Of course I don’t mean to never paint your cabinets white! I’m more here to encourage you to take a chance and TRY a color on your cabinets especially outside of the kitchen.
While surfing Instagram, no one stops on the bright white kitchens more than me. Oh and the ones with the marble or quartz counters, yes! It’s like decorating drugs. Love it. It also made me start not liking my dark cabinets or granite counter tops. Sad, but true.
When I moved into my home 7 years ago, dark stained cabinets were in and so much more sophisticated than my light maple cabinets in my former master bath. Whole-heartedly I went with the Espresso stain and satin nickel knobs. Back to my Instagram surfing. I started staring at my master bath cabinets and granite picturing something new.
Do you do that? Stand and stare at things in your home wishing they would instantly change?
I went as far as to price counters and nope that was going to be way too much. This girl is always on a budget! There isn’t money to change to marble or quartz anytime soon, but I can paint! Paint is the most affordable game changing option and new hardware too.
So, with my paint and color background I started thinking about how I can make my granite look better. It’s all about opposites and putting one color against another to pull out the look of a third color.
Luckily, I had a great place to start determining the next color of my cabinets. Over the years I’ve acquired beautiful pieces of artwork, drapes and an amazing rug that traveled from house to house.
Plus I had the room painted a nice neutral color from Valspar called Cream in my Coffee 3003-10C and at the same time pulled out the wall mirrors and added champagne gold framed mirrors.
My granite was dark, but there was a pale gray fleck I could pull out and the room paint was pulling out the lighter neutrals in the granite.
When you look at all that was in the room, it was kind of obvious! A nice grayed green would be beautiful. Then add some champagne gold cabinet hardware to complement the framed mirrors. The color I chose was also from Valspar Carolina Inn Club Aqua 4004-3B. Seems appropriate since I live in North Carolina 🙂
See how the paint changed EVERYTHING. It turned out so beautifully! Green and gold are one of my favorite color combinations. Now the granite goes with the tile to blend as a neutral.
The room has a cohesive feel and is so soft and pretty. Plus it’s unique!
The champagne gold Amerock hardware was the PERFECT accent to the sage green. I sized the hardware to the drawers and cabinets plus added pulls. The hardware adds a new element of visual interest. It’s OK to mix metallic finishes! They still look great with the chrome faucets and even my oil-rubbed bronze curtain rod.
For the smaller drawers I used a knob that was 1 3/8 inches and for the larger drawers I used a larger 1 3/4 inch knob. The pulls are from a different collection, but the cool thing about Amerock is that the finishes match from collection to collection. The cabinet door pulls are 128mm or 5 1/6 inches. The 128mm refers to the distance between the holes, where the screws attach.
If you want to learn how to install cabinet pulls where your knobs currently are, please watch this simple tutorial How-To Install Cabinet Hardware
It would have been easy and safe to pick white for my cabinets, but as you look at my finished master bathroom it wouldn’t be as interesting in white would it? So in your own home, take a chance and try another color for your cabinets! Look for inspiration in art, rugs or even a great home decor accessory.
My Guide to Properly Painting Cabinets
After working for a paint company for over 5 years and training the Lowe’s associates that work in the paint department, I know a lot about paint!
I have true knowledge on the best technique and paint to use. This won’t be a painting tutorial, but basic information for if you want to consider a similar project.
UPDATE: If you want detailed instructions on painting cabinets I have a new post: CLICK HERE
You MUST prime! Luckily, the primer I recommend means NO sanding. Happy day. I’ve used Valspar’s Bonding Primer countless times on every paint project with perfect results.
When you prime, it’s just a light coat and the color underneath will show through. Let it dry overnight.
Cabinet Enamel Paint
Use Valspar’s cabinet enamel. It’s a water-based paint that dries hard like an oil paint. Amazing and that means NO CLEAR COAT needed. Yes! Liberating.
This is very important! Don’t shake the can and only stir it. If you shake little bubbles will end up in the surface of the paint and when those bubbles pop they will leave dimples. Dimples are cute on babies, but not on cabinets.
Two coats should be fine, but please let the 1st coat dry overnight before applying the 2nd coat. Don’t place the hardware until a full 24 hours has passed since the 2nd coat.
Apply with a high quality brush designed for water-based paint. I’m partial to Wooster and love their brushes. They are worth the money! Clean them well and they will last for years.
Foam rollers. Yes, luckily you can buy the cheap pack of foam rollers. They are the perfect applicator for Valspar’s cabinet enamel paint. I’ve tried applying the cabinet enamel with a regular nap roller. It over applied the product and created drying issue. So I’ll help you avoid this issue!
Now start staring at your space, visit a paint store for color options, and picture what is possible for your own unique look. Hey, it’s paint and if you don’t like it, then paint your cabinets another color or even white if that’s what you love!
Until next time…