7 Ideas to Install Antique White Cabinets in Your Kitchen

A kitchen with antique white cabinets and granite counter tops.

Incorporating antique white kitchen cabinets in your kitchen design is a thoughtful idea for many reasons.

An antique white kitchen with a center island.

You go in knowing you have a classic style that can stand the test of time. And on top of that, a flexible design that you can tweak (at any time) to meet your changing design needs.

A kitchen with antique white cabinets and a center island.

White cabinets have, for long, been a standard in kitchens. Cupboards dominate most of our kitchen space and painting them white illuminates a room, creating a clean, luxurious cooking area.

An antique white kitchen with a center island.

When to Paint Your Antique Kitchen Cabinets White

So when is it a good idea to paint your antique kitchen cabinets white?

Antique white kitchen cabinets with a center island.

  1. You have a small dark space that you’d like to illuminate: white cupboards can help brighten your dark kitchen and make it livelier.
  2. You want a flexible design. With a little creativity, white cabinets can always be tweaked to suit different moods and occasions.
  3. You don’t know which color or palette to use. White is an excellent way to avoid the wrong blend of colors.
  4. You want a design that will stand the test of time. Antique white kitchen cabinets have been with us for long, and they never fade away; they only get better with time!

A kitchen with antique white cabinets and granite counter tops.

You can also use white cabinets when you need to create a bright, clean, and luxurious kitchen.

7 Ways to Install Antique White Kitchen Cabinets

A kitchen with antique white cabinets and granite counter tops.

1. Go white and dark

White can stand for itself, but introducing a dark shade can create the perfect contrast the eye needs to enjoy the coloring in your kitchen.

A kitchen with antique white cabinets and granite countertops.

One way to go is to pair all-white antique cabinets and a dark island or peninsula (black or brown) that stands out from the rest.

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But you can get as creative as you want with your white and dark antique white cabinet project.

A kitchen with cream cabinets and stainless steel appliances in an antique white setting.

2. Use a creative background or flooring

A checked black-and-white wall, for instance, can eliminate monotony in your white kitchen and blend well with your old-style white cabinets.

A large kitchen with a center island in an antique white color scheme.

You can use any other creative background as long as it harmonizes with the dominant theme in your kitchen.

Instead of a different background, you can also use creative coloring and material (or texture) on your floor to complement your white cupboards.

An antique white kitchen with red walls.

3. Use a different countertop (granite, Corian, etc.)

Pair your granite countertop with antique white cabinets for a cozy, old-school look. Go for a unique pattern that harmonizes with the hue(s) of white in your cooking space.

An antique white kitchen with cabinets and counter tops.

Add a warm uniform background and a creative floor as well as some flower head decoration to make a space look more antique.

A Corian top can also create the perfect distinction when blended with white cabinets. Corains can add a warm feeling to the cold white kitchen.

A antique white kitchen with a black center island.

4. Experiment with a different hue of white

You’ll also love white for its versatility. You can never run out of options because there are various hues to try out.

An inviting kitchen with a wooden table and a stove.

So if the standard white is not your thing, then a different hue of white or a well-thought-out blend may be what you are looking for.

Four white kitchen ideas featuring cabinets and counter tops.

5. Go all-white

If white means luxurious to you, then you can never go wrong by going all white. A smart way to make an all-white kitchen look classier is to use contrasting décor like flowers, wall paintings, etc.

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A white kitchen with minimalist design emphasizing style.

Antique white kitchen cabinets can look even better in a white background in a small space that would otherwise be dark and gloomy in other shades.

A traditional kitchen with white cabinets and a blue island.


6. White cupboards on bare brick wall backdrop

An antique white kitchen with a brick wall.

The bare brick is also as antique as the old-style white cabinets you are after. Blended well, you can get the modern-traditional look you want for your cooking space.

An antique white kitchen with a stainless steel stove.

7. Black or white subway tiles as a backdrop for All-white cabinets 

Subway tiles also go way back, and pairing them with your white cupboards can mean outstanding results.

An antique white kitchen with white cabinets and counter tops.

Creativity is limitless when it comes to antique white kitchen cabinets. You can get as artistic as you want as long as you remain within the confines of your primary theme.

A small black and white kitchen with a stove and oven, ideal for small kitchen ideas.

It also helps to remember that while white cabinets are a sure way to make a statement, they have their downsides too. For instance, they require thorough cleaning and maintenance. Aging and stained white cabinets are also easy to spot, which can make your kitchen look ugly if you don’t do a quick reno.


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