I get two questions in my direct messages and inbox multiple times each day…. #1: Do you use teeth whitener and what kind? and #2: What color are your current kitchen cabinets? Haha! The teeth question always gives me a good giggle (I’ve never whitened and just use plain toothpaste- so I think most are disappointed in that answer), but I felt the second, design-related question, deserved a blog post. After thousands of requests for my kitchen cabinetry color, I thought having a permanent resource link to share would be helpful for everyone. In this post, I’ve color matched my kitchen cabinetry using multiple popular paint brands and I’m also sharing some cabinetry painting tips. Click through for the colors and for my tips!
To be clear, my kitchen cabinets were NOT painted. I designed them and selected a stock color (called Maritime) from the Diamond Cabinetry line available at Lowe’s. You can read all about the process here. I even share my favorite readymade cabinetry paint colors from Lowe’s in this blog post. You can also see my complete kitchen reveal and tour here, that includes lots of before and after images!
Color Matched Swatches
The following swatches are a close match to Diamond Cabinetry “Maritime” (the cabinet color I have in my kitchen). If you’re trying to replicate the color, these are your best bet…
- Benjamin Moore // Navy Masterpiece
- Sherwin-Williams // Mount Etna
- Behr // Submarine Gray
- Valspar // Chimney Smoke
- Glidden // High Salute
I wanted to show you a pulled back version of our kitchen, so you can get a feel of how the color works in the entire space…
You can see examples of each swatch throughout this post, but all are very close! Keep in mind that paint reflects its surroundings and can look different in your home than it does in mine… that’s why swatching is so important.
As promised, I wanted to share some cabinetry painting tips, if you’re planning to tackle the project yourself…
Tips for Painting Cabinetry
- Lightly sand the cabinets before painting.
- Use a good primer.
- Always order a swatch and test the paint before committing.
- If possible, spray the cabinetry to apply paint.
- Use a paint specific to cabinetry, or opt for lacquer or enamel (for durability).
- If you can’t spray the cabinetry, use a high density foam roller and apply the paint in thin layers, applying multiple coats.
I know white and bright kitchens are far more popular than dark and moody ones, but I couldn’t resist this deep, rich color when designing our kitchen a year ago. I’m so happy with the decision I made and would choose this color over and over again. It’s unique, feels like us, has so much depth, and really tells the story of our aesthetic. This space has become my happy place, and the color is a big part of what makes it beautiful.
Hopefully this post was helpful for those of you wondering about the color! If you have any questions or thoughts, I’d love to hear them in the comment section below.
PeggiJune 18, 2020 at 6:16 am
This was so thoughtful of you! (And so weird that people would ask such a personal question about your teeth?!) Since we’re talking about your cabinets and paint, I have a couple of questions. Did you receive any sort of touch-up paint? I know a factory finish is far superior to diy, but accidents and wear happen. If not, how would you address that issue? Also, would you recommend painting the insides of cabinets during a refresh? I did the insides of my (few) uppers, and I love the brightness. I didn’t have the energy though for the lowers! So many decisions to make in a kitchen, but it is the heart of the home, after all.
Have an excellent Thursday! (Maybe scheming on that guest bedroom headboard?? Have you found some exciting fabric?)💜
SarahJune 18, 2020 at 9:42 am
I get asked a lot of strange questions, but the teeth question happens at least twice a day. Haha! Love your paint questions! To answer them… yes- I received a can of touch up lacquer. We haven’t had to use it yet, but I like knowing we have it (just in case… I’m sure it’ll happen eventually). In terms of painting the interior of the cabinet- it totally depends on what you’re working with (what material and look you’re going for). It’s probably most durable to not paint the interior, but if you’re using a high quality paint product and take the time to do it right, it would be just fine! I think you just have to weigh your options and determine if it’s worth it. Do you have glass front cabinetry, so you can see into the interior? If not- I’d just leave your lowers alone. The kitchen really is the heart of the home! I’m striking out on fabric for the guest bedroom. We’re waiting on trim and Emmett starting his shed build, so I feel like the guest room is going to draggggg on. Ugh! Happy Thursday :)
LaurenJune 18, 2020 at 7:24 am
I think it’s completely hilarious to hear about the questions bloggers and influencers get asked in their DM’s and comments. So weird about the teeth, but yours are super white! 😂 Speaking of painting cabinets…the bathroom fronts have the first coat!! I’m in love with the color!! Then it’s on to the lighting plan and mirrors…lots to replace on that front! Still trying to convince Jeff that a semi-flush will be far better than the ugly recessed heat lamp in the center of the room, but I think I’ll end up winning that battle! Lol. I’m so happy the cool weather made its way here! Yesterday was amazing with the breeze blowing through the house; that’s by far the best feature of owning a Mediterranean home. It’s a great day to show some love to your house; hope everyone has an amazing Thursday!
SarahJune 18, 2020 at 9:37 am
I feel like that would make for an entertaining blog post, haha!! I’m SO glad to hear you have the first coat on your bathroom vanity and you love the color. That’s amazing! I’m laughing at your current design battle with Jeff. Also glad to hear you were able to enjoy some cooler weather and open the windows yesterday… that’s the best feeling in the summertime. Have a great day, Lauren :)
KingaJune 18, 2020 at 8:53 am
Hi, hmm question about teeth is weird, but I think that you receive even more crazy questions haha. I love your kitchen, the color, marble and those glass cabinets beauty. Even my husband was amazed (and that’s not easily done) and he is a coffee addict, so guess which part was his favorite. For me white kitchen with plain shaker cabinets is just boring and sooo unoriginal add to that a subway tile and I’m snoozing… I live in Paris right now and this kind of tiles look good in metro from 1912 not in every other kitchen.
SarahJune 18, 2020 at 9:34 am
Haha! I definitely get asked a lot of strange questions. Thank you, Kinga! The coffee bar is my favorite part too… it gets used all the time :) I think given their white popularity, white kitchens are more difficult to design right now (the good ones… in a creative, unique way), since they’re everywhere and feel unoriginal. I’m with you- I’d rather see some color in the kitchen! Hope you’re having a good week. xo
RachelJune 18, 2020 at 2:43 pm
Love the colors! Wondering about where you found you amazing cabinet hardware?
SarahJune 19, 2020 at 10:08 am
Thanks Rachel! That also came from Lowe’s…. all of the sources are linked in this post: https://roomfortuesday.com/our-dark-moody-kitchen-reveal/
Anne HJune 18, 2020 at 3:56 pm
SO thrilled to see this post, Sarah, as I’m pretty sure I’m one of the ones who has asked about the color of your cabinets in the past! I’m dying to paint ours (white with, of course, white subway tile (at least it’s matte), but not sure if that’ll be one of the projects we actually commit to. We get great light in the condo though so I’m definitely seriously thinking about it. If we can’t get our hands on a sprayer (likely) and we don’t want to paint ourselves using a foam roller, besides hiring a contractor to do it for us, do you know if we can take the cabinet doors off and take them to a cabinet maker to spray?
Too funny about the teeth whitening questions, but yours are especially white! How do you do that drinking (so much?) coffee? I’m a tea drinker and always try and use a straw, but….
SarahJune 19, 2020 at 10:07 am
Woohoo!! Happy to have a permanent resource with alllll the pretty color matches. You can definitely remove your cabinet doors and take them to have them sprayed, if that’s easier or less expensive. I’m sure there are places that do that! Ahh yes- the teeth question. Hahaha! It makes me laugh every time. I’m currently on coffee #2 and I chalk it up to genetics maybe? I just brush and floss, that’s it… no straws, no special tricks or products, I have no idea how they don’t stain… because given I run on coffee, they should. Ha! Have an amazing weekend! xo
Kristie BaysingerJune 25, 2020 at 1:32 pm
Wow! Had I known this post was coming, I’d of waited! I went the long route, but this will be most helpful to your readers….I called Lowes, got a free sample of a “Maritime” cabinet door. I took the beautiful door to my nearest Sherwin Williams and they color matched it EXACTLY as follows! Follow along on IG as we rebuild our whole house after a fire took our whole house: kb_studio225 on IG
All Surface Enamel paint
Oil base interior
BAC COLORANT OZ 32 64 128
W1-WHITE – 15 – 1
B1- BLACK – 39 1 –
G2- NEW GREEN – 8 1 1
SarahJune 25, 2020 at 1:41 pm
I’m sorry, Kristie! It was kind of a last minute post that occurred because of popular request. Thank you so much for sharing the EXACT formula. That is super helpful. Much appreciated :) So sorry to hear about your house fire.
AmandaDecember 9, 2020 at 10:15 am
Love your cabinet color so much. If painting at home, which paint sheen would you recommend for kitchen cabinets in this color? Thanks!
SarahDecember 10, 2020 at 11:49 am
Thank you, Amanda! It totally depends what look you’re going for. Our cabinets are a “medium rub” because they’re precatelyzed lacquer. I’d say most standard cabinetry is comparable to a satin. The key is to make sure you’re getting the right type of paint, so it’s durable and lasts. Hope this is helpful :)
JadeAugust 10, 2021 at 1:21 pm
Hi Sarah- so we are springing for it and totally out of my comfort zone by painting our cabinets Navy Masterpiece. We do have some walls (Sheetrock) in our kitchen that won’t have tile. Any suggestions on white/cream paint colors that would match the navy without it feeling too nautical? This is where I’m stumped. Love your kitchen and thank you for sharing. It will push me out of my comfort zone, but it’s going to be fabulous!
Langford BarksdaleOctober 11, 2021 at 4:36 pm
Where did you get the brass hardware handles on the gorgeous cabinetry ?
SarahOctober 12, 2021 at 12:03 pm
I have all of the kitchen sources and hardware linked in this post: https://roomfortuesday.com/our-dark-moody-kitchen-reveal/
JenniferMarch 20, 2022 at 11:07 am
Hi. I had some water damage to my condo and the short story is that I’ll be painting the kitchen cabinets, replacing the backsplash and countertops. Where I could some advice from you (or anyone) is how navy. I love the navy/darker navy with white countertops/backsplash tile, but it’s a galley kitchen with no window or natural light. The light I get is from a glass patio door on the opposite side of the room which faces NE and I’m on a hill so sun doesn’t stream in through it. Is the blue of your cabinets going to turn it into a cave? I want something neutral but not boring. I don’t care for the lighter blues or the white uppers. I’ll also be putting in new floors and those are an antique oak that’s not yellowish. Thank you!