So we are working on doing some work in our kitchen.
We finally made the decision last night that we will just paint our existing cabinets.
We started out that we were going to strip and refinish the cabinets, they are painted with a high gloss white and it was done very quickly and sloppily with runs everywhere and they even painted the hinges and handles. We got the top cabinets on the smaller side stripped for the most part, but it is impossible to get all the paint off. So my husband wanted to build new cabinets. But I am not willing to wait 3 years for my kitchen to be done.
So as much as we don't like painted cabinets that is what we have decided to do. We will be installing new countertops in a somewhat Beige color. And a tile backsplash and floors.
I need some help with coordinating paint colors in my kitchen/dining because it is all one room. I am thinking I want the kitchen cabinets to be a dark red burgandy type color almost a reddish brown?
I already know that above my chair rail I want my walls to be faux finish in sort of a cream/caramel type thing...I have these coasters/trivets theme that I am kind of going with the color scheme on there.
So I need a color for below the chair rail...and also will it look bad to leave the chair rail white? I also have several door frames, a big one of which opens into our white living room...So I don't know what else to do other than keep the frames white.
Here are some pictures of what it looked like before we moved in. It basically is still the same except different furniture.
What the cabinets look like, and you can tell what the wall looks like, though are refrigerator is there, but the walls look like that all around the dining.
The dining area looking in from the living area. So you can see the frame around the opening.
But I could really use some help!
Here are the trivets and coasters that have the color scheme I am going for:
I want the walls above the chair rail to kind of have a faux finish similar to the box behind the word Love:
If you are going to use the blended faux finish on top, I would suggest using the darker color alone on bottom. Also, I would suggest new hardware and hinges, maybe in a bronze or black. I think the chair rail and the door frames can continue to be white.
we recently re-did ours and it looks like you have similar colors so I will post some pics to show you.
These are what our cupboards looked like. I primed and painted them all in a light green and got new hinges and handles. I recommend new hardware! That alone can totally change the look of a room!
After: (same side of the kitchen just a different angle)
Our dining room and kitchen are also connected so I also painted the cupboards that we have in there. The red that I painted the soffit in the kitchen is that same red that I used on one wall in the dining room.
The colors we used look really similar to what is in your trivet that you are going with. Here is what I would do using my colors in your kitchen I would do the cupboards with the tan color or the green color. I think that a red would be to overpowering on cupboards. You could then do your red on the bottom of the wall, leave your chair rail white and do either a tan or green faux finish on the top. I would probably do the opposite of the cupboard color. I think that the white chair rail would look fine, especially since it would be a pain to try to change that and all the trim
So....that is my really long take
I'm kinda liking that mustard yellow and that olive green that's in your pictures! I would keep the chairrail white too.
Lena, I just have to say, my parents AND my grandparents used to have that same house wallpaper border you had up!
I am AWFUL at this...but you've gotten great advice. GL and be sure to post after pics for us all to see!!
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Lena -- you're home improvements are seriously inspiring! You guys have done almost your whole house now!
Kalee, here's how I could picture your kitchen:
What about painting the frames of the cupboards red, with a beige paint on the front facings? I would also replace the hardware. It's not a huge investment (we did ours and paid about $1.50 per handle) and it was a huge difference in the look of the cabinets! For the walls, I would paint the lower half of the walls the same red as the cabinets. And do the top in your faux finish. I would probably go with a natural wood stain for the chair rail and door frames if you're able to.
Have fun with the project!
Hope my two cents was worth something! LOL
Last edited by auret; 10-23-2009 at 10:39 AM.
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Thanks for all the ideas!
I am definitely getting new hardware. I want to get them in a bronze finish.
Our countertops are going to be a beige color, so I am not sure about having a beige on the cabinets.
Also are chairrails/door frames are all painted white and especially with the chair rail I don't think we could get them stripped enough to do wood stain. That is the problem we have with our cabinets because we would prefer wood stained cabinets but the people before painted them and it is too hard to strip it all.
Lena - you did a great job with your kitchen! Hope mine turns out that well!