Kitchen Color

Give your kitchen cabinets some color!

Sometimes there are colors you adore but haven't quite found the courage or an appropriate place to use. Try playing peek-a-boo with your cabinets, like David Oliver did in this off white kitchen.
Doing this will still place you in the adventurous category ;-)

Dark cabinetry painted Benjamin Moore's Midsummer Night
creates a classic Edwardian feeling in the kitchen.

Photos via House Beautiful, ElleDecor + Veranda

How To:
1. Take everything out of the cabinets and drawers. Remove doors, drawers, and hardware. As you detach each part, use masking tape to label its location for easy reinstallation.
2. Using a lint-free cloth, clean the cabinets thoroughly with a mixture of soap (such as dishwashing liquid) and warm water to get rid of built-up dirt.
3. Patch gashes, nicks, and holes with wood filler. Once dry, rub surfaces with 150-grit sandpaper, then wipe with a tack cloth to remove dust and other fine particles.
4. Choose a primer with stain-blocking properties. Working with the wood's grain, apply the primer—using long, even strokes—to cabinet interiors, exteriors, both sides of the doors, and inside the drawers. Run a wide dry brush over the wet paint to even out the surface. Let dry for 24 hours.
5. Lightly sand primed areas with 220-grit paper and wipe with a tack cloth before topping with an oil-based or acrylic latex paint in a semi- or high-gloss finish (easier to clean than flat paints) in your color choice. Use the same long, even strokes to apply at least two coats (allow 24 hours' drying time in between). Smooth the surface using a wide brush.
6. Let dry completely, add hardware, and reinstall.
Written by Wendy Manwarren for ElleDecor

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