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Painting Bottom Kitchen Cabinets Dark Green

A change will do you good. In 2010 on white paint cabinets were all the rage, I hopped right on board. It was such a welcome change from the dark kitchen we had for years. Recently, I felt like I was a little bit tired of all of the white. I wanted something a little more striking and dramatic. It have been on my mind for a while to do something different with our cabinets, but I wasn’t sure what. After painting the dark, green moody wall in our eating area and then the black wall in our living room, I decided I wanted to go with dark lower cabinets, and go with painting bottom kitchen cabinets dark green.  I decided to repeat the wall color from our accent wall eating area (BM Deep River) on the kitchen cabinets since I really liked it and already had half a can.

Deep River Benjamin Moore


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It’s been so long, I’ve almost forgotten what our original kitchen looked like, and how much paint can change things.

Kitchen before white painted cabinets

To me the biggest thing about our bottom painting cabinets a dark color is that we had come from that place of a dark and heavy kitchen 10 years ago with all old oak cabinets, and I didn’t want the cabinets to be light sucking again. I like a light and bright kitchen.

White kitchen with wood countertops

The perfect solution  for us was to only paint the bottom cabinets for the dark contrast and keep the top cabinets white. On painting day, I took the day to clean the cabinets with a magic eraser and  soap to get all the grease and things that you don’t realized are on your cabinets until you start cleaning them. I then gave them is light sanding to rough up the surface so the paint would adhere better to the already painted surface It took me about two hours to paint over the bottom cabinets.

Painted dark green lower cabinets with white uppers

When painting cabinets a dark color, they may need to be given up to 4 coats for complete coverage.

Painted lower cabinets with contrasting upper cabinets

The hardest part about painting over light cabinets with dark cabinets is having to do multiple coats and keep them smooth. Because dark paint always needs more than one coat, I ended up with up to three to four coats of paint in some areas.

Painted white upper cabinets and dark green lower cabinets

When it was done, it was so worth it! We absolutely love the way it looks and how much the dark green paint updates our kitchen.It also really makes the wood of the island pop, and I adore the Target runner even more.

Contrasting painted upper and lower cabinets colors

With the upper cabinets remaining white, and painting just the lower kitchen cabinets a dark green color,  we still get a brightness at the top of the kitchen…not light sucking. It really makes an inexpensive, but updated statement.

Painted dark green buffet with marbel top

I even painted the buffet the same green to make it tie in with the rest of the cabinets. I’m actually still debating on the tall pantry whether or not I leave it white, or paint it to match the rest. What do you think?

White upper cabinets and painted lower dark green cabinets

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  1. The cabinets look amazing! I have always loved that dark green color. I am dating myself in the 80’s it was called hunter green. I used it in my home and loved it. You always have an eye for great design and trends

  2. The dark color sucks the light right out. Sorry, but I think you will regret this decision.

  3. I love the color you chose! I think I would paint the pantry cabinet the same as your lower cabinets, unless you feel it may make the kitchen to dark.

  4. Love the lower cabinets in the dark grey-green! Adds a sense of solidity and interest to the room… brava!
    13 years ago I painted my lower cabinets black & left the upper cabinets white, and have never regretted it.
    Light bounces around my kitchen from the windows and white upper cabinets, and the lower black cabinets give the room a feeling of being grounded.

  5. I have a long wall of just lower cabinets with a black faced dishwasher and oven mixed in. So I painted all the lowers black. That gives me a beautiful seemless wall of cabinets. I love it. Before they were light wood lowers broken up by the black faced appliances. So much better now.

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