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White Painted Cabinets Simplify a Kitchen Renovation

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I recently renovated my kitchen in just a few short weeks! We saved tons of money by not ripping out a single cabinet, nor did we change any of the appliances. But the room was completely transformed nonetheless. Take a look and see for yourself...
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The photo above is the before picture. The cabinets were dark cherry, the floor was a bland dark ceramic, the counters were all black granite and the backsplash was an odd faux glass in a blue-grey shade. It was dark and depressing, despite being a perfecting good layout. Add to that the fact that I've always wanted a white kitchen. The direction I wanted to go in was clear!
  • white painted cabinets simplify a kitchen renovation, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design
The first few steps were to address the floor, counter and backsplash. For the counters, we decided to keep most of the black granite, first because of price, and second because it was already an elegant material. But so much black throughout the kitchen was dragging it down, so we simply chose to replace the counter on the island. We selected white quartz for durability to simulate the look of calacatta gold marble.
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For the floor we went with a faux wood tile. You can see the details on the floor renovation here: Kitchen Floor Replacement
For the backsplash we chose a true marble tile. It matches our butler's pantry and we wanted to use it again. For the backsplash renovation details you can click here: Marble Backsplash Renovation
  • white painted cabinets simplify a kitchen renovation, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design
So with those steps out of the way we were beginning to see great progress but the most dramatic change was yet to come.
Our budget allowed for us to have the cabinets painted professionally, since we were saving so much on not ripping them out, but if you are a DIY-er you can save a whole lot more. The cabinet maker removed the doors and took them to his workshop to spray them there. The remaining parts were painted by hand and I didn't even have to remove everything from inside (since I knew we'd put putting everything in the dishwasher once the job was done).
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One of the things I was most certain of was that I wanted to have a full wall of glass front cabinets. So for these cabinets the insides needed to be painted as well.
  • white painted cabinets simplify a kitchen renovation, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design
And here's the first shot of the finished cabinets. If you look back at the before picture, the change is quite dramatic.
  • white painted cabinets simplify a kitchen renovation, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design
The entire space was lightened up, so much so that our kitchen looks much bigger. It also has a more current and youthful look.
  • white painted cabinets simplify a kitchen renovation, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design
For hardware I knew I wanted the look of unlacquered brass. The bin pulls on the drawer fronts look much more updated than what we had before, while adding interest to the flat drawers.
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The biggest transformation is the opened up look provided by the glass front cabinets. They are obviously empty in this photograph, but I spent a lot of time styling them, as well as adding vintage accessories to dress up the counters and the rest of the kitchen.
  • white painted cabinets simplify a kitchen renovation, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design
My crystal chandeliers that I added when we moved into our home a year ago, finally make sense. I knew all along what I was planning to do. For the completed kitchen with all of the final styling and accessories, you can click on the blog post link below. It's like having a completely new kitchen, and yet we completed it in just a few weeks!

To see more: http://designthusiasm.com/dramatic-kitchen-renovation/

  • Jeannie
    Jeannie United Kingdom
    on Nov 29, 2016

    Hi I transformed the laminated Doors in the kitchen of a previous house in a couple of days. Diy store cut 8 by 4 sheets of thin mdf like hardboard to size by machine. I painted it flat on the floor using a small roller. When dry glued on with no more nails. ranch crafts

  • Tammy
    Tammy Cumming, GA
    on Dec 13, 2016

    I love the chandelier and the touch of gold everywhere. Beautiful job!!!!

  • Crystal Holliday
    Crystal Holliday Houma, LA
    on Dec 15, 2016

    I think it looks really good! Our kitchen is very dark so this is great inspiration. I think we'll save our cabinets too!

  • Misty
    Misty Lees Summit, MO
    on Jan 15, 2017

    No so much a question as a statement. I looked through the pics first (before reading) and got to the last picture and immediately thought: "Well, they replaced all the granite which lightened it up - so that's not exactly budget-friendly." THEN I went back and re-read where you only replaced the island counter! I had to look at the pictures a second time because I didn't even notice the black counters remained! What a GENIUS idea for lightening the space without replacing it all. BTW - the kitchen was beautiful before but stunning after! Nice job!!!

    • Lory @ Designthusiasm
      Lory @ Designthusiasm Short Hills, NJ
      on Jan 15, 2017

      Thanks so much, Misty! Yes, it's funny, because I was actually really worried that the black counters would be so dominant, but instead you hardly see them... :-)

  • Bernice H
    Bernice H Woodburn, OR
    on Jan 18, 2017

    Beautifully done. We are getting ready to explore doing a tiny '63 kitchen. It would be wonderful if it looked half as good as yours. Love it!

    • Lory @ Designthusiasm
      Lory @ Designthusiasm Short Hills, NJ
      on Jan 18, 2017

      Thank you so much, Bernice! I think any size kitchen can look beautiful once it's redone... :-)

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