Kitchen Facelift

Jalena Rusaw
by Jalena Rusaw
4 Materials
This is a before pic of my kitchen. I don't have a ton of money to sink (get the pun) into my kitchen, so I did most of the work myself. I also would've loved to have new fancy cabinets, but since that wasn't an option I gave them a facelift.
I used the same paint I bought to paint my walls, I had about 2.5 gallons left over, so it made financial sense.

Removed all the doors. The guys thought I was nuts, but they love the new look!
I gave them a good wash and then painted away.
After they dried, I introduced the magic.
Painted it on.
Then wiped it off.
Sealed it up with two coats of poly
You can find this at Home Depot or Lowe's
I added some new trim (found at Lowe's)
The final result is wonderful and really opened up the kitchen. I do not miss the yellow stained cabinets.
This is a picture of the paint I used to paint them - it is tinted off white/beige color. The paint label is no longer in the bucket.
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  • Judy Judy on Aug 16, 2019

    Why do the cabinet doors shown before and after project have matching number or opening areas when pictures shown during project have either one, two, or no such opening areas. During project, pictures do not match before and after doors shown.

  • Peggy Peggy on Feb 23, 2020

    I had hired someone to paint my kitchen cabinets. I thought they were professionals. not only did they do a terrible job of painting, but I didn’t realize until later that they used a non-oil-based paint. in order to do this project, do I have to sand the cabinets to get rid of the yucky paint? I love this white-washed effect!

  • Sherry Bel Sherry Bel on Jul 27, 2020

    The cabinets I have in mind are darker... would it change the result?

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  • Annmarie Bouchet Annmarie Bouchet on Feb 09, 2023

    I might steal your idea with a hutch I use inside of my dining room kitchen area and have my cabinets match because I took the time to buy cabinet one at a time until the top cabinets were put up .after this I will start to buy the 3 bottom ones with in the next month. Thanks for your idea my friend

  • Ginny Ginny on Feb 17, 2023

    I admire you for doing this. I will be 89 nett month and am just finishing pain ting my kitchen and cabinets. People tell me it is dangerous.(because of my age). I say keep doing as much as you can...It keeps you fit. Congrats on your kitchen and keep doing.