Painted Kitchen Cabinet Ideas and Kitchen Makeover Reveal

Today I’m going to share with you how our Kitchen turned out after we Painted our Kitchen Cabinets and did a few other minor updates.  Hopefully you’ll get lots of painted kitchen cabinet ideas along with a few other ideas for updating your kitchen without spending a lot of money!  If you like this project you may also like to see how we updated our Living Room with a simple coat of paint!

 

Before and After Photos of a Kitchen that had it's Cabinets Painted White- lots of great ideas for decorating a farmhouse style kitchen!

When we purchased our house 8 years ago I knew that I wanted to give the kitchen a facelift.  The cabinets were a cinnamon maple color and while it was pretty, it just did not suit the look I wanted for the kitchen.  We purchased our home because it was in a great location for our kids (close to church and schools) and had more than enough space for what we needed. (In fact, now that my kids are leaving the house it’s too much space and I think we will downsize soon.)

Before and After Photos of a Kitchen that had it's Cabinets Painted White- lots of great ideas for decorating a farmhouse style kitchen!

I did not like the kitchen.  It had an electric cooktop and a microwave above the stove that I kept hitting my head on. It also had no backsplash. After cooking one meal, and splattering spaghetti sauce all over the wall I knew that we would need to remedy that situation soon.  (yes, I know these are all “first world” problems, but this is a DIY blog, so I’m going to show you how we DIY’d our way into a kitchen that I now love).

We began by moving the microwave from above the stove top and placing it in a bookcase on the other side of the kitchen.  We then swapped out the electric cooktop for a gas one (the old one was donated to Habitat) thankfully there was already a gas line under the sink so it was not hard to do.

We also had to move the kitchen cabinet that was above the stove to accommodate a vent hood.  To do this we simply pulled off the crown molding, removed the cabinet, and reattached the cabinet to the wall. We used some 2×4’s to make the cabinet stick out a bit more from the wall so it would be flush with the new vent hood.

We had to have a plumber install the gas stove, but were able to move the kitchen cabinet and install the vent hood ourselves with the help of some friends.

We then picked out some green glass tile for the backsplash and had someone install it for us. We debated about doing this step ourselves for a while, but in the end were very glad that we hired someone to do it for us.  The people at the tile shop mentioned that the glass subway tile is hard to work with, and it was. Even the experienced installer had a bit of trouble with it.

We never got around to replacing the crown molding over the cabinets because we were going to paint them “soon”…..  Well the kitchen sat like that for about 5 years.  Do you see the mismatched cabinet handles? Yeah, I was trying out new ones of those too…

 

Green Glass Tile Backsplash & Before and After Photos of a Kitchen that had it's Cabinets Painted White- lots of great ideas for decorating a farmhouse style kitchen!

Green Tile Backsplash & Before and After Photos of a Kitchen that had it's Cabinets Painted White- lots of great ideas for decorating a farmhouse style kitchen!

We got a few bids to have the cabinets professionally painted and they were much more than what we had in our budget.  We decided to just wait and “decide later” what to do about the cabinets.

After tackling a few smaller cabinet painting jobs around the house, we decided to take on the job ourselves.  You know those blogs that you read where you see the kitchen magically transform over the course of a week? Well let’s just say that was NOT us. We ended up going without kitchen cabinet doors for about 6 months and the entire process took even longer than that.

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Before and After Photos of a Kitchen that had it's Cabinets Painted White- lots of great ideas for decorating a farmhouse style kitchen!

 

I assumed painting kitchen cabinets would be a pretty simple task, I mean you see people do it ALL. THE. TIME.  Well it was not.  I am planning a “how NOT to paint your kitchen cabinets” post but for now lets just say it ALL COMES DOWN TO THE PAINT! I’m not even kidding you. We got night and day differences in paint quality using different types and brands of paint.

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I’ll break it all down in the next post (it would be way to long for all one post)— for now I’ll just say that the paint that we used in the end that was WONDERFUL was “Cabinet Coat Enamel Satin” you can buy it at Benjamin Moore stores, but it’s not Benjamin Moore labeled paint.  We started with paint from company X (which I won’t mention because they did nothing wrong, we just were using it for the wrong purpose) and it was a disaster. It left an orange peel, chalky texture on the cabinets (we did use a paint sprayer both times).

 

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After we had painted all of them we had to go back and sand off ALL of the paint and start over again. Like I said, a story for another day. Oh and did I mention that BUGS kept getting stuck on the paint while the cabinet doors were drying???

Before and After Photos of a Kitchen that had it's Cabinets Painted White- lots of great ideas for decorating a farmhouse style kitchen!

At the same time we painted the kitchen cabinets white, the island was painted a dark gray, Kendall Charcoal (better to hide foot marks). We painted both the drywall on the back of the island and the cabinets on the island all the same color so that it looked like one big piece of furniture instead of several pieces that were thrown together.

Before and After Photos of a Kitchen that had it's Cabinets Painted White- lots of great ideas for decorating a farmhouse style kitchen!

Last Fall we finally finished the project when we replaced the glass in the kitchen cabinet (another DIY gone wrong).  I took some time to snap some photos of the kitchen on a sunny day and am sharing them today (as you can see by the pumpkins in the window, these photos were not taken recently). Things just got too busy over Christmas to share them with you, plus I figured NO one was going to tackle a kitchen redo in December :).

Before and After Photos of a Kitchen that had it's Cabinets Painted White- lots of great ideas for decorating a farmhouse style kitchen!

The very last step in the redo was to re-paint the walls, they started out as green and we repainted them a soft gray (Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore).

Before and After Photos of a Kitchen that had it's Cabinets Painted White- lots of great ideas for decorating a farmhouse style kitchen!

The rest of the kitchen redo was swap outs… different bar stools, and a vintage sign on the wall (purchased at a really fun antique store in downtown Louisville).

Before and After Photos of a Kitchen that had it's Cabinets Painted White- lots of great ideas for decorating a farmhouse style kitchen!

I’m still debating the chalkboard on this wall. I think it’s too much text. I’m going to swap it out when I find a piece of artwork that I like (which might take another 8 years, I’m picky about art).

Before and After Photos of a Kitchen that had it's Cabinets Painted White- lots of great ideas for decorating a farmhouse style kitchen!

In this corner you can see the bookcase that I refinished with Chalk Paint (details of that project can be found HERE).

Before and After Photos of a Kitchen that had it's Cabinets Painted White- lots of great ideas for decorating a farmhouse style kitchen!

 

The kitchen looks into our Living Room which we also recently repainted. I’m bound and determined to get all of the yellow’y’ tan paint OUT of our house this winter. We still have the 2 story entry way to repaint and we’re not quite sure how to do it.  We joked that we’d get a ladder and just paint as high as we could then figure out the rest later *wink* (don’t laugh, we might just do that).

 

Green Tile Backsplash & Before and After Photos of a Kitchen that had it's Cabinets Painted White- lots of great ideas for decorating a farmhouse style kitchen!

 

It’s been a year since the cabinets were repainted and I can say that I’m so glad that I did it, long process, dead bugs and all.  The cabinets are holding up great they just wipe off if they get smudged.

Before and After Photos of a Kitchen that had it's Cabinets Painted White- lots of great ideas for decorating a farmhouse style kitchen!

 

Of course after we finished this project, I got lots of brilliant ideas for how to change the kitchen completely by knocking out a few walls. We will have to see if we decided to stay in our house long enough to make that type of commitment.  Right now we change our mind daily about moving.

 

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27 Comments

  1. I would love to know the paint brand name and color! You may have been the inspiration to redo my kitchen!!! Also, did you have to prime the cupboards too? I so need more information!

    1. Yes, we primed them. I’ll be sure to include all of the details in the next post! I’ll get it typed up and post it this week.

  2. I really enjiyed seeing your make over, beautifully done. Sorry, you had so much trouble finding the correct paint and having to re-do your painting!
    I would like to know where you purchased the brushed nickel horizontal drawer pulls, I am building a home and they look fantastic!

    1. Sure!
      The drawer pulls are from Restoration Hardware, we tried A LOT of different ones and kept returning them… I’m so happy with the ones that we ended up using.

  3. SO inspirational from many levels. Appreciate you sharing the pros and cons and mistakes. Beautifully done. I bet you love getting up every morning and wandering in to get coffee or tea.

    1. It’s a premixed color from the company that made the paint. I’ll double check and be sure to include the color name in the next post with all of the details on painting the cabinets.

  4. Great job! It’s so much more fun to cook when you can do it in a room you love.

    You mentioned a two story entrance that needs to be painted. Just a thought, but I would check with your local equipment rental or a home construction store to see if they rent scaffolding. You would be ever so much happier with a finished paint job. 😉

    1. Yes, I think that’s the plan right now. We can get scaffolding locally, we are just trying to decide if we trust ourselves to use it… We might just have to break down and hire a painter.

  5. I am just joining your site, and I am happy I’ve joined, because I get to see your beautiful work. I love, love, love your kitchen makeover.

  6. I love what you’ve done! Your original kitchen is very similar to our cabinets (layout and colors). Our wall colors are rockport grey and revere pewter.
    I’m curious…
    1) What sort of cabinet you put your microwave in if you would be up for sharing. Ours is a countertop one, and it would be so nice to have it gone from there.
    2) Also wondering how old your youngest child is… My youngest is 3 so I’ve been hold off painting my cabinets white until he’s older and less destructive. But maybe your paint is more durable than I expect painted cabinets would be.
    3) What is the name of the cabinet color?
    Thank you in advance!

  7. Beautiful, I found my self here because I’m re-doing the whole kitchen too. The main difference is I rent the home I’m remodeling. I’ve lived in the home for over 5 years and the landlord lets me do whatever. He has never had it so good. I’ve been working on the doors for over 2 months because I’m doing my self expect for the new lighting that my husband the professional electrician will be putting under the counters and overhead. I’ve removed the hindges soaked them scrub the old paint including the screws to save money. I can’t do much about the floors because that would break his bank the floors are Mexican Tile and they need love, Maybe I can get him to re-grout the floors will see. Again, the make over in your kitchen is gorgeous, totally my style. Also I wanted to say your senior dog is adorable too. I will e-mail you before and after when I’m done.

  8. OMG I *NEED* that Walton Market sign!!!! <3 trying to convince my husband to let me paint our cabinets! Still in the research phase but getting super excited to get started. May just "surprise" him and start anyway!!

    1. The color was set by the paint that we used. It only came in certain colors. If you look at the ‘how to paint your kitchen cabinets’ post on this blog it is listed there. Just use the search box.

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