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Dixie
Cherry Kitchen Cabinets
Dixie

I have new Cherry cabinets (that I don't like as they seem too formal) and my house is more rustic. I am having problems coming up with a paint color for my kitchen. The cabinets are turning darker and are very redish - reminds me of red cedar. Unfortunately, I did not do my research about what happens with cherry as it is exposed to air and light.
My counters are brown fleck granite, and floors are sc****d oak plank with stainless appliances. My kitchen, dining-room and living-room are all very open and the walls in my in the living room are earthy light moss green.
Any thoughts on colors?

Jeanne
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Jeanne

The short answer to your question is white, because it is timeless and will make it easier to decorate your open floor plan. There are many different shades of white. Start with a white primer like Zinsser 123. You will need two coats of primer to cover the dark cherry – maybe 3 but don’t put on overly thick coats in trying to cover the dark wood – it will get there. After the white primer you can get little tester jars of paint and test out different shades. Make sure you read several good articles on painting cabinets and take no shortcuts. TOH has some articles on painting cabinets. You will probably want to change out the hardware too - at least knobs and handles.

However, much of the time when people paint wood cabinets it is to extend the life of older cabinets that have become worn or dated. Your cabinets are new and maybe upscale. If it is in your budget, consider selling the cherry cabinets. Many in the TOH reader’s remodelers contest bought their cabinets off Craigslist or some other secondhand source. The cabinets are new and formal and someone out there would like a deal on something like that. Then replace the cherry cabinets with new white cabinets in a style that more suits your taste. A so so paint job on good cherry cabinets will devalue your home. It can be difficult to replace cabinets and salvage a granite countertop so you might sell that with the cabinets with the understanding it might not survive the transfer especially by a DIY person.

If you like the look of wood and want to replace your cabinets, here is a lovely rustic wood kitchen:

http://hookedonhouses.net/2014/08/27/updating-a-1930s-cottage-kitchen-bath/

Examples of white cabinets can be found at Pinterest and other sites.

Dixie
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Dixie

Thanks for you thoughts altho, I don't want to paint the cabinets and am not in a position to replace them now. I am wondering about color for the walls. Since the living area is a moss green/gray. I am wondering about an accent color - because of the openness, I don't thing that I can go with a separate color just for the kitchen area. Not sure - It was suggested to use a brown which made everything look too brown with the wood floor, and brown in the counter. I tried the same green and it looked washed out. Stuck. Need some ideas.

Jeanne
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Jeanne

Sorry – as I reread your post I see that you meant your walls. You probably do want to go with something that coordinates well with the green. The cabinets etc are all neutrals so should go well with almost anything. Definitely brown would be out. Perhaps you could try a shade darker or lighter than the green on the rest of the walls. Sometimes another color on the same color strip is a good choice. Do you have a backsplash – do any of the colors in it or the countertop appeal to you that also harmonize with the green? There are some paint companies that have program that you can put up a picture of your kitchen and try with the computer program different paint colors. Some paint stores have a designer who can assist you. Also, most paint stores are also providing inexpensive sample jars of paint. This allows you to try something out without a lot of expense.

You can do an image search on cherry kitchen cabinets. There are lots of pictures out there – they might inspire you.

You might look into getting those cabinets professionally painted:)

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What color is perfect for kitchen ?

Sombreuil_mongrel
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Sombreuil_mongrel

Sage or silver-green will help tone down the cherry; darker teal greens (with more blue) will make the cherry look even more orange-y. A warm gray would also be nice with cherry.
Casey

Dixie
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Dixie

I guess I have it close then. 3 of my walls are a sagey green with the accent wall a deep "tea" red - deep cranberry. Maybe that is where I need the change. Wonder about a peachy or lighter. I have got to stop putting different colors on the walls....there have been many..... :confused:

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

So what are you looking to do- make the cabinets and countertop stand out or blend in? For the former use subdued colors, for the latter use ones which harmonize more closely. While those color chips from the paint store are nice, they are often too small to use to get the feeling of a large area done in that color. Find something larger as close as you can to the color you're thinking about, then place it adjacent to what you're accenting/matching to get some idea of how well it will work. Step back and try different perspectives It doesn't have to be an exact color match to show you whether it's going to be too much or not enough when that whole area gets colored which is something those tiny chips will not do for you.

Painting for sale= using neutral up-to-date popular colors. Painting to keep= doing whatever you like and to heck with what anyone else who doesn't have to live with the results every day thinks!

Phil

Dixie
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Dixie

Painting to keep. Thanks Phil. I am not sure if I want them to pop or blend. They are so red, that I am leaning to toning it down some. My floor is sc****d natural oak, and then there are these natural cherry cabinets that are turning so red....(dark red....) In my non-designer mind, the two just clash and I am trying to tie it all together so that it looks nice. I am a more rustic person and my intention was to have a rustic kitchen (house) but it has not turned out this way.

ordjen
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ordjen

If your concern is the reddish tones of the cherry, avoid any green tones. Red and green are complimenmtary on the color wheel and accent their opposit

Jeanne
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Jeanne

“Rustic” can mean different things to different people. Usually it calls to mind cabin or hunting lodge type décor, but it could also mean old fashioned, vintage, cottage or country.

One thing you could do to decrease the amount of cherry wood in the kitchen is have the panel cut out of some of the upper cabinets and replaced with glass – could be leaded glass or a decorative glass – there are many options. If you are worried about messy cupboards with glass, there is glass that is frosted or other which makes it less transparent. Do an image search of “kitchen cabinets with glass” and you can see some examples.

Another idea is to consider a wall treatment other than paint. This picture shows a rustic style kitchen with a stone wall and what looks like maybe a copper backsplash and hood vent.
http://canadianloghomes.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/terra-firma-custom-homes-rustic-kitchen-2.jpg

You can add rustic type accents to get the look even with the cherry cabinets.

I have seen on the Internet a number of people who have changed the color of their cabinets with gel stain using General Gel Stain. From what I have read, the cabinets do not need to be stripped the way they would if refinishing with regular stain, although there is some prep work. I have not done this and would do research on it before you attempt it. Most who are doing this are converting older light oak cabinets to dark cabinets.

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