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To Paint Or Not To Paint The Kitchen Cupboards?

Gutting and renovating a kitchen can cost a pretty penny.  Sometimes you’re ready for a change but maybe your budget isn’t ready yet. So, what do you do?  Suck it up or buy yourself some time?  I vote buy yourself some time by painting your cabinets.

Now, I know not everyone would agree with me, and that’s okay. I know there are lots of people who are quite opposed to painting wood, and in some cases, I would agree.  But I’m here to let you know why I think you should go for it.

1.       Obviously you want a change.  Painting the cabinets will provide that change.
2.       Paint is easy to live with.
3.       Gives you a chance to try something new before you purchase new cabinets.
4.       Paint will add some personality to your space.
5.       It’s easier to touch up painted cabinets than varnished ones
6.       It’s a pretty cheap way to give your space a completely different look

There are loads of options out there for products to use. But what product you use will depend on how or who is applying the paint.  If you are having someone come in to spray them, you need to pay more attention to what you use, but there may be products available to you that wouldn’t be suitable for brushing on.  Major paint companies make great products to use for this specific task, like Benjamin Moore’s Cabinet Coat, which is formulated for this specific application.  Ask your paint supplier for the best practices based on the product you are considering.  And remember, the right prep work is key to a successful paint job!

Here is our current kitchen before we painted EVERYTHING!

old cabinets wallpaper
White paint made a world of difference for this space, even though we opted not to change out the hardware at this stage.

Lisa, of Mermaid Cottage, painted her kitchen cabinets using Fusion Mineral paint and finished them off with a final coat of wax or sealer for the added durability.  This kitchen is a great example of the power of paint, quite a transformation!  Thank you for sharing your pictures with us, Lisa!

In all these kitchens, there are islands that got painted in an accent paint colour.  This is a fun way to add more colour into the space.  It can easily get painted back into the same colour as the main cabinets or switched up to another accent colour as the mood strikes.  Don’t tell my husband but I think I want to change our kitchen island to red….shhhh!

I wish I had before pictures of our old kitchen, but I wasn’t blogging then so the thought never occurred to me.  But I thought I’d share one last set of painted cabinets to show you the power of paint. These cabinets were aged, knotty pine.  With the right primer and a couple of coats of paint, they look fresh and new and really brighten up the space.

blue chair
Well, if I haven’t convinced you yet, I’m not sure if you will ever be!  I love what paint can do to transform a space, and by painting your cabinets, you can easily get a fresh look without having to gut the entire room!

Tell me, do you have painted cabinets? Or an opinion on painted cabinets? I’d love to hear about it!

Until next time,


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September 28, 2022