Need Help With Paint Color for Kitchen
Dawn McCloskey
August 9, 2012 in Design Dilemma
What color would you recommend to replace the red in the kitchen, and what type/color window treatment?

The previous owner was a sloppy painter - red got on the cupboard trim as well as the countertop caulk, plus we don't like the red. Any suggestions on wall color?

The adjoining walls are SW6121, Whole Wheat and are in great condition, so we won't be repainting those walls. The countertops are Corian, gray with black/white dots (not sure of style name). The appliances will be replaced down the road with black or black/SS. The cupboards need to remain the color they are for the time being.

THANKS!
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Emily Hurley
I really like a cheerful pale yellow in a kitchen. It would probably work nicely with your cabinets as well.
August 9, 2012 at 9:22am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
betsyweisberg


Lime green would be great!!
August 9, 2012 at 9:45am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Linda Inglett
Could you tell me what color that yellow is?? I just did my kitchen and breakfast area, in Blonde by sherwin williams... looks great I think...
August 9, 2012 at 10:05am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
melinaalyson
this looks like our kitchen! we are going to paint ours yellow and then paint our cabinets white. i think it will really open and lighten it up. haven't picked which yellow though. i have a new dwell for target tablecloth for inspiration. yellow kitchens are so light and bright!
August 9, 2012 at 10:21am   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
PRO
Michael FitzSimmons Decorative Arts
I love yellow in a kitchen, especially with white cabinets. Think about replacing the countertops with something darker, like a black granite if it's in your budget, or a similarly dark laminate. It's a clean, classic look. that really is timeless.
August 9, 2012 at 10:27am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Linda Inglett
when I get my kitchen back together, from painting, it a Blonde color by Sherwin williams I will send a pic...my cabinets are a cherry look, but really looks good...I just had granite counter installed, then painted, now doing the pantry...
August 10, 2012 at 7:25am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
PRO
Vikrant Sharma Homez
Most of my fellow friends are suggesting yellow , I'm doing a same kitchen as yours just see how it looks .
August 10, 2012 at 7:51am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Linda Inglett
I will send pic of mine, I did color in Blonde by Sherwin Williams...I need help now , now going to great room from this, I was thinking of doing this same color over fireplace, I am not the greatest of a decorator...or painter, but fixing this house up for hoping to sell in next year, only had this built to move here for emergency, had to get out of my two story home due to brain aneursym...and recover..when this house was built builder did not built house to my expectations...so we are repainting the whole house, and adding granite counters to kit, bathroom, only bathroom havent added granite to is master bathroom, so I am needing help on painting here too...what a mess....probably have another stroke after doing all of this...lol brainogram.org is my story...
August 10, 2012 at 8:07am   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Linda Inglett
before you paint cabinets, put color up on wall, and then see how it looks, I did mine, and I love these cabinets with my color I picked...blonde by sherwin williams....need alot of help in my whole house....lol
August 10, 2012 at 8:09am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
the_misfit
I like yellow for kitchens but with your cabinets (which have some yellow-ness of their own), I would think a pale gray-blue. Seems like that would go well with your countertops, too. Blue would also coordinate better than yellow with a "wheat" color, I imagine. I don't have color chips in front of me, but maybe Behr's "blue fox"?
August 10, 2012 at 8:40am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
PRO
ct design studio
I'm with the misfit, yellow kitchens are nice but I think it will wash out your cabinets and your black appliances will highly contrast. I would say a blue gray (sherwin williams comfort gray 6205) or sage (sherwin williams svelte sage 6164). If you want yellow walls I would suggest either painting your cabinets white or staining them darker. Good luck!
August 10, 2012 at 10:56am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
PRO
ct design studio
Also, when you go to buy paint, don't forget to tell them you're going over red so you get the appropriate primer.
August 10, 2012 at 10:57am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Nancy Hehmann
You said they were sloppy painters...sometimes I have been able to get sloppy painting off wood with denatured alcohol. Open the windows to protect your lungs(use a mask) and try a small spot to make sure it does not damage cabinets. Recommended to me by a painter yrs ago.
August 10, 2012 at 11:02am   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
Linda Inglett - I used Blonde in a previous house and the adjoining dining room in SW6130 Mannered Gold - it looked lovely. The differences between the two houses are major (former house had dark cabinets, ivory with flecks of brown Corian, and light floors. The gold colors looked lovely.
August 10, 2012 at 4:07pm     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
Carolina Photo To Go LLC - Yes, there is red on the cupboard trim, molding, and the Corian backsplash. I tried Goof Off - and found out the cupboard trim was plastic - so it wiped off. (I since pried the trim off and got real wood trim to replace it, but still have to deal with the caulking of the backsplash.) I will try the denatured alcohol if I cannot get it off the Corian.
August 10, 2012 at 4:09pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
CT Design Studio - thanks for the color suggestions. I'm going to ponder the Sage; I think the Comfort Gray would clash too much with the countertop, but not really sure. As it is, with everyone saying a "yellow tone," I am wondering if I ought to just paint it the SW6121 Whole Wheat! (See the second photo that shows the side wall in that color.) Thanks for the reminder to tell the paint mixer about going over the red. I will probably get Kilz paint and paint it all white and then start from scratch with the different color.
August 10, 2012 at 4:14pm     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
the_misfit - I will have to get the Behr "Blue Fox" chip - I like the color on my monitor. My only concern would be resale... I like blue, but do others? And, I am considering replacing the countertops in a few years with something more earthy since that's what I lean towards. Thanks for your input!
August 10, 2012 at 4:18pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
see_
Don't do yellow! I totally agree with the comment above that it will blend in too much and then the appliances will contrast too much. I'd pick a taupy gray. This will pick up some of the specs from the corian (the gray part) and not clash too much with the adjacent walls (the brown part). But down the road I'd consider painting the whole space the same color (a grayish taupe, not too warm, not too cool).

I would also change the hardware in the cabinets to a stainless steel modern pull (http://www.thehardwarehut.com/catalog-product.php?p_ref=32883). These changes will really help your space look fresher and more upscale. Good luck.
August 10, 2012 at 5:56pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
rollifam
the "whole wheat" seems like a good choice, and similar to what "see_" is recommending.
August 10, 2012 at 7:22pm     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
kathysyard
I would use Bleeker Beige from Benjamin Moore it is a nice griege color..it would be a wonderful accent to your cabinets,,I really think yellow may not be as good a color play as you might think http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-your-home/color-gallery#&ce_vm=0
August 10, 2012 at 9:05pm     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
kingslane
I love Benjamin Moore WINDEMERE. I used it at 75 percent and it is a beautiful light creamy shade.
August 10, 2012 at 9:16pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
lucindalane
August 10, 2012 at 10:03pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
Kingslane - unfortunately, I cannot find WINDEMERE listed anywhere. Can you verify the brand and color, please?
August 11, 2012 at 8:09am   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
ucindalane - THANKS for the website resource! I like the Sand Dune and Mountain Road (but Mtn Rd may be too dark). I have paint chips and will hold them up to the cabinets...
August 11, 2012 at 8:12am   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
Kathysyard - I'll have to get the BM paint chip. I like the color and will compare it to the WHOLE WHEAT. Thanks for the suggestion!
August 11, 2012 at 8:13am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
judianna20
Gateway 7644 looks great with the stainless and black counter
August 11, 2012 at 10:50am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
lucindalane
If you would like to improve the looks of your cabinets while you decide what to do with them later, there is this stuff called Restorz-It. I don't think your cabinets look like they are too damaged, and I know that they are a light wood, but they do look a little faded. This stuff comes in different types for the different woods. It might re-vitalize your cabinets.
http://www.restorzit.com/Refinish-Kitchen-Cabinets-and-Furniture.aspx

I am a person who likes wood finishes, and I've been a bit surprised how many out here seem to want to paint over surfaces when there is really nothing wrong with them. Obviously we all want to do fix our homes to suit our own tastes, and I certainly understand that, but once wood is painted, then it is going to take a lot of work to "undo" it later. So, if this is going to be your home for a while, it would probably be in your best interest to choose a cabinet finish that you really love and don't feel will look out of date in a couple of years. One can always repaint, but even that has its limits, and there is a point where all the paint has to come off, or even a new coat looks unsightly on top of a several layers of paint.

I think that one of the grayish-toned colors would look good with the current color scheme of your kitchen.
August 11, 2012 at 12:29pm     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
bleuceleste
I think you should think "complementary" colors to the cabinets. A lavender or "elf" (a green color that people read as blue) might make the cabinets look great. But you need to hold the paint chips next to them, to see what makes them sing. Think cool and warm colors. This will be better than yellow, in my opinion, too. But the colors should not be too muddied. A nice clear color with some white in it will make your kitchen feel clean and airy. The red is a nice red but not with those cabinets and it doesn't feel clean.
I used "elf" in one kitchen that had golden cabinets, glossy white half panels on the walls and a stainless fridge. It warmed it up and felt modern and clean.
August 11, 2012 at 5:29pm     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
PRO
sharleeg
I've use Whole Wheat and it is a great color. I think it or a yellow will blend too much into your wood if you continue it. Perhaps consider a color with more green such as SW Wheatgrass 6408... nice and fresh for a kitchen I think!Blends very nicely with the Whole Wheat. Have fun!
August 11, 2012 at 8:58pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
plumster1
Some type of sft grey tone looks very clean in a kitchen space. Yellow tones look very "muddy"
August 11, 2012 at 9:03pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
Bleuceleste - do you have a color Brand, name/number for the "elf" color you are referring to?
August 11, 2012 at 11:36pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
I appreciate everyone's feedback - THANK YOU! I actually picked up a sample can of SW6164 "Svelte Sage" to try (can't wait!)
August 11, 2012 at 11:38pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
lucindalane - Thanks for the suggestion about the Restorz-It. Yes, our cabinets are kinda "rough looking," but they are in okay shape. I won't be repainting the cupboards as some people suggested.
August 11, 2012 at 11:40pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
bleuceleste
Dawn,
I googled it and Behr has "Elf"--they have an interactive website where you can apply it to a kitchen. The coordinating colors include a wheat-like paint.
In my kitchen I had golden cabinets (the type popular in 1960s ranches), installed a pine Pergo floor, and painted the half panel walls a glossy white. The "elf" color
went well with these colors, and looked great with the stainless fridge. The house sold immediately at list price, although the counters were original (and oven!)
(just re your worries about color and resale).
I always thought of the color as a green, but many people, including the realtor, thought it was a shade of blue. It has blue in it. It's not a sage-like green, which would have some yellow.
August 12, 2012 at 8:08am   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
lucindalane
You're welcome, Dawn. Another idea-and possibly much easier on the budget-is to use some Old English, the kind for lighter woods, on your cabinets, if you would like to freshen them up a bit. You could use a strong detergent, like Tide, dissolved in some really warm water, to clean all the grease and stuff that has probably adhered to the cabinets, and that don't just come off with a regular cleaning . Then, you let the wood dry for a day or so, you could apply the Old English. After you covered your cabinets you could give them a good buffing, and they would probably really look really shiny and bright. ^^)
For my own curiousity, I went and looked at that "elf" color paint. To my eyeballs it looks like a light "steel" blue color, just a few shades darker than your counter. So, it seems it would fit your color scheme.
You know, I think that your kitchen would like very nice painted the "whole wheat" color. Do you like cobalt blue? If you went with that color, then you could accessorize with some bolder colors, like the cobalt blue. I'd even take off the knobs on the cabinets and paint them that color-unless you mean to replace them before you redo the cabinets.
August 12, 2012 at 12:11pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
Lucindalane - I actually thought about the Old English, but didn't know about cleaning cupboards with Tide - will have to give that a shot! I've always used "Dawn" dish detergent and/or Murphy's Oil Soap.

I am going to try painting a small section the Svelte Sage that someone recommended. A realtor had advised me to stay away from painting walls blue - I guess not many people like them. (My daughter's room is blue, though!) I am not all that wild about the Whole Wheat - the cabinets look drab.

And I have to laugh at people's suggestions about the cabinet knobs. There weren't any knobs there up until a week ago! My husband and I thought the black knobs would look better with the appliances. Are they dated - is that why people are telling me to replace them?

This afternoon's task has been digging out the caulk (I think the previous owner caulked over old caulk and then painted - the red paint stained the Corian so I was trying to get that off.)

Since I have the Old English and not the Restorz (I saw it's around $50!), I'm going to try that tomorrow. Off to go clean... Thanks for your input!
August 12, 2012 at 1:37pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
burhou
The black appliances are so dominant that I think they ave to call the shots in chosing the decor for this room. I love the simple handles. I would paint the walls white which would tie in with a minimal colour palette of white/ black/grey/wood. I would add color in objects, art, small appliances etc probably in a couple of colours eg turquoise andyellow or orange for crisp modern look. I would have a blind, basically white but maybe with an element of geometric lines in black or alternatively choose to have one of the highlight colours to feature. I would choose the blind once the room was finished.
August 12, 2012 at 1:38pm     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
bwenk
honestly that cabinet color is hard to match up w/ a paint color. You either have to go really bold or very light green. have you considered painting your cabinets a different color. if they are true wood you might be able to lighten them up w/ a diff stain. good luck!
August 12, 2012 at 4:25pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
bleuceleste
Another idea: the cabinets look very nice in the second photo with the desk. What about ""Colonel's Lady" from Pratt & Lambert? It is a saturated blue, along the lines of a Provence blue. I have it on four walls in my home and it looks good at all times of day.
August 13, 2012 at 11:32am   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
Bleuceleste - do you have a color number? When I went to the Pratt & Lambert site, I couldn't find the Colonel's Lady. I have a sample an of SW Svelte Sage, but just bought some pillows for the family room (adjoins the kitchen) that has some blues and greens...

Do you have a photo of a room from your house with this color (ideally, the kitchen?)
August 13, 2012 at 4:10pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
bleuceleste
http://www.myperfectcolor.com/en/color/61008_Pratt--Lambert-1212-Colonels-Lady
It looks very bright on the internet. My living room and entry are this color. I have a photo, but I cant' get it from my camera, temporarily. The reason I thought of this color is because your cabinets look walnut-y in the second photo and this is a color of flooring I am considering. It's a daring color, but gets lots of compliments!
August 13, 2012 at 8:50pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
bamamom
Dawn, I think the sage you have the sample of will work great. Plus you could carry it into the family room if you want since you have pillow with those colors as well. You could do some of the brighter blue accessories in your kitchen. I'd steer clear of the blue walls too.
August 13, 2012 at 9:52pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
lucindalane
I read that a strong detergent is needed to clean off the grease, and Tide is a very strong one, IMO. My mother has used Old English for years on the dining table. It's a Duncan Fyffe that she bought in the early 1960's, when I was a kid(eons ago)and its still in good shape, and when you give it a good shine with the Old English, it really looks nice. I had no idea that Old English made anything but the darker stuff, and you really have to be careful with it-the dark kind, although I bet that the one for the lighter wood would still leave a greasy spot-because if it gets on something, its there forever. I hope that it helps your cabinets.
I had no idea that the Restorz-it was that high, though I'm not surprised. My mother does have some "eighties" oak cabinets in her kitchen that she bought back when she was still working. I am going to figure out whether or not they have some water damage on the doors on the sink cabinet, or whether its mildew. What I am going to do is take some bleach and see if the dark part disappears. If it does I am going to go on the assumption that its mildew. I am thinking about trying the Restorz-it on them. I am a person who likes the color of oak-I seem to be in the minority out here. However, I have always been disappointed in those cabinets, because my mom actually paid over a thousand dollars for them back then-and the front is "real" wood, but the shelves are just made of particle board, or MDF, or whatever you want to call the stuff, and they just have a woodgrain vinyl that they applied to the edge so its would "look" like wood, and its starting to come off now. Also, the sides are that way, too, with only a vinyl covering. I have wondered for years how they could be re-done, and I was happy to be reading out here on the site, and someone posted a link where this young lady has the same kind of cabinet, but she refinished her cabinets and replaced the vinyl on the side and the shelving with beadboard. I like country style stuff, so I would have no problem adding that.
I've seen that Svelte Sage color on the website. I hope it looks good on your experimental section of wall.
That's interesting about what the realtor said. Everyone has watched all these home improvement shows so much that-in about five or ten years, when people are buying houses, they are probably going to say, "Why in the heck are all these houses beige, or sage green?" the way people now roll their eyes when they see some bright orange formica in a seventies era house, or a peach colored room in an eighties era house. I pretty much live with my mom now-she just turned 90!-but I do have my own little house(which I probably will be selling)that I built around 1994. Back then everything was hunter green or burgundy. My son's room still has the hunter green carpet-my son adores green to this day. However, whoever buys my little house will just get the hunter green carpet. I am afraid that I am not someone who is in the position, sadly, to change stuff out right now.
I do think that blue/gray would look nice on your walls, though-with perhaps more emphasis on the "gray" with the realtor's admonition in mind.
August 13, 2012 at 10:58pm     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
Bamamom - Actually the pillows don't have any green - LOL! I am still going to do the sample wall in the Svelte Sage, but am looking at blues (I flip-flop, what can I say?) I love the blue/brown combination. The adjoining family rm (it's actually one big room to the kitchen) has brown leather furniture and the area rug is mostly brown/beige, but there is a steel-gray-blue running through it. I bought some solid blue pillows as well as some with blue/brown/beige and it brightened up the FR considerably. Now I am looking at samples of blues for the kitchen. Oh, the decisions!
August 14, 2012 at 6:03am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
lucindalane - My cabinets are similar to what you described - it appears the doors are wood, but not the sides (my hubby pointed that out to me yesterday). This kitchen is definitely not what I would have chosen! I LOVE dark cabinets and beige/brown countertops and lighter floors. Everything is backwards - honey oak cabinets, "Gray Sand Corian" (just found that out) and very dark floors - complete opposite of what I've ever had, which has me in a quandry!

Like you, I went through the phase of hunter gree and burgundy (still love those colors - especially the burgundy!) but tastes have changed over the years and now I love the beige/brown/earth tone colors. I agree with you: no matter what I do, it will be dated in a few years - sigh! We figure the brown leather furniture will be "classic" (I hope) and we'll be able to do anything with it.

Regarding the Restorz - how did you even find out about it? I did some reading and there are LOTS of great reviews about it. I am definitely considering it, because on closer inspection of the cabinets the other day, I notice that they do look kinda worn (previous owners were hard on the house in so many ways.) I appreciate your postings!
August 14, 2012 at 6:10am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Linda Inglett
@Dawn McCloskey , thank you Dawn, I am in a new home of 5 years old now, and repainting the whole house slowly...lol... and new year hoping to resell, due to we are going to build one more time and STAY..LOL..So I am putting neutral colors in that will go with any decor...hopefully...I did the 2 bathroom in Nomadic desert Sherwin W. paint it looks really good, Now I am concentrating on my Master bedroom and bathroom, the builder DID A CHEAP PAINTING JOB...LOL...everyone in neighbor hood had some complaints of the walls that was painted...I only clean my walls with murphy oil...it is the best.. If you have any cabinets that need some paint off, consider murphy oil on it and it does work....again look forward in ideas from you and any help....brainogram.org is what I do now.
August 14, 2012 at 10:22am   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
bamamom
Dawn....I understand the quandry. Have been doing that myself for the past year. Look at Benjamin Moore's Carolina Gull...since you mentioned gray/blue. This color has a gray/green coloring, at night a hint of cool blue. I ended up using that in our family room with brown leather furniture and new traditional oak colored hardwood. Really toned down the yellow/orange being given off from the floor and furniture along with a 70's orangish/terra-cotta floor to ceiling fireplace. Good luck.
PS...I love chocolate brown, blue and aqua colors now. Have done those colors throughout most of the house. Husband does not understand why my tastes seem to change every 5-10 years. LOL!
August 14, 2012 at 10:47am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
PRO
Studio NOO Design
Love the lime green too, beware of grey blue with your cabinet wood !
August 14, 2012 at 12:07pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Robin Kilgore
BM Hancock Gray. It's actually green.....then paint your cabinets Swiss Coffee...My common areas are SW Whole Wheat and Kitchen is the Hancock Gray..Looks great.
August 21, 2012 at 5:41am   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
jodiky
Well, I guess I'm really behind in what colors are hot. I like the color of your kitchen as it is now. Was thinking of doing mine that color...but am reconsidering.
August 21, 2012 at 6:07am   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
crazylife
Dawn, the key here is you are putting the house on the market. No yellow, no green, no blue. You are decorating to reduce "buyer's objections", not for your own taste. I agree, the Whole Wheat is drabbing your cabinets, but if those walls are in good shape, you don't have to repaint. Look at SW6123 Baguette, 2 shades deeps on the same strip. It would work perfectly with the Whole Wheat, and the combination of the two might even be better than one shade throughout the kitchen.
August 21, 2012 at 8:35am   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
crazylife
To remove paint. I use a product called "Awesome" full strength. Undiluted. Let it sit for a while, like half an hour. Buy it at WM or a dollar store. It's an excellent heavy degreaser. Only buy the old style formula with the dilution ratios printed on the bottle.
August 21, 2012 at 8:47am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
joettabrown
Well I think sage green would bring warmth to your kitchen, and the wood accents (cabinets) would work beautifully
August 21, 2012 at 11:26am   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
lucindalane
I started looking up the old furniture refinisher I remember was "the" go to one back at the start of the DIY revolution-which was Homer Formby. I found the Restorz-it info, and thought it sounded like something worth trying. They still make Homer Formby, too.
I still like hunter green and burgundy. I have always gravitated, though, to ivory and off white, for some reason. My favorite color is yellow, but I have only had one room painted that color, and that was my bedroom in my late teens-and it was a soft, creamy yellow.
August 22, 2012 at 3:10pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
Crazylife - actually, we are NOT putting the house on the market; we just BOUGHT the house a few months ago. Our house has "weird lighting" so we really didn't want a similar shade of color on the walls. I painted some sample colors and we didn't like them - yellow tones didn't look right.

I was telling the HD sales clerk about the paint removal (there was paint on the wooden bannisters) and she recommended a spray (too lazy to go look at it now!) which worked perfectly.

I appreciate your input! If I hadn't found the spray at HD, I'd be running to WM or the Dollar Store!
August 24, 2012 at 6:06am   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
EVERYONE who responded with greens - we actually tried a few samples of differing sage greens - they looked gray on the walls and clashed with the countertops. We've been living with a sample of SW6242 - Bracing - and think we are going that route. (It's a blue/gray.) For whatever reason, it makes the countertops look like there is blue in them and seems to look okay. Unfortunately, changing out the countertops (hope to do in the future) and/or painting the cupboards wasn't an option. But I truly appreciated everyone's feedback - thanks!
August 24, 2012 at 6:09am   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
crazylife
It will be gorgeous. Nice choice.
August 24, 2012 at 7:23am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
bamamom
Yea on the blue/gray color. I was hoping you would go that route. Post when your finished painting. Good luck!
August 24, 2012 at 10:54am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
Someone asked about the paint remove that was recommended by the HD sales person. It's called "Motsenbocker's Lift Off" - it's labeled as "Latex based paint removal; cleans all surfaces; biodegradable; water-based; removes fresh and old paint." It worked on the wooden stair railing and and ballusters. (The previous home owners were VERY sloppy painters - with RED paint!)
August 24, 2012 at 11:53am   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
crazylife
Thank you for posting it, Dawn. They make a graffiti remover also that takes ALL the paint off a surface, even the paint you weren't intending to remove. Careful with that.
August 24, 2012 at 4:17pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
lucindalane
I think blue/gray is a great choice with your cabinets and the counter. I hope that you are able to find a product that works for you to spiff the cabinets up.
August 24, 2012 at 6:32pm     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
anitajoyce
Mustard yellow are another subtle mustard color OR Tan. You cna't go wrong with one of these colors. The red or orange is too cold and stark for your kitchen. These colors work well with black appliances.
September 21, 2012 at 3:38pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Sophie Breau
All these yellows are going to make your cupboards look like they're decades old and yellowed varnish... paint the walls a pewter grey/blue.... or charcoal grey... very modern... add stainless IKEA wall dish holders, or paper towel wall holder...to make it younger.
Good luck! (dont do yellow... it's been out for about 5 yrs already.)
September 21, 2012 at 3:48pm     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Natalie
PlumAubergine---MAKE SURE IT'S NOT TOO DARK---AND SHOULD LEAN MORE TOWARD THE RED/PURPLE, NOT BLUE/PURPLE... ...http://www.ukhomeideas.co.uk/ideas/bedroom/wardrobes/betta-living-reports-hot-new-trend-in-uk-kitchens/
Wall Color: (right side of photo) http://www.next.co.uk/shop/category-kettles-category-kitchenappliances-category-toasters/colour-purple
September 21, 2012 at 4:06pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
The kitchen is done! I had to use Kilz paint first, then painted over that with SW6242 - Bracing. My family loves the calming feel of the room, which coordinates well with the adjoining family room. Thank you, everyone, who responded to my question almost two months ago. Stay tuned for a kitchen "revamp" in the next year or so - LOL! My husband and I are in agreement that we aren't wild about the color of the cabinets or countertops, and the appliances definitely need to be replaced because the stove top was ruined by the previous owner and the oven doesn't work at higher temperatures, and the refrigerator builds up ice under the freezer and the ice needs to be chopped every couple of weeks. Oh, the joys of buying a resale...
September 27, 2012 at 2:15pm     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
houssaon
Very nice! Enjoy the fruits of your hard labor and thanks for the update. I wish Houzz had a section where people could post their successes!
September 27, 2012 at 2:27pm     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
feeny
They do! There's a new Before and After section, which I love!
September 27, 2012 at 2:32pm     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
Feeny - where would I find the before/after section? I've poked around and cannot find it. (I have other photos if there is such a section!)
September 27, 2012 at 2:43pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Bonnie
I cant quite tell what colr your counter is from the photo. If it is gray you could go with a darker gray like charcoal, which would go with your appliances and be a nice contrast to the wood. You could also do yellow or sage green. I would steer away from beiges and neutrals that will look too much like the color of the cabinet.
September 27, 2012 at 3:11pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Emily Hurley
You can find before and afters here. http://www.houzz.com/discussions/before-and-after

On the discussion page, you can also see that filter on the left side of the page. Hope that helps!
September 27, 2012 at 3:16pm     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
bamamom
WOW! Great job! I love how everything flows together. Where did you find the area rug for the family room?
I hope you enjoy your new space for many years to come. Go and relax!

PS When you get the new appliances, countertops and change up the cabinets...please give us an update!
September 27, 2012 at 7:19pm     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
Dawn McCloskey
Bamamom - unfortunately (for you), I cannot tell you the name/style of the rug. I bought it at Outrageous Interiors, in Georgia - around two years ago. We originally bought it for our dining room, in GA, but when we moved, decided to move it to the family room and buy a bigger rug for the dining room. (Here, the dining room is a LARGE dining/living room combo. We have never had a formal living room, so we put the leaves in the dining table, got a bigger chandelier and rug, and have turned the entire room into a dining room. It's still a "work in progress" because I haven't found the perfect material for drapes. Someday I might post photos, but not yet - LOL!)
September 27, 2012 at 7:25pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
bamamom
Ultra...thanks for responding. The rug is very pretty, the whole space is beautiful. Aw, I'm jealous, a formal living room turned dining room...I had thought about that but we must walk through our current dining room to the formal living room, and there is a framed out opening between the two...that would need to be removed.

Good luck with the drapes! One project at a time, which is hard to do somtimes. I have a tendancy to want to do everything at once.

Will look forward to pics of your next project!
September 27, 2012 at 7:35pm     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
buffyfaulkner
I have had a client use restore-a-finish found at many antique stores on their oak cabinets it is easy and they look brand new. Try Divine Olive for paint it makes wood look warm and beautiful and you will never tire of the color. Much luck to you.
September 27, 2012 at 8:33pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
babyclams
If you are going to leave the counters blue for a while I think you would do well to choose a shade or two deeper of the blue. If you desire many people have had great success sponging their counters with browns, blacks, and greys to look like granite...they put a clear coat over it once it cures to keep it looking great...I agree yellow is always a good color, but if you have a wheat color, yellow might be too close in color to use as an accent and a darker yellow may be too much with the blue counters... Cupboards are lovely...use the product advise to restore them...and failing can be replaced or covered...
September 27, 2012 at 8:47pm   
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
bwenk
good job! i actually read an article that stated the SS appliances are going away and that the new color will be white. not the typical white though. a white that appears behind glass so i am thinking it will look lighter/softer. you may be ok waiting for new appliances bc by then you can get those and it would look good w/ your paint color and possible new cabinet color by then!
September 28, 2012 at 7:29am     
Thank you for reporting this. Undo
PRO
Dura Supreme Cabinetry
I great tool for testing colors on your room is Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer App! I use this to help me brain storm sometimes. http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/try-on-colors/color-visualizer/

Here are a few wall color ideas as well... I would go more neutral and gray to tie in the countertops.
Living Room Sanctuary
Timeless Appeal
November 26, 2012 at 12:22pm   
Sign Up to comment
Related Discussions
Need help w/kitchen paint color & stain or paint color for cabinets
I am doing a budget friendly diy kitchen remodel (I,e...
Need help choosing paint colors for my kitchen! Please help me!
I love the flooring we recently put down throughout...
HELP! Need help on idea of what color to paint my kitchen cabinets!
Need help with what color to paint cabinets and island....
Need help choosing a paint color for kitchen - please help!
I am looking repaint my kitchen and keep the cabinetry,...
More Discussions
Need help with living room furniture layout
I bought some leather club chairs today and have been...
Wallpaper
Does anyone know what this vintage wallpaper is called...
Let's play in my LR!
OK, so we moved into this much smaller place over a...
What is the best accent colors for this living room?
I want a updated traditional look in my house but everything...
Comment on the kitchen plan
Hey We recently bought a small house. How to remodel...
© 2014 Houzz Inc.
Houzz® The new way to design your home™