DIY White Painted Kitchen Cabinets Reveal

Awesome Remodels 3 days ago
Information on Cabinet Painting:
When we moved into our new home, we knew that one of the first things on our to-do list would be the dated and dark 80s-era kitchen. Our goal was to have the look of a new high-end custom kitchen for a fraction of the cost. With a small budget and a LOT of elbow grease, we transformed the existing cabinets, added architectural details with trim and tile, and built my dream kitchen island. We are so happy with the results, I smile every time I walk into the room! #BudgetUpgrade #KitchenStorage #KitchenRenovation #KitchenMakeover #BeforeAndAfters See our blog post for more details!
We reduced the grain and painted the cabinets using a paint sprayer and a special paint product developed for cabinets. Get the details here:
Before: With a lack of natural light, the kitchen felt very dark and dated.
After: The kitchen feels light, bright, & airy.
Before: The small under-mount sink was difficult to work in. On the right side I couldn't even lay a plate flat.
After: We replaced the under-mount sink with a large Ikea Domsjo Sink. I LOVE this sink- it provides so much room to work!
Before: the oven door didn't shut all of the way, which was detrimental while baking- and the travertine backsplash never looked quite clean.
After: We had a propane line installed and replaced the dated range with an updated professional looking range. We also added an arabesque backsplash accent and a storage range hood.
My favorite part of our new kitchen is this island that we built. I absolutely love the marble (a Craigslist find!) and it's so great to have even more counter space!

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  • Irene
    Irene Canada
    I've been petrified of painting our oak kitchen cabinets. You are giving me inspiration:)

    What is the brand name for the paint which is perfect for covering the kitchen cabinets?

    • Tim D. (The Retro Den)
      Tim D. (The Retro Den) Virginia Beach, VA
      Irene I have two twelve inch wide uppers I'll be painting today. I'll document progress and share if you like. I use Rustoleum 2X Spray paint. It dries to the touch in 20 minutes a,mnd can he used (with caution) the same day...
  • Centrd
    centrd Oceanside, CA
    no way that is the same kitchen! fantastic job!
  • Sarah
    Sarah Collegeville, PA
    I'm sorry to ask another question, but did you use a standard white subway tile?
  • Sarah
    Sarah Collegeville, PA
    Great job! I am painting my cabinets this fall. Would you please tell me the products and paint color that you used? Its looks like I have the same color of granite that I have to work around. Thank you!
  • Carol
    Carol Denton, TX
    Wish I had room for a center island! Even with pushing my bar out an extra 3 ft. during the last kitchen re-do in 2004, it is still too narrow for an island in the center. Best I could do was a small portable one that sits at the end of the bar counter
  • Suzi
    Suzi Scottsdale, AZ
    How did you reduce the grain, and what is the special product you used?
  • Trina Miner @ afewmineradjustments
    This kitchen is gorgeous! It is exactly what I want to do with mine! I am so over my tan maple cabinets. Would love to paint them white and do the subway tile. Fabulous job! {Iheartblogtalk}.
  • Donna Elrod Clark
    Donna Elrod Clark Artesia, NM
    Love this!!! I so want to paint my cabinets white......just not sure where to start!
  • Terese T
    Terese T Tillman, SC
    I love, love, love this!
  • Densie B
    Densie B Jacksonville, FL
    With my interior design background I give this kitchen a "10". Great job!
  • Cheryl Brouwers
    Cheryl Brouwers Allendale, MI
    Absolutely beautiful.
  • Karen
    Karen Clark, NJ
  • Deborah K Glassford
    Deborah K Glassford Cincinnati, OH
    Just beautiful. Great job.
  • TDanise B
    TDanise B Chattanooga, TN
    Love this. I have dark cabinets and walls. You have inspired me.
  • Colleen Hansen
    Colleen Hansen Florence, KY
    Love the white! And the beauty of it is that you can ADD all the color you want, or not. Today you can add red and maybe green next year, blue the next, etc. for very little expense to switch out the colors, even switch with the seasons. Nice job!
Nina @ Everyday Enchanting