You Won’t Believe It – It’s My Kitchen Cabinets Reveal

Yes my friends, you read the title correctly! My kitchen cabinets are DONE! Had you given up on me? For those of  you stopping by for the first time, I started my kitchen cabinet transformation almost three months ago. Meaning that this reveal has been a long time coming. I knew it would take awhile, but did not anticipate it taking this long. I thought a couple of weeks at the most. Whew, this was a project {to say the least}. As usual, I knew exactly what I wanted the finished project to look like, but it took a lot of reading, inquiring, trials and errors to get these cabinets the way they are now. I won’t lie, it was not an easy task. We hit a lot of speed bumps along the way where things didn’t work as we had planned which caused major delays. Are you ready to see? Of course you are!

If there was anything in the house that made me doubt our purchase, it was the kitchen. Oh the kitchen! There was nothing, not one thing, that I liked about this room. It was everything I wasn’t looking for during our search for a new home. But it was a great layout and it had some serious potential. Luckily I have an eye for these things and I was able to overlook the ugliness not so great features of this kitchen in order to see the kitchen I could create. 
So here it is, our kitchen circa 2007 
{these pics were taken during inspection using a point and shoot, so excuse the crappiness}
Dislikes {umm, everything}:
  • White linoleum counter tops. I had once lived in an apartment with white linoleum counters and swore it would never happen again. Well here we were, once again, with white linoleum. Hubby promised granite – at some point- so I agreed to live with it {for 10 months too long}.
  • White appliances. I used to really like white appliances, but now I preferred stainless steel.
  • The big, bright fluorescent light on the ceiling. I am not a fan of overhead lights, particularly bright fluorescent ones.
  • The Pergo laminate flooring. It sounded hollow when we walked on it and it looked as if someone had ice skated over it. In other words, scratched.
  • I didn’t love the raised bar. I really wanted an island or large counter workspace. Plus I felt it closed off the room.
  • The color. Now there’s nothing wrong with yellow, I just didn’t want it in my kitchen. But paint doesn’t scare me. It’s an easy fix.
  • Two-tone, gold and white cabinet hardware and gold switch plates so shiny you could use them as mirrors.


Need I say more?
The kitchen remodel was complete in November 2007 {about one year after moving into the house}. Let me remind you that all the renovations were done by hubby and me, with the exception of the counter tops. It was not something either of us had done before, we learned along the way. Here’s what we did:

  • Granite! Good-bye white linoleum, hello Santa Cecilia granite!
  • Stainless appliances, all of them.
  • A new, hanging light fixture. This took some work because there was a large rectangular hole in the ceiling when “Big Fluorescent” was removed. Hubby had to patch it up with drywall and spackle and then of course, paint.
  • Beautiful Teak hardwoods.
  • Did you notice the raised bar is gone? Best idea EVER! After removing the laminate in prep for the granite installation {tip: HUGE money saver if you remove it yourself}, hubby cut off the drywall used for the raised bar so that it was level with the counter top. The granite covered all imperfections and is supported {because the solid slab is so heavy} with a corbel* and four stair posts.
  • On the walls: we painted the walls with Ralph Lauren Tangier Island & Country Cork, added beadboard under the bar and travertine tile backsplash under the cabinets.
  • We changed the cabinet hardware to nickel-finish knobs and pulls.
  • Nickel finish switch plates replaced the gold.
Everything was just how I wanted it, except the cabinets. Unfortunately, new kitchen cabinets were not an option for us. If I wanted a different look, I would have to do it myself. I kept putting this project off because I knew that it would be a lot of work. Finally, on March 9, 2011, I started my kitchen cabinet transformation. {No Turning Back Now}. The dishes came out, the doors came off and I was ready to go! 
I plan on doing an in-depth tutorial on painting the cabinets, including supplies, what to do and not to do, etc. But for now, in a nutshell, here are the steps for re-finishing the cabinets:
  • Remove cabinet hardware and doors. Clean all surfaces to remove grease and grime. 
  • Sand surfaces well to rough up the finish.
  • Prime. 
  • Lightly sand to smooth any brush strokes or drips.
  • Paint 2-3 coats, allowing to dry 24 hours and lightly sanding in between coats.
  • Apply and wipe off glaze to give an “antique look.”
On top of the painting, we also added glass doors, replaced the cabinet above the microwave with a decorative box and shelf that touched the ceiling and changed the cabinet hardware. 


Like I said, this was by no means an easy project. Many times throughout the process I cursed and hollered that I would NEVER do this again. But now that I’m finished, I would do again in a heartbeat! I absolutely love how my new cabinets look! The room looks so much bigger and brighter and the and the accents like the antiquing, new hardware, glass doors and box with molding really bring the whole look together.
Now it’s perfect! Except that I would still like a Viking range, double ovens and a Sub Zero fridge someday! I am so happy with all of the changes we have made. And what I love best is that we did it all ourselves and saved TONS of money!


Now, you must head over to Nap Time Crafters to cast your vote for the final round in this season of American Crafter. I’m up against some very talented ladies so EVERY vote counts! Voting starts now and runs until Sunday at midnight (MST). Pretty, pretty please help a girl out! 

Good luck to Lolly Jane and Sassy Sites! You all have such great ideas and have been tough to compete against!

71 thoughts on “You Won’t Believe It – It’s My Kitchen Cabinets Reveal”

  1. You did a great job on your kitchen redo. I am sure you smile every time you are in the room. Glad I stopped by to see your beautiful project.

  2. WOW! Your kitchen is so gorgeous! I know it was a lot of work, but you did a super job!! I'm not jealous, not a bit! 🙂
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  3. I'm always amazed at what paint (especially white paint) can do to a place! The kitchen looks great!

  4. Your kitchen is stunning! I just love it – all the colors are perfect. So dreamy! congratulations on a project accomplished! That feels so good! I am trying to finish up some board and batten myself – it is neverending!
    Great job – thanks for sharing this stunning makeover!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  5. It looks so fabulous! I have been wanting to paint my cabinets for a couple of years now but there are a lot and I am so impatient! I'll keep looking back at yours to give me some more inspiration! 🙂

  6. The finished product was worth the wait. Very, very nice. Thanks for sharing and I've just cast my vote for you. Good luck!

  7. Jennifer your kitchen is beautiful! My kitchen looks like your old one and I would love to paint my cabinets! Great job! great inspiration!

  8. Your kitchen is beautiful!! Great Job!I don't really like raised bars either, lowering it was an awesome idea!!!!

  9. This is my first time stopping by your blog and it couldn' have been at a better time. I have been going back & forth with the idea of changing my daughter's bedroom furniture [which is about the coloring of your old cabinets]….over to white.

    I am in love with white furniture for kids. [a new thing since falling in love with all things Pottery Barn kids]. So instead of buying new…which we can't afford to do anyway….I am going to paint paint paint.

    And yes……….after reading your blog today, I am NOW GOING AHEAD WITH IT! Thanks a bunch!

    PS. I didn't used to be a fan of white or white furniture but doesn't it just look so FRESH??????

  10. PS. I was showing my husband your cabinets…. so he knew why I made the decision to go ahead and paint my daughter's bedroom furniture and I think I heard him say something like "You go ahead and do whatever you want."

    You think that means I can do the kitchen cabinets when I'm done? hehe [I think that's what I heard]. lol

  11. SOOO awesome, your eye for color is incredible! Great job, makes me wish I had a kitchen to fix up!

  12. I absoulutely adore it!! Everything you did looks amazing!! It gives me hope for my kitchen now…lol
    Great blog…just found you! And I will be back…:-)

  13. Swoon! Your kitchen looks amazing! There is nothing better than creating your "dream look" and knowing that you did it yourself! Great job! 🙂

  14. Jen, you guys did such a great job! Your kitchen is to die for…straight out of a magazine! And of course I voted for you…I really hope you win! I have all of my friends voting for you too!

    Have a great 3 day weekend!


  15. Wow! I love the transformation. This gives me hope for my ugly kitchen! It looks beautiful. You should be proud!!

  16. Love it. It really looks gorgeous after all your hard work. I knew it would look great -you have great taste. Happy memorial day weekend!

  17. I love your kitchen. Mine sort of looks like your before;) but it is on my list of things to do, the list that keeps on growing! I am a new follower, would love if you would follow back..

  18. It's so amazing what painted cabinets will do!! I have been contemplating painting, but I have no idea how it would turn out, this looks great!!! I love it, great job!!

  19. Looks wonderful!.. This is on my list for this Summer but I will be trying out using Annie Sloan chalk paint in my kitchen. eeek! But very excited all the same!


  20. Wow! What a fabulous transformation. Where did you get that kitchen light? Congratulations on a job well done! I think I am going to see if my husband would like to add this to his list of things to accomplish this summer. 😉
    Thanks for sharing the great pictures!

  21. Wow how awesome does that look! seriously those are so beautiful. I am loving the white. I pinned this thank you for sharing.

    A mommy's life…with a touch of YELLOW

  22. Your kitchen reno turned out just fabulous!!! It is soo bright and airy now!! I want to paint our cabinets but that will have to wait. Y'all did a great job and I hope our reno turns out just as lovely!

  23. I love this!! SO pretty. I'm redoing our cabinets this summer and have been searching for inspiration….and your masterpiece is perfect!! Loving all of it. Thank you for sharing!! ; )

  24. These came out awesome! I absolutely love white painted cabinets. You guys get extra credit for installing glass doors.

  25. This is amazing!! We are redoing our kitchen too and it is still in the process. This is what I want when it is done. I love it!

  26. Love, love, love everything that you did in your kitchen. Love the opening about the microwave with the little shelf above it. I am even more impressed that you guys did most of the work yourselves.

  27. As I always say: builders should just put in WHITE cabinets – it would save us all a lot of work!! LOL! We just moved into our "new" house (10mos ago) we have SO SO much work to do but I especially can't wait to paint our cabinets! Following from BNOTP.

  28. Oh dear, I am glad you can't see me cause I am turning GREEN with envy!!!!! LOL! Your kitchen looks gorgeous and you must be so PROUD that you did it all yourselves!!!! Now, I will go vote for you! XO, Pinky

  29. Wow! It's gorgeous! Definitely showing your kitchen transformation to my husband for inspiration!


  30. Your kitchen looks fantastic. I love the white cabinets with your granite! Looks great! I'm also impressed with how good you look working, in your cute apron – if I were working on the cabinet my hair would be tied up, I'm in sweats and covered in paint 🙂

  31. It looks fantastic! I bet the meals that come out of that gorgeous kitchen will taste even better too!:) Great job!

  32. It is gorgeous lady!I do have to see if you want to see a truly ugly kitchen you need to check out my kitchen makeover – I would have take yours any day! You are brave to paint them yourself. When we did our last year I thought about it and in the end hired someone to lacquer them (can you say lazy on my part…but it only took one full day!).

    Yuo did an amazing job and should be so proud!

  33. This is one of my all-time favorite kitchens!!! In fact, I bookmarked it for further reference. It is just a great combination of elegance, warmth and style. Love it!

  34. Hi Jen – Your kitchen is just beautiful! You did a fantastic job and all of your decorative touches have made it a special and unique space! I'm sure you and your family are really enjoying it.

  35. Your kitchen looks lovely!

    I have the honey blonde cabinets and hate them! I need to get them painted sometime.

  36. I love what you did with the cabinet over your stove… I may have to steal that idea! It's the little things though, isn't it, that really pull the look off.

  37. Great transformation. I well remember updating my kitchen(although yours is much more grand than mine) and doing my own share of hollering. The whole process nearly killed me, but I still enjoy the results.

  38. Don't know how I missed this post Jennifer! Your kitchen looks GORGEOUS!! It was so worth the 3months that it took you because it is perfection!! You guys did an awesome job. Martina

  39. You should be proud!! We are putting in new cabs next year and i can't decide on paint or stain??? Please tell me how your painted cabs hold up! Thanks!

  40. Hi!! I know your blog today, its very creative. I like so much….
    I go on around here a litle bit more ;D
    Kisses from Madrid♥ ♥

  41. Gorgeousness to the max!! I think I've seen your kitchen remodel before, but I'm still loving it. I saw your submission over at CSI! Hope you're picked for number 1!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  42. looks beautiful! I had the same idea to do glass on my cabinets as well. Do you or will you have a tutorial on how you did it?

  43. Swinging by from the V-spot today, and I must say I LOVE LOVE LOVE your kitchen re-do! Fabulous that you were able to re-use what was already there. My cabinets are the cheapest builder grade thermofoil and after 9 years here they need to go – painting won't fix them 🙁 Love what you did with the space over the microwave, very creative use of that space!

  44. Fiancé and I are waiting to close on our first home and want to re-do the kitchen ourselves! We will be using your tutorials and can’t wait to do it together.

    So: I have to know- How much did it cost you to do this?

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