Painted my Oak Kitchen Cabinets White

California HouseJune 10, 2014
I got tired of seeing my oak cabinets and with a limited budget there was only so much I could do. I decided to have the cabinets painted white and the result has been dramatic. The only other thing I did was add 2 pendant lights above the island in the place of the pot rack (and change the furniture).
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decorgirly
wow! it looks so different!
11 Likes    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 12:01PM
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Kevin Strader
Major change. I usually like pot racks but yours looks so much better with the pendant lights over the island. Removing the doors for open storage also updates the look.
4 Likes    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 12:04PM
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California House
Kevin: Thanks for noticing the open storage above the wine rack. I thought that made a difference as well.
    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 12:09PM
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California House
Here is another picture of the kitchen from a different angle
18 Likes    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 12:10PM
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Color Zen
Amen :)
1 Like    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 12:31PM
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Curb Appeal Renovations
You had a great kitchen to start with, but really love what you've done. Cool how the backsplash looks different in each pic, but is the same!
4 Likes    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 12:45PM
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ducksquat
Well done you simplified it very well and made it much less busy
1 Like    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 7:45PM
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sarakaun0
This is so beautiful. What a difference paint makes.

I never considered white cabinets, but this actually convinced me to go with a full backsplash in my kitchen. I'm trying to decide between using black galaxy granite for a full BS or use plain glass tiles.

I like the simple look and if I decide to change my cabinets, I don't have to worry about changing the backsplash.
1 Like    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 1:27PM
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Jeannine
How long did it take you to paint them and what kind of paint did you use? This looks amazing!
1 Like    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 4:00PM
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sarakaun0
Just had to add this...

I'm not very creative and design is not my thing, but this change really made me think about people like me who will easily pay more for the most basic changes.

If I were on the market for a home and walked into the first home, I would have walked away without even making an offer. In the second home, I would have easily made an offer and paid more.

Lesson: Many times, you hear "all you need is a coat or 2 of paint." This confirms it.
8 Likes    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 4:11PM
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MichelleRene
Such a wonderful improvement.
1 Like    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 4:16PM
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jpfox
Fantastic....I'm getting ready to do the same to mine, have bought products and will first try on bathroom cabinet....then tackle the kitchen. Your great result is motivating.
2 Likes    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 4:43PM
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California House
@joleen1 Well I tried painting it myself using the Annie Sloan Chalk paint, but it was talking too long. I hired a painting company to do it and it took them a full day using Sherman Williams paint.
1 Like    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 5:11PM
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California House
A couple more pictures of our kitchen to give you a taste of how different things look over here. :)
7 Likes    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 11:09AM
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annie1emma2
Looks really nice! I love white cabinets! How much did it cost for you to have someone paint all of your cabinets?
    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 12:45PM
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California House
@annie it was $1500 for labor and about $400 for paint
1 Like    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 12:49PM
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quercus2
Nice job.
1 Like    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 1:19PM
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Sound Painting Solutions
What a change... it looks great! What type of paint did you use?
1 Like    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 1:54PM
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California House
Thanks! Sherman Williams paint.
3 Likes    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 1:59PM
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shars55
What kind of wood is underneath? Does the grain show through?
    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 2:18PM
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California House
@shars Oak. The grain shows a little if you look for it. From a distance it does not show. I was worried about the grain as well, but I'm very happy with the results.
    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 2:52PM
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shars55
Nice! Everyone always seems to worry about the grain showing, but at least you can tell it's real wood underneath. I think if it doesn't show, it looks like that MDF stuff. I actually loved your kitchen before, as well. Are you in Southern Calif? I think the price you paid is very reasonable, I can't believe they did it in a day! Your kitchen is NOT small, either. You have a lot of cabinets, like I do. I also have a butler's pantry that would need painting. I have been thinking about painting mine, but I'm still on the fence about it.
2 Likes    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 3:41PM
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Rebecca Mitchell Interiors & Boutique
Very nicely done!
1 Like    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 5:09PM
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Angel18432
Totally unreal what a difference it made - no wonder everyone is asking "how".
1 Like    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 5:29PM
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Sustainable Dwellings
I would put the potrack back up! It looks a little sterile without any focal points.
    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 5:31PM
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lisabeers
I love it. I would just add an accent color with some of your small appliances or plants or decor, etc... Yellow would look good.
1 Like    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 7:41PM
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Joni Luxem
I was told by 2 kitchen designers that this would never work and that the grain would look terrible.How does it look close up? It appears so beautiful.!
1 Like    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 8:06PM
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diyher
the designers misinformed you :) I did it as well. You have to sand a bit, and use a good primer, then a few coats of paint sanding in between all coats.
2 Likes    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 12:12PM
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Sound Painting Solutions
You can make the grain go away for the most part. We would degrease, sand, use a product called Swedish putty to fill in the grain. Then we would sand again, prime and paint. It is a lot of work, but the finished product is great.

Good luck
3 Likes    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 12:19PM
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diyher
I agree with SPS, I forgot I had also used degreaser. I also used Sherwin Williams Proclassic in Semi-gloss. First coat was satin but I realized it didn't seem to wipe clean as easy. The rest of the coats were semi-gloss. I bought a Graco hand held cordless paint sprayer to do all my doors outside.
1 Like    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 8:12PM
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Mean Design
way too much oak before. lol
    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 11:00AM
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leeanne15
This looks amazing! Well done! Did you paint it yourself or hire someone to do it for you?
1 Like    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 11:43AM
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California House
We hired someone to do the painting.
1 Like    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 11:54AM
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flopsycat1
Looks great! I agree that a couple of colorful accents would liven it up a bit. (So interesting how what was de rigueur just a few years ago is now totally passé.)
2 Likes    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 11:54AM
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m3459
So fresh and updated. Who wouldn't love this kitchen!!
1 Like    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 12:22PM
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Cast Glass Images Inc.
Looks like a completely different kitchen! Nicely done.
1 Like    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 9:20PM
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fugigirl
Looks great ! I'm tired of my oak as well .Im ready for the change now to convince the hubby. I think these pics will do the trick
1 Like    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 3:34AM
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btrollinger
That is AMAZING! I have the same cabinets and now, Hmmm.
1 Like    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 8:18AM
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Joanne Box
From viewing your first "after" photo, the kitchen seem somewhat stark to me. However, I changed my opinion after seeing the additional pictures of the kitchen, dinning area. It all fits together beautifully. I am a wood lover and probably could not bring myself to paint the custom oak cabinets in my home, but I really like what you have done.
2 Likes    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 8:18PM
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magnoliahome
incredible! love the power of paint. I'm about to paint my perimeter cabinets white as well and my island a slate blue.
2 Likes    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 8:20PM
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SOSS Door Hardware
Beautiful job! It really made the space look more modern.
1 Like    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 6:35AM
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dreva
Great idea! I wish I would have done that at my old house.
1 Like    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 7:39AM
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Muriel Geny-Triffaut
What an amazing transformation! I love it. As much as European Oak is beautiful and a different colour, American Oak is too yellow with odd looking knots for my personal taste. Covering your cabinets in that pristine white makes your kitchen beautiful, open, and somewhere you want to be. all the time.
1 Like    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 8:08AM
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7768
Love the look of all of your kitchen photos. You have a wonderful large space! What color paint did you use on the walls? It ties in everything so nicely.
1 Like    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 8:10AM
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andreau0101
it looks great! did you choose an off the shelf white or what color did you have them painted?
    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 9:58AM
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CassidyZ
Looks beautiful! What a gorgeous view you have!
1 Like    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 10:08AM
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SoCal Contractor
Beautiful! Looks like a completely different kitchen!
1 Like    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 4:54PM
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SoCal Contractor
It really showcases the beauty in the floor that was previously camouflaged by the cabinets.
3 Likes    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 4:55PM
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Brenda Ryan
My husband and I both loved the original.
1 Like    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 4:56PM
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tradhome
Too much wood before...looked like some of the kitchen was floating. The new look anchors it and makes it immediately appealing.
1 Like    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 7:35PM
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Marilyn Olsen
I really love the transformation !
1 Like    Bookmark   July 2, 2014 at 11:57PM
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pattikee
You really got a big bag for your buck here.
    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 5:23AM
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Comwest Construction
Nice job.
    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 5:37AM
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angela2453
I love it, great job
    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 8:31AM
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cathymnc
Did you use a specific type of Sherwin Williams paint? I painted my very old dark walnut kitchen/bath cabinets 3 years ago with a kitchen/bath specific paint and the paint chips if I happen to bang something into them. Think I was told wrong paint & need to start over. Yours look beautiful!!
    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 11:40AM
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Raquel Dillett
Very nice!
    Bookmark   July 3, 2014 at 2:36PM
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Sonya Black
What is the paint color name?
    Bookmark   September 28, 2014 at 10:11AM
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Lori
Hi, since it's been many months now since you did this, may I ask how is the paint holding up? Do you see a lot of fingerprints or marring? I am interested in doing this but I'm worried about how it will wear and I hear people have to touch up often. Thoughts?
    Bookmark   January 28, 2015 at 9:15AM
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California House
Lori....I painted this kitchen for the pure purpose of making my home more attractive for sale. I sold the house 3 weeks after redoing the kitchen so I don't know how its holding up in the last 6 months.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 28, 2015 at 9:17AM
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Billiard Factory
Hello,

The white paint was a great idea! This matches the room very well and keeping the floor wooden gives the room a nice finish.

-Billiard Factory
    Bookmark   January 28, 2015 at 9:22AM
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Lori
I see, well then congratulations on the sale of the house!
    Bookmark   January 28, 2015 at 9:32AM
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bergy601
Love it!
    Bookmark   February 1, 2015 at 3:02PM
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horselover222
Love your kitchen!
    Bookmark   February 1, 2015 at 7:52PM
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house2514
wonderful transformation- enjoy your new kitchen!!!
    Bookmark   February 2, 2015 at 3:23AM
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