Another Builder Grade Kitchen Transformed


Things have been crazy busy here, so I’m catching my breath before things kick back up again (which will be any minute now).  So I thought it would be a good time to share my latest client kitchen project.  I’m really happy with how this one turned out, and it’s been a lot of fun to watch it come together.

The great part about this project is that so many other elements have already been updated, so the painting of the cabinets was the icing on the cake.  The homeowners had already added a new island, granite, appliances and a tile backsplash.  The only outstanding items on their to-do list are refinishing the hardwood floors and painting the walls.

Let’s get to the before and after photos, shall we?

Before – the kitchen is a great size, with lots of natural light and a gorgeous island.  If you can imagine, the island used to end near the cabinet next to the dishwasher, so the island extension alone has transformed how this kitchen functions.

And here it is now – the homeowner commented on how the backsplash pops now that the cabinets are done, and the beautiful appliances really stand out as well.  Even the granite takes on a new look.

Of course, they had to live through this:

And this (my amazing Zipwall that makes fast work of tarping off an area in minutes).  I can’t tell you how much I’m loving this product!  I can take it down in minutes as well, and then set it up again in my basement work area as a spray booth.  Another product that leaves me thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

But in the end, it’s totally worth it.

The homeowner is itching to paint now that the cabinets are done.  In some of the adjacent areas she’s going to paint in neutral shades, but is looking to add a pop of color in the kitchen.  A warm burnt orange/brown – to pick up on the tile accents and pendant lighting.

A huge shout out to D. Lawless Hardware for providing the gorgeous knobs and pulls.  I love how the square portion of this knob picks up the square tile details that appear in the backsplash.

The homeowner just loves how they work so well with the colors and finishes in the kitchen.

The coordinating pulls have the same square detail as the knobs and are a perfect compliment to the black and copper accents they have incorporated.

So there you have it!  Another builder grade kitchen transformation at the fraction of the cost of installing new cabinets.  These transformations never get old for me, and I love seeing the happiness these changes bring to the homeowners.  Fun stuff, I tell you.

Now I’ve started to transform this kitchen (with another one scheduled after that!).  Life is good.

If you’re in the Dayton/Cincinnati area and want your cabinets transformed, but don’t want to tackle it yourself, contact me at jenny.williamson7(at)

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TDC Before and After


  • Reply
    Derrick Lawless
    March 25, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Awesome project and great photos! Thanks!

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    March 25, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    I cannot believe how nicely the backspash & island look now the cabinets are painted white. I would never have thought it would make such a huge difference, but it really does!

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      March 26, 2015 at 2:03 am

      It really does make a huge difference, doesn't it? I'm always amazed at how existing finishes look so much different with a change in the cabinet color.

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    Melissa @
    March 26, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Looks great, Jenny! Gotta love the power of paint.

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    Levi Eslinger
    March 26, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Wow! That kitchen looks totally awesome! Very complete too, right down to the faucets and sinks. I hope that you have synchronized those elements closely and have made them working and functioning to their fullest extent. Great job, Jenny! Thanks for sharing that! Kudos and more power to you!

    Levi Eslinger @ Capital Plumbing

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    Homer Collins
    August 24, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    The white cabinets really looks great, and it blends well with the backsplash and light countertop. And those new knobs and handles were a nice touch, by the way. A job well done, Jenny! Looking forward to your other projects in the future. Cheers!

    Homer Collins @ Pinnacle Renovations

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    Kate Hummel
    March 6, 2017 at 10:52 am

    what brand / paint do you recommend? Sherwin Williams vs Benjamin Moore (etc.)…..enamel flat or gloss? spray vs brush? Thank you ! & PS love your website…well designed !

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      March 6, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      I’m partial to Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint in a satin finish, but I have also used Sherwin Williams’ Pro Classic and it’s a great product. I just really love the sheen with the Benjamin Moore. I always spray my doors/drawers, but many times I’ll brush/roll the cabinet frames. 🙂

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    February 16, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    I’ve repainted my cabinets using an airless sprayer and high quality prep/prime and paint. Problem is with the floating panel doors when the dry cold weather hits and the paint in the corners cracks. Some suggest a flexible caulk, do you have any suggestions that have withstood the test of time?

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