$95 Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

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Painting kitchen cabinets was $95 well spent! Paint can go a LONG way to modernize your space. A more expensive remodel is in our future. Next we plan to update the floors, repurpose the island and update our backsplash (check out all of our kitchen upgrades here!)

Kitchen progress since then…

See my Instagram post for more pictures and my advice for painting your kitchen cabinetry.

When Mark and I put an offer in on this house in July 2018, we knew that a kitchen remodel was in our future. While we are saving for a more expensive remodel, we know first hand that updating your kitchen cabinetry with a fresh coat of paint can increase the show-ability and the value of your home. This is our 5th cabinetry paint project! (Click here to see our previous kitchen paint project!)

At the time I posted this, our kitchen “remodel” (aka: paint supplies) cost $95! Now we add inexpensive decor elements to enhance the space. There is still a lot left to do, but we’re happy with the results so far.

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The paint colors we chose:

  • Kitchen Cabinets // Valspar Cabinet Enamels paint line at Lowe’s — tinted in a Benjamin Moore color called “Graystone”.
  • Kitchen Island // Valspar Cabinet Enamels paint line at Lowe’s — tinted in a Benjamin Moore color called “Peppercorn”.
Benjamin Moore Greystone Paint Sample

This kitchen mini-remodel took a lot less time than my previous house. I lightly sanded, cleaned them. Gave them a light coat of Kilz 2 Primer. Followed by 2 coats of enamel (I always recommend enamel paint which dries harder than latex.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets Sanding Smooth Grain Cherry

Open wood grain cabinets require a completely different approach, these were smooth grain and saved a lot of time.

I didn’t remove the cabinets and used an artist brush around the hinges and around the door openings. I only had to lightly hand sand (I had to do heavy sanding with the deep grain oak in the past). I applied primer followed by 2 coats of Valspar. So easy this time!

Kitchen Remodel To-Do List:

The paint and hardware is just a temporary solution for the kitchen (we always say that) but there are a few things we still would like to change:

  • New countertops // The pale pink just doesn’t quite suit us :)
  • New sink // we would like a white or stainless sink. The current black sink is pretty scratched up.
  • Tiled Backsplash // this time, tile. We had a stenciled kitchen backsplash before, so we’d like to upgrade just a bit in this kitchen.
  • Add open shelving // We’d like to remove a few of the upper cabinets and redesign our pantry (the big, obtrusive cabinet on the right).
  • Rebuild & extend the island // We’ve repurposed our kitchen island in our previous house, so we’d like something a little prettier and more substantial.  We’d also like to extend the seating arrangement in there.
  • Add window seating // I’d like to change the bay area into a smaller seating arrangement. Right now an old buffet is there which will work perfectly for extra counter space until we change the island.
  • Change chandelier & add pendants // I’m thinking 2-3 pendant lights over the “new” island, another over the sink.  Then of course, changing the chandelier.
  • New Hardware // we are waiting for new antique brass cup pulls to arrive tomorrow, just in time for Christmas.
  • New flooring // we miss our dark floors from the old house, but these can’t be installed until we make some final decisions about our island layout.

Kitchen Sources & Those Baskets!

Also, I’ve had a few people ask about the tip I shared during my appearance on the Rachael Ray Show about hiding mail. The baskets and all sources can be found below!

$95 Budget Kitchen Remodel with Paint
We’ve changed the light fixture since this post. Come see our $70 thrifted chandelier!

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  1. Just found this on Pinterest and am impressed with your inexpensive kitchen remodel. To think that pain could so transform a commonplace kitchen into an extraordinary one! Thank you for documenting the change! Your tips and insights have inspired us to try this in our kitchen. So glad I found your blog!

  2. Jeanette,
    I love your kitchen remodel with paint!
    The paint hue ‘Peppercorn’ has been used in our garage make~over. . .and we l o v e it!
    First time visit and I will definitely return.
    May this be the happiest of New Year’s for you!

    1. Jeanette, DIY Blog SnazzyLittleThings.com says:

      Thank you Pat! Same to you!

  3. Wow, that looks fantastic! Better than new since it was only $95. Happy New Year, Kippi

  4. I love the new color! I’ve been debating on painting our cabinets or not. We have cheap laminate cabinets and the bottom cabinets are actually peeling on the bottom exposing the mdf. Replacing them is kinda out of the budget right now so I’ve just been living with it!
    I must of missed the post when you moved! I loved your old house! The design of your kitchen and dining room is what drew me to your blog!

  5. How is your cabine paint holding up?

  6. Wow that looks amazing. Great choice of painting. Worth the price !

  7. Found this info today❣️ How inspiring. I’m going to start painting my kitchen ❣️Yeah👌
    Thank you for sharing 😘

    1. Jeanette, DIY Blog SnazzyLittleThings.com says:

      Outstanding! Best of luck you will love the outcome! :)

      1. Melanie Dahl says:

        What color did you paint the walls?

        1. Jeanette, DIY Blog SnazzyLittleThings.com says:

          Simply white by Benjamin Moore :)

  8. Gorgeous after results!!!! Love the final look.

  9. I need help with putting together colors !!! I have a double-wide home with a front to back kitchen and “great room” – used to have white walls in the great room and a wine colored print in the kitchen (the entire house was wine colored … wall to wall carpet, white walls throughout, and wine colored countertops in the kitchen. In the great room is an 8′ pool table with, you guessed it, wine colored cloth. I want to do over the two rooms together using the wine colored pool table and kitchen counter tops in the mix. I was going to apply a light grey for all the walls with a darker grey for the kitchen cabinets, then put down a wood floor that you snap together. My husband stopped me half way through and said NO the all the gray … now what do I do? I just cannot put the right colors together. Can you help me out ? I would appreciate it so much !!!

    1. Jeanette, DIY Blog SnazzyLittleThings.com says:

      Hi Katie! Paint can be very hard to get right, I often second guess myself! I often paint cardboard using samples and hang them in the space for several days if I’m really stumped on a paint color. I’m not sure how far you have gotten with the gray, but when I think of a wine color I think of pairing it with a warmer color. You can use some great online tools (Sherwin Williams has one) where you take a photo of the room and upload it. You can select the walls / cabinets and experiment with the colors using that tool. https://www.sherwin-williams.com/visualizer#/active/default

      If you ever look back at my earlier posts and pictures on my blog, there was a time that NONE of my colors looked right. I had to remind myself that the entire space was going through a transformation and eventually it would all come together. I ended up stopping or a bit and used the online Sherwin Williams tool to make sure I was on the right track.

      I hope this helps!

  10. Jeanette, DIY Blog SnazzyLittleThings.com says:

    Thank you!

  11. What is your mix ratio of the Valspar Cabinet Enamels paint line at Lowe’s — they mixed in a Benjamin Moore color called “Graystone”.?

    1. Jeanette, DIY Blog SnazzyLittleThings.com says:

      I used a Valspar Cabinet Enamels base – you choose a color. I asked if they could match the Benjamin Moore color “Graystone” and they did. I think it varies by store whether they will do this or not. But I love the gray. We are replacing the island soon with a custom made wood island. New floors are also coming soon.

    1. Jeanette, DIY Blog SnazzyLittleThings.com says:

      I used a Valspar base, but asked Lowe’s to match the Valspar paint to match Benjamin Moore’s “Peppercorn”.

  12. Love the new look by just painting your cabinets! Thank you for sharing

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