Colorful Vintage Kitchen Design

It's just a matter of paint to go from blah to colorful vintage kitchen. Host Karen McAloon shows how $50 and some color can make huge changes.

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Color livens up the kitchen. The vibrant yellow and green cabinets and painted square insets give depth, which makes the small kitchen seem larger. An existing cart is relocated next to the oven to provide prep space and accessible storage. Karen gives the red stripe some relevance by applying self-stick foam squares to the upper row of tiles.

It's the floor, though, that seals the deal. To paint the vinyl floor, paint contractor Danielle Hirsch puts down a coat of clear oil based primer. The second coat is a tinted primer that will help the paint evenly cover the floor. Finally, two coats of a high gloss latex paint in a vintage cherry rids the kitchen of the 70s-era vinyl floor pattern and pulls the room together.

paint: floor (C2 020 Lavish) – Pratt & Lambert
paint: walls (2028-60 Celedon Green), cabinets (2028-40 Pear Green, 2024-40 Yellow Finch) – Benjamin Moore

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