Friday, July 25, 2014

Green Kitchen Cabinets

I know you're thinking about this, maybe scratching your chin, wondering where in the world this came from ... and I'll tell you - it's something I've been working on for a while, so yes, it does sorta come out of left field, but I felt now was a good as time as any to break the seal on this baby and start talking about kitchens again.

Plus, not for nothin', I'm kinda shifty like that.
Ooo ... a puppy, no look over there something shiny!
But I digress.

We've been "working" on our kitchen for a long time. Too long. It's stalled and stalled, for one reason or another, and I'm at the point now where I'm either going to finish it - or burn the place down. And since they don't let you blog from jail (do they?) I guess the latter isn't gonna work!

Ok, so here we go. Kitchen cabinets. Green. Yes? Oh just you wait!

Design by Martha Mulholland
When I saw this kitchen, I knew, instantly that it was the kitchen for CDLV. It felt all at once comfortable and appropriate, beautiful and utilitarian, gracious and industrial. A prissy kitchen, you know the kind, just wasn't going to work in the bastardized craftsman meets dutch colonial house that we loving call Casa de la Vanderdogan. It needed to be earthy, it needed to look old but function as new. It needed to "flow" with the rest of the house, but not feel decorated as much as designed. When we move, the people who luckily get to call CDLV whatever they're gonna name it, should walk into that kitchen and feel "at home". For me, this kitchen does that ... and then some!
The color is Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray, part of their Historic Color Collection. Now, I know you're thinking Artie said this was green, and it looks green, but it's called Amherst Gray? So, I did what I know you're about to do!
Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray

Alright, so it's clearly a gray green. A bit sagey, a bit olivey, a lot greigy ... a gray by any other name (GREEN!). I hopped down to Benjies and picked up a sample, took it home and tested it out. It was nice. But not quite the green I had in mind. So, I took it with me to Home Depot, initially to have them play with the tint. That's when I found this:

Witch Hazel by Behr
This was just a tad bit lighter, and a tinge more green. Exactly what I thought I was looking for. So I took it home and tested it out. NEAR PERFECTION! I find that the coloring of the cabinetry in the photo, which is what I was drawn to immediately, is much closer in ACTUAL color to Witch Hazel. Of course, I did what anyone would do, and googled Witch Hazel to see if anyone may have been crazy enough to use this on kitchen cabinets ... and guess what!
Design by Lauren Leiss
Blogger, Designer, Fabric-tress Lauren Leiss used it in her old kitchen prior to their new move. Again coloring changes from photo to photo - the joys of photoshop, right? In this photo, the same kitchen - different little artist, shows what I think is a much "truer" photo of the color:

Are you seeing the difference? Everything about that image up top looks yellow, doesn't it? The beadboard, the green of the cabinets, the ironstone ... this I think is closer to the real deal.  So, I got to thinking about the colors. Here I have BM Amherst Gray and Behr Witch Hazel. Both are great, but neither is perfect. What if I mixed them together!?

Problem Solved!
I'm calling it CDLV Green. You can name paint when you have it custom color matched. Did you know that? Oh yeah! Name away! And the good thing is - you can go to your local Home Depot and ask them for CDLV Green (I know you want to) and they'll pull it up out of the throws of their fancy schmancy computer system - and you can have your own CDLV Green Kitchen Cabinets!
So, now I've got the color - it's just a matter of doing the work! Which not only includes painting, (why would it!?!?) I have to take the doors off the hinges, add some molding detail, patch holes from the old hardware, sand, paint, sand, paint, seal, add new hardware (already picked that out too!) and then plop those babies back into place, hoping that I did it all the way I was supposed to, and it all fits as it once did. Yeah, easy peezy!
So that's what I'm doing this weekend. What are your plans?




  1. Hi Artie, I'm loving the inspiration kitchen! Perfect for your home. Oh how I would love to paint my cabinets!! Your color choice is divine!!

  2. Omgoodness welcome to my world!!! such a great post! Hope you have a great weekend!! Leslie

  3. Artie, I am glad that I am not the only who mixes colours together. Also have a friend who does the same and comes up with the most amazing colours! (On occasion, I have also tweaked the colorants in a paint to get the undertone that I want and even have gone as far as having the paint half-cut to meet my needs.) Know that your kitchen will be another example of your decorating savvy and expertise. Waiting for the reveal. Warm hugs -Brenda-

  4. I love the inspiration photos and l am looking forward to your kitchen updates! Now get to it, lol.

  5. I am trying to think- I dont remember you ever showing your kitchen?

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  8. I really like the dark color and design of your cabinets. You may like to check Cherry kitchen cabinet designs

  9. Excellent to see this kitchen cabinet . Like it much .

  10. Hi Artie,Its a really awesome tutorial.Thank you for sharing with all us.I want to make a kitchen cabinets from some days ago but I don't it for guideline.Now I understand how to make it.I have thought before read your article grey is the best color for kitchen cabinets.But now it seems to me light green is also the best

  11. This kitchen is absolutely breathtaking! I love everything about it

  12. Truly beautiful! Love everything – from your kitchen cabinets,You did an amazing job.


  13. Your green kitchen cabinets looks wonderful! I know you are so proud of it! :)