Unexpected Pop of Color: Kitchen Cabinets

I love white cabinets. I really do. We painted our old kitchen cabinets white and it completely transformed the space, like shockingly different. I also painted my mom’s kitchen cabinets white and it refreshed the room. Then of course we chose white cabinets in our new house as well.

But if I didn’t redesign every room in my home after a hot minute, then I might have tried something bold… an unexpected pop of color on the kitchen cabinets.

I mean just look at these mint green cabinets.
Love the mix of rattan chairs and those glass pendants.

traditional-kitchenTraditional Kitchen by Natick Kitchen & Bath Designers Rob Kane – Kitchen Interiors Inc.

How about just a pop of red at the kitchen island?

traditional-kitchen (1)Traditional Kitchen by Grand Prairie Kitchen & Bath Designers USI Design & Remodeling

This light blue is bold and bright, but makes this country kitchen smile.

farmhouse-kitchenFarmhouse Kitchen by Little Rock Interior Designers & Decorators Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Classic black? I adore this clean look.

traditional-kitchen (2)Traditional Kitchen by Atlanta Carpet & Flooring Authentic Pine Floors, Inc.

Green with a bit of dark wax? Gorgeous.

mediterranean-kitchenMediterranean Kitchen by Los Gatos Kitchen & Bath Designers Kitchens of Los Gatos

Or how about something bright and cheerful
like this buttery yellow kitchen?

traditional-kitchen (3)Traditional Kitchen by Doylestown Kitchen & Bath Remodelers Superior Woodcraft, Inc.

Can’t commit to a full kitchen of painted cabinets?
How about the two tone look?
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I’m simply loving the mix of green and white.

traditional-kitchen (5)Traditional Kitchen by Nashville Kitchen & Bath Designers Hermitage Kitchen Design Gallery

And my new favorite, navy blue island with white cabinets.
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So, would you ever paint your cabinets in unexpected color?
Or try the two tone look?


Mom’s Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

It’s like straight up out of an episode of While You Were Out…

My parents went to Florida for a week and I stayed back to give a little makeover to my mom’s kitchen cabinets… with her approval of course.

yellow kitchen before white makeoverAbout 10 years ago my mom painted her kitchen cabinets a light, buttery yellow. It looked great at the time, especially since her house is very colorful (remember her living room tour?). But with her new granite countertops and tile flooring, everything just started to look too tan/yellow.

sherwin williams pure white kitchen paintSince I had so much success with my own white kitchen cabinet makeover, I decided to use the exact same paint… Pure White in ProClassic semi gloss from Sherwin Williams.

yellow to white kitchen cabinetsAt first I didn’t think going from a buttery yellow to a crisp white would actually make a huge difference, but it really changed the tone of the entire room! Come take a look…

before and after kitchen cabinet makeover{get ready for an overload of after shots}

white kitchen cabinet transformation

kitchen painted white cabinetsWe decided to keep the original cabinet hardware to save some money. Plus I think the goldish tones in the hardware look great with the new granite countertops.

painted kitchen cabinet makeover

white kitchen cabinets makeoverWe also decided to keep some of the wood trim for now. There’s a lot of wood in throughout the home where it can still tie in, especially since the kitchen leads into a small family room/den with wood French doors and floor-to-ceiling bookcases (which I’m dying to paint to lighten up that space!).

white kitchen painted cabinets{oh, I love their sign above the back porch door}

kitchen cabinet makeover

painted white kitchen cabinetsThe thing I love most about my childhood kitchen is the peninsula. We never had the conventional breakfast room table and I still love that everyone gathers around the kitchen for holidays and Sunday dinners (yep, my siblings and our kiddos gather almost every Sunday at my mom’s house. LOVE!).

white kitchen cabinets

white painted butlers pantry

white paint kitchen cabinetsWell we will have some updates to make to her newly updated kitchen including adding a nice hood over the oven, but I have to say that I’m extremely happy with the transformation thus far (and so were my parents when they returned from Florida on Saturday night).

yellow kitchen before white makeover

white kitchen cabinet transformation

Also make sure you check out some of my favorite tips and tricks for painting kitchen cabinets. Since I’ve done my own and my mothers, I kinda feel like an old pro now.

white kitchen cabinet makeover