What colour should I paint my kitchen cabinets?

I have a large kitchen with oak cabinets, which are still in excellent condition. Would like to paint these with annie sloan chalk paint. Just wondered if there are any stockists out there or someone that knows about this paint to give me advice on what colour. I was thinking of French linen on the cabinets and graphite on the island. I am taking courses so will know the technique.
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q kitchen cabinets paint color ideas, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, paint colors, painting
q kitchen cabinets paint color ideas, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, paint colors, painting
q kitchen cabinets paint color ideas, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, paint colors, painting
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  • P.j. C P.j. C on Aug 06, 2014
    Whichever color you decide will be a big improvement. You might also consider adding a backsplash with tile--glass or mixed glass & stone mosaic sheets. Please share photos when you're finished, & ignore those who bemoan the loss of any woodgrain. You'll love working in a brighter kitchen, & that's the biggest factor. :-)

  • Dee C Dee C on Aug 06, 2014
    I would go with a soft creamy shade of a light yellow. Maybe trim the cupboards in a cream and the doors in a soft yellow. Or a darker yellow on the cupboards and a lighter on the doors.

  • Brandi Wigley Brandi Wigley on Aug 06, 2014
    White or gray... or a combo of the two!! Can't wait to see how this turns out!

  • Kris Kowalski Kris Kowalski on Aug 06, 2014
    Your kitchen is similar to mine in the current cabinet color. I even have chairs that aren't that much different. I am also planning on painting and thinking about going for a sage color. My house is predominantly earth tones, which I like. But I am so sick of golden oak everywhere since 1991! Please let us know what you decide. I'd love to see your progress.

  • 243107 243107 on Aug 06, 2014
    I would do white and then accessorize, accessorize, accessorize with bright colors!! http://www.elledecor.com/decorating-with-white/the-right-white-a-70889

  • Funnygirl Funnygirl on Aug 06, 2014
    I love the 2 cabinets and lower cabinets below them,next to your fridge.Would love to see that section painted all one color different from the other cabinets to resemble a separate built in cabinet. The rest of the cabinets would look pretty in a linen color.Would rather see the island painted a different color than gray.Like the color of your walls.would you consider painting the island or the set of cabinets the same wall color.This will be beautiful when you finish!

  • Funnygirl Funnygirl on Aug 06, 2014
    Burlap the panels on the island

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Aug 06, 2014
    The sky is the limit on color. The style now is to paint the uppers a lighter shade than the bottom ones. I love the gray or mocha families. But other colors works just as well. I also saw on a h...and the island with a pop of a different color. On a home improvement show, I saw a tile that comes in sheets, it goes in easily and requires no caulking! It looks like a fitted stone. I don't know what colors it comes in or if it is real stone, glass, or what...but I loved it. A stain may be more durable than paint.

  • Allie Reddinger Allie Reddinger on Aug 06, 2014
    id paint it white, and the island as well. then paint the trim on the island a light gray as to match the counter top, then match the trim on the cabinets in the same gray tone to bring it all together. a lighter color would make your large kitchen even larger. and adding a back splash of greys and cool light browns in a small tile mosaic would be lovely as well

  • GR GR on Aug 06, 2014
    French Linen is one of my favourite colours at the moment, it goes with almost anything. The only problem is it's quite a dark grey/khaki colour so if your kitchen doesn't get a lot of light it could be a bit overpowering. You could paint the upper cabinets a lighter colour (maybe Old White?) and the lower cabinets and island in FL. I also like Funnygirl's idea of making those cabinets around the appliances look like a separate unit. Rather than have too many colours you can always mix ASCP to create variations on a shade. Good luck and please post the finished kitchen, I'm sure it will look amazing!

  • Shari Shari on Aug 06, 2014
    Didn't you ask for color suggestions for your cabinets a couple years ago? As I recall, you got many good suggestions for the cabinets as well as suggestions for a new wall color. My preference is white cabinets (always classic, timeless and easy to decorate around) but definitely NOT chalk paint, especially in the kitchen. I have tried to like AS chalk paint. I really, really have but the more I work with it, the more I detest it. I just don't care for the "used and abused" look on furniture or cabinets so the chalk paint doesn't give a fine enough finish to suit me. Plus, I just can't believe it will hold up long-term to the frequent use and wiping kitchen cabinets are subjected to. You have sooooo many cabinets and it will be quite a job to paint them. Therefore, if it were me, I'd pick something I was sure would hold up and I'd be happy with for the long haul so I didn't have to paint all those cabinets again in a few years! However, the bottom line is, it doesn't really matter what other people suggest with regard to color or type of paint. You are the one who will have to live with it so paint it whatever appeals to you.

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    • GR GR on Aug 09, 2014
      I've been there before! My partner said that ASCP had to be the most expensive undercoat I'd ever used but it had to be done :-) I think it works for some looks and pieces but not all. When I first started using it I had a rather beaten up but beautifully carved Victorian sideboard, I slapped (and I mean SLAPPED) ASCP French Linen on it, just the one coat, then waxed it using wire wool which distressed it quite a bit. When I was done I thought people are either going to love this or hate it, let's stick it in the shop window. They were nearly forming a queue to buy it! However many of the pieces I do would look hideous with the same treatment, people would just think I was a very bad painter :-D

  • Kallen Kallen on Aug 06, 2014
    color is such a personal thing...like art. there is no way anyone else can decide this for you. Personally I love a white kitchen but you might not like that at all. just go look at some already set up in Lows ,Home Depot.,etc or go to some open houses on the weekend. And don't be timid!

  • Donna Donna on Aug 07, 2014
    I painted mine "Ocean Air" and love it

  • Patti Patti on Aug 07, 2014
    I would probably paint them a shade of white and leave the island until it was done, because I think it will go nicely (I love dark distressed cabinets). Maybe add 1 pair of glass cabinet doors somewhere on the upper cabinets and a marble subway tile backsplash to pull it together. Wish I had all those cabinets - good luck!!!

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Aug 07, 2014
    I love white kitchens also, but I am past the age to keep them wiped down! Just can't at my age so I would have to go to a light gray or light Mocha! But any color you like is fine. And you can paint the island a different color for accent...whatever color is your fancy.

  • Jim L Jim L on Aug 07, 2014
    Paint the base cabinets the same as the island and the upper cabinets white. This will "anchor" the cabinets and well tie in well with the island. It is a great look that I have used in several client's houses.

  • MikkiGirl MikkiGirl on Aug 07, 2014
    White with pops of bright colors in back splash, light figures, stools, etc. I'd keep all of the cabinets and island the same color.

  • Amy B Amy B on Aug 07, 2014
    White is always good and will lighten up the whole room.

  • Louise Fulton Louise Fulton on Aug 07, 2014
    If it were me I would paint the bottom cupboards to match your island and that would blend in your appliances as well, then strip the top ones and stain them a ver light colour. It would make everything even your chairs blend in. I have a dark kitchen and I have the dark cupboards. It doesn't make the kitchen any less good looking.

  • Millie Millie on Aug 07, 2014
    You could paint it a very pale aqua which would look awesome with the island.

  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Aug 07, 2014
    Well, what you do with the cabinets is for sure your preference but before I did anything with them, I would get that popcorn ceiling down! It is very simple to take down and will only take a few hours. If you want to know any more about it contact me as I have taken down the popcorn ceilings in every room in my house. Good luck with your colors on the cabinets but personally, I would not do a faux painting on them, as this will hinder the resale of your home if you ever need to sell. Good luck with your classes! : )

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    • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Aug 12, 2014
      @Joyce Wells Hi Joyce...there really is no secret. I had 2800 sq.ft. of popcorn to remove. I got a ladder, bought a drywall scraper, kind of like a (plastic putty knife) but mine was about 8" wide and a little trough type container that went with the scrapper and I already had one of those sprayers that you spray outside of your home with to kill bugs. If you don't have one just a regular spray bottle works just fine but it does take longer. I started with that first. All I did was went up the ladder sprayed the water on the ceiling waited about a minute (long enough to soak through) got back up on the ladder and used the scraper to scrape the popcorn away. I actually had later on gotten a plastic tub like you would do dishes in, out of the garage to catch the popcorn with as I was scraping and it was a lot cleaner that way. WARNING: Make sure you have something on the floor as big as you can get under your ladder and the surrounding areas. I used 2 tarps that I had that were about 8x8 and just took them outside after I was finished and hosed them off. If you can handle cleaning up the mess, it's kind of a fun job. If you have any more questions feel free to contact me. When I had a man out to give me a quote for this, they wanted $9543.00 but that did include redrywalling the ceiling. My husband knew how to do that though so I wasn't worried about it. ALSO some popcorn is very thick and will not come off as easily as mine did. I would test a small area in a closet before really going head on into it first. Hope this helps!

  • Mandy Loriot Mandy Loriot on Aug 07, 2014
    You pick the paint color, but an island contacting from the rest looks cool. I actually wanted to offer a separate suggestion. In my kitchen we raised the cabinets and then put a plain wood shelf in where the bottom of the cabinets used to be. Then we put in an adorable backsplash in and it has a great feel. The hardware was also updated. I attached a photo.

  • Che391214 Che391214 on Aug 07, 2014
    I would go with a similar colour to the counter - tops, which will blend nicely with the floor too. You can keep the island dark because that counter top is dark so it will tie the look together with a contrast. I would do the same distress look at the edges with just a beige- brown pastel to emphasise the cupboards' detail without making it too busy. You have classy cupboards, do them justice. I have a pinterest board dedicated to kitchens and the warm white and beige hues always look the best.

  • Che391214 Che391214 on Aug 07, 2014
    Meant to say darker shade at the bottom with the lighter colour over for the distressed look so the look remains fresh.

  • Che391214 Che391214 on Aug 07, 2014
    I put together some of my favourites for you to get an idea of my suggestion

  • Paula Crook Paula Crook on Aug 07, 2014
    I think you have a good plan. Good luck and don't forget to update the cabinet hardware to finish off your new look.

  • Irish53 Irish53 on Aug 08, 2014
    I agree with Paula Good plan. Just enough of an update for the kitchen without spending big bucks. I like the colors picked.

  • Barbara Carter Barbara Carter on Aug 08, 2014
    My question is what are you going to do with the wall space. I like a beautiful satin look of paint in off white and walls of light peach with gold pull handles. WOW !!!!!

  • Sandy Sandy on Aug 08, 2014
    I too agree with Paula, I think you are on the right track and it is going to be beautiful, be sure to post new pics!

  • Suzanne Lawson Suzanne Lawson on Aug 09, 2014
    I think your color choices are fine but I hope that you will keep the perimeter wall and base cabinets the same color. Dark base cabinets and light wall cabinets can look fantastic in the right space but with your cabinet configuration I think it would be a mistake. From a practical standpoint, how how will you deal with the 3 tall cabinets in the desk/TV cabinet run? Do you paint them French linen to match the wall cabinets --or graphite, to match the base cabinets? Either way, your line of vision will be disrupted and the space will look disjointed and spotty. You have the same problem with the wall oven and pantry to the right of the refrigerator. In this Instance, the refrigerator provides a line of demarcation, but it still makes for an awkward transition and it's going to divert attention from the the primary work space and island, which should be your focal point. Down the road, you may want to consider going with a dark color countertop on the perimeter cabinets, {to tie in with the graphite island} and changing the island top to a lighter shade incorporating both the linen and graphite colors to pull it all together. I'd also go for a little sleeker shape on the island top at that time -- eliminate the rounded ends the drop down bar and have the corners clipped to recall the angles at the other end. Or eliminate the drop down entirely and just go for a a single level top at cabinet height, and use 24" high bar stools. Good luck and hope you will post pictures!

  • Patricia Mompier Patricia Mompier on Aug 10, 2014
    love the Grey color..................compliment it with fire engine red just for fun

  • Camille Carlin Camille Carlin on Aug 10, 2014
    Check out White Dove by Benjamin Moore. I used it on some of my walls and it is a great white that is not a dead white. After I picked it, I noticed this was the paint color used over and over on kitchen cabinets and on room trim by a lot of designers in the internet galleries and in magazines like House Beautiful. I had it matched by Home Depot with Behr and by Sherwin Williams for a different room. Both were good but Sherwin Williams came closer to matching the BM original and the SW was what my painting guys preferred to use over the Behr and BM. If you search the internet on this color you will probably come up with some pics of kitchen cabinets using this.

  • Loretta Loretta on Aug 11, 2014
    I am going to paint mine with Benjamin Moore White Dove or Mountain White.. the Mountain White doesn't cast a yellow tint... Like Camille.. I see this is one of the top designer colors.. I love the gray you have... I guess I would ask... what is your favorite color and what do you use in other rooms?

  • Marlene Haigh Marlene Haigh on Aug 12, 2014

  • Sue Sue on Aug 15, 2014
    I love the island being painted in graphite! However you might consider your painting your lower cabinets in graphite also so your dishwasher doesn't stand out so much. Then still paint your upper cabinets in French linen. You might also consider using General Finishes instead as it is self sealing and a little more durable for cabinets. I love using chalk paint and I love using general finishes on other pieces. Just a thought! Good luck!

  • Sue Sue on Aug 15, 2014
    Just noticed your big wall of cabinets and pantry , there I would use French linen!

  • DJ Greenagel DJ Greenagel on Aug 15, 2014
    Usually Annie Sloan calls for waxed finish. This does not work well with any type of moisture. If you do use ASCP make sure to use a poly finish instead of wax. There are many new products now specially designed for kitchen cabinets. I would also look at those as alternatives. I am a huge fan go ASCPaints, however, if you have animals or small kids it should be sealed.

  • Amber Amber on Aug 15, 2014
    Are you on facebook? If so, there is a group you can join that is all Annie Sloan painters. There is a wealth of info on painting everything including kitchens. "Annie sloan projects before/after". You have to send a request to join. Also I have seen tutorials on using vax / revax on kitchens, suppose to me much easier than waxing. https://shabbypaints.com/vax-revax/

  • DebLynn DebLynn on Aug 27, 2014
    I think a striking backsplash is all you will need to set off the newly painted cabinets.!