Going Green

February 22, 2010

It’s time I spill the beans and tell you all what I’ve been up to this past week.  I’ve been painting my kitchen.  Not only the walls (previously yellow), but also the kitchen island (previously yellow).  I also recovered the barstools, crafted a new valance, and added some new accessories.  I left the existing white cabinetry and backsplash alone.

The main reason it took me foh-eh-vah was that I chose to use oil-based primer and paint on the kitchen island.  And oil based paint dries incredibly slow compared to its latex sister.

Hub and I agreed we were done with the butternut yellow walls and wanted the kitchen to blend better with the adjoining family room and dining room, which are both painted a pale gray green by Benjamin Moore called ‘Camouflage’.

I haven’t even taken the photos of the new space yet, but they’re coming soon !  First, I wanted to share some inspiration images.  I’ve been keeping a lot of these for awhile now because I adore soft green and white kitchens.  Celadon green is a color I keep coming back to time and again.  It’s seasonless, versatile, and always fresh.

To me, this is such an inviting cheerful place, and the perfect shade of green.

 country living green retro kitchen cabinets

country living green glassware  Both Country Living

I dig the marble top island here, paired with nickel pulls and this brighter green color.  tria giovan my home ideas kitchen Coastal Living

Love the colored plates and bowls behind glass here, and also the retro touches.

country living green bowls and lemonsCountry Living

Simple and inviting.

scan0001 House Beautiful

Here’s a lot of green in a dramatic space.  That marble top island and those pendant fixtures are incredible.

michael smith green kitchen Michael Smith Interiors


Love the wood top island here with the copper hood, and rustic beams.

elaine griffen kitchen Elaine Griffin Interiors

I heart this wall color, it’s just so cheerful.  I also like the medley of glass front with closed front cabinets in this space, and the wood top island.

  Country Living


An elegant French Country style. Brunschwig & Fils toile 

house beautiful green cabinets in kitchen Both House Beautiful


I love this casual kitchen and its personal touches. 

country living green island Country Living

This green color is as verdant as the plants on the windowsill.

design sponge green and white kitchen

Design Sponge

A perfect pop of color inside the cabinetry.  Love !

house beautiful green and white kitchenHouse Beautiful


I like this crisp apple green paired with the white cabinets, accessories, and ceramics.

laurey glenn my home ideas green and white kitchenMy Home Ideas


Okay, this is a dining space, but it still inspires me with its mix of rustic and elegant.

found style amy butler Found Style, Amy Butler


Here’s a nice mixture of black cabinets with marble countertops and green walls.

country living green walls marble counters Country Living

What’s your opinion on painted kitchen cabinets ?  Do you love white ?  Prefer black ?  Like a little color ?  Are you more of a wood tone person, or do you like to mix it up ?   Do tell.


Tags: ,

67 Responses to “Going Green”

Leave a Reply