Sunday, March 3, 2013

Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Well after moving the past few weeks, I believe things are slowly calming down. Ha-Ha, Yeah right! But, I am still buried in boxes and doing some make-overs in the process. And, I am excited to start sharing them with you.

If you have been following along then you know that I've been giving my old/new kitchen a face lift. It was time to say bye to that builder grade oak.

Painted Cabinets

We we walked into our home I knew right away these cabinets had to go.

Painting Cabinets

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

I wanted them gone ripped out and planted on the lawn of the builders that always feel it's necessary to plague our homes with such horrid pieces.

As a DIY'er there is nothing a little paint can't fix, right? If I was only rich enough to redesign the kitchen and get beautiful cabinets and granite counter tops. (Oh OK! done dreaming) Back to work.

Off came the knobs and down came the doors. This is where hubby came in and did all the sanding. Old cabinets are covered with everything from hand oils to greasy smoke residue to petrified sauce, You've got to get all that off or the paint won't stick." 

Cabinet Painting

After sanding and whipped everything down dust free, next is a very important step.

                               PRIME YOUR CABINETS!!!

I hope I got my point across. I knew I had to prime and in my excitement of getting started guess what? I FORGOT to PRIME MY CABINETS. 

Don't be scared I will show you what you can do if that happens. So, let's get painting.

I've searched for many colors and has several conversations with some of my bloggy friends and Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule gave me the suggestion to use Benjamin Moore's Bittersweet Chocolate. I absolutely love this color. Thanks, Nancy!!!

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

All I used was a foam roller two different sizes and a Wooster 2" angled brush. I doubt I would use a foam roller again. I will spend the extra couple dollars on a nice roller, I thinking they leave a better finish. Also my hubby prefers to tape everything but my steady little artist hand does not use tape to cut in or do trim. Yes! I am that good and am proud to shout it out ;-)

Since we were not living in the house at the time of painting the cabinets it took some time to get it done. It really was a pain in the backside going back and forth between houses. But, the cabinets are starting to look good.

Bittersweet Chocolate

See where my hubby put tape and see where I didn't? Yep! I had to retouch where he pulled the tape off. One day he will learn I know best. LOL 

He really just needs to stick to singing and leave me and my hands to the handy work. :-)

We left everything sit for about a week to really cure before we put doors on and drawers back in. Now here comes the problem when you forget the primer. Every little nick to the cabinets will chip the paint right off. So, unless you are that good to never bump your cabinets, you will have quite the chipping going on. 


A couple coats of the Polyacrylic and you are good to go.

We added new hardware and now have beautiful cabinets that really updated our kitchen. 

Paint Bittersweet Chocolate

Paint Cabinets

Paint Bittersweet Chocolate

The before & afters just amaze me how paint and some new hardware can make such a difference in a room.

Up date your kitchen

Now that hubby worked so hard, I guess he deserves a break. (It was tough sanding)

Next we get rid of the wall color.

Painting walls

Again I want to thank all my guests that helped give my readers something to "drool" over while I was moving. If you haven't had a chance to see the great DIY, Crafts, or Recipes, please do. These bloggers are amazing at what they do. 

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  1. The cabinets look great! During our upcoming home remodel we will probably redo the kitchen cabinets too. I am tempted to just pay people to do all of the painting, but your tutorial made it actually seem manageable to do, so thanks!
    XO, Rachel
    With Love, Rachel

  2. Denyse, that looks amazing! SOOOOooo much better than the oak! They turned out great and just updates the whole space. Thanks for the shout out too and to all the guest bloggers, thank you! xoxo, Sharon

  3. They look beautiful. Great transformation Denyse!


  4. Great color. It's a wonderful makeover!


  5. Wow! Great Transformation! I'm looking to help my mom to do the same thing with hers soon! I'm pretty sure I'll be referencing this post for some help! :) :)


  6. Awesome!

    The difference is amazing! We are moving in about two weeks to a new house with rechid cabinets and we don't have the money to gut the kitchen quite yet so I really want to paint the cabinets. I'm so glad I saw this because I love this color!

    What do you think about using a primer/paint combo? Good enough? Or does it really need the primer first?

  7. What a huge difference...I even showed my hubby because I am trying to talk him into doing ours. Great tutorial!

  8. Wow - what a fantastic change some paint will make! We have those wonderful (not) builders grade cabinets too. It's "on my list" to paint them, so your post was very helpful! Glad I found you via Clever Chicks blog hop! :)

  9. I love how this turned out! What a huge difference! I can't wait to see it all finished with the new wall color! Julia @

  10. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  11. What an amazing transformation! They look fantastic!
    Debbie :)

  12. Great transformation! Thanks for sharing at my Twirl & Take a Bow Party! Have a great week and enjoy the new cabinets!
    House on the Way

  13. They turned out wonderful. Last year my husband and I painted our kitchen cabinets. I was so surprised at what a difference it made. I was hesitant but he finally convinced me. I wanted to paint them a chocolate brown he wanted black. Guess who won...he always wins.

  14. Coming over from the Blog Hop.

    This looks great. I did this exact same thing for a kitchen redesign.
    Read about it here:

  15. Well done! When one has good oak cabinets that is the way to go! One has to pay extra to get wood these days.

  16. Wow what a nice improvement, the color is gorgeous! The room looked so blah before now it's alive!

  17. The cabinets look fabulous!!! My hubby and I are thinking of doing the same thing to our kitchen someday so I appreciate the detailed instructions. Stopping by from Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop--thanks for linking up :)

  18. Well done! They look terrific. Hopping over to leave some hugs on your sweet blog.

  19. They turned out great Denyse!! The color looks fabulous!! What a difference it makes!!! :)

  20. It looks great!
    I just painted my cabinets black too.

  21. Please link up to my party here :)

  22. The cabinets look beautiful -- so much more modern!

  23. Great transformation. You need to pat yourself on the back after all that hard work....!

    hugs x

  24. We will be doing our kitchen as soon as the hubby gets some time off from work. We have the same gross oak in our kitchen. I hate it. As much as I would love to do a dark color like this I think we are going to a white since we're doing our floors a dark wood. - I think you can paint anything, my husband tells me otherwise.
    This made your kitchen look fantastic!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  25. i'm so so glad you went dark! everyone is painting cabinets white, and i've got beautiful dark cabinets...but i'm starting to feel like it isn't beautiful enough. thanks for reminding me how great the dark paint can look!

  26. I did this several years ago and know how much work it is :) I love this practical solution to a decor problem. We are starting a link up party on Thursdays (today:), and we would love for you to join us with this post and/or any others you would like to include. We are at Hope to see you there!!

  27. Wow, that is a major transformation! I'm glad you gave a tip about what to do if you don't prime your cabinets. No matter how much I've begged my husband to take the extra time (and he insists on doing projects like this by himself), he just won't. Needless to say, my painted cabinets show every. little. nick. and I hate them!

    If you haven't already, I'd love if you'd come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.

  28. Great look!!! Pinned:) Inspiration for my bathroom vanity project:)

  29. Excellent color choice! I know that when we buy a new house, we'll be busy painting, painting and painting! It's amazing how a good coat of paint really transforms a place. Thanks for sharing with us!

  30. Hmmmm.... I'm gonna paint my mom's cabinet pink because I hate the color she got now.
    I'm your new follower from blog hop. love your awesome blog!
    Feel free to check & follow me @


  31. That is quite the differenc, and it looks like you are moving along quickly. takes me forever to get a prject done.

  32. Popping by from the weekend social blog hop. I'm already a FB and twitter follower, but wanted to say hi anyway. I like the new color . . . I'm not a huge fan of yellow on walls. Hope you have a good weekend.

    Mary Catherine of Fun-A-Day!

  33. They look great! I'll be moving soon, too, so this info could come in handy.

  34. Love, love, love it! Amazing what paint can do! I was going to paint our kitchen cabinets in that exact color too! But my bright yellow walls would have made it look too 70's so we went with Antique white! Your photos brought back memories of the process:)

  35. They look GREAT! You did a fantastic job!

  36. I love that chocolate color! It's amazing what a coat of paint can do.
    Thanks for linking up to our Crafty Thursday Obsessions linky party, hope to see you back this week!

  37. I've been wanting to do this! Turned out nice! Thank you for linking up at Fluster's Creative Muster.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  38. What an upgrade! This looks fantastic. I strongly dislike the builder's finish...too generic :)

  39. Looks great! I love painted cabinets. :)
    You guys did a great job!

  40. Wow~ those turned out fantastic! Thanks so much for linking up!

  41. Beautiful cabinet makeover! It looks wonderful and so fresh. Congratulations on your move and new home!

  42. GREAT transformation! I love the color. Thanks for linking these up at Think Tank Thursday. I am featuring you today!

  43. What a FABULOUS transformation! WOW!!!!! thanks for sharing and I am sharing it today : ) hugs...

  44. Great job!!!

    Your island from the photo looks on the smaller side, it's fine the way it is, but you mentioned granite. You might be able to go to a fabricator and look in their remnant yard and find a small piece, (not the dealer that sells stone they will tell you they sell nothing less than a slab probably in a snobby tone). If you find something in the remnant yard you pay for the piece and then the cutting. Eased edge is usually included, in other words no extra. I was able to do that for the countertops beside my stove for little.

  45. Wow, your cabinets look awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. So glad you shared with us. I am featuring you tonight at Pick of the Bunch!!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  46. Beautiful transformation! Thanks for sharing the tutoria with us in the Crafty Showcasel. I really love this! You are always so inspiring!

    Susie @Bowdabra & SusieQTpies Cafe

  47. We primed primed primed but didn't coat, so now I need to touch up something fierce. It's funny - I painted to get rid of a dark brown! It was just too dark in my teeny kitchen!

  48. Thanks so very much for sending the link. I giggled out loud when I saw your oak cabinets, it was like looking at a mirrored image of mine. I'm truly going to get brave enough to attempt this after tax season is over. Only a few more days of being stuck on the other side of the computer for more hours than I care to admit on a daily basis. Again, thanks so very much for sending the link. fondly ~lynne~


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