Friday, June 26, 2009

Painted Kitchen Cabinets, or the Cheapest Kitchen Redo Ever

How's that for a title? This is the story of a work in progress and of a girl who really wanted to do something cool. But she was worried for a long time about the process; how long would it take, how messy would it be, what if she did it wrong, what if she hated the end result?

But then that girl took a leap and said to herself, "It's my kitchen and my house and I can do what I want! I'm the one living here and so I'm gonna do it. Pthbttttt!" You hear that? That's the sound of me sticking my tongue out at any naysayers.

Yeah, this was a process, both in time and in a chance to learn a bit. Not about cabinets but about enjoying the process of a good work. You see this project took longer than I thought it would and there were some days I couldn't even pick up a brush and paint. But in it all I was reminded that a process isn't bad. Just as the kitchen was a process, I'm in a process too. I didn't quit because it wasn't working out like I hoped. God doesn't quit, and won't quit on me-even if it takes a while for me to learn what I need to.

Now, on to the finished project.

Here's the start of it, just as I was taking the doors off.

And here's how it looked with the just the primer. And how it looked for about two weeks.

But it's okay-it's done now and I so appreciate the finished product. It's a great place to start the day.

And the best part, I got a new kitchen for twenty dollars! I already had the primer and other supplies so all I needed was the paint. Not bad, huh?

What the cheapest redo you've ever done?

I'm linking up to The Inspired Room's Beautiful Life Series; even though life was pretty good before the new kitchen I was reminded that taking a chance and doing something you've always wanted to do (regardless of how it might have turned out) sure makes life beautiful for me. Head over to the Inspired Room to see how other's are finding beauty this week.

I'm also linking up to Kimba's DIY party-be sure to head over and see all the awesome DYI projects that are gonna-you're bound to find some serious inspiration!

Sharing some with Nester's National Take a Risk Day-this was by far the riskiest thing I've done in my house, and the most rewarding!


  1. I love it! So fresh and cool. Great job!!

  2. Those look great! I love how it turned out!

  3. No....that's REALLY your kitchen??? The pictures look so fabulous, I kept expecting you to say something like "this is the color I used, I cut this from a magazine" or something like that. I love it!! Between you and Teresa...I'm thinking I really need to get my kitchen act together :) (Did you see her $100 kitchen re-do?)

    How did you convince your husband that painting wood is OK? My cabinet doors are newer than the cabinets, and they DON'T match...still, he would rather have wood than paint :) Go figure!

  4. WOW!
    They turned out great!
    Glad you did not rush the process. That's always a temptation.
    Now, you have me pondering our cabinets -- ah, but we have just a few things to do before we go there :)

    Love you!

  5. What a great job! Your kitchen is STUNNING!


  6. Just lovely! I helped my MIL paint hers last week and can't get over the transformation - and you're right, it's cheap! Enjoy your 'new' kitchen. :)

  7. You go girl! Way to go on taking a chance---and it paid off big!

    Your makeover is amazing.

  8. I love painted cabinets..they look so much nice. We did our last year and I love it..alot of work but worth it. Yours turned out great and I love the color you chose.

  9. Wow, your cabinets look wonderful!! I totally prefer painted cabinets over wood, all of my inspiration kitchen photos have white painted cabinets. I love it!

  10. Wow! This is amazing! Love the color ... so refreshing.

  11. Your cabinets look great! You must be so happy that you took the plunge!

    :) Amy

  12. what a fun color! are you going to add door pulls too? We did our cabinets this past may and that was my favorite part!! ;)

  13. That is quite a wonderful transformation FOR HARDLY ANY BEANS!!! Great job! I have cabinet just like yours that I would love to paint but we just moved into this brand new house 5 years ago and I just can't bring myself to do it. Too new I guess.

    I love the way your kitchen seems so bright and cheery with that big window. And the stencil above it is perfect.

  14. Wonderful job!! Great chocie of color for kitchen cabinets... Now, your kitchen is looking fantastic...

  15. I love the color you picked, it came out wonderful. Enjoy your "new" kitchen.

  16. Wow! Love the color and the transformation is dramatic.

  17. Hi,

    Kitchen cabinets should be as aesthetically pleasing as they are functional if you want to create a particular look for your kitchen interiors. The good thing about the inventories available these days is that they are usually updated according to the latest design trends. If you don't know what is in style today, go over various magazines and stores to help you decide on a look that will suit your kitchen best.

  18. Nice post - pictures of painted kitchen cabinets ..Keep Posting

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  19. Thank you for posting such a useful, impressive and a wicked article./Wow.. looking good!

    Kitchen Cabinets

  20. I love that the oak is gone!! awesome re-do!! i bet you are still loving those painted cabinets!

  21. in my opinion, painting over oak is always a risk worth taking. It looks fantastic. Great job!!!

  22. this link was on your sidebar so i'm checking it out for the first time. looks great! you chose a refreshing color.

    we recently painted our kitchen cabinets. looks so much better. pictures will be shared soon.


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