floor and dark appliances, I believe white is your best choice for cabinets. It will lighten up the room and you will love it. Hope this helps. Good luck.

      Connie (04/26/2010)

      By packlestax

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      I would go with white for the cabinets and perhaps make the island stand out with a different glaze on top of the white. For the walls, I would go with a celery or sage green to add a little color while still keeping it clean looking. Here's a good link on painting cabinets:

      oldhouseweb.com (04/27/2010)

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