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Need help with new cabinet paint

We are building a new home. My husband is making our kitchen and laundry/pantry room cabinets. The kitchen cabinets/island are made out of mahogany. The laundry/pantry room cabinets are made out of maple. Our painter is staining and finishing our cabinets for us.

The mahogany cabinets are staining great and have a nice rich look. They do not have the poly finish sprayed on them yet. However, when the painter tried to stain the maple cabinet doors, they are blotching and look horrible. So, we have decided to paint them. I need help with coordinating a color that will go with the rest of our home.

I'm not a huge fan of white so would prefer cream but not a yellow cream. The painter thought maybe we could do the cabinets in a cream and then use a mahogany glaze to tie in with the other cabinets and all our stained trim and interior doors. Our room color is Benjamin Moore Natural Elements. I've attached a photo of one of the cabinets that will be painted. It's a floor to ceiling double pantry cabinet. I've also attached a photo of our room color and a photo of our floor.

I was possibly considering Benjamin Moore Snow on the Mountain as the base color for the cabinets since it was the color under Natural Elements on the paint strip. I have no idea what color glaze to use. Help!

Not sure why the images didn't upload with my original question. Here is the pantry cabinet.

Here is the wall paint color

Here is the flooring

Here is one of the end bookcases for the island - stained mahogany.

Sorry - now here is the stained mahogany island piece


Thank you so much for your question and photos. Your kitchen will be gorgeous! I think that using Benjamin Moore Snow on the Mountain as a base color is a great option because it will have the same undertone as your wall color, and is a creamy color.

For the glaze, I'm having a hard time visualizing a mahogany-color glaze over the light paint, as it could appear too red. This is probably an instance when it would be best to use a piece of scrap wood from the cabinet project, paint it with the base color, then experiment with glazes.

When you test glazes on the scrap wood, be sure to hold or affix the sample up in the same position (vertically) as it will appear in the room. This will give you an idea how the light hits it, and how it will look at different times of day.

I wish I could give you specific colors to try as a glaze, but it may take some sampling to get the right combination. It's also possible that your painter will need to mix two glazes to get the right look.

Hope that is helpful,

Thank you for your suggestions, Diana. I think I'm going to go with the Snow on the Mountain and forget the glaze. I appreciate you saying you were having a difficult time visualizing the mahogany glaze over a light paint. So was I. I was so afraid it would have a pinkish cast to it.

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