When I initially painted the walls and island of my kitchen, I knew that I might change them once we had white countertops installed. I didn’t know how long that would take, though, so I wanted to use colors that were neutral and worked with the dark granite. If I had known we’d have our new Hanstone Quartz counters within a year, I might not have worried about my choices working with the granite, but I’m glad I worked with what was there at the time. It gave me a kitchen that looked nice during the wait.
When we got the new counters and backsplash installed, though, the warmth of the wall color became more obvious and the pale gray island was just reading as white. It was all a little too one-note and, though it might not have looked like it to the casual observer, it didn’t look like a finished design to me. (I think that had more to do with the fact that I knew that the island and wall colors were picked before I knew which counters and backsplash tile I was getting.)
So, as I shared a few weeks ago, I repainted the walls in Stonington Gray (Benjamin Moore) mixed at 50% strength. It is a soft, cool, blue/gray that worked well with the counters and tile and it flows nicely into the adjoining rooms.
The last thing to “fix” was the kitchen island. I knew that I wanted a strong color on the island, in order to set it apart from the rest of the cabinetry. Blue or gray seemed to be the obvious choices, but I have a lot of blues and blue/grays going on, so I went to my favorite accent color – green. And not just any green… Boxwood from the MMS Milk Paint line! I designed the color, so it’s naturally one of my favorite greens.
I had considered using MMS Milk Paint, but since these pieces are built into the house, I want them to have the same finish (satin enamel) as the cabinets and trim in the rest of the house. (For a more elaborate explanation, you can read THIS POST.)
I did want to use my color, though, especially since Boxwood is one of the featured colors in the dining room milk paint mural. This color connection will help the rooms relate to one another even further. That meant I needed to get Boxwood matched. I brushed out a sample of Boxwood on a wood scrap and took it to my local family-owned paint store. They were able to match the color perfectly!
The real Boxwood is on the left and the match is on the right…
Pretty amazing, right?!
I could hardly wait to get it on the island, so I started working on it late last week and finished it over the weekend.
And here is how it turned out…
(Dang it! I just realized I need to get the toe-kick under the shelf! Somehow I missed that bit.)
Anyway, the green was just the pop of color this kitchen needed.
The green is fresh and compliments all of the blues and blue/grays going on in this space.
I painted the island the same way I did the rest of the kitchen cabinets. The full tutorial series starts HERE. The only difference is I didn’t use my paint sprayer. We are working on organizing and building shelving in our garage, so I couldn’t take over that space and I didn’t want to wait! That green paint was too tempting. So, I used a brush and micro-plush roller and it turned out great.
I did remove all of the drawers, doors, shelves, and hardware, though, so I could get everything properly painted.
Now that the island is painted and the butler’s pantry is almost done, it feels like all of the big design elements of this space are finished and now I can just tweak and play with the details…
…and that’s a fun place to be in a room makeover!
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