Update Your Kitchen with Paint
With the primers and paints available now, it's easy to transform a dowdy, outdated kitchen top to bottom. From the cabinets to the floor, find colorful ideas to revive your kitchen with paint.
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Paint Cabinet Interiors
Add a pop of color to plain cabinets by painting the interiors a striking color. Here, chartreuse green picks up on the yellow undertones of the warm white cabinets for a well-blended but eye-catching look.
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The Fifth Wall
Normally left white, the ceiling is a perfect place to add color in a kitchen where most of the wall space is taken by cabinets. A soft blue gives the illusion of being outdoors in this pretty kitchen.
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Create Drama with Contrasts
Take painting cabinets to the next level by using contrasting colors. Here, a creamy taupe on the lower cabinets grounds the kitchen, while a lighter, warm white on the uppers keeps the look airy.
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Jazz up your backsplash with painted beaded board. In this cozy cottage kitchen, the beaded board was installed horizontally for a fresh spin.
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If you like the shape of your stools, but don't love the color, customize them! These metal stools were nice, but a fresh coat of glossy red paint gives them -- and the kitchen -- tons of personality.
Discover tips for all of the ways paint can make over your room!
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End Island Monotony
If you're not keen on applying color to all of your cabinets, stick with just the island. To make it look like you gave your kitchen a full makeover, use the island color in a few new accessories, too, such as a rug, window treatment, or dishware to display.
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Put Color Underfoot
Painting a wooden floor with cool color and stencils can change the entire atmosphere of the kitchen. Before committing to a color, test it on a large piece of foam-core board. Place the board on the floor to see how the color works with the cabinetry and affects the sense of space in the room. (A dark navy, for example, could have made this kitchen feel smaller, but this medium shade adds interest without constricting the space.)
Prepare the floor by cleaning it with a high-strength household cleaner and roughening the surface with 150-grit sandpaper. For a stenciled floor, apply a high-quality primer, and use standard latex paint for both the background color and the stencil design. Protect the treatment with several coats of clear polyurethane. You'll need to reapply polyurethane every year or two to keep the painted finish in good shape.
Decide if your wood floor is a prime candidate for painting with these tips and insights.
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Easy Custom Shades
Add custom color at the window with a painted vinyl roller shade. Patterns like this are easy to create using painter's tape to mark off evenly spaced stripes. Roll on semigloss latex paint or acrylic crafts paint with a 4-inch roller, then peel off the painter's tape to reveal the white stripes. Here, the gray stripes match the cabinets and the white stripes blend with the walls. Yellow-green on the table adds a fashion-forward accent.
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With a little paint, a remnant of vinyl sheet flooring can become a high-style floorcloth for your kitchen.
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Showcase Your Artistry
If you like your wooden cabinetry but want to give it a new look, try painting an image on the center panels of a few of the doors or using tape to create a pattern. Once your new finish has dried, be sure to seal the panels with a clear, water-base polyurethane.
Stencil Cabinet Doors
Add a little pattern and pizzazz to plain cabinet doors with a stenciled treatment. Watch and see how easy it is!
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A coat of paint on a less-than-precious dining table and chairs lightens and brightens a kitchen-breakfast room dominated by too much brown wood. While painting antiques would destroy their value, reproductions of recent vintage are fair game for a facelift.
Sand the wood or rub on a liquid deglosser to roughen the surface so the paint will adhere better, and apply at least two coats of a semigloss or satin paint for an easy-to-clean surface. For the most professional finish, use a self-leveling paint, which hides brushstrokes, and apply the paint in thin coats.
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Chalk It Up
Add function and fun to your kitchen with chalkboard paint. Here, the ends of a bank of cabinets were given an update with chalkboard paint, which turns the former blank space into a fun message board.