White Dove Vs Swiss Coffee

Are you planning a kitchen makeover and finding it difficult to choose the perfect paint color for your cabinets? Look no further! In this article, we will explore the differences between two popular paint colors: White Dove and Swiss Coffee. After multiple trips to the paint store and extensive testing, we have finally found the ideal color for your kitchen cabinets.

White Dove Vs Swiss Coffee
White Dove Vs Swiss Coffee

The Dilemma

When designing my new kitchen, I chose a natural wood color for the island, but I soon realized that it clashed with the cabinets. Unsure of how to proceed, I considered either painting the cabinets a warm Sandy color or stripping and staining them with a natural wood oak finish. Before making a decision, I decided to conduct a test in my workshop to see which option would work best.

Testing the Colors

I started by applying my go-to primer, the Bullseye 123 primer, to a test cabinet. Then, I tested a potential pink color to see if I needed to strip the cabinets or if painting them would suffice. It turns out that the frames of the cabinets are made of pressed wood, making stripping impossible. This discovery saved me time and effort. With staining out of the picture, I focused on testing different paint colors.

One option is to go for a green shade called Elusive Green by Sherwin-Williams, which pairs nicely with my Greek Villa walls. However, I was concerned that green cabinets would make the kitchen feel shorter due to our high ceilings. After careful consideration, I decided to opt for an off-white color that would give the illusion of height and make the kitchen look more spacious.

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Choosing the Perfect Off-White

Accompanied by my sister, I made yet another trip to the paint store. We explored various off-white colors, including Benjamin Moore’s Pale Oak and Swiss Coffee. After obtaining samples and painting them on the cabinets, I could finally compare the colors and make an informed decision.

Upon examination, I found that Pale Oak had a slight grayish tint, while Swiss Coffee was a warm off-white. Considering the white pearlescent backsplash and the need for a color that stood out without blending in too much, I ultimately chose Swiss Coffee as the perfect shade for my kitchen cabinets.

The Final Decision

After multiple rounds of testing and narrowing down my options, I painted the final contenders, Revere Pewter and Creamy White, directly onto the cabinets. Once primed, Revere Pewter revealed its true color, while Creamy White seemed too creamy for my liking. In the end, I decided that Revere Pewter was the ideal choice for my kitchen cabinets.


After five trips to the paint store and extensive testing, I am thrilled to announce that the search for the perfect paint color for my kitchen cabinets is complete. Revere Pewter emerged as the winner, striking the perfect balance between a creamy white and a beige undertone. Stay tuned for the next video, where I’ll take you through the process of prepping the kitchen for the painting phase. In the meantime, feel free to visit Marmalade Cafe for more kitchen inspiration and ideas.

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