My kitchen cabinets were painted Sherwin Williams Devine White. It is the color for all of my trim work in the house. I made a mistake using that color. My previous home had a darker color for the trim work and cabinets which I liked a lot. I thought that I wanted to do something different in this house. Once I decided that the cabinets should be my next project, I needed to figure out what color to paint the cabinets. I had two vendors come out to show me their ideas for my cabinets. One vendor offered to make the painted cabinets look like stained wood. The other vendor wanted to replace all of my cabinet doors (re-face). Although I liked the idea of the stained wood look, I knew it would be too much brown for my kitchen. The re-facing wasn't what I needed either. My cabinet doors are in great shape, but the paint was chipping on the creases and the cabinets needed constant wiping down to keep then clean.
|Old color, SW Devine White|
I thought about stepping way outside of the box by considering red cabinets. I've seen several pictures of kitchens with red cabinets and I like the look. I also considered green for the cabinets--more of a medium to dark sage. Another consideration was going over the cabinets with a glaze. Glazing cabinets was real popular about 10 years ago. It is still being done in the market I live in, but most builders either do painted or stained wood cabinets. This picture is actually from a kitchen of a house for sale in Little Rock.
About a month ago, one of the many magazines I'm subscribed to arrived in my mailbox--At Home in Arkansas. The magazine featured a kitchen with taupe walls and cabinets. Eureka!! That kitchen is what I needed to see. Can you believe I called my painter immediately and told him what color I wanted to paint my cabinets? My walls are SW Latte, so I had the cabinets painted the same color. I decided not to do the glaze at this time. If I change my mind, I can always add the glaze later. The cabinets photograph a little lighter than the actual color--it's more of a medium taupe. Click on the photo to make it larger. You can see the color change a little better by enlarging the picture. What do you think of the new look?
|New color: SW Latte|