After a long wait, I’m excited to finally share my kitchen makeover! When we first toured our house earlier this year, I knew the first thing I wanted to do was paint the cabinets. The light, warm wood tone of the cabinets completely clashed with the gray wood floors. The cabinets and nickel hardware also made our newer townhouse feel extra cookie-cutter.
If you’ve been following the blog, you know I love anything that’s old and colorful. My whole goal is to add quirk and character that our house is seriously lacking.
Maybe it’s because it’s my favorite color or because I’ve Julie & Julia a hundred times, but I’ve always dreamt about a green kitchen like Julia Child’s. A lot of people shy away from colorful cabinets because it’s a big commitment, but it adds such a pop to a space.
I debated between going really far out with an emerald shade, but this airy, sage green kitchen was calling my name. Since my kitchen is so small and dark, I decided a lighter shade would help visually enlarge the space.
Originally, I planned on trying to color match my paint to my inspiration above. However, when I went to Orchard I instantly fell in love with this “Sea Green” from Benjamin Moore’s Williamsburg Collection. It felt historic and peaceful, but a little more vibrant than your standard sage.
As soon as I got it on the cupboards I was head over heels. It was a little bright at first and it was challenging to capture the shade correctly in these photos, but as the paint soaked into the wood more it looked like the paint swatch above. You still get the idea.
For even more character, I swapped out the standard nickel knobs for old brass knobs and library pulls I found at Hippo Hardware here in Portland. They have the best collection of antique hardware and great bargain section where you can get knobs for as low $1!
I ended up mixing and matching my knobs and pulls, which adds a little more quirkiness.
I love the way everything came together! Seriously look at this before and after!
It looks like a completely different kitchen and makes such a statement when you walk into the house.
Next year, we’re hoping to swap out that dated tile countertop for white quartz and put in a subway tile backsplash to complete the look. For now, I like to think Julia would be proud to cook here.
If you don’t love your kitchen, painting is an inexpensive way to completely change up the look! All in all, I spent about $100 on paint and supplies and I finished the project in one long weekend. If you go for it, I recommend the Benjamin Moore Advance Interior Paint. It’s self-leveling so it goes on super smooth and didn’t have any stickiness when it dried.
If going the colorful route intimidates you, try out the two toned look! Paint your lower cabinets a vibrant hue and paint your upper cabinets white. That way you get a pop of color, but most of the space remains light and neutral.