Before you start painting anything in your kitchen (or any other room, for that matter), stop and make sure you have a plan for the entire area in your head: Consider the backsplashes, counters, and every other element in the room. Once you have an idea of how everything is going to fit together, you’re ready to pick up a brush and roller (or a paint sprayer -- you can rent or buy one; it’s easier to use than you probably think and gives a great and consistent look).
For timid painters, a good ways to start is to paint your kitchen island, treating it like a piece of furniture. This way, you can get a different look without going all the way.
Or, if you’re ready to take the cabinet plunge but are concerned about going too far with color, try a navy-blue, black, or linen paint for a classic, understated look. If you don’t have nice wood, do a dark-walnut gel stain overglaze to get the stained look.
More confident painters can have some fun: Paint the upper part a color, and leave the bottom neutral. See what speaks to you, and then get started!
Nestpert: Jennifer Bertrand, season three Design Star winner
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