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Painted Kitchen Cabinets: Before and After

It’s here!  The moment you’ve all been waiting for! I know you’ve all been sitting at the edge of your seat just waiting to see the painted kitchen cabinets after I showed you the first bit of the process 2 weeks ago.  Except maybe for Joanna because she saw them in person this weekend.  My kitchen cabinets are no longer orange oak.  They have been painted!  And the doors are hung and everyone is happy!

One more time for funsies, the before.

Kitchen BeforeAnd then I painted the walls.

Grey kitchenAnd I think painting the walls grey made me despise the cabinet color even more.  I didn’t know that was possible!

Entry viewMan was I tired of this view every time I walked into my house.  Those cabinets just jumped out at ya!  Not a happy welcome.

Close upAnd the wood was quite worn.  No amount of cleaning made these look good.

So I removed all the doors and hardware.  I put all the all the drawer pulls and their screws in a storage container for safe keeping.  I threw all the tarnished brass hinges and their screws in a gallon sized bag.

I scrubbed the doors, drawers and boxes with TSP to get the grime off.  And then I hit everything with some 150 grit sandpaper.  I cleaned up all my sanding dust and primed with Zinsser primer (because I had just bought a new gallon of it a month or two ago).  And I sanded again.  This time with 220 grit sandpaper.  And then I got painting!

Wait, I lied.  Before I primed I drilled new holes for the new hinges I bought!

New holes for hingesThe middle hole is for the old hinge.  The other two are for the new hinge.  And I used the world’s weakest drill for the job and it was not easy!  (and then hubby bought me an awesome new Ryobi drill and driver!!)

I used a small foam roller for the the job, rolling whenever possible, but using the angled brush to cut in.

Cutting in

You can also see where I patched some holes.  Bye bye baby proofing!

After rolling

I used one coat of primer.  Two coats of paint (Benjamin Moore Advance) on the lower cabinets.  Three coats of paint on the upper cabinets?  Why the differing numbers?  Because I went with two colors!

Kitchen After - painted cabinets grey and white #DIY

There it is!  OMG I love that the oak is gone!  I won’t declare this a true after photo because there’s still stuff to be done in here.  New light fixture, new countertops, new floors, new oven.  But most of these things won’t be happening any time soon.  Unless of course I find a money tree.

Kitchen After - painted cabinets grey and white #DIYThe view from the living room.  When I had this floor tiled a few years ago I really wanted a black and white floor, but I was afraid to go too bold and went with bland.  And I really wish I would have gone bold.  But man, how about those cabinets?

Kitchen After - painted cabinets grey and white #DIYThis room gets so much sun light and I love how bright it is in here.  Especially now that the oak isn’t all up in my face.  I would have loved an all grey kitchen (the color is Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore), but I was afraid it would be too dark.  I didn’t want an all white kitchen either because I have two young, messy kids.  And kids and white don’t mix.

Kitchen After - painted cabinets grey and white #DIYA much better view as you enter the house now.  Just ignore the vining hops blocking the light from my sink window.

Kitchen After - painted cabinets grey and white #DIYThere is some definite wood grain still going on with the cabinets, but I’m OK with that.  I knew that going in.  And I wasn’t trying to hide the fact that the cabinets are wood.  I was just trying to disguise their ugly color.  And I think I nailed that!

It feels so good to finally have this project checked off my to do list.  I’ve been wanting to paint these cabinets for so long.  And I know why I waited so long.  It was quite an undertaking, especially since I did all the work myself (hubby did reattach one cabinet door and 5 drawer pulls).  Honestly, though, I’m surprised I got the job done as quickly as I did.  But it pretty much was the only thing I did in my spare time for almost 3 weeks!

And did I mention that this transformation only cost about $180!?!?!?!  Seriously!  That’s a much better price tag than new cabinets!

Now, who doesn’t love a little side by side (or up and down) comparison?

Painted Kitchen Cabinets Before and After #DIYOK, I feel like this is already a long post, so did I forget anything?  Any questions?  Do you like it?  (please say you do!)



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You Better Accessorize!

That’s all I need to do now.  Is to accessorize the half bathroom and I’m done!

Waiting for paint to cure is not my favorite past time. It makes an easy project take forever.  Especially when you’re painting two sides of an object.  The vanity was the time suck!

So at last update I had finished painting and was replacing outlets, hanging a light fixture and mirror and working on the vanity.  A refresher of the “before” for you.










*Again, I lost the real before pictures, so you’re stuck with some progress pictures.  And it’s really hard to take pictures in such a small bathroom!!

And here’s where I’m at today.

Half bathFrom this view it looks done!  For me the most drastic change is the vanity.  The fresh white paint is taking some getting used to, but I love it!  It’s much better than that old oak!  And here I thought the updated drawer pulls were a big change when I replaced them a few years ago.  They used to be frilly and brass.  I love these sleek brushed nickel ones!

Half bathI would have loved to change the vanity top, but it’s just not in the budget.  And beige is part of the color scheme anyway.  You can see my crisp, new white light switches and outlet and the new brushed nickel plates.  I hung a new light fixture, a new mirror, and a new towel holder.

Half bathThis isn’t the first towel ring I bought.  I decided the first one (and matching toilet paper holder) were too traditional for my liking.  I wanted something simpler, so I went with these IKEA ones (which I also have in my master bathroom).  The unfortunate part being I purchased the other ones at Home Goods and I’m past the return date.  The towel was a TJ Maxx find and the inspiration for the room.  The vase was hand painted by me at one of those paint your own pottery places.

Half BathI changed the toilet seat lid out a while back and hubby recently replaced the handle.  It’s the third handle we’ve put on.  The last one was sleeker, but it broke.  Bummer.

Half bathAnd this is the wall that needs some work.  It’s too empty.  I’m thinking of hanging some shelves and dressing them up.  I’m hoping some white shelves will brighten things up and I can find some brown, beige and blue accessories to put on them.  But that’s a project that won’t start until at least next week as we are celebrating Pumpkin’s baptism this weekend and we will have 11 guests staying with us.  Until then I will be trying to maintain a tidy house, which is quite difficult to do with a toddler tornado running around!


Updated to do list:

Remove light fixture
Remove towel bar and toilet paper holder and repair
Remove mirror and patch holes
Paint walls
Paint vanity
Touch up trim paint
Install new light fixture
Install new towel bar and toilet paper holder
Replace light switch and outlet and covers
Install new mirror
Hang shelves