After months of hard work, I’m so excited to share the first photos from our DIY white painted kitchen cabinets project! This phase of the effort involved late nights, early mornings, countless trips to various hardware stores, and even a few tears. Seeing these photos, I feel like all of the hard work truly paid off. I’m no longer overwhelmed by this room since we’ve effectively created the perfect blank slate. I can’t wait to begin decorating the room in a style that I love!
We truly did this project on a budget. I will go into more detail about the budget tomorrow, but by saving on big ticket items- painting the cabinets and keeping the countertops- we were able to get our dream kitchen for hundreds instead of thousands. This left room in our budget for the new appliances and materials to build an island, neither of which were part of the original plan.
This is going to be a very photo heavy post, but I will be linking and following up with detailed posts about every project in this room. It was by far our biggest DIY project to date, so there’s a lot of material to share. We learned a ton during this project, and I hope that by detailing our trial-and-error, I can save you some time if you want to tackle this project too!
A full source list can be found at the bottom of the post, so if you’re curious where I got something, that’s the best resource!
I wanted to start with some before and afters, to illustrate how extremely different the room already looks:
It doesn’t even look like the same room, which is a definite relief!
The comparison is astounding to me, it is just so pretty and clean looking now. I’m going to take a little while just to soak in the blank slate before I begin adding decor.
With that being said, I do realize it’s a bit stark. I have a long-term plan to bring in some warmth and texture.
The farmhouse sink is the Ikea Domsjo. We had this sink in our last home, and it was such a good value that we decided to get another. You can read my answers to some of the commonly asked questions about the sink here.
We built this furniture-style kitchen island ourselves. The marble top was a Craigslist
steal find by Mack. You won’t believe how little we paid! Read the details and get free plans of our DIY Kitchen Island here.
With all of the money we saved by keeping our old cabinets and granite, we found room in the budget for a trio of new appliances. You can find the details in the source list at the bottom of the page.
This is the Arabesque Backsplash Accent. I had wanted to do the whole backsplash in this tile, but Mack thought it was a little much. Adding a small square accent above the stove was the perfect compromise!
Mack built this incredible range hood cover to fit over the cheapest stainless steel range hood we could find. The storage area was all his idea- I was ready to sacrifice that space! You can see the tutorial here that details how we built it to integrate with the existing cabinet and ducting!
The dark and dreary linoleum hallway still needs some work, as well as the utility closet (the wood doors you can see at the end of the hall). However, just having the kitchen cabinets painted white seems to have brightened up that space, too.
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This light was originally oil-rubbed bronze. After some deliberation, I gave it a new finish with spray paint to better match this kitchen. If you want to save time and energy, this light is already a similar style and finish.
Although there are still a few items left for this room (ceiling, floor, curtains, and more accessories) it feels so nice already, and we are so happy with the progress. I feel like I have a whole new kitchen, but for a fraction of the cost. Mack is especially proud of his range hood cover, and rightfully so- it was an awesome idea!
- Cabinet Paint
– Learn how we painted our cabinets here.
- Cabinet Knobs
- Drawer Handles
- Kitchen Faucet
- Light Fixture (similar)
- Subway Tile
- Arabesque Tile
- Turquoise Utensil Crock
Here’s a handy list of links for all of the projects for this room:
There are no cells in this grid yet.
And I don’t want to get too mushy here- but it is Valentine’s Day after all! I want to say a huge THANK YOU to Mack- who did so much to make my grand kitchen ideas into a practical reality! I could have never done this project without him! XOXO
See how I later added warmth and texture to this space:
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