DIY Kitchen Makeover

DIY kitchen ideas and inspiration from the projects and sources used to makeover 1980s orange oak cabinets in a New England Colonial.

When we moved in, our kitchen was a little dreary and in need of some updating. Since it was such a dark room, I knew that I wanted to paint the cabinets white. I made sure to research and test the best methods for achieving a long-lasting finish. The final result surpassed even my greatest expectations! Our DIY kitchen was featured in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Better Homes & Gardens (August 2016 issue).

phase one kitchen projects

Click the photos below to explore our phase one kitchen project by project.

In 2019 we embarked on a full kitchen remodel. You can see our new kitchen here!

DIY Kitchen source list

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Wall Color — Benjamin Moore Gray Owl
Cabinet Color — Insl-x Cabinet Coat White (untinted), Oak Cabinet Painting Tutorial
Trim Paint Color — Benjamin Moore Simply White in Eggshell
Flooring — Read my dark hardwood floors post hereSimilar Look Here
Window Shades — No longer available, alternative here
Kitchen Island — Tutorial Here, Similar Here
Backsplash Subway Tile — here
Lantern Mosaic Range Accent Tile — here
Appliances — Electrolux, models no longer sold
Farmhouse Sink — Ikea Domsjo, discontinued (similar here)
Drawer Pulls — similar here, satin nickel
Knobs — similar here, satin nickel
Faucet — similar here