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Need Help Choosing Kitchen Paint Colors

tierney09's picture

I recently moved into a new house and hate my kitchen! Like many people, I’m on a fixed budget and can’t do a full remodel (as much as I would LOVE to!). The cabinets are old (maybe from the 70's) and have a yellow-orange undertone (which I especially dislike), the counters are white tile, the backsplash is white ceramic tile with random pink tiles, and the floors are thick grayish tiles that have pinkish-purple tones. I’m having trouble choosing a wall color and cabinet color that will go with the pinkish-purple tones in the floor and that will also go with the other colors I’ve used on the main floor of the house (all Martha Stewart colors – Okra [green] dining room, Sealing Wax [red] entryway and Heath [beige] living room). I don’t really have the funds to replace the counter and backsplash, so I have to work around those or find a way to also possibly paint them (especially the random pink tiles!). Thanks in advance for any ideas!

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ErinE's picture

Hi,No suggestions on te colour because it's really ahrd to see what's going on. Can you possibly upload a larger pic?Anyhow, as for the cabinets, I had the same in my kitchen and just sanded them lightly, primed them, then put on a couple of coats of a GOOD quality paint. I went with white, because you can never go wrong there.As for the backsplash, Mrs. Peacock's suggestion is a good one. But, if you can;t find anything the right size, check out some of the adhesive shelf liners out ther. It would be really inexpensive and there are some interesting paterns now. You can find designs or fuax material like marble etc.Erin

FirstHomeDreams's picture

What about going dark on the base cabinets (like charcoal) and light on the wall cabinets (like a soft blue/green)? There are products available specifically for painting over tile, so that could take care of your back splash. I would be inclined to keep the wall colour white, to expand the look of the back splash and allow the cabinets to be the stars. As for the floor, I would probably just use scatter rugs that compliment the cabinet colours until I could afford to replace with something I really liked. Replacing the faucet (and hardware!) is never a bad idea either, like Minka suggested.

Minka's picture

I can't see if you have any moldings on your doors the picture is too small but you should definitly put some if you don't have any and a crown molding at the top and paint everthing cloud white or simple white from benjamen moore is a classic unless you want to go a bit darker like old prairie benjamen moore also ,you can look at the on line video of michelle hanna her kitchen is old prairie it is gorgeous and replasing the pink tile since you don't have much sould'nt  cost you much you seem to have nice appliance .  Another important thing is a focet with a nice long goose neck makes all the difference in the world.  i done all that in my kitchen and i spent about 300$ the most and i love it.  I hope this helps 

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