Kitchen Reveal!

Happy Monday!

I am thrilled to report that my biggest DIY project to date is now complete.  After three weekends and nearly every weeknight in between, my kitchen cabinets are finally painted, and I am over-the-moon-giddy with the final result!  They look light, bright and beautiful – like a brand new kitchen!

Best yet, I’m so proud that I did it all myself.  Every now and then during this process, I would catch my husband saying, “We’re repainting the kitchen cabinets.”  Um, no honey.  I’m repainting the kitchen cabinets.  😉

I was hoping to have the walls painted too, but ran out of time and didn’t want to delay sharing the end result with all of you.  (So, don’t mind the overspray – it will be fixed soon)

So, let’s get started with the photo overload, shall we?

And what reveal would be complete without some before and after photos?  I’m particularly happy with how the white cabinets completely change the look of the granite.  Before, I was happy to have granite, but I didn’t love it.   Now, I am really loving the granite – it doesn’t look so muddy anymore.

Here is a picture from when we first bought our house, almost a year ago (to the day).

(Pay no attention to the big, lazy black dog in the doorway.)

UPDATED:  Here is a glimpse of the kitchen after the walls were painted.  You can see the full Kitchen Evolution here and a complete tutorial here or click on the photo below.

Honestly, a year ago, I never would have imagined having the courage or the confidence to tackle this project on my own.  Watching so many of you make amazing transformations in your own homes, has, in turn, not only inspired me, but also given me the confidence to do this myself.  

And for that, I thank you.

Come on over and check out a new feature at A Vintage Vine, called “Did You See This Friday”.  Lisa is featuring great projects from around the blogosphere, and I’m thrilled to be included in this series debut!

Linking to:

Dittle Dattle – Amaze Me Monday
Between Naps on the Porch – Metamorphosis Monday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia – Tuesday’s Treasures
Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesday
Jennifer Rizzo – Impromptu Link Party
Somewhat Simple – Strut Your Stuff
House of Hepworth’s – Hookin’ up with HoH
Miss Mustard Seed – Furniture Feature Friday
The Shabby Nest – Frugal Friday
Chic on a Shoestring – Flaunt it Friday
Beneath My Heart – Best DIY Projects of November
Thrifty Decor Chick – Before and After Party
Just a Girl – Show and Share Day

Best DIY Project of 2011 Contest - Not JUST A Simple Housewife


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    November 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    WOW!!! It looks terrific, Jenny!! I totally agree… the white cabs really change the tone of the granite. It's a much softer look now.

    I'm helping a friend redesign her kitchen, and she likes the tan/khaki color with white cabinets. What color are your walls, and are you keeping that color? Also, what is the pretty blue color on the walls in the other room?

    Nice job! Now your husband owes you a gift certificate to the spa 🙂

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    November 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Jenny, your kitchen looks amazing! I can't get over how much paint can change the look and feel of a room! Your kitchen feels so fresh, bright and classic. I absolutely love the white and love the contrast of the black island….and they both work so well with your beautiful countertops! How gratifying to have done this yourself too, right? Congrats and enjoy it!

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    November 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Wow – what a beautiful transformation! We had our cabinet doors sent out to be sprayed two years ago and I'm still thrilled with the results. But reading this I wish we had done it ourselves! Excellent job.

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    Carmel @ Our Fifth House
    November 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    What a difference! The white looks really great! Nice job!

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    November 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    STUNNING! You really did a beautiful job and the now i have serious kitchen envy!

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    November 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    It looks awesome! Great job!

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    A Vintage Vine
    November 14, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    AMAZING! You have done such a wonderful job! It looks like I thought it would….perfect! Now what are you going to do?

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    November 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Looks a lot brighter! I love it! You did a wonderful job!

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    November 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    love it!! gorgeous.

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    Rebekah Greiman
    November 14, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    The kitchen looks so warm and inviting. I bet you are glad to have it all done! I found you through Between Naps. Have a great week!

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    From Gen to Gen
    November 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Congratulations — what a successful transformation! Thank you for sharing.

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    November 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Nice work! Your kitchen looks light and bright with a warm and cozy feel. The dark island looks so good with the light cabinets. You tackled such a huge project and it looks so good right down to the knobs and pulls!

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    November 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Beautiful job! It is so much brighter and cheerier now!

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    November 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Looks wonderful! I wish I had your courage (and talent)!

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    To The Moon and Back
    November 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Wow Jenny! This looks amazing! What some white paint and hard work can do. LOVE IT!

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    ℳartina @ Northern Nesting
    November 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    WOW Jenny I LOVE the new lighter and brighter look! You did an amazing job, the cabinets look beautiful! Martina

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    Little Moos and My Creative Pink.
    November 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Beautiful!! It changed the look and is certainly light and airy. Can I have some of your determination and drive please??

    I sent you and e-mail but thought I would ask here too. I was wondering what air compressor you use with you spray gun? I have some bathroom cabinets I plan to repaint and would be interested in purchasing they gun you used. Thank you and again you did a wonderful job!

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    Denise at PinkPostcard.
    November 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    looks beautiful Jenny! 🙂 It was all worth it, wasn't it? so bright and cheery!

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    November 14, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    You really did an awesome job. The white cabinets really makes the granite pop. Congrats on tackling such a huge project.

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    Melissa at HOUSEography
    November 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Jenny – Congratulations! You did a great job and it looks fantastic!! Hope you get to enjoy it over the next few weeks 🙂

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    November 14, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Jenny, the kitchen looks fabulous! It is so light and bright. Give yourself a great big pat on the back! They look like a pro did them. I am so excited I found your blog in time to follow your cabinet make over.
    Absolutely amazing. A job well done! Just in time for the holidays, too! =) Enjoy.

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    November 15, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Wow, your kitchen looks amazing! It's crazy how a little paint color can brighten a room. Can I hire you to paint my kitchen cabinets? You go girl!!!

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    Nikki Green Caprara
    November 15, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Jenny, it looks SO amazing! Great job on your DIY. It definitely was worth it. So impressive!!


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    November 15, 2011 at 5:39 am

    It looks AMAZING!!! My own kitchen will be on the painters block very soon! Just curious of what color/brand/sheen of paint you used–and if you had to water it down much or at all to use in your sprayer? Any tips or advice would be appreciated! :O)

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    November 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Wow, what a difference. It is funny I have cherry cabinets and was looking at painting them the color of your original kitchen, but now definitely thinking about white 🙂
    I am visiting from Tuesday's Treasures and am now a follower.

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    pam {simple details}
    November 15, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Wow, Jenny! This was my first visit to your blog, what a wonderful surprise, your kitchen project is amazing! What a huge accomplishment and how fun for you to enjoy it for the holidays!

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    Jean @ Flower Hill
    November 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    You did a nice job! I'm in the middle of doing a kitchen update and I have similar granite as yours. I'll be posting more on it soon. Stop by and take a look and please leave your feedback. I also have a $50 West Elm giftcard giveaway going on! Make sure you join! You may just get to buy some new accessories for your new kitchen!


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    November 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Wow! What a difference painting them made. I wish I had enough guts to do it.

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    Sherry @ No Minimalist Here
    November 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Jenny, You did a great looks professionally painted. Love the change the white cabinets made to the kitchen.

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    Lisa Glowacka
    November 15, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Gorgeous kitchen! I am trying to convince my hubby to let me paint our cabinets and with quotes of $6000 for someone else to do it I may just be able to talk him into it!

    I'll be checking back to see if you a step-by-step post!

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    Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
    November 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    This is just amazing and you are fast! The kitchen is bright and beautiful!!!!
    (ps I will feature it next Tuesday)

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    Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    November 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Get out of town and back. I LOVE it. It really is stunning. Wow, girl. What a difference lightening it up made. I am all about white kitchens.

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    November 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Congratulations! What a HUGE accomplishment and they look amazing! It is so light and cheery in there and the cabinets look brand new. Please share a tutorial at some point. I would love to hear how many coats you used and what products you used….just in case I someday decide to tackle mine! Great, great job!

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    November 15, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Just beautiful and my goodness – what a lot of work!!

    evie @ brown paper packages

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    November 16, 2011 at 1:52 am

    What a gorgeous kitchen. Yes, I know that's been said, but it bares repeating! Going to be painting our kitchen soon too, but I know what a task lies ahead for me, so I'm putting it off until after the new year. Congrats on the "new" kitchen!

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    Kim @ Savvy Southern Style
    November 16, 2011 at 2:11 am

    They look great and what a nice big kitchen. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

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    ♥ Sonny ♥
    November 16, 2011 at 10:43 am

    your kitchen it so totally Beautiful~!! I absolutely adore it.

    I know you love it and grin every time you walk in there…
    woooooooohooooooooooo for White.


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    November 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    WOW, WOW, WOW! So completely impressed. They look FABULOUS! Can't believe what a difference it makes. Just beautiful. You should be very proud of yourself.

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    November 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!! Now I have to ask…what type of paint did you use and did you use a sprayer? I'm thinking about painting mine in the spring but don't know which way to go paint wise. Your kitchen looks so much brighter and the granite does look better with the white cabinets!

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    November 16, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    WOW is all I can say!!!…and AMAZING!!!….just getting started on our kitchen…we aren't spraying and my husband is helping me…incredible that you did it yourself!!…seeing these photos today is inspiring for me…I can't wait until ours is done!!….Enjoy your new wonderful kitchen!!..xo, Mariaelena

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