Painted Kitchen Cabinets

It took days weeks months but I finally picked a color for my kitchen cabinets.

So many swatches.

So many sample quarts.

yikes – scary basement!

After I took this picture, I realized there were 3 more quarts sitting behind these.  geesh.  (Yes, the employees at Sherwin Williams know me by name.)

Painting cabinets is no small task, and I wanted to be super sure and super happy with my color.  I finally settled on SW Rain.  It has a cottage-blue look, but with enough gray that it doesn’t look baby-blue.  So many of the other colors I tried did.

Again, here is my inspiration picture…

Ispiration Photo –

Here are my cabinets before…

And here are my cabinets after…

Loving my kitchen now!

I also replaced the blind that used to hang at this window with a roman shade.  Shanty 2 Chic had a super-easy tutorial that surprisingly doesn’t require too much sewing –  I was able to put it together in a couple of hours.

This is the only section of countertop that’s built so far.  And obviously no backsplash yet.  But yummmm – how I love the dark countertop with the blue cabinets!

See how we transformed the fridge into a framed chalkboard - without damaging it at all.

Can you spot the dishwasher?  We were able to cover it to match the cabinetry.  It was a pretty simple project that I’ll be sharing soon.  It made a HUGE difference in the overall look of the room.

I updated the cup pulls with Rustoleum’s Dark Bronze spray paint.  (The cabinet handles are actually the same ones I had on the drawers before I replaced them with the cup pulls.)  Lots of shuffling going on!  But it was so nice to avoid the expense of buying new hardware.

This was originally a medicine cabinet that we used at our previous house.  Since this section of wall is so small, we decided not to put a kitchen cabinet on it, but this little cabinet fit perfectly.  Can you tell that I love using red as an accent against the blue?

I canNOT wait to replace the counter and backsplash!!!  It might be a while though.  Kevin is getting antsy to start the bathroom remodel – I guess I shouldn’t complain about that.  No promises, though! ;)

I thought I’d make a list of some of the things I learned about painting cabinets.  Not a how-to (I am not at all qualified to write that tutorial!), just some tips and suggestions.  Things that worked for me.  Or didn’t work for me. (That’s a long list.)

So what do you think???

Would you consider painting wood cabinets?  How about painting them a color other than white???

I’d love to hear from you..


Now… what to do with all of those sample colors???

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  1. I love it! Fantastic job, as usual.

    • Thanks Carley! I am still available for painting assistance if you need it. Give me a date!

    • Katie Blanco says:

      You have innovative ideas that always turn pretty – love them. Thank you very much for sharing us your talents and skills.
      God bless.

  2. So fresh and sweet … has a Norwegian cottage feel to me, especially with the red and yellow color pops and the vintage coffee tins. (Gray Blue / red combo is one of my favs) Great fabric choice for the roman shade. And yes, definitely, I have painted cabinets in all baths and none are white so if I were to paint my kitchen cabinets I don’t think white would ever be considered. Looks great Brenda!

    • Robin – thanks for noticing the coffee tins!!!! I would have guessed that you would spot them. I was so excited to find 2 new ones this weekend!

  3. Deb Claytor says:

    I am in the process of painting my kitchen cabinets. I already painted the uppers several years ago, Heirloom White from Rustolium. And am gonna paint my bottoms the same, the walls SW Drizzle, getting Teak quarts counter tops, and laying plank flooring. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and process!

    • ooooo Deb – sounds fantastic!!! Are you spray painting? I am planning to use the Heirloom White on my DR chairs! I wish that I would have had a paint sprayer for the cabinet job – I would have gotten a much nicer finish. Good luck on the rest of your remodel!!

  4. I have to say, I think it was worth all those paint cans. This is fabulous! A great color choice, since both white and dark counter tops would look great.

  5. Oh Brenda it looks fabulous.You aways have the most beautiful home. Let me borrow some of those paint samples.

  6. Bravo! Amazing change and a great choice of color. Hang onto those samples. I’m sure you’ll find something to use them for. Can’t wait to hear your tips. We painted/glazed our kitchen cabinets and did them in a dark brown a few years back. We figured we could always try white later if we didn’t like the brown. I’m still happy with them. And I just love the outcome in YOUR kitchen, and that curtain fabric is such a great accent! Can you tell me who makes that fabric and what the pattern name is, if you know? Thanks!

    • Liz – that is exactly how I felt about painting the cabinets! As you can see, I have a tiny kitchen that didn’t take long to paint. So I wasn’t worried if I had to re-paint. I figured that white would be my sure thing if the blue didn’t work out. I’m glad that I tried color first though!
      The fabric is Waverly, and the print is called pom pom play. It’s the ocean (I think it’s ocean – it’s something to do with water! Maybe it’s spa.) color. I got it at JoAnn’s, and when I checked last week online to get more, they were out of the blue. There were other places to get it online though. (It was a bit more expensive at the other places.) Good luck!

  7. Cheryl in Wisconsin says:

    The people at my Sherwin-Williams store definitely know me by name.

    The blue is a fabulous choice. It is so unique and charming. I painted my cabinets white, then grey, then greige, now white again, to coordinate with my wall color changes. (Refer to first sentence!)

    • Cheryl – I love it!!! I don’t think I know of anyone else who has painted their cabinets that many times. You should definitely write up some pointers – you have to be considered a pro by now, right??

  8. they look great!! i had to look really hard to find your dishwasher. Matt and I have talked about painting our cabinets for years. your picture might me my inspiration picture. xo

    • haha – michelle! Thank you for mentioning the dishwasher! :) I am so proud of that camoflauge!
      You should go for it. It’s really not that bad of a project.

  9. They look fantastic! I love that you picked blue.

  10. Found you via Between Naps on the Porch. Love the cabinet transformation! You did a fantastic job!

  11. What a beautiful transformation! That blue is one of my fave colors and it’s perfect for your kitchen – can’t wait to see the finished space!

  12. OMGosh! It’s beautiful! My favorite color! You did an amazing job. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Brambleberry. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  13. Such a lovely color on your cabinets, it will be a year next month that we painted ours, so I know the work that’s involved.

  14. This is too funny! I just linked up to “Beyond the Picket Fence” right after you and I posted about the thought of painting my drab oak cabinets but I’ve heard it’s an awful process.

    Was it?

    Even if it was, it was worth it. Your kitchen is GORGEOUS!!!! The transformation is amazing.

    I am pinning your pics for sure!!


  15. I just recently painted my lower cabinets black. With only one natural source of light… it was a difficult decision. But one I’m happy with!
    Now to paint the tops a fresh coat of white!
    I love your cabinets painted out. They look wonderful.
    Love the hidden dishwasher. You can’t spot the dishwasher in my kitchen…cause there isn’t one. But I’m thinking of building in the fridge and freezer!

    …have fun with it, Pat

  16. I love the color of your cabinets. I have a Mexican tile backsplash and picked the aqua color from it and painted my wood cabinets that color. It’s such a happy kitchen now.

  17. I really like the new look and I love the rug!

  18. Fabulous kitchen!

  19. Love them! They are gorgeous! The color is perfect! I painted my oak cabinets a creamy off white and I have wood countertops and LOVE them. New follower! I want to see how you did the dishwasher…

  20. wow, that looks great. i love that soothing color. i’m in pa, too, right outside philly. i love coming across local (ish) bloggers!

  21. Your kitchen is beautiful. I love the roman shade and the rug too!

  22. Brenda! Wow! What a stunning job! The color really opens up you kitchen! Pat yourself on the back, you deserve it! I always appreciate the creativity you share to Potpourri Friday@

  23. The color is stunning – worth all the sample paints! I love colorful cabinets and almost painted my island a fun color but since I went with the red stove, I wanted to keep that the focal point in the room.

    Your backsplash and counters will come – but for now, enjoy the beautiful color in your kitchen.

  24. We are in the process of buying a house so I’ve already been fantasizing about painting the cabinets a vintagey creamy yellow.
    Your cabinets look gorgeous! What type of paint did you use and how did you prep the cabinets? All the things I’ve read seem to have different answers to that question.

  25. I saw this on hometalk and fell in love with your kitchen! I love the tile countertops too, but the wood is beautiful. I just painted my wood cabinets grey, and it was a big step but one Im glad I did. They were not great wood.

  26. So beautiful! I love how everything blends in your kitchen ..The blue paint is so pretty and the pops of red are awesome! What a fun blog!

  27. This is so beautiful – I love it! I also love your splashes of red – really makes it pop. I am trying to pick a color for my cabinets – I think I settled on a grey but now that I see this….hmmm :-) I need to paint the inside of the cabinets too but it needs to be a “kill” paint – there is a strong “damp” smell coming from two of the cabinets (not sure what the previous owners did, we moved in a few months ago. I love my wee home but a lot of fun work :-) Thank you for your blog…it is really fabulous!!

  28. Just found your blog and so happy I did.

    Your cabinets are totally gorgeous! You really did a wonderful job with the painting. I love the color Rain by SW. I live in an apt and asked to have my cabinets painted the first of the year. They said ok, but would be white. If I can’t have a color, then it’s certainly better than the old oak. :)

    I’m a new follower and look forward to more of your talents. Stop by and say hi when you can.

    P.S. I LOVE red!

  29. I have been wanting to paint my cupboards for a long time. I did do the ones in my pantry. The problem is my house is 100+ years old and not sure what they used when they did them last so they are peeling. I painted mine an asparagus colour with blue walls…

  30. Looks amazing! Where did you get the fabric for the window shade, I love it!

  31. What to do with all that paint…donate it to your high school art class. That’s what I did with all my leftovers. They can use them in class or painting props for plays.

  32. wowza, love this!!!! The paint is just perfect and the fabric, well, I might be partial since I sewed some pillows with it :) Such a wonderful job you did

  33. I’m always on the lookout for new cottage design tips. And your kitchen cabinets are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing! I just love the grayish blue and I totally identify with the multiple paint samples. The Sherwin Williams guys can now recognize my voice on the phone!!! LOL

    Laurel at Sopo Cottage

  34. Looks fabulous!!! Did you have to use primer first? Sand them? Please tell all! If you can make the cabinets look like that, then you can do a tutorial! SMILE!!! Great job! Inspiring!!

    • oh i love your kitchen its so warm,cozy and inviting i love to cook there :) i dont like the white colour (DONT TOUCH ME I WILL GET DIRTY) as its not practical if you have kids.its also need a lot of cleaning and scrubbing and products thats not enviroment friendly too:)

  35. Looks very nice… I wanna paint mine as well. What kind of paint you get and what r all the steps you need to do to get them ready to paint….

  36. Looks great, but I really love the white countertops which go so well with the blue cabinets.

  37. Wonderful color. Your kitchen is very pretty. Found you through Debbiedoo’s FB.

  38. Hi, I love your kitchen. I love reading your posts! I live in Cranberry Twp. and am a huge DIYer. I want to paint my cabinets, but can’t make up my mind. Love yours!

  39. the color yurned out great…so pretty! we have wood cabinets i’d love to paint.

  40. OMG your kitchen is fabulous! I adore the colour and totally understand your trouble picking out a colour. I just painted my kitchen cabinets a grey/blue colour and took forever to pick the perfect colour.

  41. Wow! What a great transformation! The color is perfect and what you did with the dishwasher is very clever! I painted my cabinets a blue/green that almost looks gray sometimes and I am very happy with them. White can be so stark in a kitchen sometimes. Love the red accents.

    Just found your blog and am loving it!


  42. Fabulous kitchen!!! I painted my kitchen walls a shade of orange and had 9 colors mixed before I found the right one, so I understand what you went through. I love your color choices and the fabric you used for your shade. Bravo!!

  43. I love your cabinets, the color is perfectly peaceful!


  44. Brenda, I am in love with your kitchen! It’s AMAZING! I’d love to have you share your home as one of my featured “Dreamy Dwellings.” Email me if you’d be interested and I can send you the details! XO, Aimee

  45. I love love love the color, If I were to paint my kitchen cabinets that’s the color I would choose. You did such a great job!

  46. Love your kitchen!
    Are you making the butcher block countertops or purchasing? If so, where are you getting them from…..and how are you staining them?

    • Hi Debbie. Thanks so much! I really really wanted to be able to buy the countertops. From Ikea – cheap and pretty. But my countertop is too wide and too long. The only way to do it would have involved several pieces and we didn’t think we could make it look good pieced together. Soooo – my husband will be making it. He made the smaller section by the fridge. I stained that section with MinWax Dark Walnut. No food ever touches that surface. The big countertop is a different story. I have done some research on finishing the countertop, and when we finally do it, I will share all of the details. Not trying to be mysterious – I just have no idea how we’ll go about it yet! You have to be careful of what products you use around food prep. It will probably be the same stain (or just a little lighter), followed by a polyurethane of some sort. I have read that once the products cure, they are food safe. Lots more research to do though!
      Thanks for your question!

  47. Wowzers!! Stunning transformation. Love everything about it. Question: where did ya get that sweet little area rug?

    • Thank you Kim!!
      I heartthatlittlerugsomuch – thanks for noticing it! It’s from Target (recent). There were a couple different sizes, and I would have liked one that was a litle wider, but I was so in love with the colors that I decided to overlook it’s skinny-ness.
      Thanks for stopping!

  48. Hi! You are featured this week at Potpourri Friday!

  49. Beautiful color, Brenda! WOW! You are local to me…if I had known that you were available for cabinet painting – well, we would have met in person by now! haha! You did a beautiful job. What a gorgeous color. It really brightened up your kitchen! Fabulous fabric for the shade too! :)

  50. I did paint my cabinets white years ago–against the advise of several friends. I love them. I would have considered another color, but they really need to be white in order to bring enough light into the room.
    You did a beautiful job–and I love the little cabinet to the right of the sink (and the Roman shade too)!

  51. west furniture revival says:

    love the way your cabinets turned out you picked a terrific color! GREAT CHOICE.

  52. Hi,
    Love your “new” kitchen. The colour is just perfect; the fabric, your rug (hard to believe it came from Target). We finally getting Targets here in Canada – can’t wait. I noticed the molding above your china cabinet and fridge centre. From what I can see it’s either a 1×4 or 1×3 flat to the ceiling with evenly spaced small brackets. Am I seeing that right or am I seeing things?
    Thanks for all the great posts!

  53. Love, love the way your cupboards turned out! I am planning on painting mine sometime…just have to decide the color for sure as well. :)

  54. Love the way your cabinets look now.I’m starting to paint mine the same color.Also changing our counter top by covering in tile.New counter tops were way to expensive.

  55. I’ve been wanting to paint my cabinets. Bottom would be Sherwinn Williams Moody Blue and the top almond. But I’m terrified. Yours look awesome. What a difference. It just might be the little umph I need to push me over the edge and just do it!! Thanks!

  56. Hello,

    I just love the colour of your cupboards. So it is Sherwin Williams paint called “Rain”.

  57. LOVE the fabric you chose for the Roman shade, wherever did you find it!

  58. Love the cabinets and adore the window shade fabric. Painted (crackled) cabinets once – cream base and white top coat. I suggest you use your paint samples to make an art piece like Pottery Barn’s Painted Pieced Woodwork!!

  59. Beautiful color! GREAT job!

  60. This is my project for this Summer. It is too wet here in NW Washington until then. I have to strip like 5 coats of paint off and replace all the hardware so it will be a long process. I have been debating on leaving some paint on and clearcoating over it but we shall see what it looks like when we get that far. Your cabinets look amazing i love the color. My bedroom is a similar color.

  61. I am seriously crushing, and drooling over your kitchen makeover. WOW! I love it, and all the color. I would love to invite you to come by Craft-O-Maniac on Sunday evenings around 6:00 p.m. and link up to my link party “Craft-O-Maniac Monday” I get between 480-536 link ups. I hope to see you there. Have a great one.


  62. So bright…great great color choice.

  63. Wow, soooo beautiful!! What an amazing job you did!! I am absolutely drooling on the keyboard over that roman shade right now- would you mind telling me where you got the fabric? Thanks so much! =) Bethany

  64. found your site via hometalk, your cabinets look fantastic, makes the room looks so pretty. You did a wonderful job!

  65. Hi Brenda, love your cabinets. Mine are similiar to your before pic and I plan to paint mine. Did you prime first? Is it paint with glaze or just paint. I seen a pic of blue glazed cabinets and they were beautiful, when I speak of glaze I don’t mean antique look which is all I can find on the internet. These looked painted but it was a real light blue.

  66. Wow that is very pretty. I love the color of your cabinets. It’s so bright, cheery, and cozy.

  67. Christine says:

    Hi! Love your kitchen! Fabulous color…I’m taking notes here, “rain” from SW..just what I was looking for! :-) I know the process of painting is tedious and a lot of ‘elbow grease” is involved, but how satisfying! :-)
    I’m planning to do this starting right after I do my laundr/powder room, where I will “test” my “savoir-faire”…hopefully it will turn out right…you see my cabinets are not wood, they are some kind of ugly melamine burgundy color and I hope to make them look better…if my ‘test’ doesnt work out well, then I’ll have no choice but to change all doors and drawer fronts, or go all the way with new cabinets….much more expensive though. Thank God there’s Ikea! :-)
    Take care and keep up the good work! You’re doing wonderfully well! xxxx Chris

  68. Brenda, your cabinets look amazing! I think yours turned out better than your inspiration! I too have a huge pile of those sample paint quarts. I think SW Rain was the perfect color choice, and I’d love to feature this on my paint color blog, Involving Color. Let me know if you’re interested!

  69. Your cabinets turned out great. I have painted my kitchen cabinets twice. Once a light purple (disaster) and now a pale white with a green tint. I painted my kitchen a sage green and with the green undertone of the cabinet color, they go together wonderfully. Like you, I spray-painted all the cabinet hardware. I was going to buy new, but could not find any I liked.
    Your blue color is beautiful and suits the space wonderfully. I am going to look through your posts to see how to redo my dishwasher to match my cabinets. I love that you did that.
    Just found your blog today. Great post and I am looking forward to reading about more of your projects.

  70. Maria Ward says:

    You did a fabulous job! You kitchen before & after is an inspiration. And, by the way, we have similar taste. I bought that same fabric and have not used it for anything yet, but i had to have it:) thanks for sharing.

  71. Michelle Harrell says:

    My daughter and I LOVE the Roman shade. would you consider making a couple to sell? or at least tell me how to get some of that fabric. Would love to surprise her for Christmas

  72. I love the cabinet color. your kitchen is awesome! Love the old tins too!

  73. Wow, amazing makeover! Thanks for sharing the color. I’ve pinned it for my next house.

  74. Scott Willhide says:

    Love the painted cabinets….what is the paint color???

  75. Love it!!!! The rug…where did you get the rug? It is fantastic!

  76. I love the makeover. You may have mentioned it already, but what is the name of the fabric you used for the window? I just re-did my cabinets a light gray with some open cabinets in a light blue and I would love to get similar fabric. Nice job!

  77. Excelent idea! It was beautiful!

  78. Beautiful inspirations, thank you for sharing.

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