Friday, March 18, 2011

Kitchen Redo - Painted Cabinets

Look at what a difference paint can make







Here are the befores for the kitchen, nice oak cabinets but after tweny years they were starting to show alot of wear.  Also, after installing the laminate floor, it was way too much wood on wood look for me.  Last year we installed a home office area at the opposite end of the sink.  Take a look at that post to see how it looks.  Fast  forward a year and in February I painted the bathroom vanity and it turned out so incredible.  Hubby said bathroom looks so good, you want to paint the kitchen cabinets?  He didn't have to say that twice!  So here are the before pictures:










like the bucket in the middle of the floor


To prepare the cabinets, I sanded them, applied Liquid sandpaper (deglosser), then three coats of Behr Plus paint (the one with primer) in satin enamel finish and the color was Antique White.  To finish it off I applied 3 coats of wipe-on poly.  I talked to a friend in town who paints and sells furniture, she recommended I do this and the paint would not chip. 
Here is the after pictures





The afternoon was overcast for the pictures  but still with the painted cabinets my kitchen is so much brighter.  In fact, our lighting is on a dimmer and we have to dim the lights a bit in the evenings.  Wonderful problem to have!  I am so happy, well more like thrilled and overjoyed with the transformation.  The power of paint, amazing what a gallon will do.  I have less than $100 in supplies for my cabinets and two weeks of painting time.

Future plans are to eventually replace the appliances in stainless steel.  The old dishwasher died in November, so we replaced it with stainless steel. 



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68 comments:

  1. Your kitchen looks great Lori! I love the white cabinets. I know that was a lot of work, but so worth it.

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  2. The cabinets are fantastic! I have white ones too and love them. (Except for when the grandkids color on them!!)Totally gives the room a new look and feel doesn't it?

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  3. Wow! Your kitchen looks fabulous. Isn't it amazing what a difference a little paint and a lot of hard work makes. You did a great job on the cabinets.

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  4. Wow!! Just lovely... not bad before.. much better after. All the hard work paid off.
    Great transformation...

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  5. What an amazing transformation! I was looking at your before pics thinking it looked really great as it was, but once I see the after, I can definitely see why you like it. Paint is such an easy and cheap way to update your living space. Awesome work!!!!

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  6. The cabinets are beautiful. I can imagine how much work that took! I am truly inspired. My cabinets are all wood and ! have a laminate wood floor too in the kitchen. I am going to give this some serious consideration. Just not sure I'm up for all that painting! Way to go!

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  7. Wow it looks like a brand new kitchen, you did an amazing job.

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  8. That was inspired - from country to French Provincial.

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  9. What a success! It looks so light and fresh. Paint is cheap, but also a lot of work. You did a fantastic job.

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  10. All those coats, but so worth it!

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  11. What a wonderful result! Your hard work sure paid off.

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  12. What a great transformation! It looks so much brighter, I love it. I also love your wall color.

    I just got done painting my cabinets in my kitchen too. I had the same wood cabinets and laminate floor too; too much wood going on. I like mine better painted too.!

    Here is mine: http://mylifeoncedarstreet.blogspot.com/2011/03/drum-roll-pleasetada.html

    Have a great weekend! Jodi

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  13. It's beautiful! Our oak cabinets are 25 years old but in fantastic shape. We've often thought about painting them but oh how it scares me in case I ruin the cabinets. Yours sure do look wonderful though

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  14. They look wonderful. I really want to paint my 40 year old cabinets but I'm not brave enough yet.

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  15. Wanna do mine??? It must feel so good to have a nice bright kitchen! I'm hoping within a year we get to ours; other rooms first! First time visiting and following from Tatertots hop. Have a great weekend!

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  16. It looks beautiful. I painted our kitchen cabinets too. I should probably add the poly to them.

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  17. LOVE the re-do! You have inspired me to take on the challenge and do ours! We are kinda stuck in our house due to the bad economy so I might as well make the best of it and change things up a bit! Thanks!!

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  18. I'm trying to get the courage up to do the same thing in my home... congrats on such and amazing finished job and thanks for the tips =D

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  19. Your kitchen looks fabulous! You must be so pleased with the outcome. It sounds like a lot of hard work, but oh so worth it :-)

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  20. I am so jelous! I want to paint our cupboards too but the hubs isnt quite on board yet! It looks amazing! I found you on tatertots and jello, so glad I did!

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  21. That's a lotta' paint! But the results are just beautiful.

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  22. Love the new look! Beautiful.

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  23. Those are absolutely beautiful! I am soooo impressed! Your kitchen looks like something out of one of those home dec magazines! Amazing!

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  24. You did a great job! I love painted cabinets and yours look great.

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  25. You're kitchen remodel is fantastic!! It's beautiful!

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  26. It looks wonderful Lori! I know it was a lot of work, but totally worth it for a complete transformation of the kitchen.

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  27. Looks beautiful! You picked the perfect paint color. It's gorgeous!

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  28. I know that was a lot of work, but it looks fantastic!

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  29. I am late in commenting on your kitchen cupboards. They look fantastic. You amaze with all the things you accomplish. Those cupboards look like new ones...even better.

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  30. Beautiful! What a change! I know how much work this was for you. I painted my cabinets about 7 years ago.

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  31. Aren't you SO happy with the results, Lori? After ours was finished, I still can't get over how much better and brighter my whole kitchen looks! Reminds me, I need to post an "after!"
    Looks great...nice job!

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  32. OH, what a beautiful kitchen! I know you must be loving this gorgeous space!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  33. looks really nice ~ i love the darker hardware on white cabinets.

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  34. Great job! It looks lovely!

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  35. Ooooh, I just read this post! Your cabinets look fantastic!!! How much did you sand them? Just to make them smooth? Or did you remove all that glossy finish of the oak? I'm hoping you just did a little because that's a lot of work. I'm lazy like that.

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  36. I love this! Can you tell me what kind of flooring and counter top that is? I want to do this to my kitchen!!!!

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    1. The flooring is Wilsonart (no longer in business) but it is a laminate. The countertop is a laminate, too. Marble looking one.

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  37. Thank you! Do you know if the floor is oak laminate?

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  38. Lori, you go girl! It looks great and good for you for not ditching your cabinets.

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  39. Anonymous11:33 AM

    My cabinets look just like your old ones. Did you sand them down? What kind of paint did you purchase? I really like how they look now.

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    1. Anonymous11:35 AM

      LOL nevermind. I was busy looking at the pics and comments that i missed your directions

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  40. I like the way you approached it - doing the bathroom cabinet first. Maybe that's what I should do. I'm so overwhelmed at the thought of painting my kitchen cabinets but I want to SO BAD!!! Di you spray or roll or brush?

    Great job!

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    1. I used a brush and I broke it into sections. I did the uppers to the left of the stove first. Painted the frames on that section and the doors. Let them dry and then put those doors back up. I continued about 4 doors at a time till it was all done. That way I didn't have a huge mess but I saw improvement and kept myself motivated.

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