1. Taylor clark says:

    Great post
    Any advice for how to avoid cracking between the raised panel and the frame? Seems like the paint could/would crack as that panel expands

    1. Nina Hendrick says:

      Hi Taylor, I would recommend using a flexible and paintable latex caulk ahead of paint to try to prevent cracking. Unfortunately, it isn’t a sure thing with seasonal temperature fluctuations, but we saw very good results!

  2. Katherine Rohrer says:

    What are your countertops? I have baltic brown countertops and they seem similar to yours!

    1. Nina Hendrick says:

      Hi Katherine, I’m not really sure what they were! They came with the house and we’ve since renovated. They were a pinkish color in the light.

  3. Beautiful kitchen. Congratulations on all the hard work. One question, I don’t dare spray paint would you still recommend this paint if you were brushing it on kitchen cabinets?

    1. I have never brushed it on, personally, but other readers have reported back that they did and loved the results! The paint does still have some self-leveling properties, even with a brush. I would recommend using a mini foam roller to smooth out the brush strokes for the smoothest finish with this method!

  4. Hi Nina,
    Your blog is so inspiring. Your kitchen is beautiful. Your style is so fresh and clean.

    I too have 80’s honey oak kitchen cabinets. The doors are solid wood, but the cabinet boxes are not. They are covered in some sort of heavy, wood look laminate on both sides. Will the paint stick to this surface?


    1. Hi, Diana!

      I would definitely make sure to use a good primer first, and then I think the paint would work. You will want to research primers that work really well for laminate!

  5. First of all, I absolutely love the way your kitchen turned out! I’m starting mine this weekend and had just a quick question for you regarding priming. Did you use any sort of stain sealer before you primed to make sure the oak didn’t “bleed” through the primer/paint? I think I’ve been reading too many blogs, seems like some use the sealer and some rely on a good primer. Thank you for your excellent tutorial, it will be my guide for my kitchen remodel!

    1. Hi Julie, we just relied on a really good primer (Kilz oil-based stain blocking). We haven’t had any issues with tannin bleed. Best of luck with your project :)

  6. Nina – first, I LOVE your blog! I have been begging my husband to let me use your tutorial and paint our kitchen cabinets for-EVER! He was so against any DIY method, and says we don’t have the money for new cabinets…. then he got me a paint sprayer for Christmas, so I took it as the “go ahead” for the kitchen painting extravaganza! I am wondering though, in your pictures (specifically the one right before the priming instructions, with who I am assuming is your husband sanding) it looks as though there is a pretty thick layer of drydex on the cabinets…. I have already gone through and filled the grain, and sanded – but now looking at the pictures, I am afraid I have sanded too much! The holes from the previous hardware, and all of the grain is white, however there is very little, if any drydex left on the cabinets, other than what fills the holes, if that makes sense. I just tried to post a picture to this reply and it won’t let me. I planned on caulking the seems and everything tonight before I remove the doors (I found it much easier to use the orbital sander while the doors were attached to something stable…) but was hoping to get some input from you first! You are such an inspiration to us amateur DIYers!

    1. Hi Sarah, thank you so much for the sweet words! It’s hard to say without seeing it in person, but I would say the best indicator would be whether it’s smooth to the touch. If you can still feel grain, it’s possible it would show. If not, you should be fine! Best of luck!

  7. I just saw your BHG spread & I know I’ve already pinned from you. I love your kitchen but I don’t see a microwave. Where do you hide it?

    1. Hi, Dale! It’s right on the counter beside the fridge, at least in my photos. BHG took it out of the room ;)

  8. This kitchen makeover is gorgeous!! I have two questions for you: 1. How would this process change if you wanted to paint natural stained solid cherry cabinets and 2. Where and how did you replace the hood above the stove?? That is exactly what I want to do in our kitchen. Thank you in advance for your time!

    1. Hi Kim! With cherry cabinets, there’s no real need to fill the grain, as the grain is a lot tighter. The paint should cover it smoothly! That saves a lot of time in this project. Our range hood tutorial is available here! Best of luck with your project! xx Nina

  9. Ashland Lindsay says:

    Your cabinets are perfection! Did you fill both front and backs of the cabinets? I am in the process of filling now and dread the thought of doubling the process by also applying Drydex to the backs.

    1. Hi Ashland! We did not fill the interiors of the cabinets with Drydex, just the exteriors. Yes, that would have been a nightmare!

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