My White Cabinets


We have been in our new home for a little over two months and loving every moment! We moved during a very hard time for me but it was the very best decision for our family. I had lofty (and probably unrealistic) plans for our new home. Most of my 'making it our own' list took a backseat to getting enough rest, BUT there was one thing that HAD to be done!!
 
 


This is a quick shot of our kitchen (complete with goofy staging:) that I took as we were walking through for the 10th time! Everyone who came in our house LOVED that brick wall which was apparantly done by the previous owner. I liked it but I secretly wished that it was shiny white subway tiles instead! Since we couldn't spend the money to renovate our kitchen I wanted to make those bricks really pop!! If you know me at all I've been dreaming of a white kitchen for, well, years. White everything.....complete with dark wood floors please.
 
I started taking the kitchen apart......
 


 I took all of the doors and hinges off, drawers came out and original hardware removed. All of the doors and drawers went to my 'shop' in the garage. Another reason we love this house.....how did we manage without a 3rd car garage??
 
I used Sherwin-Williams Pro Classic latex paint color matched to Martha Stewart's 'Picket Fence.'
 
 
Disclaimer: I am not a professional painter nor do I claim to do everything the proper way. I do what works for me. I have painted many pieces of furniture so I know what I like and what I don't like. Having said that, this may be a bit of a shock.......I didn't sand or prime before spraying my paint on. Don't hate okay :) I did clean my cabinets really well before painting. Here is my life-saver and favorite painting product I've used to date:
 
 
This guy saved me oodles of time and sprayed on like a dream......a dream I tell you! I don't own an air compressor (yet) so I went with this option which for the price tag of $100 was well worth it! I did just one coat on the back first and when they dried well  (2-3 days) I lightly sanded the edges and sprayed one coat on the front side. When the front was dry I used a clear wax to seal the edges of the cabinet door where they will be getting the most use.
 
While the doors/drawers were drying in the garage I worked on the inside. My husband and I primed the cabinet bases and then rolled on the paint. I'm lazy and didn't want to cover everything in plastic and tape off so I decided not to spray inside. Because of the quality of the paint we used it rolled on extremely well. We did about three coats on the bases and used a brush for the crown molding, again doing about three coats.
 
 
The final result!!!
 
 
 
Doesn't the brick look sooooo much better?!? I think so.
 
 
 
This project took me about a month from start to finish......so worth the time and effort! It completely changed the look of my kitchen......I'm in love!!!

 And just because everyone loves a good before-and-after, here ya go!!

 
 
So what do you think? Do you love white kitchens as much as I do?
 
 

 

20 comments:

  1. WOW what an awesome job!! Your kitchen looks amazing and so bright! I love the stone wall!

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    1. Thank you Martina! It really did brighten everything up :)

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  2. Looks absolutely amazing! My hubby and I just purchased paint to do our cabinets white and I can't wait for them to be finished! The only problem is DIY is that you have to wait for your own time to be available! Did you and and/or prime your cabinets with anything before spraying? That's the only thing we are wondering about. We bought the same paint but don't want to miss a step that we wish we had done 2 years down the road. Looks simply amazing!!!

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    1. Becca ~ I completely understand the time issue :) That is why it took me almost a month to complete. I would do a little at a time when I had the energy and motivation!
      We didn't prime the cabinet doors and drawers but we did prime the bases since we weren't spraying those. Good luck with your project!!

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  3. Wow!! It does look awesome and I do LOVE a white kitchen.

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  4. Oh wow!!! I absolutely love it Brooke! I'm trying to get the courage (and energy) to paint my cabinets and seeing your kitchen makes me want to get it done soon! You did a great job! I'm going to look into the sprayer you have too. :)

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    1. Thanks Hallie! Just do it.....you'll love the result! But I totally get the energy part. Take it a little at a time :)

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  5. LOVE IT!! The white makes your kitchen seems so open and "clean". The before picture seems to make your kitchen feel small and "clutter" like. I LOVE IT!! I may get the courage to finally do my kitchen :)

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    1. Thanks so much!! I like the after pics MUCH better too:)

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  6. Did you use the same paint for the inside of the cabinets? We have white painted bookcases and for some reason the items placed on them were sticking. We had the shelves sprayed on when they were built. Since then we have taken the shelves off and lightly sanded them and repainted. We let them dry for days before putting them back up. I still have one or two picture frames that will stick a litlle. What's up? any idea? I love your kitchen.....Beautiful!!!

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    1. Hi Sheila ~ Yes, we did use the same paint for the insides, however we did not paint the actual shelves....just the fronts of them so nothing inside the cabinet is actually touching the paint.
      If you're having a 'stickiness' problem I would try sealing with either a polyacrylic (safe for white paint) or a clear wax. Let me know if that works:) Thanks for reading!

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the white cabinets with the black countertops and the brick! The black and white is classy and timeless...it will always looks amazing, even 10 years from now. Great job!

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  9. That looks fabulous! I am on a home hunt and every kitchen I see needs some love. You've given me hope I can give them a fresh look on my own! Visiting from Craft-O-Maniac Link Party! Pinned it

    http://homemakeraudition.blogspot.com

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  10. Wow! What a huge difference!! I love it! I would love for you to share this at my linky party Thursday! http://www.juliakendrick.com I hope you have a blessed day!! Julia

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  11. really great job well done. it's amazing the transformation just painting can do!

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  12. I love white cabinets. Beautiful job!!! Looks amazing!

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  13. It looks awesome... I want someone to come do mine for me!
    Susan

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  14. I love what you have done! I remember when you fist moved in, talking about your kitchen cabinet makeover. And I have wanted to come over and take a look for some time now. Glad I discovered (or asked you about it at church) your blog!
    LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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