An Oak Cabinets Kitchen Makeover, from “I Am Excited About My House Again!”

A homeowner, anxious to DIY refinish her oak kitchen cabinets, writes –

I have been checking out your blog for about a year now and have a shopping cart all saved and ready to go,  but I am slightly nervous now that I am scheduling new  countertops and need to get the cabinets painted.

microwave is coming down and a cream tile backsplash is going up

These are the color options I am having a hard time narrowing down:

1) Cabinets Caromal Colours Cobblestone Textured Basecoat /Island  Caromal Colours Peppercorn Textured Basecoat barnworn over Cobblestone

2) Cabinets and Island Caromal Colours Cobblestone Textured Basecoat

3)  Cabinets Caromal Colours Cobblestone Textured Basecoat /Island Caromal Colours Chocolate Textured Basecoat Barnworn over Cobblestone

Also, I am a little nervous about the toner taking the cobblestone browner than I wanted.  Would I be better off using  the Caromal Colours Tea or Coffee  Glazes just to warm up the color a little?

…  My aunt came down this week from Virginia and showed me pics of a hutch she did in Caromal Colours Peppercorn/Putty.  I squealed like a little girl to talk to someone about  Caromal Colors!  She wants me to go for it!

Thank You Sincerely…I am excited about my house again!

That night I’d completed a Caromal Colours workshop,   and I’d demo’d the Cobblestone with Toner on a 1/2 door panel.  I replied,

If I have time tonight when I get home, I can finish that full door (other 1/2) with Cobblestone then tape off and use Tea and Coffee Glazes  for you to see the difference.

What color are your stools?  Dark brown or black?    Black (Peppercorn)  would tie in any black you have in your appliance,  etc…. both colors are dark and both are neutral – but black is more popular.  Both are yummy under the Cobblestone.

Choice wise,  I’d do 1 or 3 –  since I love the barnworn finishes as an accent .

This door was originally a white laminate.  I painted bottom half Cobblestone with Toner during the workshop.  I painted the rest of the door Cobblestone as well.  then gave it a quick five second sand-

Taped down center, Tea Glaze jar on left, Coffee Glaze on right

Glaze is on. Tea is warmer, Coffee is cooler

Tea Glaze top left, Coffee Glaze top right, Toner on bottom half

Notice the cabinet door to left –  top 1/2 is Chocolate Textured Basecoat, bottom 1/2 is Peppercorn Textured Basecoat-

Chocolate over Cobblestone, Cobblestone over Chocolate, Cobblestone over Peppercorn heavier Toner

Then I decided  to add more Toner to the “Toned” 1/2-

Cobblestone Textured Basecoat over white laminate cabinet. Top left: Topped with Caromal Colours Tea Glaze, Top right: Topped with Caromal Colours Coffee Glaze, Bottom Left: Topped with Caromal Colours Toner (brushed on wiped off), Bottom Right: Topped with Caromal Colours Toner (brushed on, lightly blotted off)

She also asked,

We are also trying to decide whether to do the island in butcher block or granite like the rest of the countertops…personally I feel the wood is more rustic…earthy…

I really like that idea!

Keep us updated – I can’t wait to see what you choose!


Caromal Colours are not carried in big stores.  There are a handful of small country/ home furnishing stores through the US that may carry a limited selection,  but if you purchase in a store that owner will receive credit not me.    If this post was informative and helpful in your ‘how-to’ searches, a simple, but huge, way to thank me  is this:   if you decide to use these products,   use my code, PattyH in the coupon code area. This code is needed in order for me to receive credit for the order,  if you forget to use it I lose. You don’t pay more by using my code – and if you order online you won’t pay tax (outside PA).

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5 responses to “An Oak Cabinets Kitchen Makeover, from “I Am Excited About My House Again!”

  1. Hi Patty, I can’t wait to see this makeover!! I finally finished my table and chairs and here is the link to the before and after post
    You are welcome to post the pics if you want. I have so many projects rolling around in my head, just can’t find enough time!!
    These paints are so wonderful, so easy to use and the results are fabulous!! I enjoy seeing all the makeovers, which gives me even more ideas!!
    Have a great day!!

    • Hi Lorna, yes I commented on your blog – I’d love to share your photos but needed to know what color you used. Do you remember how much product you needed?

      Love how they turned out!

  2. Hi Patty, I used the paprika with peppercorn on top. It didn’t take much paint, not even a quart of each. I had used some out of both colors, I would guess about a pint or a little more. I did thin it just a little for a smoother look. Maybe two tablespoons of water to a cup of paint. I’m not much help am I?? 😎
    I just love how it turned out. Changed the whole look of the table and chairs.

    • and THAT, truly, is the magic of paint! ( the right kind of paints ,that is 🙂 ) I like added a teeny bit of water too – definitely does make it glide better. You were perfect help, thank you!

  3. Pingback: Elise’s Oak Kitchen Gets Caromal Colour Cobblestoned… | Fabulously Finished

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