Cabinet Painting and Accent Walls:
A Revolutionary Concept

Did you ever leave the house of your friend or a colleague after dinner but left in awe as your brain is on repeat mode playing the video of their cabinet painting and accent walls? ‘cause same. I totally agree that it has become a norm to transform your home in such a way that it gives “the vibe” – the chill, comfy, and cozy vibe. Make it feel like home. And even though you know how your home should look, you find it hard to choose the best visuals. I got you though. By the end of this written piece, you will definitely get the idea of what would be your next step cabinet painting and accent walls.

So, let’s begin with the idea of Cabinet Painting first:

Cabinet Painting

When I say cabinet painting, I do not mean the “small paintings” of art lol. Jokes aside, renovating the kitchen can be quite an expensive project. Yet, giving a new touch to your old kitchen cabinets by painting them is within reach as it takes up most of the space of the area. However, painting the cabinets is not an easy task itself. Especially when you are new to the game. There are a few questions that you should be asking yourself while assessing the kitchen cabinets:

1. Is my cabinet in good condition for paint?

Before you head to the paint shop to buy one, you must examine your cabinets to see if painting them will suffice. Because even good paints cannot save the aged and fragile cabinets with hanging rails. Once you are sure that the cabinets are in good form, you can proceed with buying the paint for the cabinets.

2. Is replacing the cabinet cheaper than cabinet painting?

Renovating the kitchen with paint will cost you 40% of the total cost of new cabinets. For a kitchen of 10 by 12 feet, a new cabinet may cost you up to $5000. However, a fresh coat of paint applied on the cabinets will cost you a maximum of $200 to $300 depending on the characteristics of the paint.

3. What paint shall I use?

You must ask yourself if you should be using latex or oil-based paint. Latex paints have been making their name in the market these days as they are user-friendly, clean up with water, and dry quickly. Yet a few people prefer oil-based paints as they form harder and more durable film with smoother surfaces.

Note: If you choose latex paint, ensure that the paint is acrylic and not vinyl as acrylic is easy to clean and durable.

4. Do I have to strip the old paint or just apply the new one?

While you are assessing the cabinet for a reno, it is best to strip the old paint down before applying new paint to avoid adhesion issues between the new paint and the old finish. It is not necessary, however, for a new surface, sanding after a thorough wash is sufficient.

5. Faux finish or regular?

It is up to you how you want the texture of your cabinet when the project is done. Whether you want it to look like something it is not in real by using the paint tricks (faux finish), or if you want it to look modern and shiny, you can go with the regular finish. It totally depends on what you prefer.

6. How to paint?

The first step to painting the kitchen cabinets is to clear out the room and remove doors, shelves, and drawers. All surfaces before paint must be cleaned thoroughly. Cabinets must be sand, hole-filled, and primed. Paint the cabinets twice, ensuring drying time between the coats. Do the same process for shelves, doors, and drawers. Once all the parts and pieces are dried, reattach all and enjoy the new look of your kitchen cabinet. it to look like something it is not in real by using the paint tricks (faux finish), or if you want it to look modern and shiny, you can go with the regular finish. It totally depends on what you prefer.

Accent Walls

Admit it! The hardest part is to choose a featuring color for your accent walls to enhance the feel of your bedroom, living room, hall, kitchen, and even the bathroom. Accent walls can alter the physicality of the room depending on the color and the wall you choose. Since there are several options for the color and the accent wall for you to choose.

An accent wall, interior or exterior, is a wall that has a different shade, design material, or color than the walls around it.

So here are the steps for you to consider while choosing the accent wall and the color that goes along:

1. Deciding which wall should be an Accent Wall

Now this is the first step before making any decision on accent wall. Take a step back look around the room and ask yourself which wall has focal points; it is the very wall that you see or grab your attention when you enter the room. The accent wall should also have unique architectural feature/s such as a book-case, fireplace, and brick wall to enhance it further. You can also choose a wall that has a window. However, avoid using darker shades as they can create bright light and may swamp the room.

2. Beyond solid colors

Solid colors are definitely a great option yet to standout on your accent wall, patterns are a must. For a specialty paint finish, stripes, or ombré – your accent wall could go well along. Metallic paints are also a powerful choice for accent walls. If you believe in the concept of vibrancy, a sophisticated mural would be sufficient.

3. Texture? Give it a thought

Change the texture by utilizing tiles or stones in addition to changing the color of the wall. Thanks to board and batten, wooden decoratives, beadboard, and paneling are a few of the options for the textured walls. A huge bookshelf can also work as an accent wall as well as cabinetry. Fabric-draped walls, heavy galleries of photos, or even heavy art can also work as accent walls.

4. Accent wall in a neutral room?

Yes, you read it right. I mean even if you prefer to keep your room neutral, you can still add an accent wall. As an accent wall works not just in enhanced hue but also goes well with neutral colors. However, for a neutral color, the cinnamon wall can just be as magical as an accent wall for the cerulean or scarlet.

5. Adopt bold theme

Find your purpose. When you have a purpose, you can add bold color to your room and still not have it dominated – but support. A dark wall will turn your head if it has a matte finish and will not catch as much light. You can add the same bold color to different areas of the room to counterbalance the boldness of the wall. For example, for a dark blue accent wall, throw in some red and blue pillows and a white and brown coffee table. As long as you have the purpose and the right accents around your space, you are ready to choose whatever is good for you and makes you happy.


The power of strategic cabinet painting and accent walls can never be exaggerated. Other than refreshing your home space, the right techniques will also bring you a cozy and welcoming environment. Carefully planning your home decorum will also reflect your personality and unique style. Be it an irregular cabinet painting or a perfectly chosen accent wall, each unit will give you the feeling of home. So, step up, be creative, and give your home a new look that reflects your preferences and taste.

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