Nothing breathes new life into a worn, outdated kitchen better than freshly painted kitchen cabinets. Once you decide on the color, finish and type of paint you want, the sky really is the limit on the look you can achieve. This distinctive kitchen gets adventurous with its use of orange and matte gray cabinets that coordinate nicely with the brown tile backsplash, hardwood floors and a daring gold pendant lamp.
This French country kitchen designed by Katheryn Cowles features cream painted cabinets and a granite-topped kitchen island. The diamond-pattern stone backsplash ties together all of the colors of the kitchen while a crystal chandelier lends an elegant touch.
If your kitchen has good bones but simply looks tired, painting your cabinets can be just what the doctor ordered. Mix up colors on upper and lower cabinets, or on cabinets and islands as shown here, to add richness. These cabinets are painted in Windsurf from Behr Paints; the island is done in Snowy Pine and the walls are Spice Garden. Behr recommends using semi-gloss enamel for painting cabinets.
Go with your changing tastes. When DIYer and stylist Jo Torrijos renovated her Craftsman bungalow kitchen in 2009, she installed cherry cabinets. She later grew tired of the look, but didn’t want to purchase new cabinets. By repainting them in a light gray (Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl), Torrijos was able to modify her kitchen to go with her updated style.
This sleek kitchen features a sculptural stainless steel range hood over the gas range, double ovens, a glossy neutral tile backsplash and one cabinet that has been painted with chalkboard paint to serve as a message board.
To make a new kitchen island feel original and authentic, tie it together with your kitchen's color. For a seamless effect, this island was painted the same shade of cranberry red as its surrounding cabinets.
The owners dramatically transform the kitchen by simply painting every surface, including cabinets, backsplash, walls, doors, trim and even the floor. Replace the lighting with industrial cage lights and, voila, a stunning kitchen remodel for less than $700.
Instead of painting or changing your current kitchen island, consider adding accent furniture to one end. Designer Michelle Mentzer placed a colorful chest at the end of this island, extending the storage and display space and creating fresh visual appeal in the tradtional kitchen.
Think contrast. For an easy designer look, paint perimeter cabinets and keep the island stained or in an existing contrast color, says Georgia designer Michelle Mentzer. You also can change existing hardware (knobs and pulls) to an updated bronze or brass finish, she says.
Painting cabinets can be a big undertaking, but it pays off in the end in terms of look and cost savings. DIY blogger Yuni Min spent about three weeks painting all 39 cabinets and 23 drawers, including the island, in her kitchen. She used satin finishes of Behr’s Gray Shimmer for the perimeter cabinets and Behr’s Dawn Gray on the island to refashion the once dark cherry cupboards for a bright modern look. The transformation cost less than $300, she says.
A neutral, natural stone backsplash serves as a medium tone to create a softer blend from the white cabinets to the black granite countertops. Open wall space connects the kitchen to the dining room and provides a view of the letters spelling "Home" across the wall. Collections of flowers add fresh and vibrant color to liven up the room.
This modern open concept kitchen and dining room has wood cabinets, coffered ceiling, exposed beams, and oak floors, with a blue painted work island, custom metal vent hood, and midcentury modern furnishings.