A Kitchen Renovation

Wecome to the 4th Metamorphosis Monday!

Welcome to my modest kitchen renovation.  Okay, if you have a weak stomach, you might want to look away at this point.  This was my kitchen before renovation…dark and dreary. This is the only “before” pic I have to share…but it really tells the story of what the kitchen looked like prior to renovation.

You can’t see it in this photo, but the genuine builder-grade, formica counter top was melted in two spots where a previous owner had apparently placed a hot pan. The back splash was the same bland, beige formica. Over the years, I had replaced the dish washer and stove. I’m not a huge fan of stainless appliances and I knew I wanted a white kitchen some day, so I chose white appliances along the way.

 

Ahhhh…much better!

Kitchen Renovation, White cabinets with glass doors

 

I added Kichler under cabinet lighting that can all be turned on with the flip of a single switch. I almost never use the overhead canned lighting I had installed; the soft glow of the under cabinet lighting is so much nicer.

Kitchen Renovation with Glass front cabinets and undercabinet lighting

 

Got rid of the bulky t.v. and replaced it with a sleeker model. Cooking isn’t my favorite thing in the world, so I love having a distraction in the kitchen to help pass the time.

Kitchen Renovation with Glass front cabinets and undercabinet lighting

 

Decided to go with neutral colors in the kitchen…the granite I chose is called Portofino

Kitchen with Granite Counters and White Cabinets

 

 

Removed the beige formica back splash…yea!!! One of the more expensive parts of the renovation was this narrow trim piece that runs the length of the back splash…and the accent tile pieces you see throughout the back splash.

 

Wish I had taken a picture of the original stove before it was removed…it was awful. I always wanted a double oven but my kitchen is fairly small. I found this Maytag double oven that fits in the space of a normal one. The top oven is as wide as a full size oven and is perfect for casseroles, pizza, bread/rolls and about 90% of the things you might cook in an oven on a day to day basis. It has a toaster function which is awesome for making toast or heating up leftovers. It also heats up very, very fast because of it’s size…so much better than waiting for a full size oven to pre-heat.

The lower oven is full size and will hold anything a full size oven will hold. The double ovens are really handy when you have a turkey in the bottom and a casserole or bread baking in the top. So if you have limited space, but would really like a double oven, I highly recommend this one.

 

Since my kitchen isn’t very large, I wanted to open it up as much as possible. I’ve always liked cabinets with glass doors so I took all the doors to a local carpenter and he cut the center panel out of each door so I could install the glass…it really opened the kitchen up.

Preserved Wreaths for Christmas Decorating

 

 

My sister, Glenda, cross stitched this for me years ago…she knows me all too well!

 

Since my kitchen isn’t very large, I wanted to give it some special touches. I paid a little extra and had the edge of the granite cut with an ogee edge, as opposed to the standard bull nose or squared off edge you usually see in most kitchens.

 

Decided to go with red accents…

Baking Station in Kitchen

 

 

This may be my favorite thing in my new kitchen…a dish washing detergent dispenser. This appealed to my practical side and is so much more attractive than having an unsightly detergent bottle sitting out on the counter.

 

Before I had a dull, builder-grade stainless sink.  I really liked this Kohler porcelain sink.  One side is nice and deep for really large pans.

 

I carried the granite over to the desk area in the kitchen.

 

I had the granite cut large enough to create an eat in bar area for the kitchen. Whenever I entertain, guest seemed to love sitting here. I purchased a “counter depth” KitchenAid refrigerator. Counter depth refrigerators are several inches taller than normal refrigerators and about 4-5 inches less deep. It gave me several more inches of much needed space.

Kitchen

 

 

Standing at the sink…this is the view. The room you see through the bay and off to the right is the screened-in porch.

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The view looking across the breakfast room and out onto the porch…

 

Hope you enjoyed this modest little kitchen renovation. Enjoy the many wonderful “Before and Afters” that are posted above for your visit this day!

I can’t wait to see all the great “Before and Afters” posted for this Met Monday!

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Comments

  1. ohh Susan, thats just beautiful. You have done a fab job. I am so ready to get rid of my corian countertops and go stone..

  2. Your rennovation is just gorgeous. I love the cabinets painted white and the glass fronts are lovely. Your kitchen is so bright and inviting now. What a great job. Hugs, Marty

  3. Can’t believe I am the first to comment but am still in THE STICKS of Fl…..yes, there is such a place…and have been BORED so am lurking around on my laptop:):):) Susan, you know I LOVE your kitchen….loved it when I first saw it on RMS. IF and when I get a new oven (please God) I am really going to consider the double one like you have….GREAT idea and since there are just the 2 of us now it would be SO much more practical! I adore your granite and I, too, HATE stainless sinks. We are kindred souls it seems:) Can’t wait to see all the transformations tomorrow! Have a great evening! Hugs, Pinky

  4. prof en retraite says:

    Hi Susan…Your kitchen is just gorgeous! Of course, having seen it in perosn, I must say that photos don’t do it justice! I love Glenda’s needlework…the message would fit me, too! Have a great week…Debbie

  5. MeganSloan says:

    Great make over! Love the glass cabinets! 🙂

  6. Kimm at Reinvented says:

    That is beautiful, I love everything about it. Love the cabinets, the glass fronts, and the granite is to die for.
    If you ever decide to pass on that cross stitch, I could provide a loving home for it!

  7. mbkatc230 says:

    Susan, you know how much I love this kitchen! That is probably one of the prettiest granite colors I’ve seen, and you KNOW I love the pops of red. Did you do the happy dance when that formica backslpash came down? We certainly did lol. Thanks for sharing this. Kathy

  8. It really doesn’t look anything like it did when you moved in. At least nothing resembling what I remember. I know it took a long time to get everything like you wanted it, but it was so worth it. Besides increasing the value of the house you really improved it’s livability.

  9. Hi Susan! Oh,how I love your kitchen and what a transformation! Wish we could do all of these wonderful things to our olden 70s kitchen! Everything you do is spectacular!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  10. Gypsy aka Tam says:

    Susan,
    what a great transformation!!! I love the colors you chose. It turned out beautiful!!!
    Have a great Monday,
    Tam

  11. playsdolls says:

    Love your new kitchen it is so bright and open feeling.We are going to do a kitchen redo come summer,I just hope it turns out to be as wonderful as yours.

  12. Yes Susan, I would say that is an improvement!! Love it all and the way you decorated!

  13. Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity says:

    Susan, I have always loved your kitchen. You did a great job. I love that you added glass to your cabinet doors. The granite and backsplash are beautiful. I love my white appliances, too. You did a wonderful job!
    Hugs, Terrie

  14. ~CC Catherine says:

    Hi Susan, What a makeover on your kitchen! Loved the way you converted the cupboards to glass fronts, and totally am in to the double oven. My grandma had one growing up and I loved it. Really in to the red accents with you. With my Edwardian Gold walls in my open kitchen/family room area, I also like red accents. Great Meta Monday post! 😉 ~CC Catherine

  15. wowsers, what a beautiful transformation and i would die for a desk like yours in my kitchen….i love everything about this lovely space
    thanks for sharing

  16. DesignTies says:

    Happy Meta Monday, Susan!
    Your kitchen is lovely, fresh and inviting… no wonder you love it! I’m personally crazy about kitchen make-overs and renovations… I’ve been involved in a few of these kinds of projects so I’d better love them!
    Victoria (one half of DesignTies)

  17. That’s a bright, cheery, elegant kitchen full of great ideas. I really like the stove/oven you chose, and the granite is beautiful! Bon appétit! Linda L

  18. Omah's Helping Hands says:

    What a beautiful transformation!!! I absolutely love it. The edging you had done on the granite is nice. I like it much better than the usual cut. Great idea. You kitchen looks so much bigger, brighter and welcoming.

  19. I’m in! Susan, the narrow trim that you added is worth all the money you paid for it. It’s gorgeous. And I love your whole kitchen, love the glass cabinets and the granite and that double oven stove is so practical. I wish I could get one but we have a counter top Jenn air stove and a double oven installed in the wall so I don’t have room for a standing stove/oven. Love your renovation!…Christine

  20. I forgot to add that the picture that Glenda cross-sticthed is precious!…Christine

  21. Holy Moly! What a spectacular metamorphosis. I am posting in Met Monday today (first time I’ve ever tried it, and at the encouragement of another blogger, Cindy of Applestone Cottage), But my metamorphosis is humble paint in my old house. Wow. . . your kitchen is scrumptious! — Cass

  22. Elegant for sure Susan. I did see your transformation when I clicked on your side bar pic. WOW
    Love your blue Monday also. I have never heard of Flow Blue but it looks good on you.
    Ahhhh there’s my award. Looks good on your site. Matches the pretty green background.
    Love Claudie
    Happy Week Susan
    xox

  23. Our kitchen renovation is next year! I love what you did with your’s.. the colors are perfect and I love the glass in the cabinet doors.

    love the blue monday too… great dishes… Dixie

  24. Susan, I love the transformation! I can’t believe how small it looked before the cabinets were painted! It looked huge after it was done! We really need to get to work painting ours.

    Drop by for a visit when you have a chance. I’m having a giveaway. ☺

    Diane

  25. Gorgeous kitchen (I am still waiting to update mine!)

    Of course I love your blue dishes!

    Funny how our tastes are soooo similar!

    Susan

  26. Olive Rue says:

    Hi Susan. I couldn’t make it last week, but I’m joining early this week for Met Monday. What a gorgeous kitchen reno. I love the desk area and those glass cabinets. WOW!!! 2 thumbs up!

  27. Hi Susan, I love your kitchen renovation. The addition of the glass fronted cabinets looks so pretty. Your backsplash is my favorite. I love the detail. I don’t have room for a double oven either and I the idea of yours is great. Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting. I have really enjoyed your blog. Maryrose

  28. Hi Susan, What an excellent peice of makeover you have done to your kitchen!! it looks awesome now. Great work.

  29. Hi There Susan,
    I am so in love with your kitchen! The cabinet and colors you chose create such a warm lovely glow. Those countertops remind me of warm melted butter and your decor is as always fabulous. I really like the desk area and the lovely views out to your dining area and on to your fabulous porch. Thanks for hosting Met Monday. Cindy

  30. The Bliss Journey says:

    Susan, Your kitchen turned out beautiful. It looks so much bigger. Your blue flow is also stunning. I am working with a client on a kitchen remodel and I think we are going to use white cabinets. I’m going to the showroom tomorrow.
    Kathleen

  31. I really love your kitchen Susan. Your countertops are great. I’d love to change out mine…
    The flow blue you have is really beautiful and I love how you have it displayed. Happy Met and happy Blue to you :0)

  32. Paula Bee says:

    Susan, your kitchen is lovely! I am collecting ideas for that day in the not too distant future (I hope) that I can make some changes in my kitchen. You certainly do have some beautiful ideas.

    Paula

  33. The Quintessential Magpie says:

    Susan, I love your redo on your kitchen. It’s just wonderful! I have always liked glass cabinets like yours, And I particularly like the color of your counters. Great choices. Our granite is dark, and it was selected by the former owners… I wish it were a lighter like yours.

    And welcome to Blue Monday! 🙂 We’re so happy to have you with us today. I love flo blue, and your collection is so pretty. I like your plate rack a lot, too. A friend of mine has a wonderful collection, too, and she has hers mounted on the wall above an armoire that looks very similar to yours. I just think that blue looks great with pine pieces like that.

    Enjoyed visiting your blue and your redo, both!

    Happy Blue/Met Monday…

    XO,

    Sheila 🙂

  34. Love your kitchen cabinets! What a wonderful change! So much lighter and brighter! I bet it is a joy to be in your kitchen now!

    Blue Monday!

    Adore your blue plates! They are fabulous!!

  35. Glenda/MidSouth says:

    Your kitchen is so pretty. Mine needs some help, but have other things with more priority. Love the flow blue china. I know someone who has quiet a bit of it, and I have to admire it when I go to their home. Thanks for stopping by. I laughed at your remark the store “you bump around in”. I do the same, just grab a cart and go up and down each isle. 🙂 Have a great day tomorrow.
    Glenda

  36. Blondie's Journal says:

    Susan,,
    It was interesting that you showed your flow blue china as I was googling blue & white china recently and read the same info you provided. I really like it and am going to keep an eye out for it. Also the love the wall rack. It would go well with my pine harvest table.

    Your kitchen redo is very nice~love the glass cabinets with lighting below and the splashback tiles. Do you like cooking any more since it now has your "stamp"? 😉

    We are in the process of doing our kitchen and baths at our lake house and I hope to be doing a tour soon. Thank you for sharing yours!!

    xoxo
    Jane

  37. I am speechless, it is so gorgeous! When can I come visit!

  38. I especially enjoyed seeing your flow blue plates. The display is very attractive.

  39. Beautiful makeover, that is a great kitchen and I love your blue plates.

  40. Hi Susan…your kitchen reno was so well thought out…love the glass cabinet fronts. Your collection of flow blue is wonderful & is displayed so nicely.
    😉 Bo

  41. Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ says:

    This is my first time seeing the kitchen and it is just fabulous! How great to cook in such beauty :0)
    Love the blue! Especially the large flow blue bowl on your armoire…mwah! It’s gorgeous!

  42. Heidi Pocketbook says:

    I am lovin’ your kitchen. It is gorgeous!

    The Flow Blue is very pretty. I’ll bet that large bowl did indeed have a matching pitcher at one time.

  43. carolinajewel says:

    I love your kitchen! Everything is just beautiful and I especially love your countertops and desk!!!
    I went out of town after church yesterday with DD (shopping for prom dresses!) I got home late and crashed and I am getting ready for work this morning, so no Met Monday for me this week. I will be out of town next weekend (for DD again, college scholarship interview on Monday!!!), but I will Met Monday the Next week!!!! See you on Tablescape Thursday though! 😀 Jewel

  44. Smilingsal says:

    Your kitchen makeover is wonderful. I have the same edge on my granite; I think it makes a nice difference.

    I love your flow blue pieces. There’s something special about blue and white. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

  45. Susan, You did a great job, your kitchen is fabulous. I love the touch of red. The view through the picture window is great. I bet is is even more colorful in the spring and summer.

  46. Charli and me says:

    Good morning, Your kitchen make over is lovely. What a pretty place to spend time in. I just love your collection of flo blue. So pretty. You have a lovely home and a lovely blog. Happy Blue Monday!

  47. A kitchen like that is in my dreams. If ever I get to redo my kitchen I’m going to remember your thoughts with appliances and how you made them fit your needs. I wasn’t smart enough to do that when we bought ours. Since I have started blogging, I have learn so much about decorating. And I thank everyone for that.

    HUgs,
    Chris

  48. Room Service ~ Decorating 101 says:

    I love the kitchen, so much better! The backsplash is wonderful, and the glass doors…just beautiful. Susan, I am enjoying this blog thing!

  49. Hi Susan, your kitchen is beyond beautiful. You are such a talented decorator. Love looking at pictures of your house.

    I participated in my first Met Monday. I hope I did it right!

  50. French Cupboard says:

    I LOVE how your cabinets turned out! Beautiful, beautiful! Blessings… Polly (here’s my link for today: http://frenchcupboard.blogspot.com/2009/02/metamorphasis-monday.html)

  51. Oh Susan! Your flow blue dishes are fabulous! I have been eyeing them when we went to an auction last Sat. but they did not put them up for bidding. Shucks!…Christine

  52. WOW!! That is a most impressive kitchen makeover! How grand it looks!
    Your dishes are fabulous as well. I have a few flow blue plates that were given to me as gifts.

  53. ~CC Catherine says:

    Beautiful blue flow dishes! ~CC Catherine 😉 Welcome to your first Blue Monday! 😉

  54. I so love your kitchen. I could be happy in one like that! Your blues are so pretty too. And I bet there was a pitcher in that large bowl at one time. Happy Monday to you.

  55. Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 says:

    Dearest Susan, your porch was one of my first visits on RMS! I love your beautiful home! Your kitchen and your blue and white collection are wonderful! I am new to blogland and have not figured out everything but maybe soon I’ll be able to join the gals on these special day events! I’ve already been plotting out tablescapes! thank you for letting me visit your lovely home again! God bless you today! lauralu 🙂
    P.S. I have been paying bills this morning to your wonderful music!

  56. ♥ Kathy says:

    Beautiful plate and I just love your new kitchen!

  57. Gorgeous Metamorphosis, Susan!

    I’ve always loved Flow Blue. Absolutely beautiful!

  58. Raggedy Girl says:

    Susan:
    I sure wouldn’t call this modest but incredible. I was intently studying all your photos. We are planning a modest kitchen make-over and I am not sure what to do with my cabinets. I would be interested in how you attached the glass to the cabinet doors. I think your kitchen is just plain beautiful.
    Roberta Anne

  59. Hi!
    Beautiful Kitchen and Blue Flow Ware! We redone our kitchen a few years ago. It’s wonderful getting rid of the old and getting the new! Have a great day!!

    Sherrie

  60. susan,A girl after my own heart I am with you on the appliances,I have always had white and always will,clean,fresh and goes with everything.It was dejavu when I saw your old kitchen,looks very much like my old kitchen but your new kitchen is amazing and one that I would love to be in.You did a wonderful job and it is the kind of kitchen one would love to sit in and have a good visit with a good friend, thank you for sharing,Kathysue

  61. Happy FIRST Blue Monday! Love your blue plates…very pretty! Enjoy your day!

  62. Everything is so beautiful! Love everything about your kitchen!!

    What a gorgeous display for Blue Monday. Love it!

  63. Beautiful!

  64. When I come for a visit to your lovely home I tend to linger – for a long time. Your kitchen is a dream .. I love everything you have done – especially the cabinet doors with glass. You have provided inspiration for many of us today.

  65. Christina says:

    Gasp! You kitchen redo is beautiful. Just love all of the details and the glass front cabinets are just lovely.

  66. Your kitchen make over is wonderful. I love the flow blue and Blue Willow dishes. I especially like the display on the wall. I collect Blue Willow also. Happy Blue Monday!
    Sweetie

  67. Denise K. says:

    Oh my goodness…I just discovered your blog and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how you decorate!!!! Are you a designer? I am so incredibley impressed and have fallen in love with your porch, foyer, everything! Can’t wait to tour your entire home via the blog and ooh and ahh some more. I just love everything, and want to learn more. 🙂 Love from Colorado, Denise

  68. Tamara Jansen says:

    Love your re-do photos. Isn’t Metamorphosis fun?! I used some old photos of “The Way We Were”. Looking through old pics is always a great way to see where you’ve come from.

  69. Envoy-ette says:

    My husband & sister loved your kitchen remodel when you shared it weeks ago. Yes, I called them up and told them "you've got to see this!" Now, they are daily visitors! Love your plates and how you displayed them.

  70. Jadehollow says:

    Susan..
    I love it! We’re in the middle of a facelift at my house. I had not seen the before pictures of your kitchen.. I had wondered if I could do mine with the glass and now I know I can because I have your pre-morphed cabinets right now lol. Maybe my birthday present this year will be glass doors for my kitchen cabinets.
    ~Hugs
    Debbie

  71. Your kitchen reno is fabulous! I love the white appliances, the gorgeous backsplash and the granite. I sound like a broken record…but your spaces are so CHEERY and yet ELEGANT!!
    I looooooove Flow Blue! I think I’m going to develop my own obsession over it until I get a few pieces! I just love it’s richness!
    Great post! 🙂 L~

  72. laurie @ bargain hunting says:

    As always, I love your kitchen. You have such a talent for visualizing spaces. The flow blue china is so pretty, and of course, I love the way you’ve displayed it. laurie

  73. I love your kitchen. We too splurged and got a double ogee edge on our granite counter top since I don’t have a lot of counters. We love the edge and it makes such a difference, doesn’t it? You did a grand job with your decorating and design. I love your flow blue too. Beautiful.
    Jean in Virginia

  74. Shannon @ Silver Trappings says:

    Wow. Your kitchen is absolutely unbelievable. It makes me want to launch in to mine right now! Love the glass doors in the cabinets. Love the paint. LOVE the oven! I want that oven!

    Shannon

  75. Kathleen Ellis says:

    As I said before, Susan, you’re kitchen redo is amazing! I LOVE it!
    Your flow blue pieces are beautiful! I saw the most beautiful flow blue platter this weekend…for what seemed to me a very good price of $12.
    Have a happy week!
    ;-D

  76. Great kitchen re-model…Funny, your before pictures look just like my kitchen!! That’s not a good thing….I would love to meet the guy that invented formica…

  77. Your kitchen is beautiful and so is your flow blue! Thank you for the tour of your kitchen!

  78. Linda/ "Mom..." says:

    ***Thanks for the darling chuckle about your “GENU-IIIIINE” Builder’s Grade formica, SS~~~ sooo cute! You really did a remarkable re-do here! ~~~ “A gazillion KUDOS”, kiddo! XOXOXOX Linda

  79. Your kitchen turned out beautiful!

  80. Terri and Bob says:

    Somehow this post didn’t show up on my “Follow” list. I love the kitchen, boy, this is a true metamorphesis, isn’t it!

    I am glad you gave us so many details. It really helps us to see what things truly make a difference.

  81. I have been enjoying your blog for some time now. Thank you! I love the table scapes and the passion that you put into creating your world. But I just want to know one thing – “Jean-Claude” Where can I get that pig?
    I LOve That Pig!!!
    Susan

  82. Room Service ~ Decorating 101 says:

    Yes, I admit I am enjoying my blog…but I fear with every post that I will never think of anything else to post… thanks susan for checking up on me. Tell me will I ever have 80 comments…

  83. Mary Ellen (megardengal) says:

    So Love your kitchen!!! I kept thinking as I read “did Susan get all new cabinets or redo the doors?” THey look fabulous and I love your double oven. I have a little kitchen also (right now it has an avacado green stove! ) and really like this idea!

    blessings
    mary

  84. Mary Ellen (megardengal) says:

    Yes Susan you remember that room right! It still has the same carpet.

    I was thinking when I wrote my previous comment to you that I should have waited to put my urn yearn blog on for Metamorphosis Monday- I am just a little slow sometimes~

    It is such a great idea and I love going to everybodies link to see all the metamorhosis taking place! Thanks for being such a great hostess!!!

    blessings
    mary

  85. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says:

    I so enjoyed touring your kitchen make over once again.. some day.. I say that alot lately.. but some day I might get to redo ours.. 🙂 The counters are looking so bad..and I’m talking bad.. 🙁
    I’m slowly getting the office back together..some day I’ll be able to post it.. lol..
    You know I love your platter girl.. I’m still dreaming about it.. would fit “perfectly” in my home.. my name is on the back right??? lol.. hugs ~lynne~

  86. Hi Susan, I am still getting through the Met Monday posts and came back for another look at your great kitchen! I want your house, just love it all!
    And your flow blue in that wall plate rack, wow!
    I enjoy your tours!
    Linda

  87. Hi Susan! I am so glad you put pictures of your kitchen up..we are getting ready to build Dream House #2, and I am soo excited to learn more about your combo oven..what brand did you buy? I wanted to have two ovens in house #1, but it got nixed in the budget pinch. I regretted not fighting harder for it. Your kitchen looks like it is layed out like the plans we are looking at…did you build this house? I also have a pig like yours..found him so lonely at a flea market and snatched him up fast! he makes me smile! thanks for sharing!!!

  88. Your new kitchen is beautiful.

  89. Melissa @ The Inspired Room says:

    GORGEOUS remodel!!! How pretty!!! You did a great job, so inspiring.

  90. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Hi Mary Beth…thanks for the sweet comments! The oven is a Maytag, Gemini. I do believe it’s still being made…sure hope so, anyway. Mine has been working great for 6 years now. Thanks everyone for all the wonderful comments! Susan

  91. Theresa Marie DeCosta-Keener says:

    What is the backsplash color tiles called? I love them and want to put in my kitchen.

    • Theresa, unfortunately, I don’t remember now. I did that renovation over 10 years ago and I purchased the all the tiles from Home Depot Expo, which is no longer in business. You may want to visit a Home Depot and go to their kitchen renovation department. I don’t know if all HD’s have that but the one near me does. It’s in a separate area of the store. Anyway, bring up this post on your phone or have them bring it up on their computer and maybe they will recognize it or have something similar. Hope you find it…I bet something similar is being made today.

  92. Just found your blog, I know a bit late, but I guess I’ve been too involved in my art. Anyway when we redid our kitchen with $$ new cabinets stained in a med. to dark stain, I had my misgivings. Cabinet maker and my hubby talked me into the wood. Our previous kitchen was white but we had problems with the white yellowing and cheap wood. Long story short I miss the light of my old kitchen, the cabinets are beautiful but so dark for my taste. If you did your painting of the cabinets 10 years ago, how is the paint job holding up? I know white paint wears from use, how does it look now? Any hints on keeping it fresh looking?

    • Hi Gloria..I painted the inside, priming with Kilz first…then I had the outside professionally painted. It has held up well. There are a few places that I’ve dinged an edge with a pan or dish but overall it has held up really well. I will need to think about having them repainted again sometime but they still look good. I just use a soapy rag to wipe them down occasionally.
      I would highly recommend having them professionally spray painted and do a bit of research to determine the most durable paint to use. I can’t remember now what I used but I remember it was very washable. I would not use oil based paint because it’s famous for yellowing with time. With everyone painting cabinets these days, I bet Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams will have a paint that’s great for that. I know Benjamin Moore has a really expensive line called Aura. I used it on my front door and it held up great for many years. But just check with several paint companies to see what paint they recommend for cabinets now. You learn a lot by talking to different paint companies, at least I always do once I start a new project.

  93. What a great job you’ve done with your kitchen. An inspiration, for sure.

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