How A Fresh Coat Of Paint Can Transform Your Kitchen

Breathe new life into your kitchen, with just a fresh coat of paint!

With more of us spending so much time at home – and more time cooking – now is the perfect time to transform your kitchen! Painting the walls will certainly bring new life to the space but painting your cabinets and updating the hardware will be the most impressive change you can make without the expense of a full remodel.

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(WALLS): Paper White OC-55 Regal® Select, Eggshell
(CROWN MOLDING): White Heron OC-57 Regal® Select, Semi-Gloss
(CEILING):White Heron OC-57, Waterborne Ceiling Paint, Ultra Flat
(CABINETS):Gray Owl OC-52, ADVANCE®, Satin
(ISLAND):Caribbean Blue Water 2055-30 ADVANCE®, Satin
(DOOR):Marblehead Gold HC-11, Aura® Grand Entrance®, High Gloss


While the trend in wood tones is moving to a safe mid-range, when it comes to paint, we are seeing everything from rich blues and greens to soft, fresh pales and neutrals.  White kitchens are classic but if you’re customizing with paint, the color options are limitless, so dare to be adventurous with color! Want to add just a touch of colour to your neutral kitchen? Painting the island in a contrasting shade is a favourite designer trick to add style and a focal point to the kitchen.

The kitchen is the most high-traffic space in any home making durability essential.Opt for the hard, furniture-like finish of Advance interior paint, available in four popular sheens, including matte and high gloss, to suit any kitchen style from farmhouse to ultra-modern.

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(WALLS): Fernwood Green 2145-40, Regal® Select, Eggshell
(DOORS): Witching Hour 2120-30, Aura® Grand Entrance®, Satin
(CABINETS): Flora AF-470, ADVANCE®, Satin


There are many painting companies that will custom paint kitchen cabinet doors, so there is help out there if you don’t want to take this on alone.  However, if you want to “do-it-yourself”, follow these tips for best results:

  • After cleaning, sand the cabinets with 100 grit sand-paper to cut the sheen of any previous products and then wipe clean with a tack cloth
  • Prime with Benjamin Moore’s Fresh Start Primer or STIX Primer for greater adhesion
  • Allow to dry, then paint at least 2 coats of finishing paint.

Benjamin Moore’s ADVANCE Paint in a high gloss provides a slick, modern look or try the Satin finish for a soft sheen.

Some of my favourite kitchen colours are:

By Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore Colour & Design Expert