Painting your kitchen cabinets

If your kitchen wood cabinets are in good condition but simply need a makeover, painting  them is an inexpensive and effective option. You can hand paint them, spray paint them yourself or have it professionally done. Having them professionally spray painted is still a much cheaper option than replacing them with low end cabinets. Semi-gloss paint is recommended as it is durable and easy to clean. For a stylish and updated look, you might want  to consider replacing any cabinet hinges that show as well as the hardware.

Once you have decided to go ahead with this project, you may want to take the opportunity to reorganize your kitchen cupboards. Wendi, author of  Classic Chic Home, has a wonderful and helpful post called Organization Series: My Kitchen Cupboards.

Here are some ideas of painted cabinets:

In this country kitchen, a beautiful turquoise color was added to the original kitchen cabinets.

turquoise painted cabinets traditional kitchen

Source: Tobi Fairley Interior Design

In this traditional kitchen, a soft white (White Dove, Benjamin Moore) contrasts nicely with the existing dark flooring.

painted cabinets traditional kitchen

Source: Stonewood, LLC

In this bright and sunny kitchen, a buttery yellow enamel paint was used to bring life to plain white builder’s cabinets.

painted kitchen cabinets yellow

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

An inexpensive makeover, the cabinets were freshened up with a crisp white color and the existing hardware was simply polished.

painted kitchen cabinets white 3

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Original oak cabinets were simply painted with Sherwin Williams paint, color Snowbound.

repainted cabinets traditional kitchen

Source: Jennifer Latimer & Gilded Mint

The existing cabinets were simply spray painted in a light warm grey tone, which contrasts nicely with the dark kitchen furniture and counters.

painted kitchen grey


For a different approach , you might want to go with a two tone look  using a lighter color on the upper cabinets and darker color on the lower cabinets.

In this kitchen, a cool color palette was used  for a fresh and airy contemporary look.

gray painted cabinets traditional kitchen

Source: Carla Aston

This is a great way to add a  pop of color to your kitchen. In this beautiful country kitchen, the upper cabinets were painted in a cream color and the lower cabinets were painted in a cranberry finish for contrast.

painted kitchen cabinet two tone


Feel free to leave any comments or suggestions. If you have recently finished any projects and would like to share your experience, please send us your pictures and we will share them with our readers.

5 replies
  1. Wendi @ Classic Chic Home
    Wendi @ Classic Chic Home says:

    These are all great, economical ideas for making over kitchen cabinets, Eleni. I added simple trim to the cabinet doors in my last home, and gave them a few coats of soft white paint. I also spray painted the brass hardware in a flat black finish. The cupboards looked brand new!
    And, thank you so much for mentioning my blog in your post!
    Have a lovely evening,
    ~ Wendi

  2. Eli
    Eli says:

    I really like the ideas in this post. Re doing the kitchen can be so costly so I’m happy to see an economical idea. I also think that changing the handles can also make a big difference to the cabinets.

    This post has got me wanting to change to red cabinets!

  3. Quality Kitchen and Windows
    Quality Kitchen and Windows says:

    Painting looks grate, but will not last. the cost of paying a pro to paint your cabinets will be the same as if you paid a pro to reface the same cabinets and you get new doors, drawers, drawer fronts, new drawer glides and door hinges with new pulls. All exposed surfaces’ will be laminated to match the doors and drawers

    • Eleni
      Eleni says:

      Refacing kitchen cabinets is also a good option. However, in my experience with customers that have looked at both options and also based on the information available online, painting is a more economical choice. If the kitchen cabinets are in solid wood and in good condition, painting them is a good solution. There are many quality paints that will last if properly done.


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