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Contrasting Custom Interiors

I have a client who found the most beautiful shade of green for her walls. She asked:

“Can we use this color in the interior bead board back of my glass door cabinets?”

When selecting a custom contrasting interior paint color for your cabinet order keep in mind these pre- planning points.
1. Plan in advance of your cabinet order placement. A special color matched sample will have to be generated and submitted back for your approval. Custom color matched samples should be arranged before a cabinet order is submitted so that the order is not delayed while the color match and approval are pending.

2. Test your paint color on a solid wood sample. Preferably on the same wood species you are planning for your cabinet order.

3. Plan on additional fees to your order. Paint premium fees from the factory usually rate 10%- 25% more to an order. When submitting your own custom color, add to your costs the following: Development fees, Custom Color Fees, Custom Multi Step Fees which can add 5 or 12% to your order.

4. Before going to the additional expense of custom color, check with your cabinet sales person to see if there is a close match that would suit your needs for the project.

When I see a custom color request, it is usually done as a paint request, not a stain. Stains are easier to match with the range of stain colors available through cabinet manufacturers. Paint colors with cabinet manufacturers are limited. They may offer Forrest Green and Pistachio Green which are few and far between that perfect shade you are trying to achieve. “Contrasting interior color” is usually requested in a wall cabinet with doors routed for glass, or bead board interior backs to complement or go along with a paint color being carried through on the walls.

Why go to the expense of having the factory paint it? If very careful, “Do-it-your-selfers” can attempt painting small portions of interior back walls of cabinets or loose bead board back and install into the cabinet. Be careful though, if painting over already painted material, you could wind up with a mess, if you don’t pre plan by priming before painting. What a mess! You do not want to wind up with a painted surface that peels right off. Painting is not for the faint of heart. If you say you want the interior unfinished, manufacturers will not warranty unfinished cabinets, nor ship isolated unfinished parts of a cabinet.

Mostly, the reason that most are willing to pay the fee is that there is no better finish than a professional factory finish. No hassle, no mess, no re-do’s with local painters. It is done, and ready for installation!

If a homeowner hands the paint can to the unsuspecting cabinet installer, be prepared. Cabinet installers do not paint unless a pre-arrangement has been made in advanced. Most will want you to make arrangements with professional painters for finish work.



Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at

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