An Epic Painted Kitchen Cabinet Transformation

This post has been a long time coming, and I’m excited to finally share my biggest painted kitchen cabinet transformation to date.  And it is just that – a transformation.  The homeowners bought this house, but had not yet moved in, so I was able to do most of the work without being completely in the way.  In addition to painting the cabinets, they were also making more changes – new countertops, backsplash, paint, fixtures, etc… By the way, these homeowners could not be any nicer – the wife stays home, the husband is a dentist, and they have three adorable kiddos.

I should also mention that in keeping with my gene for dental drama during off-hours, my daughter had a toothache (baby tooth) over the holidays, and my dentist was out of town.  I called the husband’s dental office, and they were closed too.  When I asked if he had a recommendation for someone to see her, he went out of his way and said that we could come to their house and he could pull it there (making a trip to his office to get the right tools).  How many dentists do you know who would do a house call at their own house?  Good people.

Anyway, during the dental drama, I was able to snap some final photos (with my iPhone) of their completed kitchen, now that the walls are painted and the backsplash has been installed.  In fact, I had a memory card go MIA, so I think these all may be from my iPhone (grrrr), and I know I’m missing a couple of shots.  But, let’s take a look back at where it all began.

The kitchen is beautiful to begin with, and I know some will argue that painting the cabinets is a travesty.  But this house had a definite 90’s vibe going, and it just wasn’t in keeping with the look and feel that the homeowners wanted.  We can all agree that the storage space in this kitchen is insane.  I should mention that all of the lower cabinets had two pull-out drawers for easy organizing.  Fantastic, yes?


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The navy blue Corian countertops, while trendy in the 90’s, just didn’t jive with the new design direction, so those were going as well, along with the yellowish paint color on the walls.  The homeowners also decided to add a tile backsplash, since there was not one incorporated in the original kitchen design.

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I’ve given you a peek at the changes that took place with this planning desk, and if you follow me on Instagram, you saw the full transformation already.  I love how creative they got with this space.

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They made use of some of the cabinets in this butler’s pantry area, since they were adding a wine fridge.  So smart.


Since there is so much detail work in this kitchen, I sprayed both the doors/drawers and the frames.  While the prep can be a bear, it’s worth the time and effort with raised panels on the end cabinets and island, as well as all of that gorgeous crown molding.



And here it is before the walls were painted and the backsplash was installed.



Another example of beautiful hardware from D. Lawless – I’m always thrilled with the quality of their knobs and pulls.


I love the detail work on the new hutch –


Beautiful new sink –



Painted Kitchen Cabinet Transformation


Painted Kitchen Cabinet Transformation

You can see the countertops really well in this photo.  The homeowners went with a beautiful quartz, and that backsplash, don’t even get me started – I love it!

Painted Kitchen Cabinet Transformation

The backsplash is along the lines of the tiles that I shared in last week’s Friday 5+1 – remember these?


And that planning desk?  Transformed into a beautiful hutch with a gorgeous butcher block countertop.  This might be my favorite part of this entire transformation.  The homeowners reused cabinets from the butler’s pantry area, to make this a more useful space.

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Here you can see how the transformation unfolded.

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Quite an epic transformation, don’t you think?  This was by far, my biggest cabinet project to date, but one of my favorites with it being such a dramatic change.

Let’s take one more look at the transformation side-by-side, shall we?

If you’re looking to have your cabinets painted and live in the Dayton/Cincinnati area – contact me.  If you’re looking to tackle this job yourself, take a peek at my tutorial –  How to Paint Your Cabinets Like a Pro.

Have a beautiful day!


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  • Reply
    January 20, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Oh my goodness! It looks beautiful 🙂 so much work but a great result!

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    Shelley @ Calypso in the Country
    January 20, 2016 at 8:26 am

    WOW! It really is an ‘epic’ kitchen redo! I always love a white kitchen and you did an incredible job! The desk transformation is perfect and I love the choices on the counters and back splash. The home owners must be thrilled with their new kitchen!

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    January 20, 2016 at 9:28 am

    The makeover is stunning! Kudos to the homeowners for not replacing all of the cabinets.

    What kind of sealer do you use on top of what kind of paint? I have some laundry room cabinets to paint in a high traffic area and don’t know what to use.

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      January 20, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Ann, the great think about Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint, is that you don’t have to use a sealer over the top. Once it fully cures, it hardens like an oil based paint. My tried and true favorite paint for cabinet jobs. 🙂

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    cassie @ primitive & proper
    January 20, 2016 at 10:01 am

    that was a s**t-ton of work and it was worth it! it looks amazing!

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      January 20, 2016 at 10:24 am

      Indeed it was Cassie! Over 80 doors and drawers when it was all said and done. Epic. 🙂

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    January 20, 2016 at 10:12 am

    What an amazing transformation. That is a huge kitchen!!

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    Elaine - visual meringue
    January 20, 2016 at 10:20 am

    It looks amazing. Wonderful job!

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    Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    January 20, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Gorgeous. The makeover is amazing and I love that huge kitchen footprint.

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    January 20, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Wow that was a huge job Jenny!! You did a spectacular job – it looks so great!!

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      January 20, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks Lisa! Huge for sure, but what a fun family and a great transformation!

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    January 20, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    This is stunning! You do such a great job and have a fabulous eye for potential.

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      January 20, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      Thanks Amanda! Big job, but so worth the end result!

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    Kathy V.
    January 21, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Amazing transformation! I know there are those out there who think painting wood cabinets is a sacrilege, but as I always tell people, just because it’s wood, doesn’t mean it’s good! (Well these were beautiful, but the white is, well, amazing!) Congratulations on a super successful re-do. Your clients must be thrilled.

    Question. Was there much grain bleed through using the BM Advance? I’m considering painting my oak cabinets, but am concerned about grain bleed through. It looks like the coverage on these cabinets was excellent.

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      January 21, 2016 at 10:05 am

      The cabinets look fabulous! What BM color did you use?

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        January 21, 2016 at 10:21 am

        Thanks Kathy! This is a custom color that we had matched to a cabinet door sample. I agree – great color!

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    January 21, 2016 at 9:39 am

    That is awesome. Great job!! Love it…Karen

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    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos
    January 22, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Its so light and bright now. Love the kitchen makeover.

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    January 22, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    A beautiful transformation expertly done. Did you spray the cabinet doors and drawer fronts in place or off site? I will use BM ADvance paint on my cabinets thanks to your recommendation. Not having to top coat because the paint cures to oil based hardness is a huge plus. Thanks for sharing this.

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      January 23, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Hey Elizabeth – I took all of the doors and drawers and sprayed them off-site. Big job, big reward!

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    January 24, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Gorgeous! Those tiles are to die for — are you able to share the manufacturer name?

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    Andrea Teague
    January 22, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    What selection of paint did you use? M in the process of choosing a whit as well for kitchen. So many choices!

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      January 25, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      The color in this kitchen was a custom match to a cabinet that the homeowner found in a kitchen showroom.

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    August 24, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Gorgeous! I wish I still lived in Kettering so that I COULD have you paint my cabinets! Florida is a little far, though. 😀

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    August 24, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    I’m in love with the backsplash. Where can I get it?

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      August 24, 2017 at 10:36 pm

      I have seen similar options in specialty tile shops – they can basically make the backplash any color you’d like. Almost like choosing a paint color!

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    November 15, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Hi Jenny, I️
    I️ love your work and I’m interested in having my kitchen cabinets painted. Please contact me at your convenience.
    Thank you, Sue

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    November 11, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Hi! I love what you did with the butlers pantry. Do you happen to know how the top cabinet was mounted? I’m trying to figure out then best way to do this myself? Thanks

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