Blue Kitchen Cabinet Project

Jodi Jackson
by Jodi Jackson
4 Materials
2 Weeks

Some time ago, I, like many others pinned the Pinterest picture of the blue cabinets with the black glaze. What a beautiful picture it is. Now, I would give credit where credit is due but these pictures have been pinned so many times that I do not know who to give credit to.

Whoever it is–stunning job!

I can only find one partial picture of the before of my kitchen. You get the picture though, white cabinets. I painted them about 7 years ago. Actually, they were still beautiful but so many people sent me this picture and asked me how to get this look that I figured I would give it a go and see if I could get close!

I went to my Benjamin Moore paint store and asked for Mozart Blue. They mixed me up a gallon in the Benjamin Moore Advance Satin paint. It is fabulous to paint cabinets with! It is actually all I paint cabinets with. Now you know that I used to retail chalk type paint and while I love it for furniture, I am not a fan for kitchen cabinets.

 I took all of the doors off and removed all the hardware. Once my cabinet doors were down and the hardware was removed I cleaned them really well to remove any dirt or grease. (Don't skip the prep!!) I began to paint. I put two coats on the frame, the drawers and the cabinet doors.

Next, I applied a coat of Benjamin Moore Studio Finishes Alkyd glaze in black. This is oil based glaze and it gave me exactly the look I was after. I used a sponge applicator to apply it and a clean lint free rag to wipe it back. Once the glaze dried, I put the same hardware back on and the doors back up and drawers back in. Once they were up, I added a little extra glaze around the edges and the results were fabulous!

Resources for this project:
Benjamin Moore Studio Finishes Alkyd Glaze in Black
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  • Jill Gambone Jill Gambone on Jan 25, 2021

    I've done this before with paint and stain and it marked up quite easily. I had to touch up a lot. I did not Seal” them. Was supposed to use Polyurethane? Will I have to do that here? What keeps it from getting marked as people use them? Jill

  • Jill Hansing Blair Jill Hansing Blair on Feb 26, 2021

    Cabinets are beautiful!!

    Can you do this project with lighter colors? Maybe white with gray glaze?


  • Cor59875099 Cor59875099 on Mar 10, 2022

    Where is the glaze

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  • Randi Randi on May 23, 2020
      Notes: DO NOT USE ALONE; Studio Finishes® Acrylic Glaze s must be intermixed with an interior acrylic paint. Applying Studio Finishes Acrylic Glaze (N405) over a fresh alkyd/oil based coating may cause premature yellowing of the basecoat.

    • Juel fuel Juel fuel on Jun 14, 2021

      Do you mean mix it with the cabinet paint used? I already painted my cabinets and was thinking on using the glaze over the top of the existing 2nd & some areas 3rd coat. Thanks!

  • Barbara Zimmerman Barbara Zimmerman on May 24, 2020

    I did this to the bottom cabinets on my kitchen and love how they turned out.

    • Terri Terri on Jun 26, 2020

      What type of glaze did you use? I cannot find the Benjamin Moore glaze in black.