DIY Painted Kitchen Cabinets Reveal!

Hello, hello!  I’m so glad you are here today!  This post has been a LONG time coming.  Countless hours of getting down and dirty with the plethora of cabinets in our kitchen, and today I can finally show y’all the results of our hard work!

We moved in to our house in May 2015, only a few months ago, and started right away on remodeling our kitchen cabinets – DIY style, of course!  It took waaaay longer than we expected- even though we had help from my amazing MIL- but the cabinets are painted!

Phase 1 of our DIY farmhouse kitchen remodel is complete!

Just as a reminder, here’s what we started with – very red, cherry stained cabinets – complete with a matching floor!

Finally!  The reveal of our DIY kitchen cabinet makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  Loving the way it turned out!

This photo is from the real estate listing.

And here’s where we are today!  I am so in love with the way it turned out.  And don’t worry, I’m planning a very detailed tutorial on how we did it!

Finally!  The reveal of our DIY kitchen cabinet makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  Loving the way it turned out!It’s come a long way, but we still have a loooong way to go.  So far we have painted the cabinets and added hardware, and changed out the light fixture over the sink.  [click here for link to light fixture]Finally!  The reveal of our DIY kitchen cabinet makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  Loving the way it turned out!We used these knobs and these bin pulls from Amazon, which were both very cost effective; that is always important, but especially when you need so many!  I think the final count was around 25 pulls and more than 40 knobs.Finally!  The reveal of our DIY kitchen cabinet makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  Loving the way it turned out!

I love the way the light grey island adds contrast and dimension to all the white.  I can’t wait to get the new countertops on – it’s going to be amazing.  We are going with a leathered black granite, but it will be a few weeks before we can get it installed.  In the meantime, I will start painting the walls of the kitchen and adjoining dining and desk space.Finally!  The reveal of our DIY kitchen cabinet makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  Loving the way it turned out!Eventually we plan to replace the appliances with matching stainless steel – but all in good time my friends!Finally!  The reveal of our DIY kitchen cabinet makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  Loving the way it turned out!Finally!  The reveal of our DIY kitchen cabinet makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  Loving the way it turned out!

The top swatch on the wall on the left is the paint color we are going with – Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray.  I would like to install crown molding eventually as well.

Finally!  The reveal of our DIY kitchen cabinet makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  Loving the way it turned out!After the counter tops go in, I will install a white subway tile backsplash with gray grout for a classic look that will appeal to more people when we sell.  This is not our forever home, just a step on our journey, and we are hoping to use any equity we gain to pay off our student loans when we sell.

Finally!  The reveal of our DIY kitchen cabinet makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  Loving the way it turned out! Finally!  The reveal of our DIY kitchen cabinet makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  Loving the way it turned out!I also plan on trimming out the ends of the island to add some architectural interest to the flat gray surface, but I am going to wait until the countertops are installed so I know where to put the trim.

And, of course, we will be installing some sort of new floor that isn’t red.  And that day can’t come soon enough.  We knew we were going to replace the floors, so we didn’t worry about getting paint on them.  There are so many things wrong with this floor.  Besides the garish red color, they are laid in the wrong direction in the room, making it feel choppy.Finally!  The reveal of our DIY kitchen cabinet makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  Loving the way it turned out!

So, we still have lots of hard work ahead of us, but we are so happy with the way it looks so far – and relieved we are done with such a big job!

Have you ever thought about painting your kitchen cabinets?  Or have you done it?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Finally!  The reveal of our DIY kitchen cabinet makeover using Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  Loving the way it turned out!

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    • says

      Thanks so much Amanda! We really do have a ton of cabinet space – more than I need, really, but I figured it will be great when we sell in few years!

    • says

      Hi Dorothy. I’ll be posting more details about the reno, but the island color is Annie Sloan French Linen chalk paint. I’ve heard great things about the lacquer, and honestly, if I did it over again, I probably would use the lacquer. Thanks!

  1. says

    Love it! I cannot wait to see the final reveal with the counters and new floor. We are getting ready to paint our cabinets white (with a gray island, too!) and I’m a little nervous…are your cabinets actual wood or melamine? Looking forward to your tutorial to get some ideas for our kitchen redo!
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  2. Evelyn says

    I love the white cabinets…. I want to do that with my medium oak ones….. I also have to put a light fixture – one where there was a sunlight in the center. Unfortunately, it has 2 off center electric boxes and we don’t know how to get one box and one fixture …. what did you do, or are going to do with yours? Thanks. e

  3. Stephanie Beck says

    Our kitchen is almost identical to your old one, although smaller. I want to do the exact same thing to ours. White cabinets, same pulls and knobs and gray paint also. I can’t wit for the tutorial so I can use some of your ideas. Great job.

  4. says

    Hello Shelley! I met you yesterday at The Antique Warehouse and am checking our your beautiful blog! Thank you for sharing your beautiful kitchen remodel. It is truly remarkable. I have cherry wood
    cabinets and LOVE how you have transformed yours. Maybe someday I can persuade my hubby to paint ours.

    Nice to have met you!!!

  5. Carol says

    Looks great! I’m going to use chalk paint on my cabinets in a few weeks. Regarding the French Linen, did you mix it with a white or use it full strength? I’ve been debating the French Linen vs Paris Gray as I have beige Corian countertops right now that I can’t afford to replace right now. The French Linen appears to be khaki/gray which will work better with the countertops for now. Thanks!

  6. Renae miller says

    Hi there. What color do you plan to paint your walls? I’m redoing my cabinets now and using the white chalk paint. So glad I found your blog! Haven’t seem too many write ups about using chalk paint and NOT distressing it. Looks great!!

    • says

      Hi Renae,
      I actually just finished the paint in the kitchen today. The color I used in Amazing Grey from Sherwin Williams and I LOVE it. I seriously want to paint my whole house in that color now. So yeah, I highly recommend it with white cabinets!

  7. Lauryn says

    What a transformation, I love it! We need to redo the kitchen in our new home and I’ve been dreading the cost of new cabinets. Had a random idea to google chalk painting cabinets and I came across your blog. I love it!! How have they held up over the past year- being that it’s chalk paint AND white. I love the look but that’s my concern!

  8. Courtney says

    Your kitchen looks beautiful! I’m in the throes of painting my kitchen cabinets with Annie Sloan pure white and I’m having a mini-breakdown. (Hence, my frantic google search for bloggers who have gone down this path before!) Painting kitchen cabinets is not for the faint of heart! Did you put a poly over the top? After 3 coats of pure white, I’m still seeing streaks. I might change my game plan and add some dark wax for a distressed look, to hide the imperfections. Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated. I’m going to need therapy after this project. ; )