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Tobi,
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

Martha,
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. 

4. Enjoy!

Good luck!
Tobi

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