Once the cabinets were installed, it was time to decide how we wanted to finish them. We knew we wanted the cabinets painted from our initial meeting with the carpenter. Painted cabinets are less expensive than stained but not much. It was a style choice rather than a budget one just like the trim.
The painting workflow was to stain everything in the house first. Paint the cabinets and doors then cover them in plastic. Then paint the walls and trim before moving outside.
We had to pick a stain for the shelving. Here were some options we were entertaining. The samples are on pine while our shelves are maple, but we got the idea. I was thinking about going very light for the shelves since I figured the floors would be a medium stain.
We went with the natural stain. It’s basically just a sealer since it doesn’t add much other than sheen making the raw wood look more finished. The Golden Oak pulled out the grain of the wood in a very odd way, so I wasn’t a fan. At the time the shelves were surrounded by a bunch of raw wood between the cabinets and the floor. I just had to remind myself that it would look better as things were finished out.
The goal was to paint the cabinets Sherwin Williams Pure White with a pop color on the island – a safe pop color like dark blue. I mean we weren’t going to paint our island pink or anything (although that might have been awesome). We did some research on finding the right shade of dark blue. We came up with these 4. We included a brighter option with the Oceanside and a darker option with the Hale Navy along with 2 basic navies – Drawing Room Blue and Old Navy. We had all of them color matched at Sherwin Williams since that’s what our painter uses.
They painted them on the shelves. (Oh Cody…smh.) It actually worked better for blog purposes, so there’s that. Luckily they hadn’t put the natural stain on just yet, so it was no big deal. Oceanside and Drawing Room Blue were a little too bright. Old Navy was pretty spot on for a classic navy. Hale Navy was very dark. Beautiful but dark.
We went with Old Navy. Hale Navy was just too dark especially with the black doors. We love the color. It really was the exact blue we envisioned for that room.
Here’s a little peak at the white cabinet behind the island. The paint made the kitchen feel like it was coming together. It was then that the natural stain on the shelving didn’t seem so bland.
The cabinets and shelves were immediately covered, so I couldn’t get a picture of that stage. The shelves were covered. The island was painted then covered. Then the cabinets were painted and covered. Plus the windows were covered, so our house was dark. You will just have to use your imagination to see the white cabinets, Old Navy island, and natural shelving.
Countertops and tile to come…