Virginia House Reveals Fabulous Caromal Colours Kitchen…

I connected with  The Virginia House blog owner Jillian last year – one of my many Caromal  Colours connections.   She inquired-

Dear Patty,

I have been wanting to do my kitchen cabinets for some time now…  I’m just about ready but need some advice.

I want to paint my cabinets green, but everytime I look at the different colors and everything on your site I get confused. I am going for a lighter look in my kitchen and I’m wondering what it would look like to do the green (bayberry?) over wisteria (or parchment maybe) in the Barnwood look.

I don’t want a heavy distressed look, nor do I want a lot of glazing.

I am deathly afraid of looking at my cabinets in a year and hating them.

I searched your site for all of your bayberry samples and all that I saw where over a darker color. My cabinets are pretty light so maybe I should just paint over them and lightly distress.

Any help or suggestions would be great!

I replied back,

Hi Jillian,

Okey,  so your cabinets are pretty light –  what does that mean,  white?  Pickled oak?    If your cabinets are white,  you would get a barnwarn look just by applying the bayberry over the white, then sanding your edges down to the white.   If they are light wood you will sand down to that, and when you tone it would antique any raw wood that you got down to (in the sanding process) –  this means you wouldn’t just see ‘white’ through the green, but also some stained wood areas…  to prevent this you’d have to apply the wisteria first, then chipping then bayberry, then sand…..

Remember, though, depending on the size of your kitchen, that requires 3 layers around (color 1  , chipping,  color 2) and then if you tone it is 4 layers…    another option is to do an accent area ie) desk area,  island,  corner or glass paneled cabinets, in a barnworn, then do the rest in just the green……

The bayberry is a lovely color – it has become one of my favorites, but for me I don’t care for it untoned – it is literally the color of mint chocolate chip icecream – very minty green.   The toner richens it up.

Did I confuse you more?    I hope not!


A few months later,

Hey Patty,

I finally put in my order for paints for my kitchen! I’m so excited and nervous too (i’ve never spent that much money on paint for one project:-) I did remember to use your code too.

Thanks for all your help. Your post on using the wall glaze instead of the toner was a big help to me since I wanted something much more subtle than what I was seeing with all the toners. I will be using Wisteria on the top and Cobblestone on the bottom.

I will of course be blogging about it as soon as I get started!

I can’t wait!

And then, a few days ago,

Hey Patty,

Just posted my kitchen!

I plan on posting more about the whole paint thing tomorrow. I am really enjoying using my “leftovers” on various things as well and will keep on posting about it!

Thanks again for all of your input! …

Of course I immediately clicked her link – (I LOVE the anticipation of a reveal :))  and

The Virginia House

I wanted to eat it up!  From this

The Virginia House before

to this!

The Virginia House

Jill!   Wow…. what words can I use to describe this transformation you created?  Crisp…. clean…. stylish…. House Beautiful…   Slam Dunk!

I think back to     … I am deathly afraid of looking at my cabinets in a year and hating them. I don’t think you’ll have to worry about that!

Head over to Jillian’s Blog,  The Virginia House, and read the complete details of her kitchen transformation – she has great taste and shares all the neat touches she found along the way.

Jillian used Caromal Colour’s  Wisteria Textured Basecoat on the upper cabinets and Cobblestone Textured Basecoat on the bottom cabinets.

For more information about the Caromal Colours distressing paints

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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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3 responses to “Virginia House Reveals Fabulous Caromal Colours Kitchen…

  1. Thanks so much Patty! I am sure I will love them in a year as well! Anyone looking to use these paints then go for it! It’s amazing!

  2. Its a good post..thank you for the post..

  3. Pingback: Virginia House Caromal Kitchen Part 2 – The Dirty Details | Fabulously Finished

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