March 26, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Our designer measured wrong and our cabinets are not trimmed out. It's driving me crazy... I am having our contractor finish them but we can't match the stain... Should I paint my cabinets? I was thinking white and paint the island a dark grey but I'm so overwhelmed! Suggestions PLEASE!!!
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Why can't you match the stain? My friendly painter took a cabinet door home and mixed stains until he found a match. So, look for someone who will do that for you. Don't settle for what the contractor tells you--go to an independent shop, even one that makes custom furniture may be able to match the stain.
March 26, 2013 at 12:35PM     
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I'm assuming you're talking about the space at the top of the cabinets, right? First, I would think you could get really close to the stain color. Take a drawer to a paint store and have them try until they get it right. If that doesn't work to your satisfaction then try some white molding that would join the top of the cabinets and the ceiling at the front & sides of your cabinets. It's not ideal but I wouldn't give up on matching the stain without several tries. I think painting the cabinets would be the very last option. Other than the cabinet goof your kitchen looks really good.
March 26, 2013 at 12:56PM   
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Showcase Kitchens
To be on the safe side, why don't you just make them a different color entirely? Yes, it's an unconventional look, but can be very attractive.
March 26, 2013 at 1:06PM     
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I was wondering the same as Showcase - there are photos on houzz of cabinets with a black molding. However, since you already have the white crown molding in the room, I don't know that it could work.
I know that the ideal is to have the cabinets to the ceiling, but there are a lot of kitchens on houzz where there is a small space and it still looks nice. You don't have that giant space you sometimes see that is calling to either be filled in or have "stuff" on top of it.
March 26, 2013 at 1:21PM   
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Love the idea to make the cabinets on top a different color all together, it would work on one side of the kitchen but I'm not sure how it would work on the side with the fridge.....
March 26, 2013 at 1:28PM   
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Coates Design Architects Seattle
agreed - a good painter should be able to match any stain. don't compromise.
March 26, 2013 at 1:29PM   
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I agree with the people who suggested choosing a different trim. Pretend that it was intentional... You might be very happy with the result.
March 26, 2013 at 1:31PM   
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Still, who's going to pay for this little project of re-doing the cabinets? It really should be the designer's place to get the stain matched. The designer that measured wrong probably won't pay to have the cabinets re-finished which will cost quite a bit.
March 26, 2013 at 1:41PM   
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Norm Walters Construction Inc.
Not to nit pick, but I would have put a cup pull on the trash can pullout.
March 26, 2013 at 2:44PM     
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