Kitchen Reveal: Transformation Part 1

It has been a long week and a half of painting kitchen cabinets and waiting for paint to dry.  My patience has truly been tested.  Thank god I have a wonderful sister-in-law who loves DIYing as much as I do because we tore through this task fairly quickly.  We had a time limit to how long we could work on this so we weren't able finish everything in one day.  I found myself trying to squeeze in a coat here and there after work which was starting to make me nuts so Shanna came over last Thursday to help me finish off what was left. 

After the painting there is nothing left to do but wait for the paint to cure.  After all that work the last thing you want is your tacky doors sticking to the frames and screwing up your paint job.  I took my tips from Young House Love, they made it sound super easy and it really was!

I used Zinsser's oil based primer and then three coats of Sherwin Williams, self leveling, semi gloss white.  I chose semi-gloss because the backsplash I have decided on is pretty glossy so I didn't want everything to have that slick, super shiny appearance.

Check out the tips from YHL, I followed them pretty much to the letter...except for waiting five days for the paint to dry, I waited more like two and a half and everything is looking great!

Let's look at the before one more time:

Here we are in the process of painting, say hello to all my dishes and food.  I still have no idea how people can have glass doors on their cabinets.  They are gorgeous but I need a hiding place for everything!

Get ready because here comes the big finish!!!!!

Wait for it...

Wait for it...

TA DA!!!!!!!!!

Just a couple tips from me.  If your hinges and screws are brass like mine, grab a can of spray paint to match your handles and pulls.  Easy transformation that saved me about $85!

I decided to leave the insides of the cabinets and drawers the wood tone.  I was hesitant at first but besides the fact that this saved my sanity, the wood tone gives a warm feeling (you know when you open your cabinets and drawers), plus you don't always see it since these are supposed to stay closed.

I hope you love it just as much as I do!  I was chomping at the bit to show you the new cabinets today!!  Anyone else renovating a kitchen right now?  Send us some pictures so we can feature your transformations.

See you swoon,


  1. Amazing! Great job! Its so much brighter and cleaner looking! I painted mine too and it was an exhausting task! (post: I completely know how you feel!

  2. Love it! What an awesome transformation :)

  3. Fabulous!! Paint saves the day again!!! All your hard work paid off, because your kitchen is gorgeous!

  4. Amazing job! It looks so modern and chic!

  5. Thank you everyone! I cannot stop staring at it, the space looks so much bigger and brighter. Of course now I am just itching to get he counters and backsplash done. Shanna, prepare yourself.

    Maury, your cabinet transformation is beautiful, thank you for sharing it with us!!

  6. Great steal! I love the look. Very clean and modern but still very playful.