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painting my cherry cabinets
Lia
February 2, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Hello all,
Please help. I made a huge mistake in my kitchen. I picked cherry cabinets and regret it. I am now stuck with medium cherry cabinets. When i picked them in the design center they seemed more mahogony. I either like dark cabinets or light not in the middle. I wish I got white cabinets. Should I paint them? The wood worshipers in my family think I am crazy. please Help!
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feeny
In the photo you posted your cabinets look very dark--not medium at all. i would not paint brand new cherry cabinets. It seems like a terrible waste, and the painted finish will never be as durable as keeping the cherry. It looks like your countertops and backsplash are both light, which is a good choice for lightening the effect (and bringing in contrast) for the kitchen as a whole. Have you had the cabinets long? It might just take you awhile to get used to them. I think they look lovely.
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Jayme H.
If they are new I would look at changing wall color first to see if that helped make them "appear" darker...
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Lia
Thank you for your responses:) The kitchen is only 6 months old. It seems where ever i turn i see beautiful white cabinets. Its driving me crazy! Any ideas on wall color? thank you so much for your responses. i greatly appreciate them!!!!!
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Jayme H.
Ok..now where r our color specialist designers??? I hate to make the wrong suggestions..but wonder if a lighter wall color will make them appear darker? I also like the cabinets.
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Engrav's Decorating
Maybe you could change the crown molding at the tops of the cabinets to a lighter color to give more contrast and make the cabinets look darker than they are. Anytime you add a light color next to a darker color it adds depth of color.
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wildfan
I like the cabinets myself, but I prefer stained to painted. They appear dark to me and not at all medium. Would you consider painting the island?
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Lia
Hello! the Island is dark chocolate color. Do you think I should paint it white?
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keltietaylor
I think you should paint them. Your cabinets are already beautiful, but in white (or a soft off white) would be spectacular. Note of caution (in case you need it) ....painting cabinets is a huge labour intensive task that requires a tremendous amount of prep work to be successful and look good. That being said, if done correctly it is worth it in the end.
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Lia
thank you!
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Jayme H.
If u do paint the island light..it likely would help the darker cabinets seem darker!
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gillianlf
I would not paint anything, the island being the one possible exception. You have beautiful light counter tops that would not look so great if they had no contrast with the cabinets.
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gillianlf
You might also enjoy the wood more if you put down some lighter colored runners on the floor ideally machine washable.
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wildfan
Search "dark cabinets white island" under photos and see what you think. I like the look.
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Lia
Hello wildfan-- They are stunning. Do you also think I should just paint the island?
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flgrandma
Agree with those who posted doing light wall colors. Your cabinets are beautiful and brand new.
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designideas4me
Stuck with cherry? I should be so lucky! Can I buy them?
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Of The Essence Designs
Not sure where you are located but would be glad to help or could possibly refer someone to you. We specialize in painting cabinets and use a professional line of products that are extremely durable. You can see a before and after on my page. I know it can be very difficult when you had something in mind and it looks different then expected. What type of style do you have in the space? Changing the island could be a really good option.
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Ingrained woodworking Inc
If you decide to paint, have them sprayed by a professional with a lacquer base paint. It will have a nicer quality sheen and depth to it and be more durable. I personally couldn't bring myself to do it though. Island maybe. I love cherry. By the way, cherry continues to darken over time. You will be surprised. Put a piece of painters tape on the cherry for a week then peel it off to see how much the rest darkened.
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designideas4me
Ok so I am deciding what cabinets to buy........should I assume from this post that its not worth it to buy solid wood and appriciate or envy the grain and quality of wood when so many people on houzz are wanting to paint cabinets ? I dont get it. When I saw cherry kraftmaid in the store I thought it was gorgeous. Do people care more about "whats in" than having quality wood? I am just trying to decide what to do myself. Not judging you.. even if you are crazy.............lol........just kidding.
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designideas4me
I recently had estimates to spray laquar paint and for 25 cabinets in my kitchen it was 3500-4500. Not inexpensive.
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Lia
@ Of The Essence Designs thank you for your help. I live In North Carolina. Great job on the off white kitchen...
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Lia
Hi designideas4me. Well i always "loved" cherry and actually hated white. i thought it looked cheap as my parents always had the cheap quality ones. After i picked and signed the contract to the cherry cabs I started to notice the gorgeous white cabs. They are everywhere. every tv commercial everywhere! On the supermarket line, doctors office Everywhere!!! all over houzz! yes this is driving me and my husband crazy (ok im driving him crazy)
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Lia
My cabinets are from the company Quality Cabinets, manchester cherry brandy with liquorice glaze
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sjkingston
Wait! Don't do anything for a year. Cherry is a wood that naturally darkens over time with exposure to light. The process takes up to a year. A light ginger stain can darken to a medium brown and a brown stain will darken significantly over the day it is installed Paint the wall if you want, but if you liked what you saw in the showroom, give it 12 months to come to its final true color. The showroom samples have been exposed to light for a year or more. If they had stained to the final color now, it would be too dark in a year.
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wildfan
Yes, if you want a change and liked the look I would suggest painting the island. It is a small change with a big impact. As others have stated, do your research and make sure it is done the right way. I would be very hesitant to paint all those beautiful cabinets. Especially since you have only lived there six months. Give them some time to grow on you. There must have been a reason you picked them in the first place. If you paint them there is no turning back. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
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Lia
Wildfan- thank you for your kindness!
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Lia
sjkingston-- thank you so very much! I hope you are correct! So wait 12 more months?!
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ruthmand
Please do not paint them. Real wood finish will look bette rover time, paint will scratch and mar. Your cabinets are beautiful. Just because you see white cabinets everywhere is not a good reason to paint yours. Actually, it should tell you that they are way overdone and will be replaced by some other trend soon. Your wood is timeless. Stop looking and enjoy your kitchen. Get a couple of colorful rugs, repaint walls if you think that will help. The molding does look a bit heavy but that may just be the angle of your photo. However, that is something you can change easily.
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Ingrained woodworking Inc
Agree with sjkingston
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Of The Essence Designs
I am in NC too!
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sjkingston
Just read your last comment. cherry Brandy with a licorice glaze does sound like it should be a mahogany color. Have you taken a small drawer back to the showroom to see if they actually used the right color stain and glaze?
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Lia
ruthmand-- thank you so much! I appreciate your advice-- greatly:)
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Lia
sjkingston-- I did not go back to the showroom. Even if i did, i am quite certain they wouldnt do anything about it..
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lparides
Add glass in some of the cabinets and they will feel lighter.
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Ironwood Builders
Whatever you do, do not paint a part of the cabinets and leave another part stained Cherry. The cabinets are an architectural statement and painting just the crown mouldiing will discombobulate the statement. If you must have white and feel it is worth the investment, paint the island, give that cherry time!
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designideas4me
cherry Brandy with a licorice glaze

yummy................... The names of these colors make me hungry.
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Lia
Ironwood Builders-- I appreciate your input. thanks!
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R K
Don't change them. Try other things like new handles, different color walls, tile, etc.
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Lia
I do plan to change the tile! Any ideas!!!!
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R K
Honestly, it's hard to make out the current tile in that small photo. What's there now?
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Lia
Hi again- the tile that is there is stone then by the cook top its small stone and a copper glass.
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pud07
I think you'd be crazy to paint those beautiful cabinets. I'd suggest you paint the island off white and enjoy such beauty! Good luck with whatever you choose to do :-)
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susiepollard
Please don't paint your cabinets! Mine were custom made 8 years ago. Birch with a walnut stain, shaker style. I changed the paint color on the walls three times before I was satisfied. Decor on top of cabinets will also make you love them more. It gives them a warmer, homier feel. Try baskets of different sizes and textures. A few potted plants too
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anitajoyce
I agree with Jamye hobbs about painting the walls instead of the cabinets. Plus, you just got those cabinets. I suggest that you NOT paint them. They are very nice cabinets!
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mmilos
Look great to me, even dark mahogany-ish. Cherry darkens with age.
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dianahb
I would never in a million years paint cherry cabinets. You obviously know how expensive cherry wood is-- and it's really a beautiful warm wood. We put cherry cabinets in our kitchen 16 years ago, and they still look absolutely beautiful. A beautiful wood like cherry will never look dated, either.. They absolutely will darken over time, too-- if you wanted them darker-- just wait about a year.
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ccwatters
As others have stated, they will darken with age. My girlfriend put in cherry very similar to yours. A few years later, her kids broke one of the doors. She ordered the same finish from the same place, but when it arrived it was so much lighter. It took almost 2 years for it to catch up in color depth to the rest of the cabinets. Keep the beautiful cabinets you loved from the beginning, your color is just aging right now (like fine wine ;).
Maybe try a different color on the walls to bring out the richness of the cherry. Try a couple sample colors on posterboards, and hold up on different walls at different times of the day. I would give Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter a look, it's a gorgeous neutral. Maybe BM Manchester Tan if the Revere Pewter is not warm enough for you.
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jasumara
Love the cabinets. You might try changing the lighting. Sometimes a different wattage or type of bulb can create a totally different feel in the room.
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boysaboys
I say do not paint those cabinets. They are elegant and classic. What is the color on the wall, it looks greenish. Go with a BM muslin as an example. The top of the cabinets need some classy baskets in different shaps and sizes. No plants ! A couple of throw rugs would soften the look. Accessorize this kitchen - that is all that is needed.
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Eagledzines
It is suggested that showroom samples are changed out at the end of a year BECAUSE the color changes. Most don't do it that often. It's expensive, so they wait for 3 or even 4 years.
THE COLOR WILL DARKEN IF YOU JUST GIVE IT TIME!!
Wait to do anything for another year. If you still hate it then paint the island and wait another year. If you still hate it, go ahead and paint it.
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Interiors International, Inc.
Your not "Crazy" just impulsive. They are beautiful cabinets and with the right staging and wall color they will look great.
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Amy Thompson
They are beautiful! We are putting in dark cherry cabinets right now- with the right contrast there is nothing prettier- white will just be a fad when they are all old and yellow : )
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jackiepitts
Don't you dare paint those cabinets! I have cherry and they are timeless! Mine are 22 years and still look great! Add some accessories, maybe even an oriental, colorful rug, small lamp, etc. yours are beautiful!
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Darzy
Another vote to NOT paint.
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onthefence
Yet another vote for not painting.

I'm wondering too what kind of lighting you have in the kitchen? I'm wondering if a change in light bulbs would make the cabinets appear darker.
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sjkingston
I have a similar kitchen with medium brown cherry cabinets and a green countertop and walls. While I wanted lighter cherry like my last kitchen, i was afraid of the color variation in Kraftmaid doors so went a bit darker. Like you I had regrets, but my wood loving husband is in hog heaven. Is it "in" now? No, but it is "us," and white cabinets show every spec of dust and splatters. In yours, I'd consider painting the island in an off white with a hint of glaze to match the color of the backsplash tile (it looks like it's already painted). Then find some art and accessories to personalize it and see if you enjoy it more.
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Karen Dorris, interior Designs
Don't be concerned about trends in cabinet colours, good cabinets in this finish are classic. Wall color Benjamin Moore. Cc90. It has a softness to it but enough saturation of colour to balance. The slight green undertone is perfect to compliment the cabinet colour and make the contrast awesome between the walls and cabinets. Don't paint the cabinets. It's not durable. My prediction: this colour will be next on trend.....because trends run opposites. White was in, then dark, then light, then red........classic is classic.
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lydiamuir
You could go half and half, white and cherry. Like these photos below. I think definitely lightening your green walls would make difference also. Is your bench top green? Maybe even lightening up with accessories (pots, fruit bowls, et) you place strategically in your kitchen.
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yogagirl1117
Cherry will darken over time naturally by a few shades. I would wait a at least six months. They could still age up to two years.
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lparides
Paint only the upper ones that is a very rich look.
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mobwife
i would agree with changing the island to an off white glazed, i really can't see your island, but you may be able to add some trim to dress it up. Take your picture and add paint chips to see which one you like, the color of your walls will change as the day goes on, the walls look different in the morning, afternoon, evening, etc.. You can get larger chips to add to your wall to see if you like the color. Add some color above your cabinets with accessories. If you are ever going to sell your home, not everyone likes painted cabinets. I do not think that you made a mistake, add color to your kitchen, it looks very bare, bring in items you really like to soften your cabinets, but not too many so that it looks cluttered. you could also add some hardware. I can't really see what is above your cooktop, but you could add color there also. I also do not know what the surrounding areas are like in your house, it is really hard to say what colors to use without seeing the attached areas.
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Red Ridge Millwork
The crown and some of the visible parts of the cabinet boxes appear darker by several shades than the doors. If thats true then the finishing was flawed from the get go. Natural cherry has a warm pinkish/orangey hue to it and darkens to a rich medium dark redish brown. A medium dark stain should have been more consistent I think.
If you decide you can't live with it you can take them to a cabinet shop, have them sand them and re-stain to a darker tone and re-clear them or have them chemically stripped and if the natural cherry is light enough for you then have them left natural with a clear coat. Doing it that way will save money and maybe keep wood lovers and you happy?

All the best with your project.

Red Ridge Millwork & Design Ltd.
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klhudym
Of the essence designs..we are moving into a home with light oak cabinets, I would either like to get new cabinets (which my husband strongly disapproves of) or somehow darken them! Any ideas on how I go about staining or do you think it's best to paint them? Help!!
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0825sam
I like the idea of painting the island white and adding a white subway backsplash. I think it will brighten thing up and bring some white in - best of both worlds.
I would not paint though I like a white kitchen and don't think it's a fad. I think most of the suggestions to paint cabinets white apply when they are old and dingy.

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Lia
Thank you sam0705
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kat349
Hi You could always change the doors and sell the doors you have as it wouldn't be too expensive that way Good Luck
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kat349
Or maybe someone here could always swap doors with you as I think kitchen doors are standard sizes aren't they ???
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mobwife
There are many different size cabinet doors, hinge placement could be different also, so could the hinges themselves. Not only are the widths different, but also the heights, not to mention the styles of the doors. So it would be hard to also sell the cabinet doors. Your doors are stained dark, cherry is not really a dark wood. Look on wood websites and you will see cherry is much lighter, most people stain cherry dark and it gets darker with age once stained.

I would paint the island an offwhite with a glaze on it (as mentioned above). White would be too stark if you are leaving the other cabinets cherry. You could also put some fun knobs and pulls on your cabinets. You could also put corbels and fluted wood trim on your island to make it a real focal point to your kitchen. You could also change the countertop on your island, so you have a little bit of an overhang to add your corbels and maybe even legs. .
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calikym
Don't even think about painting those! Nooooo.......
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flgrandma
Rather than continue with the paint - don't paint dialogue, why don't you send some additional photos of your kitchen? There may be some other reasons besides the color of the cabinets that the kitchen doesn't look good and you're not seeing it because of the focus on the color of the cabinets. There are really knowledgeable people on the Houzz discussions who can help you.
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hparks74
I haven't read all the comments but if you would like to make them look less of a light red, paint your walls a cool green. Green tones red. Like a cool sage or delta green by porter paints. They are beautiful.
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hparks74
You could also have some etched or frosted glass added to a few uppers
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mobwife
I like Oregano Spice from Home Depot. I painted my nook that color, looks beautiful. Depends on whether you get any reflection from outside, i get a reflection from my pool.
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Ingrained woodworking Inc
Changing doors is an option but like someone posted earlier, hinge placement, and size does vary from one manufacturer to another. best bet is to discuss that idea and get an estimate from the kitchen dealer/designer you originally worked with. the manufacturer will have all the doors sizes on record already.
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dianahb
Do send some additional photos of the kitchen; that is a good idea.

Also, when we put in our cherry kitchen cabinets (16 years ago), we did have the upper cabinets made with glass panels instead of solid wood. I think that really lightens everything a lot (though I'm not sure that's what you're wanting)-- but I think you'd get a different feel for them if some were glass-fronted.

Seriously-- I think one of the reasons you're seeing so many white cabinets, is that not everyone can afford cherry cabinets. I'm sure they're more expensive now than they were when we put them in. Cherry, at this point, is probably one of the more expensive hardwoods out there. Places aren't going to put in a bunch of cherry cabinets for potential customers to drool over, and then be told how prohibitively expensive they probably are. Better for these places to put in white cabinets (most likely not real wood) that most people can afford, than put in something they can't. And doctor's offices have white cabinets? No surprise there.

There is so little out there these days that is solid wood like that. Those cabinets will never become dated. Change other things around it ( the tile, lighting, wall color, etc) that might change the look of the cabinets to a look you prefer-- but never paint them. You'll regret that.
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cait1204
I'm not sure how much light your kitchen gets, but I too have cherry cabinets and I painted my kitchen Sherwin Williams Serious Gray; a dark gray with blue undertones. The paint color made my cabinets look beautiful and rich. I have had so many compliments on both the paint color, and the cabinets. However, if you don't have a lot of natural light in your kitchen, the dark paint and the dark cabinets may make the room feel cave like.
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dolorado
I just inherited an ultra dark kitchen. Looked into painting the cabinets. Rustoleum has products to do the job. However, the steps are extremely labor intensive. See their video. I refinish furniture as a hobby, and even I found the work a little daunting. Good luck. (I'm sticking with my dark cabinets for the time being). http://cabinets.rustoleumtransformations.com
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marshadraskovich
I would paint the island and add some glass to some of the upper cabinets. What do you have for a backsplash? White subway tiles would add the lighter look you desire.
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
This is an interesting thread. On the pro portion of the Houzz site (that only the pros can participate in), there is a recent thread and all of the designers are saying they are so tired of seeing white kitchens and wish the trend would die down.

I would not paint the cabinets. We used similarly colored cabinets in a master bath with Brazilain Orchid granite (from the OHM granite warehouse in Greensboro, NC) and it was stunning. We picked up a light beige tone for the walls from the tile for the wall colors.

If you decide you want to paint the island and you are anywhere close to Greensboro, I can give you some references for refinishers.
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marshadraskovich
Change the hardware to something brighter, like stainless.
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judyjean2012
Can you replace a few top doors with glass inserts and focus on a bright interior either with paint i.e. yellow? or bright colored china? this might take away from the color and add interest for you.
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eireannach
Ignore the wood purists. This is your home. You need to be happy with your kitchen. It's a pity you are disappointed though. I would wait a while longer to see if the colour changes as other have suggested. With the light coloured counter I would personally be slow to paint the island or the base units. I recently saw a two tone kitchen with dark base units and white wall units and it looked lovely. Maybe you'd like something similar. This photo is from What Emily Does.
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dianahb
Honestly, I am still confused/unsure if Lia wants them darker, or lighter, or painted white-- or exactly what. And I think that's the problem. If the reader here is confused, then Lia probably is as well.

I have no idea what the issue is, but you have so many options-- that do not include painting those amazing cabinets.

(1) Replace upper door panels with some glass.
(2) As someone mentioned above, see about having the stain removed and then just put a clear coat on these. Cherry is a relatively light warm reddish wood that ages (and darkens) beautifully with time.
(3) As is, I think this is a lovely kitchen, and I like -- too-- what looks like wood floors. It all has a really warm feeling.
(4) Add more and different lighting.

Again, real hardwoods are timeless. If, however, you plan on painting them-- please try to sell them instead. Don't ruin them for someone else by painting over them. Just sell them; get yourself some MDF composite type cabinets, already painted white. I'm sure Home Depot or some other home chain store sells them at a reasonable price. And then, you know, your kitchen can look like everybody else's.
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jrolo
Painting is a mistake!! change the island (sell it) get a new one with a ligt color for contrast.
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bluenan
Have you thought about lightening the floor to contrast with the cabinets and lighten the room. Here are some examples of painted wood floors to consider.IKEA Kitchen Federal Heights Remodel by Cameo Homes Inc. in Salt Lake City, Utah
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carrd12
If you bought a Lexus and realized you didn't like the color, would you paint it? Do NOT paint a brand new cabinet. I'm sure there are plenty of ways to accent it so that you fall in love with the color you chose.
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Cancork Floor Inc.
Lightening the floors and "waiting" for the cabinets to darken will certainly save your sanity, in the long run. I think what you are find is: the chocolate is the "darkness" you were looking for...but the cherry wood isn't living up to it...yet. The floors are also VERY close in depth of colour, but are not a match in tone. They have some orange in them...where as the cherry is quite red/brown. I'm seeing (from the single photo it is very hard) some clashes of colour. I'm wondering if some of this clashing is causing some discontent...added to the disappointment in the cab colour.

I would love to see a "tone-on-tone" floor+cabs+island. Perhaps by lightening the flooring, your not-dark-enough cabs will appear darker...without loosing the beautiful wood look.
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guszie
Ask your self the question as you walk into your kitchen"do i love this?" if not definately paint them a 'slightly creamy white with a 30% sheen.and yes believe it or not ,i am a man.*)
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trudels
We had a pro painter come in and paint my mother in law oak cupboards, she had used oil on them previously, so maybe thats the reason, but they looked good for the 1st year, and then they started to show wear, dirt and grease from cooking didn't wipe off the paint is lifting near the sink area and they look awful. Make sure who ever does it knows what they're doing. I like the idea of changing the wall color 1st. But I feel your pain. What a disapointment not to be thrilled with your new cupboards.
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karebear1
Your cabinets are really nice and brand new! Love what Sam said about just changing the island to off white but then you need to definitely lighten your back splash( off white matte subway) and add glass to door panels ( maybe main 4) and keep dishes in there light, fun and organized. Your cabinets need some sparkle with new knobs and handles, and a lighter paint colour on walls.. Easy fixes are knobs, adding glass to cabinets and painting walls. Try it and live with the beautiful cherry cabinets for at least a year. The best thing I ever did was to hold off on ordering new doors for 3 years to make sure it was perfect. I am not a professional but am in love with my kitchen so I feel for you.
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dorisandcraig
You are crazy! This kitchen is gorgeous
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Jean Tuck
im thinking all cupboards shoule be one color and since new cupboards are dark stay with that color and keep counters all same for continuity,ceiling /windows /doors white trim and backsplasy something in gold colored if thats in the counter top, because thats where i would pull that color for backsplash.
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curacaoblue
I think painting cabinets is a option for people on a tight budget who have very old cabinets. It does not make sense to paint brand new high end real wood cabinets. They will not look good. You will hate these painted much more than you think you hate them now. Fwiw they are very nice and I am not a wood worshipper.
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Eagledzines
Sunlight is what darkens Cherry. This room looks rather dark although maybe you took the picture with the drapes closed or at night. If you want to try to darken them, give them as much sunlight as you can. The reason they would look like Mahogany (or what most people think of when they think of Mahogany) is that they had time to sit and darken in the showroom. So if you liked them in the showroom, just be patient and wait for nature to take it's course. They will darken.
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Dee Gould
Im so sorry this has come about...they really are beautiful...i know every one says live with them but really you should give it a bit longer...you just may come to love them...maybe what you need is differnt wall paint...your countertops appear to be light good starting point, now go lighter with everything else.
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mobwife
You have gotten a lot of advice. Read what everyone has written, but it is up to you and your husband, do what you want to do, just take your time in deciding. Enjoy you have to live there and you may not want to do what the designers want but remember, everything comes back in style. Do you want to impress yourself or your guests. We are designing a new house and my kitchen will have the offwhite with the glaze and the island will be dark, probably mahogany because i happen to like that combination. By the way I am a designer also. I design with the clients taste in mind, not their friends or visitors.
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Josephine Armetta-Taormina
I'm feeling just like you and my kitchens not even installed yet, I was influenced by everyone saying not to do antigue white cause cherry is timeless but I should of gone with the antique white since i really loved it and your right its every where, so I've already decided to either paint the island or get a new island, I think then I'll be happy. Good luck!
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zypp33
I agree with sjkingston wait for them to tone down. Then think about lightening the floor and maybe the island if you still don't like it . Also some detail lighting ,maybe at kick board level and something spectacular over the island...modern Italian or Danish or if your house style is antique a large lantern in same metal as taps and door fittings.
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Julia Whalen
Bring in white everywhere else that you can...and add some stainless or chrome hardware on the cabinets. Live with the cherry cabinets for a few years to get your money out of them then paint them for an "update" ....
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Julia Whalen
I painted my 10 year old dark oak cabinets and added molding on top of them an white molding around the counter...I'll get another 5 years out of them!
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Judy M
Your floors also appear in the photo to be on the dark side,
How about adding a runner that breaks up some of the wood?
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damim
I love the cabinets! I would paint the walls a different color.
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klf78
Cabinets...to lighten up a bit, pop some doors off...cut out inner panel and get glass cut and inserted. You could put white dishes, or whatever color to lighten it up and paint the walls a light grayish color.

I did this with four of my 42" cabinets in a butlers pantry, I got seeded glass cut for $200 and put it in myself. It looked amazing.
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Sustainable Dwellings
Don't go crazy with the white thing! You have beautiful Cherry cabinets!! Work with it. You wouldn't trade your Lapis Blue Mercedes for your neighbors white one, would you? Stand in the boots you bought.
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Maguire
Light darkens the finish on all wood cabinets over time. I've seen cherry cabinets that almost look black in 10 years. Cherry is a light colored wood, it's the stain you don't like, so have them stripped and re-stained, or wait a year or two for them to darken.

I think most Houzzers are having a hard time with the thought of painting over new cherry because you're taking what is commonly a very expensive product and making it look inexpensive. White cabinets typically are much cheaper. People usually paint cabinets that are beat up and look awful to give them life for a few more years.

But you should be happy with what you have to live with as long as you know you may be de-valuing your kitchen, paint away.
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house2514
I so would not paint----sister did it and paid thousands and it still ended up chipping over time and you will really hate that----Your pic is a little dark and I can't tell about pulls on cabinets- if u only have knobs on doors, nice nickel pulls larger would brighten up.
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Lia
Thank you! Any ideas on a paint color???
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damim
I am building a house and hate white cabinets! I want something that will remain timeless and not trendy. Cherry cabinets are gorgeous and very expensive looking. In my kitchen I am doing cherry cabinets with sienna Bordeaux granite and sherwin Williams svelte sage walls!!! Maybe look at this color for your walls to make the cherry cabinets pop!!! It will be gorgeous!
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vjs12
Be thankful......your kitchen is absolutely beautiful the way it is!
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mrskittio
I have a similar problem and although my countertops alone would pull the paprika color out with the cherry it now looks more like mustard orange. :( not to mention due to code we needed to out in a second staircase which narrowed the kitchen and the "intelligent" man who put in the cabinets turned the island sideways to make it fit which tightened the space now it appears smaller and narrower not to mention my counter faces the wrong way and not I can't place chairs behind the high counter part as it closely backs into the fridge...
The high counter part now awkwardly is backed with my stove so when I take out a hot dish I have to lift it high up... It would cost 10,000$ to even move the counter to a different position as it has to be disassembled
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Lia
MrsKittio,
I am so sorry to hear this. It sucks to not love your kitchen, as I don't love mine.
I think your is very classy and rich looking. If I were you, I would get some estimates regarding the island. Could they just change the very top one and bring it out more?
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Nancy Travisinteriors
Cherry is never out of style. Do not paint. Paint will chip over time and look tacky. You have a beautiful kitchen. Consider yourself lucky.
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mrskittio
Thank you Lia.
I did get a quote, so far it's an insane 10G to consider moving it at all, not to mention the cost of redoing the tile in place of it, which is fixable with a design so doesn't even have to be the same stone. I'm sure it would cost less than that but I think when people see how much we dished for this custom kitchen they immediately raise the price thinking we can afford it... :( not the case
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Lia
Oh, I am so sorry to hear this. That stinks.. How about you tell them you were quoted less if they can give you a break because you want to work with them.. It looks like a gorgeous kitchen to me.
I can't wait for the white cabinet phase to pass.
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rk800
Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry. The designer should have told you that they would be lighter than you imagined. It's not your fault.
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vweingarten
I had dark oak cabinets when we first moved in this house in the 1970's. I hated them and yearned for a white kitchen. This was in an era of dark cabinetry , so I was not following a trend. Eventually I did paint them white and loved my "new" kitchen. I did extremely careful prep, sanding, base coating and applying three coats of oil based paint. My husband humored my paint plans but warned me that the floating panel in the middle of each door, would expand and contract and the paint would probably crack, where they met the frame. He was absolutely right! For about three years, they looked good, then they started to show these cracks. Not pretty! We eventually re-did the kitchen and I got my 'real' white kitchen.
The old oak ones got re-cycled and repainted and are in my husband's workshop.
I don't think I could have painted cherry ones though.
I think as cherry has a lot of red tones in the wood, I would use blue and white for other materials. I liked the idea of putting in some glass fronts with halogen lighting inside. The interiors could be painted a light color. This would add a little more sparkle.
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nancyann0277a
I fail to understand why someone would paint their beautiful cherry cabinets. If money is not an option to you, sell them and put in you dream cabinets. People would be lined up to buy these six month old ones.
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rk800
Do people really like Cherry Cabinets? I thought they were considered outdated by 10 years. I should sell mine.
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Rk800,
I actually love cherry cabinets. If mine were the same ones that they showed me in the design center I would be happy. I never liked white ones as I thought they looked cheap. My friends had them and they would chip turn yello etc... Now I see them everywhere and love how light and bright they are. When I was choosing my kitchen cabinets (we were building our home) the designer told me I had time to think about it.. Well, when I went in she said I had to decide on the spot. She thought I should go with cherry (of coarse it was a expensive upgrade) so I trusted her and regretted it:( Go with what you like- styles come and go!
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MS Colours Inc
Painted cabinets will last if you prep, sand, and paint the cabinets with high quality paint. If a painted cabinet chips it is because something abrasive was dragged over the surface, Likewise if something abrasive is dragged over a stained cabinet this is then called a scratch. Each finish has its advantages and disadvantages.
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MS Colours Inc,
I agree!
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Patti
The photo and comment by sjKingston is my idea of using same shade color of the counter to be used on walls. Love that green! It 's what trees look like, lovely. Add carpet runners the length of floors between island and cabinets, maybe a large floral pattern with greens, off white, red and gold, increase lighting and the natural wood cabinets are enriched! I believe in natural wood tones before painting nice cabinets. Mine are older and painted & I like them...they fit my 43 y/o home...but yours is new! Decide to love it !
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MJM interior design
Hi

If they are real cherry wood cabinets rest assured they will darken in time. Wood cabinets will always be in style specially in
a Traditional and transitional home. You will get great improvement by painting the walls a lighter color and if you're till not satisfied paint the island a light color. If you need any more assistance contact us through MJM Interior Design or www.mjminteriors.com
Best regards, Johnny Moallempour
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sharpkl
In the Manchester line there is a Brandy Licorice but there is also a Burgundy Licorice. You didn't by any chance order burgundy and receive brandy did you?
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pysqueeda
And now for something completely different! How about painting just the raised panels? You could test different colors and even textures and patterns by applying inexpensive vinyl sticky back sheeting to the panels and peeling it off to try another. This vinyl sheeting comes in rolls and is easy to apply. Try out different colors to see what suits you best before having your painter permanently spray paint that color onto the raised panels.
Michael
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elkgroup
You have a lot of dark wood. Is the floor wood or just dark? Get great LED lighting and use white accessories and light colored rugs to go wit your new wall color.
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Lia
Hello Sharpkl,
Thanks.. Well the designer said that the ones in the design center were brandy and ordered them. But the ones at the design center were a mahogany color. So sad- I should really be loving my kitchen and I don't.. I bet they should have been the burgundy licorice.
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Lia
Hello Elkgroup,
The floor is red oak wood with a mahogany stain.
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sharpkl
Oh dear, I would think you are entitled to some compensation since she is the designer.
Your cabinets are beautiful but they are not what you were expecting. I hope you get some resolution.
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ljclayton
I think your cabinets are beautiful , I would NOT paint them; however, I would most definitely paint the island a contrasting color...I agree with Wildfan, search dark cabinets with White Island...
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mrskittio
I've been looking into redoing my island as its messed up and doing a white or lighter cabinet but with cherry the white is too loud and cold and really a
Clash. I did however see ones where they would do the front side with some stone veneers 5$/sqft or more expensive warmer color onyx on the front facing side as it gives that honey hew to compliment the cherry as most can and usually are backlit it does brighten the room and it appears lighter over all, same trick with the color
Of stones.
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Sustainable Dwellings
Poor girl... sell those cabinets to someone who loves them. It is like being married to George Clooney when you really want a nerd. Then, get the cabinets you think you want. By the way.... those you have are really beautiful and classy. Anyone can have white cabinets..
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krpeck
Another option would be to use matching worktop, ie cherry. If you look up cherry unit on Houzz it will give you an idea of what it could look like. View the kitchen cabinets as a piece of furniture rather than kitchen, if that makes sense, where the top is the same as the remainder of the unit. Just a thought. If you use the same worktop on the island and paint the remainder in a soft cream?
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Cindy Sherman @ Sherman KBD
We had a similar dilemma (the cabinets are all espresso and our first choice would have been vanilla) .. When our house was only 8 months old I decided to lighten the space by just painting our island. So our island is now vanilla with beadboard craftsman trim and the wall/base cabinets are all espresso. It totally worked, we love it and everyone who sees it has thought it was done professionally. {Btw, My skill level is above average but is definitely doable by someone who is confident in painting & patience!}
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MJM interior design
Good for you Cindy for doing that. I had mentioned this idea earlier to Lia and I hope she will follow your example and do the same. It's always nice to hear from people who actually have seen the end results. Best, Johnny
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lkroehl
Colorado grandmother.
Just a comment for the people who stated that white cabinets are just a fad, by someone who's 66 years old and has decorated thru countless different trends during the past 40 years: White cabinetry is probably the most timeless color for cabinets -- it's been around since MY grandmother's day (1940's), and probably longer than that. I've seen cabinet trends from dark to light and everything in between, but white cabinetry never goes out of style.
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Sustainable Dwellings
Colorado granny; I agree completely! But this lady has gorgeous cabinets...(PS: in most cases, I still go with white appliances).
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Lia
thank you all for your input! I still want to paint it, but will hold off. I have now had this kitchen for a year. I haven't painted it yet, in hopes that I learn to love it..
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Nancy Travisinteriors
If you want white, go for it. But get a pro, and let them do it.
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Lia
hi MJM Interior Design,
Thank you for you ideas. If I finally paint, I will post pictures.
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Dullea and Associates Inc.
Color is a tricky thing. You may also want to change the color of the walls. The right color can make you cherry cabinet appear to be darker.

It might just be worth the investment to hire a pro to help you select the right color. You may find that a simple color change will visually alter the visually produce the mahogany color you originally had in mind.
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Angel18432
Why have you started another thread on this same dilemma??????????????????
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Lia
Hello Angel18432,
Sorry.. I just wanted some ideas on colors since the wood worshipers in my family won't let me paint the cabinets..
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thatblondechick77
In the original picture you posted, mousing over didn't make the picture larger, but in the most recent photos, I might be able to see why you don't like them. When you picture cherry cabinets, you think rich, cozy, warm...Looking at these, while your kitchen IS beautiful, the wood is missing texture to give it depth - Yet, the floor has an abundance of depth and texture in a very similar tone so there is a clash going on that is slightly disharmonious to the eye. The flooring is kind of stealing the cabinets' thunder making the cabinets look kind of flat and blah.

Yes, you can get away with flat in white cabinetry. It's harder to do this with darker finishes unless they are espresso. There isn't enough decorative flair in the woodwork (maybe some roped design in the edging above could help...or a more ornate hood) - Something, anything to draw your eye away from the floor and towards the cabinetry. The hardware isn't really setting off the cabinets as well as it should, either. It's definitely not an unbearable kitchen. It's nice enough, but if I was wanting cherry cabinets, I'd also want some depth to the look of them. Right now, it's too...flat? I'm wondering if replacing the trim around the top or putting a finish over the front of them would give the cabinets that little "something extra" they seem to need?

I agree that a few strategic glass doors could make them more ornate as someone has suggested. A paint with some warm tones may also bring more of the cherry finish out, as well. That said, having lived somewhere with white cabinets once, white cabinets get FILTHY so fast. You never realize how dirty your hands are or your husband's hands...and definitely kids' hands until you are grumbling with a magic eraser trying to clean filth off white cabinets every day. This is definitely a case of the grass being greener. I can see where there's a bad note in the chord (to speak as a musician). The biggest thing I see is that the floor and the cabinets do not work well together. The simplest solution seems to be trying a semi-gloss glaze test on the inside of one of the cabinets to see if it gives a better finish that complements the floor and some paint on the wall. We have a custom-built piece my husband made that he stained with a Minwax stain...I'll have to see if I can get the shade and a picture for you later, but I think it might look BEAUTIFUL and add that extra "pop" to your cabinets. Good luck! It's still a beautiful kitchen...but I see what you're talking about! :)
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buzzersma
Great suggestions on painting the surrounding walls to make the cabinets appear darker. You probably already know that cherry darkens with age. Appreciate the variations that cherry offers. It's lovely wood, isn't it? I wish my cabinets were cherry!
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playaazul
we redid our kitchen in cherry 5yrs ago - since the finish elsewhere in our house in 1960's home is mahogany. I would recommend
- changing wall color - I went with a taupe color with a distinctive pink undertone [does not look pink at all but picks up the reddish tone of cherry - Dulux paints color=council bluff since it complemented the cherry. The green is more on the yellow side to me
- lighter floor - we went with a ceramic tile also with same taupe undertone. The floor competes with the cabinets
- having glass inserted in some of the doors - we had several done with clear glass and lights inside - I keep my glasses and clear class items here
- add some items with color on the counter - fruit bowl, colored appliance, utensil holder
-adding potlights to increase light - can't see if you have
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jonathan3
With the newer finishes I don't think you can do this job yourself unless you have that expertise. We have painted older cabinets and they turned out fine, but I would never do it myself now. Like others have said--change everything else around them until you get the right color combination or increase the lighting. I do wish I had some better ideas so you could enjoy your new kitchen!
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Lia
Thank you all for your suggestions!
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micstamper
I love your cherry cabinets!
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bnd432
A friend of mine renovated her kitchen with cherry cabinets and painted her walls Benjamin Moore Smoke Embers and it looks fabulous. She did have seeded glass in some of her upper cabinets. Also - I don't see any pendants or drop lighting over your island. I wouldn't paint them even though I'm a fan of painted cabinets but this is a great look too.
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kr88
Hardware change maybe? I feel like the color on your backsplash may be clashing with the paint color. I would absolutely not paint these cabinets..you just need to get the surroundings adjusted to compliment them!
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wlkgbrz
Your cabinets are going to get banged up with time. Keep them the way they are and use the wall color, lighting, and accent pieces to brighten the kitchen. re-evalute in a few years to see how they are holding up and then consider painting just the uppers. They are too nice of cabinets to paint so soon after installing. I think they look great, wait and give them and yourself time to acclimate to each other.
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jonathan3
It seems like a decorator who understands your personal style would be able to help you coordinate this kitchen to get the look you want. (No, I don't know anyone. I just hope you can enjoy this new kitchen.)
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halfpint2
The cabinets are gorgeous, they look very dark. I wouldn't paint them.
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dream69
It has almost been a year since this thread, what have you done Lia with your cabinet dilemma? I am building a custom home currently and choose Cherry cabinets. Like you I went back and forth with the painted or stained cabinets. I agree with comments that wall color can make or break the look. I painted my walls BM Shaker Beige and White Linen on trim and doors and I am very happy with the outcome. Hope everything has worked out well!
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ljmmtm
I would paint them white and darken the walls. If you are having negetative thoughts about them now it is not going to change but have them painted professionally. you spend to much time in the kitchen to not like where you are.
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winkoo
I'm looking forward to the trend of painting cabinets to end. It always says to me 'we need new cabinets but were too cheap to buy them". I get it is a stop gap and confess to doing it in our last house. The job was well done and looked great but they were still old cabinets and the finish a lot touchier than natural wood finishes. If you actually cook in your kitchen that is something to think about. We are going to see a lot of blogs on stripping paint off wood in the future I believe.
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patricia sarnataro
If you are really unhappy with them than I say go for it and paint them! I think a white would look really pretty with the walls and countertop.... Good luck!
1 Like   Thanked by Lia    December 3, 2013 at 6:28PM
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designideas4me
some people just dont appriciate what they have in life.
2 Likes   Thanked by Lia    December 3, 2013 at 7:48PM
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Melissa
Fancy copper hood and leaded glass in upper to left and right of stove would break up all the brown. Perhaps some shimmery glass tile for the backsplash? Also, layers of lighting to provide more depth. Good luck!
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Underwood Painting
You can darken them, don't paint them. They can be darkened with lacquer stain, I do it all the time.
0 Likes   Thanked by Lia    December 3, 2013 at 10:43PM
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vjs12
Food for thought: Wood darkens as it ages.
0 Likes   Thanked by Lia    December 4, 2013 at 12:52PM
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Lia
thank you all so much! I love your ideas!
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Lia
hi Underwood painting! Thank you I will look into darkening them. I appreciate your idea!
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nancyann0277a
Lia, I just end looked up lacquer stain and it looks like it can only be applied on bare wood. I would definitely research this carefully. I just wish I had your beautiful kitchen.
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Lia
Hello nancyann0277a,
How kind of you to look that up! I appreciate the tip..
I wish I could give you your dream kitchen:)
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Underwood Painting
Lia, I'v been in the painting business for 35 years and applied lacquer stain to colorize cabinets hundreds of times, working with some of the top professionals in the field of fine wood finishing, I spent 8 years working in just cabinet finishing using lacquer, stain, chemical varnish, catalyzed epoxy coatings, etc.. Lacquer stain is basically thinned lacquer tinted with dye stain, it can be applied right over lacquer then I usually apply a clear topcoat.
0 Likes   Thanked by Lia    December 4, 2013 at 5:27PM
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Underwood Painting
Also, Vjs12 is correct that Cherry Wood darkens dramatically with age, not all wood darkens in fact Oak actually lightens with age, but Cherry will darken quite a bit, usually within 6 months of delivery.
0 Likes   Thanked by Lia    December 4, 2013 at 5:37PM
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hotlant100
I had a designer friend plan my kitchen. He installed all cherry cabinets and in the center he placed an ultra modern German style stainless steel open island which immediately became the wow factor in the room. It was light, airy, reflective, and perfect for storing pots, pans, and other cooking items. The open shelving gave it a professional look and the cherry cabinets became a subtle backdrop to the drama of the island which is the eye catcher. The mix of metal and deep dark warm wood balances the room. The walls were then wallpapered in a matted red and white fine line striped wallpaper which looks invisible with everything else happening in the room. He designed this look in 1991 and it still looks modern and chic today. I love my kitchen and the exposed cookware makes me want to cook, and my friends all want to help since everything is at hand.
0 Likes   Thanked by Lia    December 4, 2013 at 6:24PM
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albertarosermt
I agree with many comments, live with it for a year. They are beautiful cabinets. The top molding appears heavy. If after one year you might want to replace the inserts of some of the top cabinets with frosted glass. Another idea is to remove a few doors and display dishes that repeat a color in your kitchen. This would break up the solid dark color.
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dstemple1956
I would NOT paint all of the cabinets but agree that the island might be just the place to bring in some color. Also, changing the wall color is an easy and inexpensive way to play up that classic cherry finish. Great idea about bringing in a few glass doors in your upper cabinets.
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Lia
Thank you all so much!
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Lia
Hello Underwood Painting.
Wish you could lacquer stain my cabinets!!!!!! Do I need cabinet restoration? Any particular product that you can suggest? I appreciate your input, thanks!
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James Settle
Here's something I've been doing, but it takes a little work, automotive paint the gloss will blow you away , you must prep first scocth brute cabs then prime sand with 400 grit wipe down with a damp cloth tape off the area and shoot they will look so kook and the colors are many.
0 Likes   Thanked by Lia    December 4, 2013 at 7:27PM
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Underwood Painting
I always do a small test sample first, but it's probably a standard nitrocellulose clear lacquer, that's the most common, it could be conversion varnish or non yellowing acrylic, but just do small test on the inside of the door first.
Also remember that lacquer can only be applied by spray.
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Lia
Thank you for the information- I am going to need a professional. Any product you suggest?
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MS Colours Inc
We have completed many projects with Fine Paints of Europe. All sheens and colors are available. You may want to look at our Procelana if you are interested in high gloss.
0 Likes   Thanked by Lia    December 5, 2013 at 5:31AM
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Lia
Thank you MS Colours Inc.!
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reno's soon
what did you finally end up with?
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