A Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

I am so excited to show you what painting your kitchen cabinets can do for your home, as well as explain how to do just that, as briefly as possible!  Because believe me, painting the cabinets and boxes of your kitchen is not a quick process, but it is definitely a worth while one.  I recently painted kitchen cabinets for a friend, and am in love with the outcome!  See for yourself how some paint can go a long way in updating a space:


BEFOREPICTURE2And…drumroll please…AFTER:


AFTERPIC2I was even more excited to start the job when I found out that Meghan and Kevin wanted their cabinets painted a light grayish color!  After checking out samples they chose a beautiful color by Benjamin Moore called Ozark Shadows, in a Pearl Finish.  I really love how the gray works with the white appliances!

AFTERPIC3AFTERPIC5AFTERPIC4Meghan and Kevin have also talked about updating the countertops, painting the wood trim and other such improvements but it is easy to see how just changing the color of the cabinets has already updated and changed the whole look of the room so far!


Thanks to Meghan and Kevin for asking me to paint their kitchen cabinets!  I always love a good makeover project!

Now if you are serious about updating your kitchen cabinets with some paint, or hiring a friend to do it then you should know that the process can be time-consuming and it involves the following (in the most concise way I can describe it, and allowing for accurate drying time in between):

1.  Removing all of your cabinet faces, drawers and hardware

2.  Cleaning all of the cabinets, drawers and boxes

3.  Sanding all of the cabinets, drawers, and boxes

4.  Wiping off dust of all of the cabinets, drawers and boxes

5.  Painting with primer the cabinets, drawers and boxes

6.  Sanding the primer, then wiping off

7.  Painting the first coat of paint

8.  Sanding first coat, and wiping off

9.  Painting the second coat

10.  Reattaching hardware and hanging cabinets (after they have cured).

*But for a more detailed process and/or tutorials check out these links as well:

Young House Love – How to Paint Your Cabinets

Houzz – How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Curbly – How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

**Keep in mind I am not a professional, but these are some things that I have found after doing a few kitchens that have worked for me:.

Tips to Make It Easier:

Do a test cabinet and hold it up in the daylight and look again at night as shade will darken, and make sure it’s a color you love.

Buy at least one good angled brush (Purdy) the extra money is worth it.

Buy good paint for a more professional look and finish ( I love Benjamin Moore).

Talk to your local Ace, Lowes or Home Depot paint man/woman, I have become BFF with my local Ace worker and ask him plenty of questions.

You don’t always have to tape (it’s time-consuming and has to be removed before paint dries too long).  A good angled brush and a steady hand works, just keep a wet rag on hand to wipe up any mess asap, it should clean right up if you are using a latex paint.

You don’t have to empty your cabinets, just drawers.  For the built ins (boxes) you are not painting the inside, just the trim, so most of the stuff can stay, though you may have to push stuff back.  You can always run dusty things through the dishwasher afterwards, which is easier than completely emptying and putting back.  Also drop cloths are moveable so can cover certain areas as you move along.  This allows for your kitchen to remain functional while working on it.

I have painted around hinges on the boxes, and painted boxes with the hinges completely off.  While taking them off certainly helps, if you do chose to leave them on know that vaseline works to keep paint off, or if you do get a little paint on them, it can always be scratched off the metal after the paint is dry (a fingernail works well here).

Keep your painting space ventilated.

Keep your working and painting space clean and dust free.

Always give the cabinets and boxes a good cleaning, I have found grease cutting disinfecting wipes and some elbow grease makes it easier.

Number the cabinet faces with painter’s tape and use another piece of painter’s tape to add that same number inside the cabinet boxes.  Write the number in the cabinet hinge hole with marker before painting.

Leave the individual parts for hanging (screws, hinges) inside the corresponding box shelves, makes it easier when rehanging.

Don’t freak out about brush strokes until the final coat.

More thin coats are always better (like painting your nails!).

Painter’s Pyramids work wonders.

Touch Up Rollers work wonders on touch ups and trim.

Music always helps, and plenty of Iced Coffee!

Feel free to share with me any kitchen makeovers you have done in your home by sending to twineandvines@gmail.com !


  1. msc says

    I think gray is now my favorite color for the kitchen. This kitchen looks like it belongs on the cover of a magazine. I am ready to redo mine now. Great job.


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