Saturday, August 23, 2008


Every summer we usually have a big painting project. Last year, we painted the outside of the house; and this summer it was time for the kitchen cupboards. This was something we had talked about for several years knowing that a lot of people consider painting natural-finished wood a BIG no-no. After 22 years it was time to do something to those cupboards. They were quite weary looking, plus it has always been so dark in the kitchen. There is very little natural light as the only window opens out north onto our screen-in porch.

After all, it wasn't as though the cupboards were custom, hand-made cherry cabinets. They were 1980s builder-grade oak cabinets; so, the decision was made to paint. We did a trial run on the bathroom cupboards using a primer coat, two coats of satin paint, then two coats of polyurethane with lots of sanding in between. We liked the way they turned out, so we decided to forge ahead. It took us a month in a mess, but the painting part is now done; and we are very pleased.

The above picture is the way they looked before. We also took out the old, cheap fan over the stove and installed a new micro hood. In the future, I would like a chandelier over the meat block and a new rug.

Is a room ever done?


bj said...

Your "new" kitchen looks fabulous!
I LOVE painted cabinets...much prefer them over natural wood.

Smilingsal said...

You made a HUGE difference! It's beautiful!

nikkicrumpet said...

WOW it looks like a totally new kitchen...all updated, bright and cheery! I'd say the decision to paint was a GREAT move!

Thanks for your nice comments about my posts....I'm thinking it's all downhill from here!

Picket said...

Hello friend!!! It is so nice to meet you.....I love the redo of the kitchen! It turned out fantastic! We also had the oak cabinets and I painted and glazed mine just this past was my first time ever doing something like that and man...I never want to do that again!!!! lol lol Oh it just opened your kitchen up and made everything look new and fresh! Thanks so much for coming by sweetie and please come back anytime!

Mary said...

It looks amazing!!! What alot of work, but it was well worth the effort!

Shelia said...

Oh, my goodness! What a difference painting your kitchen cabinets made! Your kitchen is just so beautiful! I love all the white and how bright the white paint makes everything look!
Thanks for popping in to see me this morning.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Gollum said...

Wow, what great before/after pictures! Your kitchen is beautiful!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Wow, that is an amazing transformation!!!! It looks wonderful!