I have white painted cabinetry in my kitchen. VERY white. Although I’m very fond of painted cabinetry, I just feel mine is just too stark. How do I tone down the brightness and create a warmer, cozier feel?
Martha, Dallas, Texas
I’m glad you asked this question! I’ve gotten so many requests for information recently on this topic. Did you see my Dream Kitchen: Fit for a Crowd in Southern Living? People have responded really well to the look of the cabinetry featured in this article.
Here are my tips:
1. If you aren’t a natural at decorative painting, HIRE A PROFESSIONAL! You don’t want your kitchen cabinets to be your training ground.
2. Start with a warmer base to blast away the stark white that’s leaving you cold. A great choice is SW6148 Wool Skein by Sherwin-Williams.
3. Overlay your painted base coat with a light glazing. But don’t get crazy! A little goes a long way. I paired the Wool Skein with Provincial Wood Stain from Minwax.
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