March 18, 2012

Colored Kitchen Cabinetry

Kitchen Cabinets: From DIY to Lux


We’re going to offend quite a few of our readers here, but we’re going to take the leap because we tend to be brutally honest:

We’re tired of white kitchens.

Sure, some of it could be the result of the fact that we’ve been a little color-happy lately. As we’ve mentioned in a bunch of recent articles, color’s everywhere. We’re seeing it on the runway, the streets of London, in furniture, and in textiles for the home. And now we’re thrilled to be seeing it in kitchens in the form of colored cabinetry.

We went through our current Bungalux listings and some of our favorite blogs and pulled some kitchens to show this trend. A few things to note:

First of all, unlike most things in life, less can be more when it comes to colored kitchen cabinetry. (And, as we’ve mentioned, all color.) If you have a large kitchen, you don’t have to paint or stain all of your woodwork a great green or lilac. You may want to pick a section so it doesn’t become too overpowering.

Secondly, colored cabinetry often looks best if you use it with a neutral marble or Caeserstone countertop.

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, often times it’s best to choose a slightly off neutral color as opposed to something too bright you may tire of. We like the Restoration Hardware neutral paint colors (think their greens, greys, and light blues … Alex used a color out of their Silver Sage collection for her last beach house). If you’re more daring or want to go on the darker side, check out Farrow and Ball. Their Cook’s Blue, Stone Blue, and Down Pipe are all good options for the right room.

We suspect most of our readers who want to incorporate this trend into their house will probably opt to have someone else do it for you or will purchase already-stained , but for those of you who are particularly crafty, below are some DIY tips.

Oh, and let’s see your own painted kitchen cabinets and feel free to leave us comments below if you’ve done it before.

DIY: Painted Kitchen Cabinetry:
1. Pick a color. Just like you have to test out a lot of potential boyfriends or girlfriends before choosing the perfect one (we’re still sampling!) you have to pull a lot of different color samples before choosing. Important: You should bring a drawer to your favorite paint specialty shop to get guidance as to what kind of paint you’ll need.
2. Painting your cabinetry is the perfect time to change out your hardware as well. Make sure you know exactly how wide holes are apart for your hardware. If you’re going to be changing hardware, buy wood filler to fill existing hardware holes.
3. Clean your drawers. Believe us, they’re probably long overdue for this anyways.
4. Remove the hinges and hardware. Keep everything in place and label them so you know what belongs to what. Lay your drawers out on a drop cloth which you will use for painting.
5. Fill the holes with wood filler if you’re changing the hardware size.
6. If your cabinets are really shiny or glossy, we recommend running an electric sander over the cabinetry. If your cabinets are matte (a la a cutting board), they probably won’t need it and you can skip this step. Believe it or not, we’ve electronically sanded before, and it’s not necessarily a fun process. You can typically rent a sander from Home Depot. That’s what we did.
7. Prime the cabinetry. Do not skip this step, even if you’re going from light to dark. Choose an oil-based primer. You can apply it with a roller and use a paint brush to get to those crevices the roller misses. This is also an opportune time to point out that you should get more brushes and rollers than you think you need. They get paint-stained quickly, and the last thing you’ll want to do is have to go to Home Depot mid-job. By that point we assure you you’ll want to be sipping an Ivy Gimlet while your paint dries, not fighting for spots in the HD parking lot.
8. Paint. You’ll need two coats of latex paint (semi-gloss). Use a high quality wool or polyester roller. Also, you will need a angle-tipped brush to get in tough-to-reach spots.
9. Patience is, indeed, a virtue. We suggest you wait four to five days before rehanging your doors. What does that mean? An excuse to not cook and try four new restaurants you’ve been dying to try. (DIY did save you money after all.)
10. Rehang your doors, slip in drawers, and add hardware. Be fastidious in measuring for your hardware.


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