Cream Cabinets Kitchen

Cream Cabinets Kitchen

I would like to add my 2 cents for you to consider, because this is so fixable. I have two thoughts…1). Change the tone of your existing blue walls to a softer blue with warmer, greyed down undertones and paint a warmer white or cream on the trim (to match cabinets or a shade or two lighter). This will make the cabinets read more as the ‘white’ you are craving while still maintaining the colour scheme you love. Basically you would be going from what is a mixed cool and warm scheme that is fighting each other to an all warm scheme. I realize you were going for a cool scheme, but there are now too many warm fixed elements (countertop, splash, cabinets, hardware) that shouldn’t be ignored. I fear that painting your new cabinets white will make your backsplash, knobs and countertops pop visually (perhaps a too harsh contrast) and since these were not your favorite elements you may be disappointed when they are accentuated. Plus, the factory applied cream paint on your cabinets will be a better finish than a DIY paint redo…..unless you remove them and send them all to be professionally lacquered.OR…2). Pull a taupe, grey or cream colour from your backsplash tile and repaint the walls. The trim would then be the cream to match your cabinets or a lighter version. This could be a more sophisticated tone on tone scheme with softer contrasts….not unlike your dream kitchen photo, but only with warmer tones. You can add blue accents with your accessories if you miss the blue…and if the blue is elsewhere in your home, provide continuity. Keep your warm tones clean and fresh….not muddy.
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Cream Cabinets Kitchen

What a great posting! I can identify with so much of what people are saying. I originally envisioned an all white kitchen, much like the one at the top of the page. I couldn’t afford custom-made cabinets, so my contractor showed me pre-fab ones. Great quality, except I thought the white ones (which were shaker) were just meh. (Granted, I didn’t imagine them on the walls with the backsplash, counter, etc.) So then I went to my second choice, espresso. The shaker espresso cabinets didn’t have a grain; looked like cabinets spray-painted dark brown. So I went with an espresso birch slab. So it has a grain, but I preferred shaker over slab. But it’s more of a dark warm brown than espresso.Then for the counter. I liked the look of an “oreo” kitchen—white or cream counters with dark cabinets. I was talked out of Quartz, the person at the design center saying it would be more expensive than granite and that because of the length of my counters, I’d get a seam somewhere. I went to the granite yard where the contractor had a discount, and all the white(ish) granites didn’t slay me, so I wound up getting this beautiful bordeaux granite with lots of movement in shades of cream, beige, etc., with lots of mica.As for the backsplash, I went with tumbled botticino marble squares, because white white didn’t work, and glass fought the granite.SO…kitchen is very pretty. But not…one…element…is..what…I…originally…wanted. (Although I painted the walls a creamy white.) Every time I see an all-white kitchen on TV or in a movie, or even one with dark espresso shaker cabinets with white or cream quartz counters, my husband immediately says, “I don’t want to hear it.”
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Cream Cabinets Kitchen

What a great blog. We are downsizing and renovating a condo to go into. It has large creamy, beige and white marbled-looking porcelain tiles throughout the kitchen and main living areas. I am struggling with whether to go with white cabinets or a more creamy cabinet. Either work with the floor, but the cream has a softer look. The kitchen is a gallery kitchen and doesn’t have a lot of light. My kitchen accessories and blue and white. I am concerned that the the white cabinets will look stark and the cream cabinets will look dingy. Your advise when struggling between white or cream?
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Cream Cabinets Kitchen

Bebe March 01, 2013, 10:50 am Leave reply What a great blog. We are downsizing and renovating a condo to go into. It has large creamy, beige and white marbled-looking porcelain tiles throughout the kitchen and main living areas. I am struggling with whether to go with white cabinets or a more creamy cabinet. Either work with the floor, but the cream has a softer look. The kitchen is a gallery kitchen and doesn’t have a lot of light. My kitchen accessories and blue and white. I am concerned that the the white cabinets will look stark and the cream cabinets will look dingy. Your advise when struggling between white or cream?
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Cream Cabinets Kitchen

Maria Killam September 05, 2009, 5:53 pm Leave reply Hi BG,Yes screaming white cabinets with brown floors and countertops will look like you left your 90's cabinets in your kitchen. Brown and cream simply belong together. (in my opinion). I would do Mannequin Cream with this kitchen. Backsplash should then be simple cream tile to go with the cabinets.Maria
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Cream Cabinets Kitchen

Prep Cabinets Before you refinish your cabinets with cream paint and glaze, you must prepare them properly. Start by removing the cabinet doors, drawers and hardware. In a kitchen, cabinets usually have smoke, oil and other residue on their surface that may not be visible to the eye, so you must thoroughly clean them with a degreasing cleanser. Follow up with a deglosser, which will remove any lingering greasy residue. Once the cabinets are clean and dry, use 100- to 220-grit sandpaper to sand the surface so the cabinets will accept the paint more easily. For the best results, apply a primer before painting. If your cabinets are made from a tight-grained wood like cherry or maple, an oil-based primer works best. However, for cabinets made with an open-grained wood like ash, oak, hickory or mahogany, a brushing putty is a better option because its thick consistency allows it to fill the grain and prime the wood at the same time.
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Cream Cabinets Kitchen

Are you still answering questions here? I am visiting from YLF–and I am your newest follower. My kitchen has very light cream unglazed tile for the floor, dark (too dark for my taste) green/black granite counter tops, pinky/yellow painted cabinets with a dark wood island. The walls are a med green matching what is in the granite. Trim is a nice cream, much creamier than the cabinetry. I feel the cabinets need to be painted (so no wood grain is showing!), do I use the same cream trim color or ??? Also replacing the hardware which right now is a shiny dark gray oval knob. Any suggestions on color and metal for those? I'm so glad I found your blog! Are you related to Candice Olson?
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Cream Cabinets Kitchen

Teri October 11, 2010, 1:34 am Leave reply Are you still answering questions here? I am visiting from YLF–and I am your newest follower. My kitchen has very light cream unglazed tile for the floor, dark (too dark for my taste) green/black granite counter tops, pinky/yellow painted cabinets with a dark wood island. The walls are a med green matching what is in the granite. Trim is a nice cream, much creamier than the cabinetry. I feel the cabinets need to be painted (so no wood grain is showing!), do I use the same cream trim color or ??? Also replacing the hardware which right now is a shiny dark gray oval knob. Any suggestions on color and metal for those? I'm so glad I found your blog! Are you related to Candice Olson?
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1). Change the tone of your existing blue walls to a softer blue with warmer, greyed down undertones and paint a warmer white or cream on the trim (to match cabinets or a shade or two lighter). This will make the cabinets read more as the ‘white’ you are craving while still maintaining the colour scheme you love. Basically you would be going from what is a mixed cool and warm scheme that is fighting each other to an all warm scheme. I realize you were going for a cool scheme, but there are now too many warm fixed elements (countertop, splash, cabinets, hardware) that shouldn’t be ignored. I fear that painting your new cabinets white will make your backsplash, knobs and countertops pop visually (perhaps a too harsh contrast) and since these were not your favorite elements you may be disappointed when they are accentuated. Plus, the factory applied cream paint on your cabinets will be a better finish than a DIY paint redo…..unless you remove them and send them all to be professionally lacquered.
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Ugh…that is all so frustrating! It’s still a beautiful kitchen but I see what you mean…it’s just nothing like your inspiration pic. Those damn “designers” kill me! My mom just built a beach house with an all white kitchen and bathrooms and some “designer” told her to get cream cabinets too. Now the bright white sink and the white subway tiles make the cabinets look dingy. And the white and blue marble in the bathrooms doesn’t match the cream cabinets in there, either. And don’t even get me started on the advice she got from the “designers” at Ethan Allen!Regardless, you have a beautiful kitchen. Enjoy it!

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