It was a stay at an Italian countryside estate that inspired the homeowners to remodel the galley kitchen in their 1929 suburban home. An addition by architect Arturo Palombo gave them the room to bring old-world charm and grandeur to the space, and with the help of Heidi Piron from Heidi Piron Design, their new kitchen not only gained space and style, it also used the trendiest kitchen paint color of the moment: navy!
Take a look and take notes on the stunning design and cabinet paint color of this inspiring navy kitchen.
A perfect combination of color and texture makes this kitchen feel timeless. Here, the professional 48″ six-burner range from Wolf was selected to support the needs of a high performing chef. A distressed, reclaimed-looking beam is placed above the range for a rustic touch.
The refrigerator (#700TR) is to the right of the Wolf range and freezer drawers are to the left of it (#700BF), both by Sub-Zero.
Kitchen Island Countetop
The kitchen island countertop is cherrywood. Isn’t it beautiful?
Kitchen Island Inspiration
Heavy physical distressing was inflicted to the cherrywood on the island to help impart the appearance of age. Weathered bronze cups and knobs complete the look.
Large Kitchen Island Design
The hand-crafted island, topped with an 11-foot cut of distressed cherrywood, seats five and functions as the chef’s table for the husband, an avid cook.
The kitchen remodel started from the floor up. To give the kitchen an inviting farmhouse feel, pummeled limestone cut in irregularly sized tiles were selected. To create contrast with the light, rough-hewn stone, cherrywood painted in a deep blue finished, glazed and crackled, and distressed cherry on the island were chosen to convey a timeworn charm.
Sleek Kitchen Elements
Close-up of perimeter sink featuring Franke (#PSX1102710) sink and faucet (#33880888-06) and the brown antique leather granite countertop.
A subtle fall decor adds extra color to this kitchen.
The custom, hand-painted tile backsplash designed by Heidi Piron Design & Cabinetry brings character and a special touch to this rustic space .
Navy Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color
The perimeter cabinetry is cherrywood painted in Benjamin Moore Mozart Blue with black glaze.
I have had so many people asking how to achieve the look above and I am very grateful that a color specialist volunteered to share on how to achieve a similar look. Here, he shares how to do it:
He used Sherwin Williams Secure Blue (SW 6508), which is similar to Benjamin Moore Mozart Blue.
Step 1. Distress the wood. Add cracks using any type of wood carving tool. Put dents and dings on the edge. Use any object to put marks on the flat surface as desired.
Step 2. Apply basecoat. I used SW6508. Apply an even coat and let dry.
Step 3. Apply I sealer. I used Sherwin Williams T67F3 vinyl sealer. Scuff sand the sealer with 320 grit sand paper.
Step 4. Sayerlack SZ11000NN crackle lacquer. Apply in desired areas where you want cracks to appear.
Step 5. Black Glaze. I used D59B70 SB stain. Mix 1:4 with S66T30 Sherwin Williams glaze base. Apply, then wipe in a circular motion, then wipe clean.
Step 6. Using steel wool or scotch brite, “Hilite” areas which you would like the latex color to stand out more coming from underneath the black glaze. This is how you obtain that kinda “white wash” look in most pictures of that Mozart blue finish. If you do not like the look, reapply the black glaze and try again until the desired look is achieved.
Step 7. I applied a 3 Sheen Nitrocellulose lacquer, Sherwin Williams T75FH69. Scuff sand with 320 sand paper.
Step 8. Using the same black glaze and a chip brush, “dry brush” areas as desired, like corners and over crackle, to give an aged look.
Step 9. I applied a final coat of the Sherwin Williams T75FH69 3 sheen lacquer.
NOTE: This system can be modified to have a conversion varnish finish by catalyzing all sealers and lacquers with their appropriate catalyst.
System above produced by Randy Reed with Double R Finishing.
Specializing in furniture finishing and color step panel systems.
Sources: Heidi Piron Design. Pictures by Christian Garibaldi.
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How do you get that effect… i love it!!!
I have been trying to find out how to replicate the glaze used on these cabinets to no avail. Is there some new products out there that allow to get that great effect?
Basia, I would use a black glaze, slightly watered and dry brush it over the paint then wipe with a slightly damp rag My method is a lot of work but the finish will look closely like the one above. You have to repeat to build the look. Hope that helps.
This look is beautiful!! I am going to attempt this method on my kitchen table. What color of stain was used? Cherry? Any other advice or tips before I get started?
I’m so happy this kitchen is inspiring you! That’s wonderful!
Please try to contact the designer for more details on what stain she used.
Thank you and share a picture when you’re done! 🙂
I am going to do this with my 26 year old kitchen table. It is in desperate need of some TLC and this is stunning! I have to wait for it to warm up a little but I can’t wait! Thanks for sharing,,,, and inspiring!
I have wanted a Navy blue kitchen for some time now and I have to say this is the most gorgeous kitchen I have seen in a long time. Literally drooling over this and keep looking at the photo’s every day….it takes me to a happy place!!!!
This makes me very happy to hear! I am glad you like this kitchen and it takes you to a happy place!
I am so in love with this kitchen color, has anyone found out the complete process to get this look.
I have used mozart blue on my family room built-ins and would like to distress it heavily with black. I am having a terrible time getting it to look good. What glaze and crackling product was used? I would so appreciate the help! Day two and I can’t get it to look good. : (
This kitchen was professionally painted and glazed. Please contact the designer directly. They are super helpful and I believe they can help you w/ this question.
Hi Tammy! How exciting!!!
Please send me a picture when you’re done! 🙂
I just finished doing my kitchen like this and I LOVE it! So pretty and a fantastic change. I did not crackle or rub as much, but it looks so crisp with my white walls.
That’s wonderful! I am happy for you, Amy.
Amy did you do all the steps that they have you do. I’m currently in the process of doing my kitchen and doing my cabinets in this but I’m very nervous about doing it. I’m not doing the crack affect cause my cabinets are old could I please see a picture of your cabinets