Question: I have seen so many photos of painted kitchen cabinets. I can hardly wait to paint mine...but, do any of you, who have done this paint the inside of the cabinets too? If so, it sounds like a way too huge of a project to even start it. (They never show an inside photo, just exterior). Can I leave the insides to look like wood as they are? What's your advice.
If they are clean and scarred you can leave them but if you're gonna do it, do it right- and do the insides too! I've seen some gorgeous accent colors and even some that have been wall papered ( not the shelf) !
I would wallpaper the insides, but you can't even see inside when the doors are shut. If they were glass fronts, I could see it be a necessity! Pamela, have you done this yourself?
Fifteen to eighteen plus years ago, back before painting kitchen cabinets was the hugely popular way to get a new look, I had my cabinets "resurfaced" and then I painted the insides white. I loved that it made the insides look so light, bright, clean and fresh but no doubt, it is a big job and you have to be somewhat of a contortionist to get all the nooks, crannies, corners and undersides of the shelves. Not sure I would have the flexability do it now! lol. I would say whether or not you undertake this job depends on what condition the inside of your cabinets are now and how you feel about them. Once you actually get the exterior of the cabinets painted, you may decide you would prefer the insides painted too. But, if you don't and you are okay with leaving them wood, leave them wood. It's your kitchen and you don't have an obligation to explain your decorating/DIY decisions to anyone.
Agree with @Shari Do the outside first and who knows, you might just be happy with that. No need to make a decision now on the insides.
I think as long as you paint the front and back of the doors, it wouldn't matter on the shelving and etc. I have seen custom cabinets that the inside is wood grain and the doors are stained or painted a different color. Besides if you paint the outside and decide you want to do the insides, who says you have to do it all at once? Some of the most beautiful DIY projects are done over a duration of time. Happy Painting!!
Post pictures of the after! I wouldnt worry with the insides. Most of my friends that have painted cabinets only painted the outside (and front and back of the doors). :) Good luck!