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I painted and glazed my kitchen island green, leaving the surrounding cabinets stained. It changed up the kitchen without committing to full-on green cupboards. The cat lover in me is slayed by the kitty in #2!

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Sarah L

I like neutral kitchens best, in terms of paint and cabinetry. I’ve seen a few pretty ones in other colors, but something like green or blue seems as though it’d look dated quick - and it would be tough to match furniture and wall art. I stayed in an Airbnb in Germany a couple summers ago, the kitchen was neutral — except for the purple fridge! It looked like a 50s-style item, in a good way. An entire kitchen in purple would be overwhelming, but the statement piece worked awesome.

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Looking for Inspiration

I too wanted a bit of colour in my kitchen, but couldn't afford a full reno. I also, didn't like the triangle island I had and thought well maybe that would be a starting point.

Kitchen before

I went to Home Depot and purchased off the shelf cabinets and trimmed the island in the same red oak as my cabinets, stained the island green and glazed with a dark brown glaze. Also, bought some unfinished stools and used the same technique to match them to the island and then replaced the counter tops, hood, sink and appliances.


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