20-year old Kitchen Gets a Paint-Lift
Painting kitchen cabinets is ALWAYS a win in my book. I’m never not amazed, surprised, and blown away!
Original Kitchen Cabinets
This kitchen project was a 2-part episode shared on Today’s Homeowner. And I’m still obsessed with it. The cabinets were in pretty good shape considering they were original to this 20+ year old house. But they showed their age in the stain color.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the look of stained wood. But this orangey color was done so much during the time period this house was built, it automatically puts a date stamp on this kitchen and it keeps it from feeling modern or current.
There was also a rather unsightly shelf across the ceiling that divided the room and just collected dust. And the fluorescent light fixtures kept the room from feeling cozy.
And while there are some laminate countertops available these days that look really good, the yellowed original countertops had seen better days. Plus there was a perfect spot to add an overhang and a stool on the island but the countertop just ended with the cabinets.
Changes We Made
The most obvious one is painting all of the perimeter cabinets WHITE.
Yes, white cabinets are done all. the. time. But that’s because it works! It’s an instant way to update and brighten a kitchen or bathroom!
Another change we made was removing the laminate countertops and having granite installed!
This could be considered a ‘splurge’. But if you’re updating the rest of your kitchen yourself, perhaps saving for professionally-installed granite would be easier to attain and worth it in the long run! You could always paint the cabinets and change out countertops a few months down the road too!
We were able to extend the countertop on the island to create an easy little nook for a stool and a quick snack!
You’ll also notice that we painted the island cabinets a darker, moody color!
It’s Mined Coal from Behr and adds a touch of ‘design’ and depth to the kitchen that all-white cabinets would have lacked.
One of my favorite changes was replacing the double fluorescent light fixtures over the island with modern, sputnik-style pendants.
Having slightly trendy light fixtures is a fairly inexpensive and easy way to add a little style to any space without a big commitment. Had we opted for more streamline, subdued light fixtures, the overall impact of the makeover would have been less significant and impressive. In my opinion.🙂
We also changed out the light above the eat-in table with one that coordinated but wasn’t matchy-matchy.
Speaking of dramatic and trendy with low-commitment, the homeowners, Brian and Catherine, own a ‘large format’ print shop. AKA they make signs for businesses and such. They had a novel idea to PRINT a patterned backsplash on weather-resistant vinyl.😱
So they got a bold, statement backsplash without the expensive and permanency of tile! Love, love this idea!
Catherine jokes that if she didn’t like it or wanted to change it up in a few months, Brian could just print her a new one!😅
We completed A LOT of projects to get this result. And Catherine and Brian worked hard! If you’re looking for more details, head over to TodaysHomeowner.com to watch the 2 full episodes that cover the transformation!
And just for funsies, here’s some before and after pictures from the same angles!😍
I hope you enjoyed this transformation as much as I loved being a part of making it happen! As we approach the premiere of the 22nd season of Today’s Homeowner, I’ll be ‘catching up’ and sharing more of my favorite projects from season 21. So sign up for my RSS feed and monthly newsletter to get emails when a new post is up!
Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea
Gay T says
Amazing makeover!! Our first BIG project is a complete makeover of our kitchen and dining room. Thanks for some helpful ideas. Also, for naming the paint used on the island☺
As a PR major, I can’t help but proofread as I read. Please repair the word choice/spell check errors throughout the site. A site as beautiful and professional as this should have perfect copy. (Ex. On live edge floating shelf post…rough hewn not rough sewn)
Brad Newbill says
What brand and model
of paint sprayer did you use?
Chelsea Lipford Wolf says
Hi Brad! I love this one from Woodcraft. Hasn’t let me down yet! (Affiliate link, which will earn me a small commission without increasing the price for you.) ~Chelsea
Paul Harbin says
Can you tell me which paint sprayer you used to paint the kitchen cabinets and why you like this particular one?
I painted my kitchen cabinets with chalk paint. We did a lot of prep work on them to make sure they where clean and able to take the paint. We put the wax coating on them to protect them. I’m so disappointed as they are chipping and looking so bad. We are two 73 year old people living here and I just can’t get over how bad in some areas they are. Any suggestions? Thank you very much.
Chelsea Lipford Wolf says
Ugh Kathy! I hate that. Sounds frustrating for sure. Was the wax coating you used recommended for high-touch surfaces like cabinets? I would recommend sanding the bad spots and feathering out to adjacent areas so it’s smooth to the touch. Repaint the sanded spots. Then go over with a water-based polyurethane in a matte sheen. You’ll want to do at least 2 coats. Even better if you can lightly sand the wax coating of the entire door and re-coat the whole thing with the water-based poly too. ~Chelsea