Before And After Painted Kitchen Cabinets

As you may remember from this post (where I painted the insides of my cabinets with chalkboard paint), I mentioned that I had just re-painted my cabinets. That was true. When we first moved into this house, the kitchen cabinets had already been painted. It was the worst paint job ever. EVAH. There were heavy brushstrokes everywhere and the spraypainted hinges and hardware were rusty and gross. It was a mess.
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Before And After Painted Kitchen Cabinets

From Avery: Our craftsman style parsonage is full of beautiful, original wood trim, built-ins, and doors from 1910. The kitchen was expanded and remodeled sometime in the 1980s. The dark wood cupboards had normal wear and tear, and the off-white linoleum floors had seen better days. The church gave us a small budget to “redo” the kitchen, and I wanted to keep the cost as low as possible. We didn’t need new appliances or fixtures or flooring, so I found creative ways to brighten and update the room without spending much money. I read every article out there about painting kitchen cupboards, and decided to go for it! I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for the cupboards, and would stand behind that decision over and over. In the before photos, every light in the kitchen was on and it still felt like a cave. The after photos were taken at the same time of day with NO lights turned on! In addition to painting the cupboards, I painted the window frame above the sink, the trim, the backsplash, the soffit and all of the walls. It felt silly to paint white over white, but the fresh, bright new paint made a huge difference in the brightness of the room. I also replaced the dated hardware with modern gold hardware from Amazon. The total cost of this update (not including the rug) came out to $200. When making design decisions for the kitchen, I initially leaned towards a minimal, modern vibe with all neutral elements. I was thinking of white uppers and black lowers, with modern accents and not much color. But as I browsed Pinterest for inspiration, I undoubtedly gravitated towards bright kitchens with a lot of color – specifically that perfect shade of blue green. I can’t deny it, it is and will always be my favorite color. I decided to be true to my own style instead of what is currently trendy, and I am so glad that I did. I wholeheartedly believe that nothing you truly love will ever go out of style. So when you are designing a new space, keep in mind your personal preferences and tastes instead of relying on Pinterest to tell you what’s trendy. Look to the rest of your home, and even your wardrobe for inspiration. If I could go back in time, I would still definitely decide to paint the cabinets! So if you’re considering it, but are afraid of the results, just do it! It is the most affordable way to dramatically change the look and feel of your kitchen.
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Before And After Painted Kitchen Cabinets

After: Preferred Seating The existing cherry cabinets didn’t fit the homeowners’ style, but they didn’t want to rip them out, so some of the upper cabinets got a coat of white paint, while the island was brightened with a pale blue hue. Stock cabinets and chunky traditional-style legs found online expand the island and create a much-needed seating area. A larger window and the painted cabinets help this kitchen feel airy and bright.
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Before And After Painted Kitchen Cabinets

The existing cherry cabinets didn’t fit the homeowners’ style, but they didn’t want to rip them out, so some of the upper cabinets got a coat of white paint, while the island was brightened with a pale blue hue. Stock cabinets and chunky traditional-style legs found online expand the island and create a much-needed seating area. A larger window and the painted cabinets help this kitchen feel airy and bright.
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Before And After Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Julie Smith How to paint your kitchen cabinets.1. Remove the hardware and hinges and clean the surfaces thoroughly. Bob Miano of DeGeorge Custom Cabinetry recommends using a clean, soft rag or T-shirt and mineral spirits or TSP (trisodium phosphate). Don’t just wipe them down — give them a good scrub to remove old oils, waxes and grime. This is a crucial step. “Paint is a very forgiving material, but the one thing it refuses to abide is a dirty, greasy surface,” says Philip Storey of Redhill Painting. 2. Lightly sand the painting surfaces to open the finish surfaces. If there are any dents or grooves in the cabinetry, you may want to fill them in with a good wood filler first. After sanding, use a clean cloth to remove any sanding dust. 3. Prime the cabinets with a stain-blocking primer designed for glossy surfaces. 4. Finish the cabinets with at least two coats of the paint you’ve chosen. Let the paint dry thoroughly and lightly sand between coats. 5. After everything has dried thoroughly, put your cabinets back together. “Be sure to keep everything organized,” says Thompson. “Have a system for remembering the positioning of your cabinet doors.”
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Before And After Painted Kitchen Cabinets

How to paint your kitchen cabinets.1. Remove the hardware and hinges and clean the surfaces thoroughly. Bob Miano of DeGeorge Custom Cabinetry recommends using a clean, soft rag or T-shirt and mineral spirits or TSP (trisodium phosphate). Don’t just wipe them down — give them a good scrub to remove old oils, waxes and grime. This is a crucial step. “Paint is a very forgiving material, but the one thing it refuses to abide is a dirty, greasy surface,” says Philip Storey of Redhill Painting. 2. Lightly sand the painting surfaces to open the finish surfaces. If there are any dents or grooves in the cabinetry, you may want to fill them in with a good wood filler first. After sanding, use a clean cloth to remove any sanding dust. 3. Prime the cabinets with a stain-blocking primer designed for glossy surfaces. 4. Finish the cabinets with at least two coats of the paint you’ve chosen. Let the paint dry thoroughly and lightly sand between coats. 5. After everything has dried thoroughly, put your cabinets back together. “Be sure to keep everything organized,” says Thompson. “Have a system for remembering the positioning of your cabinet doors.”
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Before And After Painted Kitchen Cabinets

The right cabinet color can transform your kitchen or bathroom’s look. And because replacing cabinetry can be expensive, a fresh paint color could be the best bet for your budget. But before you start in on this seemingly simple DIY, keep a key point in mind. “The main issue is that with most woodwork — but specifically kitchen cabinets — is that it’s finished with a glossy product designed to be wipeable, and that same property prevents paint from sticking to it,” says painter Alex Davidson. Although it’s not as simple as painting your dining room, with the right prep, painting cabinets can be an affordable and lasting design solution. See what four painting professionals say about how to paint kitchen cabinets.
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Before And After Painted Kitchen Cabinets

After: Dramatic Redo For less than $9,000, the kitchen now sports dramatic painted-black cabinets and granite veneer countertops. Creamy white walls, brushed-nickel cabinet hardware, and glossy new appliances add to the kitchen’s elegant facelift. Six easy steps to painting your own cabinets. Watch this!
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Before and After: Kitchens Make cooking, dining, and entertaining easy with a kitchen that is full of style and amenities and fits your family’s needs. Get inspired by these amazing before and after kitchen makeovers, and start planning a kitchen redo of your own.
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Before: Brick and Stone This kitchen, a true diamond in the rough, just needed a little polishing. Layers of laminate flooring were removed to make way for cork, and the brick that encases the lower cabinets was painted satin-finish white.
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For less than $9,000, the kitchen now sports dramatic painted-black cabinets and granite veneer countertops. Creamy white walls, brushed-nickel cabinet hardware, and glossy new appliances add to the kitchen’s elegant facelift.
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After: Sizeable in Slate Inspired by a favorite restaurant, this family kitchen stretches out to become a hip, industrial-style hangout. Pale gray perimeter cabinets, a deeper blue-gray island, and steel shelves flank the range while delivering a bistro-like vibe. The kitchen’s large scale allowed the homeowners to forgo hanging cabinets for sleek metal shelves while also reorienting the island.
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I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for the cupboards, and would stand behind that decision over and over. In the before photos, every light in the kitchen was on and it still felt like a cave. The after photos were taken at the same time of day with NO lights turned on! In addition to painting the cupboards, I painted the window frame above the sink, the trim, the backsplash, the soffit and all of the walls. It felt silly to paint white over white, but the fresh, bright new paint made a huge difference in the brightness of the room. I also replaced the dated hardware with modern gold hardware from Amazon. The total cost of this update (not including the rug) came out to $200.
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After: Full of Family and Function Barely-gray cabinets create a neutral kitchen with style. The granite countertops and gray subway tile backsplash pair perfectly with the color scheme, creating a soothing and timeless space. Refined touches such as turned legs on the island and a custom vent hood create a kitchen that feels high-end and custom, but the durable granite counters and hardwood floors are perfect for this busy family’s daily use. Plan your dream kitchen with our free remodeling guide.