Chelsea Gray Mirrored Cabinets - Juniper Home

Chelsea Gray Mirrored Cabinets


Want to hear what my new favorite idea is for painting furniture?

If you’re stuck on choosing what color to paint a cabinet or a bookshelf, try going with the wall color. Especially if your walls are a more dramatic color (this trick is a lot less fun if your walls are a very pale neutral or white).

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I tried it first here in my office and then two more times with different client projects, and I’m just floored every time at how much I like the look. When furniture matches the wall color it gives the space texture but doesn’t break up the flow of the room in the way that contrasting colors can.

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I almost sold these fretwork cabinets a couple months ago because I was bored with them, but they really are the perfect size for my office and they provide some much-needed storage (as seen here). Painting them the color of the walls (BM’s Chelsea Gray) gave them a second life for me, and now I’m glad I held onto them a little longer. Man, I’ve got to stop flying through furniture so fast! Do you get sick of stuff like I do? My furniture attention span is shrinking like crazy the longer I’m in this business.

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(PS I lightly sanded the old paint job before brushing on the new coat of gray paint. I used a paint+primer formula, so I didn’t bother to prime first. And I didn’t use even an inch of painter’s tape on all those tricky fretwork pieces because this totally works every time.)


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24 thoughts on “Chelsea Gray Mirrored Cabinets

  1. i am a new reader who loves a good diy (a very simple, good diy). and holy moly – have i found the right place for that! i have been inspired daily! thank you for helping me see things a bit differently around my home!!


  2. I absolutely love the idea of painting the cabinet the wall color…you are so right it becomes all about a textured element. Had the finish on that been different it may have made the space seem like it had two large pieces in a tight spot. But by painting it the same color it is absolute perfect!
    Don't sell those will be sorry later on…they are the type of piece that you don't find all of the time and can go in any type of room.

  3. My husband complains terribly about my constant furniture "rotations"…or sometimes just my wish to get rid of something for something "new". Love the paint color – and the glass cleaner trick works for me every time, too – even when painting around our wood trim.

  4. That looks great. I think that gray would also look good with the white or pale walls…adding pops of color in accesories maybe, but that surely is a great and a safe idea for the ones who want to keep the things simple and avoid taking the risk of color contrasts and combinations.

  5. Beautiful! I've always used your recommendations for painting furniture, but what's the best type of paint to use on kitchen cabinets?

  6. I hear ya with the furniture. It drives my husband nuts! Every time we buy something new he says"now, you're going to like this for a long time and not get sick of it, right?" and I always reassure him I will. But seriously, he should know better by now ;)

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  8. PERFECT……………

    As I write, I have Chelsea Gray as a sample on my kitchen cabinets trying to decide if I want to go in that direction. It's hard for me to make a decision, but this morning I was leaning towards the Chelsea. It sure helps to see it on your wall.

  9. I totally have a short attention span when it comes to furniture pieces. Sure there are a few that I treasure and cannot imagine redoing or getting rid of. But! I quite like paining or refinishing furniture so it becomes so easy to re imagine a piece and re-do it, or find a craigslist piece to paint.

  10. I love the look of the grey with the "mirrors".

    When I saw your original post on getting those cabinets I was floored because I have the exact same one. I got it an estate sale and am trying to figure out if I want to paint it as well since yours look so great. Hopefully I won't get sick of it too soon since I have so many other areas to fill up first :-)

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