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Kitchen cabinets - color difference b/w doors and base


Hi,

We're currently doing a mini remodel of our kitchen. In order to limit our costs, we decided to install new doors, but keep the current base.

I know we can't expect colors to match perfectly, but I do have concerns about the color/tone difference and have attached some pics for your review - the contractor insists that the color and finish are both the same (BM Simply White).

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1) The doors were initially painted the wrong color (a different white)
2) It's not the same person who painted the doors that painted the base
3) The base almost has a blueish tone in some parts. Would that just be the wood grain popping out?
4) I don't know if he sanded the base, but a primer was used.

Is the result you're seeing in the pics "normal" (i.e. it's possible for doors to be a tone or two darker) or should I ask the contractor to try and fix this.

Thanks in advance!!
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Which color matches the paint chip? Maybe buy a small sample can of that color and paint it on. When it dries, it should be very clear which color matches.

I'm guessing the doors were painted the wrong color, but it was white, so the contractor figured it was white on white and he tried to one-coat it with the proper color. It probably would have been good enough if it wasn't right next to the other white. Just a wild guess.
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Which color matches the paint chip? Maybe buy a small sample can of that color and paint it on. When it dries, it should be very clear which color matches.

I'm guessing the doors were painted the wrong color, but it was white, so the contractor figured it was white on white and he tried to one-coat it with the proper color. It probably would have been good enough if it wasn't right next to the other white. Just a wild guess.
What a great idea! I bought a small sample can and painted a panel from a testing kit. Here's the result. I think your wild guess might be spot on! The sample clearly matches the base and not the doors.

**sorry, don't know why my pics are rotated like that
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What paints were used?
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looks the same to me.
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No, the doors are yellower than the base.

If you want to match the doors, you can always take one to the store and have them mix up a custom batch to match.
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The top doors and base look cream to me, and the bottom base and
doors look white. Is this the case?

Which color do you like? The contractor that painted
the bottom was suppose to match the top? All the base cabinets
are the same (existing wood) and all the doors and drawers are the
same (new) wood? Iím confused.

This needs to match. Iím not a painter, but I think if the painter
canít get a perfect match, the entire cabinets need to be re-painted.
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Both the base and the doors (top and bottom) were painted with Benjamin Moore’s Simply White. That said, the doors were originally painted the wrong color (a Kelly Moore white). As someone says above, it’s possible he only put one coat of Simply White thinking it wouldn’t matter because it was white on white.
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The top doors and base look cream to me, and the bottom base and
doors look white. Is this the case?
Actually both the top and bottom are the same color. In other words everything is painted with BM Simply White

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Which color do you like? The contractor that painted
the bottom was suppose to match the top? All the base cabinets
are the same (existing wood) and all the doors and drawers are the
same (new) wood? I’m confused.
Sorry for the confusion. Honestly I’m fine with either color as long as they match. Everything is meant to be in Simply White. The only difference is b/w base and doors.
The existing base was painted but the doors (new wood) were replaced

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This needs to match. I’m not a painter, but I think if the painter
can’t get a perfect match, the entire cabinets need to be re-painted.
The contractor is telling me this is normal and that I can’t expect a match. Thanks for the feedback, it confirms what I originally thought, that they should be able to get a closer match.
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Donít let the contractor razzle dazzle you. They should be
redone to your satification.

If all the doors are new why does the bottom look
white and the top look cream?

The object is to have the new doors match the
painted boxes, right?
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Both the base and the doors (top and bottom) were painted with Benjamin Mooreís Simply White. That said, the doors were originally painted the wrong color (a Kelly Moore white). As someone says above, itís possible he only put one coat of Simply White thinking it wouldnít matter because it was white on white.

I meant what paints were actually used, not just the color. Was it the same paints? Did they come from the same store or was it 'color matched' somewhere else? Some manufactures won't be able to match simply white...
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