Kitchen Goes Light and Bright with Painted Cabinets

Welcome to the 247th Metamorphosis Monday!

I love the way Candy described her kitchen renovation to me in a recent email. She said, “The entire renovation took 5 weeks, it was like having a baby, uncomfortable while it’s happening but the end result was worth it.”

Kitchen Renovation Before


Haven’t we ALL felt like that during a renovation? Even a small redo makes me anxious and uncomfortable, especially when it’s mid renovation and everything is torn apart and chaotic. But oh, it’s so worth it when it all comes together!

Kitchen Renovated with Painted Cabinets and Granite

As you can see Candy’s kitchen cabinets were originally a light stained color.

Kitchen Renovated with Painted Cabinets and Granite

Describing her kitchen before the renovation, Candy said, “The only natural light is a northern exposure window and a bay and back door that is now enclosed in the porch, so light from there is limited. I hate to work in a dungeon.”

She knew lightening up the cabinets would help brighten her kitchen. Regarding the paint color she chose for her cabinets, Candy said, “I have always been a fan of gray and thought it would be a good neutral, staying away from colors I thought would be nice now but dated in a few years.” The cabinets were painted a light gray and glazed.

Kitchen Renovated with Painted Cabinets and Granite


Ready for the reveal?

Kitchen Renovated with Painted Cabinets and Granite


Beautiful! What a dramatic change and the whole kitchen looks so professionally done! I would never have guessed they weren’t installed originally in this color.

Kitchen Renovated with Painted Cabinets and Granite 1_wm10


Candy went with Bolga blue granite for her bar top and Caledonia for the rest of the counters since it was less expensive.  That sounds like such a great way to squeeze in some of the more expensive granite choices without breaking the budget.

Kitchen Renovated with Painted Cabinets and Granite


She decided on a Fisher & Pykel dishwasher. It has 2 separate drawers. I didn’t know there was such a thing but I love this idea. No more having to wait until the dishwasher is full to run it. I’m guessing you could even run them on separate settings, maybe using a cooler temp for more fragile dishes. Such a great idea!

Kitchen Renovated with Painted Cabinets and Granite


The pantry got a slightly different treatment from the rest of the kitchen.

Kitchen Renovated with Painted Cabinets and Granite


Candy said, “The center island and my pantry (pictured above) were done in a slightly darker grey and glazed.  The colors picked were just 2 that I thought would work well together.”

Kitchen Renovated with Painted Cabinets and Granite


So much to love about Candy’s new kitchen from the lighting to the beautiful granite and the painted cabinetry. I love the corner cabinet there on the end. Wish they had done that on the end of my cabinets in my kitchen. Such a nice way to finish the end.

Kitchen Renovated with Painted Cabinets and Granite 1_wm10


Thanks to Candy for sharing her wonderful kitchen renovation!

Do you have a kitchen renovation to share? If you have large, clear Before and After photos of your renovation, I’d love to see them and possibly share them here at BNOTP.

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  1. Looks way better, good job! I have those brown wood cabinets and I wish I could paint them but we are renting right now.

  2. Beautiful kitchen transformation! Thanks so much for hosting Susan…

  3. Thanks so much for hosting the party! I love the changes to Candy’s kitchen. Having lived through a major renovation, I had to chuckle at the comparison to having a baby. I know Candy is really enjoying her lovely new space. Have a wonderful week.

  4. Candy’s new kitchen is beautiful! I love that she gave the island and pantry a different color. I painted my kitchen cabinets too, it’s lots of work but so worth it. Thanks for hosting, Susan.

  5. Candy’s kitchen is gorgeous. Thanks for hosting this fun party.

  6. Love that kitchen, Susan! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the party! Have a great day! πŸ™‚

  7. Wow what a fabulous transformation! Well worth the wait- and it looks like they did a quality job on it.

  8. Gwen Blackman says

    Love the pantry. Gorgeous.

  9. What a transformation…love the grey!!

  10. Gorgeous kitchen Susan, and I am going to remember what Cathy said about having a baby! Ha! I am about to tackle our family room, which I have been putting off for 2 years out of fear and dread! Looking at it with Cathy’s philosophy makes it seem so much simpler~thanks for a great way to start Monday!

  11. A kitchen remodel is very painful indeed
    thanks for hosting today

  12. Marvelous!!! Having JUST GONE through a kitchen re-do “I feel your pain!” Sometimes, I just walk around mine and think…IT’S DONE!! The pantry (really all of it) is divine! KUDOS! franki

  13. That kitchen transformation is stunning! Thanks so much for hosting! Hope your week is awesome!

  14. Such inspiration here! I love, love, love the cabinet color…Fantastic! My kitchen reno is on a very distant horizon so it’s just wonderful to see such success!


  15. Wow, she has a gorgeous kitchen – love all the cabinets! The transformation is marvelous – I do appreciate you posting and hope you have a blessed week,

  16. Candy’s kitchen is beautiful. What a difference. Love the colors she used, and that pantry is so good looking and such a smart idea. Thanks, Susan and Candy, for sharing this amazing makeover. laurie

  17. Peggy Thal says

    Great renovation. It turned out beautiful! It is amazing what one can do. We did ours in another home and at the end it looked like a completely different kitchen. Went from a country 80’s style to a more sleek clean look. It was fun but hard work.

  18. What a great transformation Susan! Her kitchen turned out beautiful. Thanx for hosting!

  19. Oh, I love the lightened version. Excellent job! Thank you for hosting.

  20. Wow, gorgeous kitchen transformation! I love the colors and the granite, just beautiful. I’m a teeny bit jealous (ok, a lot jealous). Our kitchen needs a big makeover!

  21. What a beautiful kitchen remodel! Thanks for hosting! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  22. Love this re-do. Does Candy have a blog? Did she have the original cabinets spray painted or are these
    brand new? If sprayed, were they done professionally or was this a DIY project? I would love to re_do my
    oak cabinets, but I wouldn’t even know where to start!
    Thank you

    • Hi Diane, no I don’t have a blog, just love to stop by all the great ones for ideas and inspiration, you know? The cabinets were honey oak stained when we purchased the home in 2001, and they seemed to be of good quality, so I thought it would be less expensive just to have them painted, than replaced. A home remodeling company actually did all the work, could probably make it a DIY if you wanted to…what was scary to me was picking things out, as I am always afraid of making a mistake and wishing I had done something different. Thankfully this project turned out well! I am so happy to see all the positive comments!

      • Thanks so much Candy….I don’t think you should have a care in the world re: choosing things, you did an amazing job. Looks very professional to me. Enjoy!

  23. That is a beautiful transformation on Candy’s kitchen! Thanks so much for hosting, Susan!

  24. I really want to show my friend this post Susan! Her kitchen has the same type of cabinets, and I can’t seem to convince her to paint them. πŸ™

    Thanks for hosting and have a great week!!

  25. Thank you for hosting!

  26. What a gorgeous kitchen renovation! I love the lighter color.
    Thanks so much for hosting.

  27. Wow, if that renovation only took 5 weeks, she’s quite lucky!

  28. Love this kitchen metamorphous! It definitely is lighter and brighter! How I wish I could talk my hubby into “lightening up” our cabinets! Thanks for hosting MM!


  29. It turned out amazing! I know what Candy meant by been uncortable and caotic, as we did ours three years ago, but the end result is always FABULOUS! Thanks for sharing this kitchen because for me, my fav Met Mon’s are the kitchens renovations! I will see you all on Thursday with my Halloween table, as I have nothing for MM this week, lol.. Have a lovely week sweetie.

  30. Wow, wow WOW! What a beautiful transformation!



  31. Great kitchen transformation. Thanks so much for hosting. Hope you have a great week!


  32. Beautiful transformation in Candy’s kitchen. Like the grey.
    Now, call me quirky but I love renovating, although this is a new house and I am itchy to just add new things. We built two houses and that was the best time of my life, choosing everything!!
    My husband flinches when he hears me say “What do you think this would look like?” πŸ™‚

  33. Candy’s kitchen remodel is gorgeous! Thank you so much Susan for being the hostess with the mostest!

  34. You must be so pleased this is a beautiful transformation.

  35. Rattlebridge Farm says

    A stunning remodel!

  36. SharonFromMichigan says

    Absolutely Beautiful! I love painted cabinets. People always seem to be afraid of painting those old oak cabinets and I don’t know why. Painted cabinets are georgeous.

  37. Love this kitchen. I’m indecisive on painting our wood cabinets, but I see this and I think yes! Why is it so hard to decide whether or not to paint the wood? Thanks for the fantastic party you host each week!

    Shannon ~

    • Oh yea, one more thing. Could you have Cindy email me, because I would like to ask her some questions on doing this. This is the first kitchen that I thought I’m going for it. My email is [email protected]

      Shannon ~

  38. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Beautiful renovation! She did a wonderful job with her color choices. The kitchen looks so up to date and high end now. Very, very, pretty. I love that pantry! And I agree with you about the little 45 degree shelf, Susan. Adds such a warm touch. Candy did a wonderful job! Thanks to both of you for sharing.

  39. That renovation was worth every single penny & stressful minute!! What an incredible change…BRAVO!
    Thanks for hosting MM, Susan. I’m glad I had some sewing to link to the party today.

  40. Wow! Love that kitchen! Thanks for sharing, Susan! Have a great week!…hugs…Debbie

  41. Hi Candy

    Your kitchen transformation is amazing!!! I am also in the process of selecting colors to paint my kitchen and kitchen cabinets. Right now they are a natural maple color. I have been leaning towards going to a neutral color (playing it safe), but I am absolutely in love with the two shades of grey. I’m afraid that staying neutral will not have the impact that i am looking for. Would you be so kind as to share your color selections and the brand of paint that you used? Did you use a clear glaze or a colored glaze. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you so very much! Kelly

  42. Tammy Hengst says

    LOVELY new kitchen. I have white cabinets and still love them after 10 years :*)
    The only addition I would have made would be to put another sick at the window so you could look out while finishing up :*) Also so 2 people could use the sink, we seem to always be fighting over the sink, my next kitchen will have 2 :*) and a bigger stove……
    Oh and what did you mean by 2 drawer dishwasher? don’t they all have them? hmmmm? email me please.

    • Hi Tammy, the dishwasher is divided into 2separate sections that work independently from each other. So if we only have cups and glasses we run the smaller one, they can also run at the same time.

  43. Great kitchen redo! I’m about to repaint my cabinets myself for the second time. Had oak stain, went white, and now going a bluish grey. Thanks for hosting! Have a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  44. I think tht is the prettiest kitchen reno that I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is GORGEOUS!!! I would LOVE to know the cost, since we are unable to sell our old house and keep thinking if we updated the kitchen it might sell. We have light oak cabs too and tile counters so this would be perfect!!! If she will share any info that would be awesome. Thank YOU for sharing with us, Susan

    • Hi Kelly,
      The remodeling company uses Sherwin Williams, so I went there and looked at the greys. You know how they are on a graduated sheet from light to dark? On one sheet I picked the lightest color, it was called Ice Cube or crushed Ice, I believe, and then used the middle color on the sheet as my darker choice. (Very scientific I assure you:) When the painter first applied the paint, it looked like there was not enough contrast but pain dries darker so I held to my color choices. It worked! The glaze was a burnt umber mixed with a little black. Hope that helps! Candy

  45. Beautiful renovation! Love the island with enough room for cook books and decorations!…Thanks you for sharing Candy’s renovation! it turned out gorgeous!

  46. WOW!! I love this transformation! It’s gorgeous!

  47. Gorgeous kitchen rennovation Candy – what a difference! I love the island and fixtures hanging over it and I love that hanging pot rack. Thank You Susan for hosting another party!

  48. Thank you for hosting. So much inspiration in once spot is exciting!

  49. What a gorgeous kitchen transformation, Candy! I am a sucker for a light kitchen! This is my first time linking up here, Susan. Thanks so much for the lovely party ~ Lots to check out for sure! πŸ™‚

  50. These cabinets and counter-tops look beautiful. I actually thought the light oak looked okay, but this transformation really takes the kitchen over the top. But I have always wondered, who does one get to paint kitchen cabinets? A regular house painter wouldn’t necessarily do that type of job, I don’t think. Susan, do you know how someone would find such a person? I would be afraid to do something like that myself. It seems you’d need a professional. Thanks.

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