Interior Obsessions – the Painted Kitchen


One of the greatest ways to liven up a space is with paint and a shot of color. Although I have always been partial to stained wood cabinets for the kitchen, sometimes letting floors or ceilings carry the wood finish and letting the cabinets really set themselves apart can be a great way to not let the love of wood overtake your interior space. From a glossy lacquer to a matte finish, painted cabinets can be a great way to make your kitchen look fresh and new. I am especially a fan of painting your kitchen cabinets if you are putting off refinishing them, and they’re really not so hot to start with. A dark or bright color actually focuses your attention on the color itself and not the style (or lack thereof) of your existing cabinets.

And don’t think that you have to paint them all! Or even that all the painted surfaces have to be the same color. Perhaps you have an island area that you want to showcase ““ paint it a shade that brings it to the forefront. Or perhaps a bank of cabinets at the back that you’d like to recede ““ dark colors of grey, black or brown may be just the thing. You can even paint either the doors or the frames only! If you’re unsure about the color, take a photo, and use a photo editing program (or have someone else help you) to change the colors in a few different shots to get a feel for it to see if that’s the way you want to go. Remember if you are painting cabinets yourself to prep and prime them well ““ you don’t want paint to chip and show through!

(above) Dark Grey Flush Face

Kelly Green and White + Shades of Muted Blue

Turquoise Shaker Cabinets

Matte Black and Robin’s Egg Blue

Sage Sliding Door Insets

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.

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Say goodbye to drab and boring kitchens!
What an inspirational idea.
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CM from SPUNKbyCM | September 8th, 2011 at 10:12 am

Love this Amy! That green stove is incredible! And I really like the Kelly Green and White + Shades of Muted Blue interiors as well (hard not to like that de la espada octopus chandelier).

papernstitch | September 8th, 2011 at 10:40 am

I LOVE the green oven, must have when I have a house. Or the white oven and the green cabinets. A beautiful way to brighten up a kitchen!
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Katie | September 8th, 2011 at 11:28 am

Brittni –

Agreed on all counts. And it’s such an easy way to make a space feel really new!


Modern Simplicity | September 8th, 2011 at 11:32 am

I love the green stove – very unique and stylish. I really like the idea of livening up an old kitchen with a lick of paint – I think the really bright greens work especially well.

John Batt | September 9th, 2011 at 8:54 am

I love the green kitchen ! Really original and refreshing !

Hélène | September 10th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I love the sea glass green tile splashback in the last picture – such a lovely subtle colour.
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the dining room light.. » dearest someday… | September 26th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Any ideas on where to get that green stove?

Michelle | November 20th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Sorry Michelle. I don’t know where you could get the green stove? Wish I knew. But I did find this great roundup on Country Living of antique/retro stoves instead, if you want to check that out:

papernstitch | November 20th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

These look good, the colours make them look very traditional.

Fitted Kitchens | January 10th, 2012 at 7:42 am

what is the dark turquoise paint color on the cabinets in the 4th pic? love it!

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