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Should I paint my island a color to spice up my look?
pschuerenberg
January 19, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I have hardwood floors the same color as my cabinets. We have a very high ceiling about 2 more feet above my cabinets. The wall space is a creme color. I would love to paint my island a color. Help me please
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Tricia Elkinton
NO!!!!! I love your island. I wouldn't change a thing !!
3 Likes   January 19, 2013 at 6:56PM
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anitajoyce
If you would LOVE to paint them,. then go for it. This is what you really want to do! Your cabinets are very, very nice. A color would break up some of the wood tones. I would have the island professionally done, though. What color were you thinking?
1 Like   January 19, 2013 at 6:57PM
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Jayme H.
Lighter? As in a white or off white or grey?
1 Like   January 19, 2013 at 6:58PM
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pschuerenberg
My kitchen is in the middle of my house. I see allot of rooms from my kitchen. My colors are changing in the other rooms to greys, tans, teals and corals. So I thought I'd just paint my kitchen walls a grey or taupe and paint my island a color like deep coral or Creme
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pschuerenberg
What do you guys think?
0 Likes   January 19, 2013 at 7:05PM
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anitajoyce
Go for the cream and add coral accents that you can easily change at anytime. Grey or taupe walls will be great for the space also.
1 Like   January 19, 2013 at 7:06PM
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pschuerenberg
Yeah. That's what I was leaning towards. Thank you
1 Like   January 19, 2013 at 7:07PM
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Jayme H.
I am for a lighter color...those are very nice cabinets and I would have a pro do it.
0 Likes   January 19, 2013 at 7:09PM
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anitajoyce
You are welcome. Can wait to see pictures !
0 Likes   January 19, 2013 at 7:09PM
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marianbode
A washed out cream with coral would look great. Antique looking
1 Like   January 19, 2013 at 7:09PM
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pschuerenberg
Yes. Thank you. I will be taking pictures. Thanks to you all!!! I do have a painter coming Don't worry I'm not doing this by myself.
2 Likes   January 19, 2013 at 7:11PM
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Natalie
Hi---yes, I think a cream hue would look fantastic. Beautiful kitchen.... Good Luck!
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2 Likes   January 19, 2013 at 7:11PM
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collettec
These are beautiful cabinets and a beautiful kitchen. I feel like anitajoyce if you would LOVE to paint them - go for it but with the detail I too would get it professionally done. Think if you do, I would go for a color and one that is just as deep and rich as your cabinets, nothing too light. Would definitely have to go with the existing wood tones, and backsplash, perhaps coral or turquoise just as "eg's", but would check anything against the existing other wood to make sure it works. Might even want to think about painting the kitchen walls a more vibrant color as an option to bring more color rather than the island as a possibility.
1 Like   January 19, 2013 at 7:12PM
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Fini Design
It looks like you have a glaze on the cabinets right? If you do, just a paint color will look flat next to all that dimension regardless of the sheen of your finish. Consider a chocolate glaze over the soft white to keep dimension. But to tell you the truth, I'm with Tricia. NO!!! I love your island too, You have everyone's dream kitchen. I noticed your walls are white. What about changing that? So much easier, and less permanent, to do. Just pop some color on those walls!
4 Likes   January 19, 2013 at 7:13PM
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pschuerenberg
It is scary for me stepping out of my conservative box. I do want a little spice. It will be pretty. Thank you all!!
2 Likes   January 19, 2013 at 7:17PM
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sealedesign
Definitely do the glaze. I have seen beautiful wood like this painted and though everyone says not to do it, it came out great. I do agree, this kitchen was incredibly expensive but the color will be right from a magazine but don't trust us. With the money you must have and the money it will cost, I'd go to the local hardware store in the nearest upscale area and get the opinion of the paint specialist if it's a woman.
2 Likes   January 19, 2013 at 7:25PM
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Eagledzines
Will you be changing the top as well?
If you do paint, go with both a cream and a glaze that ties your other cabinets together and looks well with the dark top if you're keeping that, so it doesn't look like it fell out of the sky. Stools, curtains, paint etc. can all pick up your beautiful coral.
0 Likes   January 19, 2013 at 8:55PM
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pschuerenberg
I'm not painting the top. You can't see it, but it is a black granite. Gorgeous. Thank you.
2 Likes   January 20, 2013 at 6:42PM
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See Jones
No!!!


If I were you, I would redo the counters and change the backsplash. Your cabinets are 5x the expense of lighter granite and the backsplash could be updated because it's kind of dated. Regardless, nice kitchen.

If you are going to paint, I agree with the pictures above. An antique white with a carmel glaze (glaze is way better than no glaze - no glaze looks cheap), but be fore warned that your cabinets are expensive ($30K). Look at the trim and the different levels - this is not a cheap kitchen. If you change them by painting them you run into a couple issues: the painted + glaze is kind of trendy and may date your kitchen 10 years from now (new cabinets required), and the antique white can look dirty.
2 Likes   January 20, 2013 at 6:57PM
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abbshel
I want to do the same thing in my kitchen - change my island from brown stained cherry wood to a cream, slightly antiqued look. So, please post pics and details if you do,this. I think it will look great!
0 Likes   January 20, 2013 at 7:02PM
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remove123
Your cabinets are gorgeous...could you tell me who makes them?
1 Like   January 20, 2013 at 7:11PM
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pschuerenberg
I don't know who made them. Thanks for asking.
0 Likes   January 20, 2013 at 7:27PM
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pud07
I think the island painted in turquoise would be beautiful with floors and existing cabinets. Definitely get a professional to do the work. You are gonna love it!
2 Likes   January 20, 2013 at 7:39PM
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pschuerenberg
Yeah!
0 Likes   January 20, 2013 at 7:40PM
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janelle2u
I would never paint out those beautiful cabinets!
0 Likes   January 20, 2013 at 7:46PM
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pschuerenberg
I'm beginning to see that more and more. Just wanted a change
1 Like   January 20, 2013 at 7:47PM
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Signature Decor
Your professional painter will know this - proper prep before painting is the most critical part of the job. I agree that you should definitely add a chocolate glaze if you choose to paint the island.

However, if you paint the kitchen walls and add pretty runners or rugs, that might be enough. You may not feel you need to paint the island.

Have you considered painting the ceiling, also?

I would replace your two rugs that are in front of the stove with a patterned runner., Add a matching rectangular rug in the area at the side of the island. These would break up the look of so much wood.
Custom length runners are also available through many carpet retail stores.

You have a beautiful kitchen.
0 Likes   January 20, 2013 at 8:22PM
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pschuerenberg
Thank you. Great ideas!
0 Likes   January 20, 2013 at 8:23PM
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Vera Beaman Design Consultant Ward Brown Builders
what color are the other counters?
0 Likes   January 20, 2013 at 8:27PM
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awty
I would update your backsplash before I would paint that beautiful island. You might consider changing out the top on just the island. I would paint the walls a different color.

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0 Likes   January 20, 2013 at 8:27PM
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pschuerenberg
The other counters are granite specks of black brown tan gray and white
0 Likes   January 20, 2013 at 8:30PM
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Vera Beaman Design Consultant Ward Brown Builders
pick a color other than brown ...I would also think about the range hood
0 Likes   January 21, 2013 at 5:57AM
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Accentz by Design
I would definately paint the Island to break up all the wood tones. Off White with slightly gray undertone. Bring colour into accent pieces! I find your wall colour a little too light...a darker tone on walls and paint crown moulding the same colour as island! BTW...beautiful kitchen!
0 Likes   January 21, 2013 at 6:14AM
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pschuerenberg
Thank you so much. Yes I was thinking of painting the walls a medium gray. I have thought about the range being painted also.
0 Likes   January 21, 2013 at 6:20AM
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hparks74
Your backlash is not dated... I think people tend to use the word dated when it's not their taste. Your kitchen is a traditional showcase and could be even more glorified by painting your Island an exciting color such as turquoise or light buttercup color. If It were me I'd paint it terra cotta with a burnt sienna glaze over the top. This would bring out the rusty colors in the granite and backsplash tile. Then paint the crown molding a more contrasting color. Good luck!
1 Like   January 21, 2013 at 6:23AM
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pschuerenberg
Wow! That sounds beautiful. I will look into that! Thank you
0 Likes   January 21, 2013 at 8:01AM
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hmf70
I vote for a cream colored island with a glaze. You have a stunning kitchen! If you did nothing it would still be lovely.
1 Like   January 21, 2013 at 1:33PM
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jake64dog
Your kitchen is perfect as is! I am afraid any changes would diminish it's beauty!
1 Like   March 24, 2014 at 6:32PM
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Eagledzines
I was referring to the top cabinets not the counter top.
0 Likes   March 25, 2014 at 4:40AM
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