Painting the Cabinets Green

Ashley Brooke talks painting her kitchen green and picking the perfect color.

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So. Many. Options.

Let’s talk cabinet paint, shall we?! If you are new here, Ryan and I are (mostly!) DIY-ing a MAJOR kitchen renovation (you can catch up here)! We are so excited about this project, and to be completely honest with you it has been YEARS in the making.

When we started to dream up our kitchen, we knew that we wanted to paint our existing cabinets. Our cabinets are beautiful hard wood and there was absolutely nothing wrong with them. They were plain and a little low, but we fixed that.

left to right:
Yarmouth Blue // Wythe Blue // Woodlawn Blue // Kittery Point Green // Sherwood Green // Salisbury Green // Hollingsworth Green // Wedgewood Gray

Before the Paint

One of the first things we did when starting the renovation was raise the upper cabinets up an 1 1/2. You wouldn’t believe the difference it made. Then Ryan added crown molding, a light rail, under cabinet lighting, and a custom refrigerator enclosure (DIY on that coming soon!). We gave our current cabinets a makeover and MAN DO THEY LOOK GOOD.

We kept all of our original island cabinets and even adding in a few extra cabinets that Ryan is going to custom fit into the redesigned island! We were trying to be responsible with resources and upcycle when at all possible.

So with that being said, painting the cabinets was the perfect option!

After reaching out to a few friends I was given a recommendation to a wonderful cabinet painter. Out of all the things we’ve DIY-ed in our life we both felt like painting the cabinets just wasn’t one of our gifts, ha! So we decided this and the flooring were best outsourced. We fell in love with Jamie (cabinet painter) as soon as we met. She has helped us TREMENDOUSLY along the way. I text her kitchen questions every day. She and her entire team do all the kitchen things and she’s been so sweet to take Ryan and me under her wing! She loves that we’re scrappy and has encouraged us to tackle projects we’ve been terrified of, like knocking down that column. If you are in central Florida and need a kitchen gal, email me… I’ll send her info your way! 😉

Finding the Perfect Green Paint

A few months ago I polled y’all on cabinet colors, because I was REALLY leaning towards green and I wasn’t sure if I was crazy or not… but we decided to GO for it! But the road to finding the perfect cabinet color is long and not for the faint of heart.

I think we tested over 20, Stacie helped us find a good set of colors and we mulled it over for weeks. But I just kept coming back to green. Once we decided on green, then we tested 10 greens. I mean guys, I felt like we HAD to get this right.

One of the things we did that was extremely helpful in my opinion was test on large pieces of wood! The little pieces just were NOT doing it for me. Ryan had some old wood laying around so he cut it into a bunch of smaller pieces for me to test. It worked out great because I was able to move the pieces around the room to see them in different light. I HIGHLY recommend doing this.

The colors we tested were:

Farrow and Ball:

Ash Grey // Teresa’s Green // Vert de Terre // Ball Green // Borrowed Light // Parma Gray

Benjamin Moore:

Wedgewood Gray // Yarmouth Blue // Wythe Blue // Woodlawn Blue // Kittery Point Green // Sherwood Green // Salisbury Green // Hollingsworth Green

Color Matching

I’m really glad we tried colors from a few different stores. We even had a handful of them color matched at The Home Depot to see how that looked as well… everything was an exact match! After many days of deliberating we decided to go with:

Farrow and Ball’s Vert De Terre, the perfect green in my opinion.

(color matched at The Home Depot)

I cannot WAIT to see this kitchen continue to come to life over the next several weeks! Stay tuned for much more!


Kitchen Remodel Posts:

DIY Kitchen Renovation: The Plan

Choosing Cabinet Paint Colors

Progress Update

How to Install a Farmhouse Sink

P.S. We are apart of a group of DIY Bloggers/YouTubers that are all working on projects throughout the year, so you’ll have to pop over to the #THDDoerProject to see everyone’s progress! Also, if you are working on a DIY use the hashtag #DoersChallenge so we can follow along!



  1. Jane H.
    August 4, 2020 / 7:15 am

    Oh yes! Love love love your color choice!!! It is so important to consider paint colors in different lighting. This is gonna be beautiful!

  2. Becca Gemes
    August 4, 2020 / 6:34 pm

    I love the color, Ashley!! I immediately went to the blog to see what color you picked because I kept picturing the green color MKR has on her cabinets in Waiting on Martha Everyday that I’ve always loved. The color you picked is similar and so pretty. The kitchen is going to look incredible!

    • August 5, 2020 / 3:09 pm

      Ah! Thank you Becca! This means so much, we are SO excited!

  3. Dee
    August 4, 2020 / 6:44 pm

    It’s going to be gorgeous!

  4. Carolyn C
    August 4, 2020 / 10:40 pm

    Absolutely! I’ve had a green kitchen for years and it always feels fresh to me!

  5. Kelsie
    August 4, 2020 / 11:17 pm

    Hi, Ashley! I’m looking into having Home Depot color match a Farrow & Ball paint as well. Do they have the paint color in their database, or did you have to bring in your wood paint sample? Thanks!

    • August 5, 2020 / 3:10 pm

      I just brought the colors in, they had a few in their data base! I’d just ask! I also bought sample from Farrow & Ball as well… I’m sure you could bring those in too!

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