The Power of Paint: 2nd Edition (Kitchen Makeover)


I’m very excited to show you my mini kitchen makeover!  I’ve said before that paint is an inexpensive way to make an impact on a space without breaking your budget!  If you have builder grade, outdated cabinets that you no longer like, and you are dying to freshen them up you have come to the right place!


Here is the before picture of our cabinets.  Let me let you in on a little secret before I tell you what we did here…  My family is renting this house.  I used to be really self-conscious about telling people that until I read Myquillyn Smith’s book, The Nesting Place a couple of years ago! Whether you rent your home, or own it you should read this book.  It is a great read on contentment, and also on the philosophy that you should love where you live (right now), and not always be waiting for that perfect place before you can start to decorate.  You can make your space your own in a bedroom, a dorm room, a studio apartment, a small cape, a rental property, a condo or a mansion!  We have been blessed with a great land lord that completely trusts us with this home, and for that I am very thankful.

So, this kitchen consisted of builder grade kitchen oak cabinets with closed shelving.  Nothing at all wrong with these functionally, just not my taste.  And for those of you who have cabinets like this and love them, I’m happy for you…after all, it’s about being happy in your space and not anyone else’s.

However, if you are looking to change your cabinets up and give them a face-lift this spring, this post is for you!

Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation Kit (Home Depot)

2 Angled Paint Brushes

Drop Cloth

Rubber Gloves

Hardware (Optional)



Start by covering your painting surface and taking off all cabinet doors and hardware.  Lindsay has experience with the Rustoleum kit for her kitchen, and recommended it because it wears well.  We closely followed the instruction on the DVD the kit came with.  And aside from taking a long weekend to complete the project, the instruction were pretty straightforward!

We used the de-glosser first, then painted three coats, and then finished it off with the top coat to seal.  We chose linen white as the tint for the kit.  *I will say that the color was definitely closer to a pure white and not a creamy white like the picture showed.*  We had a half of a gallon of BM White Dove left over from a previous painting project in the basement and we used that for the third coat to warm up the white a bit!  And covered it over with the top coat.


We painted the backs of the cabinets first then let them dry flipped them over and painted the fronts.


We taped off the rest kitchen and also painted three coats on the front of the cabinets.  And when I say we I mean Lucas did that part. 🙂 The video did say that you should take all of your items out of your cabinets…say what???  Ain’t nobody got time for that!  Might I remind you that my three little musketeers and a dog were running around during this project…Yikes!!!



Keep in mind that it will definitely take you a full three day weekend to complete this project…depending on the size of your kitchen maybe longer.  You have to let dry very well between coats!!  This spot above is my favorite part in the whole kitchen.  I love how it turned out painted white.


Here is the after!  What do you think?  Besides the floor it looks like a brand new kitchen!!  I left the doors on either side of the sink off because I like the open shelving look.  And it makes a small kitchen look bigger!  Plus the cabinet backs are lined with fun maps, and that adds a little character to the kitchen.


Lets talk a little bit about these inverted drawer pulls!  If anyone is wanting to get these for a vintage feel they are the best price at Lowes!  $2.28 each!!!  I really couldn’t believe how cheap they were…totally worth it!  For the door knobs, I spray painted them with an oil rubbed bronze spray paint so they would match the hardware pulls!


Putting everything back in place…



Oh, I did have to paint this weird wooden piece that is part of the counter top…I chose to paint it the same color as the walls in hopes that it would blend in…


So, that’s it!  If I get brave I might try the Rustoleum counter top paint in black…but that will be a post for another day!



Thanks for sticking around friends!  The power of paint…I love it every time!





9 Responses to The Power of Paint: 2nd Edition (Kitchen Makeover)

  1. Anonymous April 19, 2016 at 6:41 pm #


  2. Chloe F April 19, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

    LOVE IT!!!!! I desperately want to paint my kitchen cabinets this summer! We just painted our kitchen counter top and we love it! If you have any questions, let me know! It was sooo easy and really fun! Only problem is you have to stop using your kitchen for about 72 hours… so that would be hard with 3 kids, but might be worth it! 😉
    Thanks for this post! 🙂

  3. Heidi April 20, 2016 at 12:38 am #

    Love love love!!!!!!!!

  4. Karen April 20, 2016 at 10:04 am #

    Looks fantastic girls! I have a friend who is looking to paint her kitchen, so i’m going to steer her toward your blog 🙂

  5. Jolene April 21, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

    Thank you Karen so sweet!! 🙂

  6. Jolene April 21, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

    Awesome Chloe! I will have to get your tips!!

  7. Jolene April 21, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

    Thank you so much!! 🙂

  8. Jolene April 21, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

    Thanks friend!!!

  9. Carrie April 27, 2016 at 12:00 am #

    Love the open shelves!

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