How to Paint a Kitchen in Blue Delft Colors


It is common for you to find the distinctive blue and white patterns of blue delft mostly on ceramic objects. It is normally associated with the Netherlands, but the style was originated from China since way back during the 1600s. During that time, the Dutch East India Company had brought blue and white pottery from China back to the Netherlands and it became popular ever since. The Dutch potters started to imitate the technique of making the ceramic. Nowadays, the blue delft patterns not only found on ceramic but also on non-ceramic items such as curtains and fabrics. The delft blues ranges from light cobalt to inky ultramarine but it is often offset together with a white background. For house owners who intend to paint their kitchen with blue delft colors, you must make sure to firstly paint a white base on your kitchen walls. After that, you can proceed with the blue colors along trim and decorative elements instead of doing the whole kitchen with blue colors which is rather strong and not a true blue delft color style.

To paint a kitchen in blue delft colors, you need:

  • Screwdriver
  • Painter’s tape
  • Drop cloth
  • Detergent or deglosser
  • Scourer or sponge
  • Rubber gloves
  • Sander
  • Tack cloth
  • Primer, oil based
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint, oil based, various colors

Paint a Kitchen in Blue Delft Colors

How to Paint a Kitchen in Blue Delft Colors

  • First thing that you need to do is to unscrew all the hinges and handles found on your cabinetry and remove them if you decide to paint the cabinets.
    • Make sure to use painters tape in order to cover up any outlets.
    • You also need to stick on some drop cloths over the counters and your sink as well as other items that need protection while you are doing your painting task.
  • The next step is to scrub every surface that you want to paint by using detergent or delgosser.
    • If you have been using the kitchen for quite some time, it will be subject to tons of grease and grime which should be removed before you start any paint work on them. Once you have clean them up, let it dry completely.
  • After that, comes the sanding process where you need to do it on every surface that you intend to paint.
    • The sanding process is a tedious job to do but it is quite essential if you want your kitchen cabinet to have a professional looking finish.
    • Then, you need to wipe off all sanded surfaces using a tack cloth so that you can remove all the dust completely.
  • Next, take the primer paint color that you have chosen and apply a coat of it to all the sanded surfaces.
    • Once finished coating, you should leave it to dry thoroughly and do the sanding process again.
    • After that, you need to wipe all the sanded dust using a tack cloth before you repeat doing another coat of the primer paint color, leave it to dry, sand the surface and wipe it again to clear off all the sanded dust.
    • Although it seems to be a lot of work that need to be done but it is a well worth effort when you see the end result.
  • Before you start doing any painting, you must make sure to determine which sections that you want to leave as the white color and which sections you want to paint using the delft blue color.

It is recommended that you paint the majority of your kitchen area with white color paint while the delft blue color should be applied on your cabinet trim, wall trim and also the molding.

  • You can start painting by starting with the blue areas.
    • Try to use two shades of blue or a single shade if you are using a single shade stick to lighter cobalt. It is not advisable to use darker shades of ultramarine.
    • After that, leave the painted surface to dry completely before you can start to the sanding process after the first coat.
    • Remove all the sanded dust with a tack cloth before you can start to apply a second and final coat onto the surface.
  • The next step is to start painting two coats of your white paint to the chosen areas, letting it dry after finish painting and do the sanding process in between the two coats.
    • By painting the white paint color the second time enables you to correct any blue color that drips on your white section and sanding them again.
    • You must let your kitchen area to dry for at least 24 hours or up to 48 hours which is the best time for avoiding chipping and denting your paintwork whenever you start to re-assemble your kitchen cabinet doors and hardware back to its original locations.

    Always remember that whenever you want to paint your kitchen with blue delft colors

    • You must ensure that you paint on floral borders in shades of delft blue colors onto your kitchen cabinet doors, within the surrounding area of your light switched or even create a mural on your feature wall. For those of you who are not artistically inclined, you can create floral decoration by using the stencils method.
    • You can also paint your walls with white or pale blue color that matches any of your blue delft kitchen d├ęcor.

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