Painting Kitchen Cabinets

The problem with being married for 20 years is that everything gets old. I’m not just talking about me and him, but all of our stuff. Since we have just replaced the refrigerator and dishwasher, everything else is on hold. One of the many things in desperate need of replacement or updating are our kitchen cabinets. Our house was built in 1984 and these cabinets are original to the house. They are oak and have aged to a sort of unpleasant orange color. Replacing the cabinets was out of the question. So, painting them was the only affordable option.

I wanted to brighten up the kitchen, so I choose a soft white. To go with the retro feel of my decor (if I may be so bold as to call it decor), I chose some brushed stainless handles with a real retro feel.

I’m really excited and pleased at how it is turning out. You can see that the counter top will need to be replaced. And please don’t look to closely at our disgusting floor (which is also probably 23 years old)! We are trying to decide what to do with the floor. Maybe hardwood or some sort of tile-like looking floor. Any suggestions.

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  1. says

    granite look counter tops would look good with your stainless and black appliances. floors…hmmm…don’t know. I like the painted cabinets!

  2. says

    Beautiful! Your new look is similar to my own kitchen, which was built in 1928. On the kitchen side, I have white countertops, and in the breakfast room I have dark green. I have white marble looking tile. It makes the room really bright!

  3. says

    It’s amazing what a bright coat of paint can do, isn’t it! The cabinets in this house were almost black with god-knows how many years of grime…
    You could do something really bright with the countertop and floor….

  4. Zoe says

    Your kitchen is looking great! I would love to know how you prepared the cabinets for painting. My husband and I are considering painting our old oak cabinets as well.

  5. says

    Your cabinets look great in these pictures. I have a house that was built about the same time as the house in these pictures (1984-ish) and my kitchen cabinets look the same as the before pics. Heck, my kitchen layout is about the same too. Anyway, can you tell me what kind of preparation you put into painting the cabinets? What was your process?