The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. It’s where we gather, cook, and entertain loved ones. In this blog post, I am sharing how painting the peninsula with a fresh coat of paint can transform your kitchen.
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Why Update Your Peninsula?
Before we get started, allow me to show you a photo of the peninsula before adding color.
I love an all white kitchen for it’s bright and clean aesthetic, but I was longing for some pizazz. A kitchen peninsula is a prominent feature in most kitchen layouts. It serves as a functional workplace, dining area, and a focal point. Painting the peninsula can completely transform the overall look and feel of your kitchen. It’s best to choose a color that complements your existing decor or opt for something bold to create a whole new statement piece.
Choose the Right Paint
Before you begin your kitchen peninsula makeover, it’s important to choose the right paint for the job. Here are some things to consider:
- Cabinet and trim paint: Opt for a high-quality cabinet and trim paint. These paints are designed to withstand wear and tear, making them ideal for kitchen use.
- Finish: Semi-gloss or satin finishes are excellent choices for kitchen cabinets and peninsulas, because they are easy to clean.
- Color Selection: The color you choose should complement your kitchen’s overall color scheme. Neutral tones like white, gray, or beige are timeless, but don’t be afraid to experiment with bolder colors that suite your style.
That’s exactly what I went for the first time around. I was giddy about finding the perfect shade of green, but ultimately decided it was too bold, too dark, and therefore didn’t flow. Here is a photo of my first peninsula makeover.
If you are interested in knowing the name of this lovely green paint color, click here.
Steps for a Successful Paint Job
- Preparation: Remove all the items from your peninsula and clear the surrounding area.
- Sanding: Lightly sand the existing paint to create a smooth surface for the new paint to adhere to. Be sure to remove any peeling or chipping paint. Luckily, I didn’t have peeling or chipping from my first paint job, so I just went to work.
- Priming: Apply a high-quality primer to the peninsula’s surfaces. Primer helps the paint adhere better and provides a more even finish. I actually didn’t prime it either time, so this may come back to haunt me.
- Painting: Once the primer has dried, apply your chosen paint color. Use smooth, even strokes, and allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next. I suggest using a small roller in the larger areas and a brush for trimming. Multiple thin coats are better than one thick coat.
- Finishing Touches: After the final coat has dried, reattach hardware, handles, or knobs. Clean up any paint spills or smudges, and put back any items you removed from the peninsula.
Perfect Shade of Blush
In my opinion, this is THE PERFECT SHADE OF BLUSH!! It’s called Interface Tan by Sherwin Williams. It’s the dreamiest tan/blush. Pale pink is considered a neutral, so it blends well with natural elements while providing a soft pop of character. As stated above, this tan/blush is a complement to our kitchen’s overall color theme. I could not be happier with the result.
I would love to hear from you! Have you painted your kitchen peninsula/island a different color than the rest of your cabinetry? If you missed my last post sharing my autumn cozy office space, click here.
Author and photos: Martha Knake
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