All white kitchens have a classic and timeless look, but this girl still loves a bit of color! We easily upgraded our builders grade white cabinets and hardware to give our kitchen a look that fits with our aesthetic and family. The painting of the cabinets can easily be done in a weekend.
Our kitchen granite was a nice neutral, but our countertops stuck out like a sore thumb amidst our home full of bold colors and patterns. It seemed out of place. We opted for a simple white quartz with a small grey veining as it's durable and really brightened the look of our space. This one is similar.
In addition to updating our countertops, we needed a pop of color to break up all of the white cabinetry. I decided to paint the island and the range hood in a deep royal blue to give some definition to the space and to compliment our backsplash. General Finishes Milk Paint is a great option to paint kitchen cabinets. After prepping them with a wipe down of rubbing alcohol, I painted right over the top of them. Easy Peasy!
I mixed the following formula to achieve a deep rich blue that is the perfect shade for our kitchen:
2/3 General Finishes Coastal Blue
1/3 General Finishes Klein Blue
I taped off the range hood to cover with two coats of paint. TIP: Allow both coats of paint to dry thoroughly between each coat-- otherwise, the first coat will lift when you touch it with wet paint again. I painted two coats before covering with a clear water based acrylic topcoat.
I also wanted to add a little brass detail around the range hood as we didn't want to spend the money to replace the entire hood. I ordered some brass remnants cut to size to fit into our range hood to give a little metal sparkle. The brass sheeting comes in a raw unfinished finish, so you'll need to paint a thin coat of clear acrylic topcoat to prevent it from tarnishing. We used industrial adhesive to apply the sheets and pulled off the clear tape-- voila!
TIP: Make sure to save some touch up paint in a small can or container to use in the future-- especially since this blue color is custom mixed! If you have busy kids like me, you will need some touchup paint in the future for potential dings.
We added a bit more brass shine to our kitchen by updating our bronze faucet to this touchless one. It's a bit of a splurge, but well worth it to not have to touch the knobs with raw chicken covered hands! We also decided to go with this gorgeous navy sink. It really does complement our kitchen and all of the colors. Below are source links to the new hardware and fixtures in our kitchen:
The before and after (below) is such a dramatic change with minimal cost and effort. Now we feel like our kitchen matches the rest of our home. XO, JuJu
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