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PAINTED KITCHEN CABINET MAKEOVER: Granite Countertops, Subway Tile & More

Posted on April 6, 2021 by KylieMawdsley
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When this kitchen showed up in my inbox, it had a LOT going for it…

Dark wood kitchen before cabinets painted with granite (4)

Gorgeous granite countertops, updated wood flooring, and a modern subway tile backsplash were just a few of the great features in this kitchen. However, my client was tired of the dark wood cabinets and wanted to give them a colour face-lift, which is where I came on the scene.

How to Update OLDER Granite Countertops

The granite countertops weren’t in a position to support WHITE cabinets and demanded a SOFTER approach.

There’s also that beautiful warm gray-taupe subway tile backsplash. And because the backsplash is the FIRST PLACE YOU LOOK when choosing a cabinet colour, these tiles, along with the warm base of the granite countertops, were the inspiration for this…

Dark maple red cabinets painted warm neutral gray paint colour, Benjamin Moore Classic Gray. Granite countertop. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy blogger

SHUT THE FRIGGIN’ FRONT DOOR (or the cabinet door, might be more the point)! I mean, I didn’t mind this kitchen before, even if the wood was a touch heavy and rich. But HOLY DINAH does it ever look good now!

Let’s get a nice full shot of this bad boy. This is a great photo, as you can see the ORIGINAL floor…

Dark wood kitchen before cabinets painted with granite (3)

The old flooring was way too orange for the cabinets, and even just changing this was a great move for this space. HOWEVER, painting the cabinets really took it to the next level…

Granite countertop, island, greige subway tile backsplash. Benjamin MOore Classic Gray painted wood maple cabinets. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy blogger, online paint consultant

There’s only one thing I’d suggest (and it’s not a big thing). The paint colour on the walls, Benjamin Moore Ranchwood, is just a TOUCH too heavy and warm. UGGGGH, I feel so mean when I do this, but I have a little radar go off in my head when I get near wine, crave Doritos, see Ryan Reynolds in a movie, AND when a colour is just a bit off.

Worth changing? For most of the world – HECK NO. But for me, who is a glutton for punishment, you know I’d change it. What colour would I sample first? Oh, Benjamin Moore Collingwood FOR SURE, with Balboa Mist in hot second. Again, I’m being particular, but that’s why you love me – also because I’m cute and witty…riiiight?

Kitchen, granite countertops, painted maple wood cabinets, Benjamin Moore Classic Gray, subway tile. Kylie M Interiors Online paint color consulting, diy

And I bet you’re wondering about this magical paint colour on the cabinets. It’s none other than Benjamin Moore Classic Gray. SURPRISED? You should be.

Classic Gray can look CONSIDERABLY grayer on walls with a more noticeable purple, sometimes purple-pink undertone (remember, EVERY gray has undertones). However, cabinet colours have different formulations AND the sheen affects the way a colour looks as well. Classic Gray was also lightened by 25% for this project which can account for a bit of that shift as well.

Kitchen cabinets wood maple painted Benjamin Moore Classic Gray, granite countertops, subway tile. Greige, warm gray. Kylie M Interiors Edesign. DIY

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Not sure if you should paint YOUR kitchen cabinets? I’ve got a fun QUESTIONNAIRE STYLE blog post for you to check out. Need some inspiration? I’ve got that too! Just scroll down to the READ MORE section at the bottom of this blog post.



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  1. Do you know what the trim color is? I have BM Edgecomb Gray walls and SW Pure White trim. I’m trying to determine if this color or lightened by 25% is an option for my cabinets. I know I have other factors to consider, but I’m trying to narrow down my options.

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      Hi Meagan, from what I remember, the trim was already in place when I did this project! I would say it’s along similar lines to Pure White. HOWEVER, I wouldn’t do Classic Gray with Edgecomb Gray walls, it won’t work. If anything, play around with Edgecomb Gray, try it 50% lighter to see how that looks. Generally, when the walls are a light colour already, it’s hard to get another off-white/light colour on cabinets and it’s usually best to go with white or step into something with more depth :).

  2. Hi Kylie –
    What a gorgeous makeover. We’re planning a kitchen with similar floor and similar granite, and we’re now thinking we’ll actually use Classic Grey on our cabinets! (With dark gray stained maple on the island cabinetry).
    Could you please tell me what the backsplash tile is in these photos? We’re currently looking at Ames Manhattan Gray 4X12, which appears darker than what I’m seeing here.

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      Oh, Ramona, I would SO love to tell you, but I’m not sure what the brand is that she chose! My best advice is that whether your subway tile is lighter or darker than the cabinets, don’t order it until the cabinets are painted and done. I find that Classic Gray OFTEN looks warmer than expected. Once the cabinets are done, bring the tile samples home and make sure things flow – the tiles should literally be versions of the cabinet colour – just lighter or darker.

      1. That’s great advice! Thanks so much, Kylie!
        BTW, I LOVE your work and all the info you provide. I’ve learned so, so much!

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