Asked on Sep 14, 2015

Painting a peninsula

by CK
I'm looking for inspiration pics of kitchens with peninsulas painted different colors than the rest of the cabinets. Anyone have any links or pics of your own? I've been searching on internet but haven't run across any ....yet ;-) These cabinets are going to be painted and have a few other updates. (Yup....I've already gotten a waiver from the "Oak Police". They're not going to arrest me for painting over oak. LOL!)
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 14, 2015
    Have you checked houzz for inspirations?
    • CK CK on Sep 14, 2015
      @Janet Pizaro Yes and No . I do google searches. If I find a photo, I go to the link ;-) Sometimes it's from Houzz.
  • Z Z on Sep 14, 2015
    Here's a similar kitchen in white with peninsula painted a darker shade of the wall color. If you get me examples of your colors, I'll see what I can do.
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    • Z Z on Sep 14, 2015
      @CK our last home had a peninsula, which we called a breakfast bar, but knew just what you meant. I do think that it's somewhat similar to having an island painted a different color and since I could not find photos of what you were asking, I copied the photo to Paint and "painted" the peninsula myself. I think a better way to judge if it would work well would be to see it from facing the peninsula with as much of the other cabinets showing. The few I could find from that angle, looked nothing at all like your kitchen or the cabinets were stained.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 14, 2015
    When I renovated my kitchen two years ago I took bits and pieces from magazines websites etc. Basically I had some what of an idea because my existing kitchen did have enough usable cabinet space. Maybe start with what issues you have.
    • CK CK on Sep 14, 2015
      @Janet Pizaro There are really are no "issues". It's just color ideas I'm looking for. Other things that I know need updating have already been solved and will be attended to. Thanks.
  • Debi53 Debi53 on Sep 14, 2015
    My kitchen was very outdated when we bought our house. We took out two walls, had an island built, and had new doors built for the old cabinets. We painted the cabinets a warm cream & the island a deep grey. The counters are the same for both the island & cream cabinets. The grey/cream may not be your color choice, but at least you can get an idea of what a color contrast looks like. Best of luck & go for what you like & want. Remember that the key to a good paint job, particularly on kitchen cabinets, is all in the prep work.
  • CK CK on Sep 14, 2015
    Nice kitchen.I see tons of kitchen islands in photos, many of them painted or stained different colors.. But I'm looking for photos of kitchen with peninsulas. Thanks.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 14, 2015
    In my opinion that will decide if the kitchen is facing any other part of the house. For example my kitchen is open with a half wall to my den.
  • Jonnie Hammon Jonnie Hammon on Sep 15, 2015
    Obviously you want it to stand out, try covering it with printable wallpaper, then paint it. Paint it with a good primer, before adding the wallpaper, so that if you choose at a later date to change it, it will be easier to remove, and with Lee's effort, and possible damage. A complimentary color, will let it stand out, without it standing out too much. If you are bold, a contrasting color, will make a more dramatic statement. The raised design on the wallpaper will make a unique statement. Enjoy the subtle, or the bold, whichever you choose.😁
    • CK CK on Sep 15, 2015
      @Jonnie Hammon I have thought of usin beadboardwallpaper on the side facing out to the dinding area. I'd also carry that through to the backsplash area. They would be painted :-)
  • Ellen DeVilbiss Ellen DeVilbiss on Sep 15, 2015
    I understand the desire for a 2 color approach, and have 2 suggestions. First, consider doing all the base cabinets in a different color than the upper cabinets. Doing just the peninsula might look a little off, but all of them is quite common. Say white uppers and dark gray bases. The second idea is to do just the side and back of the peninsula in a different, accent color. These areas have no doors to give them any detail so I like @Jonnie Hammon's idea for this area. Do one or both of these for a major change.
    • CK CK on Sep 15, 2015
      @Ellen DeVilbiss Yes, we are considering doing the bases in one color the tops in another, It's a great option! :-)
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Sep 15, 2015
    Go with a satin black then the countertop will 'float' and the black will match your appliance fronts. With so much white balck is aobut your only option any colour will get very tiring sooner than later.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Sep 15, 2015
    Another option is with so much wood, paint high gloss white then vertical stripes of the wood colour or actual strips of the wood in the same stain.
  • Parle Parle on Sep 15, 2015
    Hi - I like your kitchen - it's huge! Sherwin-Williams website has a color visualizer where you upload your kitchen photo and then have a huge palette of colors to paint with. After you get all your colors in order, some options for your peninsula could either be paint or tin tiles - faux or otherwise - and even gelcoat tiles would could play off a backsplash. Gelcoat tiles come in endless colors and patterns, super easy to install AND remove if you get bored with it plus easy to clean. If you've not seen them, go to your big box home improvement stores - they look just like glass tiles and might be what you're looking for. Good luck and hope you post your after photos.
    • CK CK on Sep 15, 2015
      @Pearl I have used the SW visualizer on it Yup, it's a good tool.
  • on Sep 15, 2015
    Check out this slideshow: A few of the kitchen islands are painted in a different color. I hope this helps!
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    • David David on Oct 10, 2020

      They are looking for peninsula ideas! Everyone does an island a different color. The problem with a peninsula is where you make the change.

  • Anna Anna on Sep 15, 2015
    Google "two toned cabinets" and you should get a few hits. is good. But I don't think I have ever seen just the peninsula in a different color.