white kitchen makeover reveal

Well, well, well.  Here we are!
I am so happy this project is completed!

I knew this undertaking would be a big project, and I psyched myself up for a week and a half of solid painting.
If you've been following this project, you already know it took twice as long.
But the results are so worth it!
We started out with a very monochromatic wood tone kitchen:
August 2010
Everything was new and nice; so initially I felt guilty about wanting white. But after seeing and reading up on so many great kitchen redo's, and living with what you love, I decided this summer was the time to tackle it.

One fun element I changed was our chalkboard.  The previous one was functional but way too plain Jane.  I picked up this beautiful frame at Goodwill and added in a thin sheet of poplar and painted it with blackboard paint.  So much prettier!
 Aren't the corner details yummy?

Here it was previously:

The plain front on the stove got a little embellishment- I love the little flair it adds.

We also built a new front above the hood.  Previously, there were two cabinet doors here.  It was always a head scratcher why the builder did this since there is zero storage!  We used a 3/4 piece of MDF, and trimmed it out- it now has the same look as our fireplace mantel that we did in the same way.
My plan is to put something decorative on the front of it, but I haven't had time to do it yet.

We also replaced our island pendants with these:

They are much more our style! More farmhouse than frill.  I didn't care for the golden-y glow the other ones put off. We really tried to make it happen with the schoolhouse pendants, but they were way out of our budget, and it just wasn't going to work.  I really like what we chose though, and they flow with the rest of the fixtures that we have going on.
You can also see all the trim work we added to the island here. New base trim, and some thin moulding really enhance it.  Here's was what it looked like before:

Everything is so much brighter now. I love the contrast of the floors with the white.

I have always loved the combo of bronzed pulls and glass knobs, and I finally have them!

This was one of the biggest expenses of the makeover, but it really adds so much.
I had a bit of a time finding the pulls I wanted that matched the previous size. These fit perfectly without me having to re drill any holes.

We are so happy with the end results! My husband gave me the best compliment. Half way through the project and after a long day of painting, he snuggled me and said, "I'm really proud of you honey."

Now that this is done, I've set my sights on our nook.  I want to finally complete this area!!!

I'm going to take a much needed break after this, but this area is going to be much more functional.  The huge semi-empty wall will have a new look, and I think the bench will be finding a new home.

What I learned from this project and some tips:

*This wasn't a hard project, just very time consuming.  Plan to stick with it for awhile, and not make any huge plans while you're doing it.  I would rate this at an intermediate paint level.

*Use the best materials you can afford for the job.  Even something as small as a sanding sponge can make a big difference! I bought a no name brand initially, and needed another one half way through.  I bought a 3M brand the second time around, and wished I'd been using it all the way through the project.

* Floetrol.  I'd read up on several other projects that used this paint product, and honestly, I really couldn't tell if it made a big difference.  It was my first time using it, and it would be a toss up if I used it again.  It's supposed to eliminate brush strokes- roller, brush, and for use in sprayers- but I still had 'em.  Some of you painters who have used this more often than me can give me your opinions on it!

*I loved Frog Tape!! Also my first time using the green over the blue- which I've always used- but I prefer Frog tape now.

*All of our hinges on our doors were internal.  I didn't remove them, I just painted around them.  If a little paint got on the hinge, it was very easy to take the sanding sponge to it once the paint was dry.  So much easier!  If you have visible hinges that are exterior mounted, you definitely need to remove them for painting.

*I used Zinsser 1-2-3 primer and Behr's Ultra in Decorator White satin finish.  Loved both!  One gallon of paint completed the project.  I will be getting a quart of it just to finish up something for the nook, and for future touch ups.

* The most thorough how to that I referenced on painting kitchen cabinets was Young House Love's tutorial. You can find it here.

Would I do it again?  Yes!!  But not for awhile.  :)  I'm so pooped, I just want to enjoy.

Thanks for letting me show our new kitchen.  If you have any questions, I will try and answer them here in the comments or you can email me at pinkpostcard@comcast.net

**You can click here to see the nook transformation since this post was first written! **

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  1. Love the makeover...white makes it so much brighter. You did a great job, thanks for sharing.

  2. oh, its gorgeous!!!!! you did an outstanding job!!

  3. Denise I am in love. With your kitchen!!! I saw recently a transformation just like yours on Miss Mustard Seed and god it really made me want to paint my kitchen cab's but I am just so lazy. I did it once before in our old condo and it was such a project. I agree though how lightening up to white makes such a difference. Love! And great job! :)

  4. Awesome job!! I'm going to be painting mine white soon, so this is great inspiration and motivation. Thanks for all the tips and tricks. I'm going to be picking up my frog tape today for sure! :)

    Much Love,

  5. It is Gorgeous!!! I have painted my cabinets too and it us SUCH a chore, but well worth it!

    You did a fabulous job!

    Lou Cinda :)

  6. i've followed you every step of the way. the finished project is amazing? want to come do mine now?!
    LOVE IT.

  7. Ack! I love the way it turned out! So fabulous!!

  8. Your kitchen looks so beautiful. I love the mix of knobs. You did a great job.

  9. Hi Denise-

    What a great makeover - it looks fabulous - nice and modern. I bet you will be spending a lot more time in there now.

    Thanks for the tip on the Floetrol. I have never used it, but have looked at it. I always try to use the highest quality brushes and rollers so I don't get too many brush marks. They make all the difference when applying paint.

    My best- Diane

  10. This is fabulous!! You did such a wonderful job and all your hard work paid off in the end, it's just gorgeous!!!!
    Can I feature it tomorrow for feature friday? I'm really behind this week!

  11. Absolutely 100 percent STUNNING!!! You did a great job and I LOVE it. Bright and cheery.

  12. AMAZE-BALLS!!! You did such a fantastic job! It's much more open and brighter looking now. And, the pendants are to die for, LOVE them :D

  13. That was a huge project but so worth it. Your kitchen looks amazing! I adore a white kitchen....but I always have. Your kitchen is just so fresh and inviting now.

  14. I love, love, love what you've done!!! We just moved into our fixer, and painting our cabinets white is on our to-do list! ;)


  15. Your kitchen looks fabulous! I know how much work it entails since I did it at my previous home in just a small kitchen. I would love to do it in my new home(alot more cabinets)....I am just too chicken!~Hugs, Patti

  16. YOur kitchen came out great. I found the most inspiration from what you did with the overhead cabs above the hood fan. I have those as well and wanted to make a big frenchy hood, but this idea is nice! Nice light fixtures, and cab hardware. One tip, do not put your Dash and Albert rug int he wash, I got a pretty pastel stripe when i finished my white kitchen paint job, and all the colors ran and it is now an irky greenish brown.

  17. Hi! I'm so glad I found your blog...we are renovating a house too and the kitchen is on the to-do list. Your kitchen makeover is fabulous and I love that you have outlined how you achieved this too. I will definately be using your kitchen for inspiration when the time comes for us to tackle ours :)
    Cas x

  18. Absolutely beautiful job! I love everything you did! Relax and enjoy.

  19. BEAUTIFUL Denise!! What a gorgeous kitchen!! Sharing this on Facebook~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  20. in love with your kitchen. in love!

  21. Beautiful job Denise!! I love how the backsplash now pops with the white cabinets. Your kitchen looks amazing!


  22. Absolutely Fabulous! I'm so glad you took the leap and went for it!
    Great job!

  23. It's all so beautiful! I really love the little flourish you added in front of the stove, great idea!

  24. Your kitchen is stunning. It turned out fabulous. I love the extra moldings on the island and the hood looks wonderful. Hugs, Marty

  25. looks beautiful, Denise! i know how time consuming it is to paint cabinets and do new hardware...and you have so many more cabinets than me!!
    you did a fabulous job on it all...looking forward to seeing the nook someday!

  26. The kitchen looks amazing. I think the white cabinets really look better with the floors that you have rather than so much wood. When I was reading about your cabinet doors above the vent hood - the only thing I can think of is they are not really meant for storage but for access to the vent hood for maintenance.

  27. What a beautiful payoff for all of your hard work! Of course, I'm a bit partial to white kitchen cabinets since that is what I have. All of the details you added give great character!

  28. Looks fantastic! I can see how the corner would work as a noook. Centsational Girl did a post on nooks yesterday, you should take a look at her inspiration pics! Thought I'm sure you already have millions ;-)

  29. Hello,

    The kitchen makeover looks beautiful. Love the white cabinets and all the details added. Love the light fixtures and glass knobs.
    Thank you for sharing and enjoy!
    Take care,

  30. What a great job, the white makes the whole room a lot lighter and brighter.You did a fantastic job.

  31. Love it Denise. I'm desperate to do ours. Hope it ends up as pretty as yours!

  32. Your kitchen looks magnificent, really a total change in the feel of the area. I thank you for the inspiration and the "what I learned" segment. I'm planning on starting the same project in September and I appreciate all the information out there on the best of the best in technique and products.

    Your kitchen is just fabulous and I bet you sit in it in the morning drinking your coffee with a big grin over what you accomplished.

  33. Love your "new" cabinets! It truly gives your beautiful kitchen a whole new look! I just painted my upper cabs white, leaving the bottom cabs in their original maple state ... lovin' the change, too! Can't wait to see what you do with your breakfast area. *Becca* (new follower)


  34. What a huge difference and improvement! Bravo to your vision and ability to make it come to fruition! And sharing it!

  35. What a beautiful transformation. Like you, I would have felt some guilt over painting the new wood cabinets. The payoff was huge, they look so much better white! Nice work!!!

  36. love the new better whiter look

    good job


  37. What a fantastic new look. Love the new light fixtures, too. So sweet of your husband to compliment your hard work like that. I love when mine does that.

  38. IT looks incredible!! I am trying to convince my hubby to let me do this to our wood cabinets. I'm going to forward this to him so he can see how awesome!

    I happily found you on Flaunt It Friday!!


  39. A very beautiful makeover and kitchen. Thanks for all the tips.

  40. What an awesome job! Everything looks so bright and alive. I can imagine how much work it was to paint all those cabinets, but your efforts paid off! Makes me want to get out the paint and go for it.

  41. Wow! So inspirational! Love the color with the floors and granite color. Really love the knobs and pulls you picked! Gorgeous!

  42. Very beautiful! All the little details really make it- love the molding on the outside of the island and the glass knobs. I also love the backsplash too. I read your whole post and wondered why you didn't say anything about your new backsplash. Then I scrolled up and saw that it was already there! It shows off so beautifully against the white! You deserve that rest!

  43. Wow! I know this was a lot of work but oh how beautiful it all turned out! I love white kitchens! You have so much space and it's gorgeous! Enjoy it and go out to eat - don't mess it up by cooking! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  44. *** Hi! I just found your blog by "happy accident", and certainly enjoyed this... great pics and a great read, and OF COURSE, BEAUUUTIFUL RESULTS!!! Your Sweetie was right~~~ you SHOULD be proud! It looks soooo "HAPPY" and FRESH now!

    In the words of Ahhhnold Schwarzenegger (sp?), "I VILL be BAAAACK!"...

    Many thanks & happy weekend,

    Linda in AZ *

  45. This is gorgeous! So worth your time!

  46. Great Job; looks fabulous! Enjoy your new kitchen. After all, it is the heart of the home.

  47. WOW! What a difference that made. It looks wonderful! I just found your blog and can't wait to look around some more. I love the touches you added with the pink iced cake and the little touches of red. Totally charming...


  48. Wow, I really love this. I saw it right away on the linky party post b/c I have an interest in painting my cabs as well. I am still hesitant b/c I know it is a huge undertaking, but a little voice keeps saying- go! go! You are inspirational. I am signing on as a follower and hope you will stop by, too. Regards, Andrea @ townandprairie.blogspot.com

  49. I am so glad I found your blog. You did an awesome job. I have a different layout from your kitchen, but the same cabinets, the same 3 "before" pendant and my walls are a light green. I've been wanting to paint my cabinets white, but like you, my cabinets are 4 years old and I don't want to mess them up. I think I'm gonna give it a shot thanks to you.

  50. Where did you get your new pendants? I want something like them to replace the ones I have. Thanks.

  51. I love everything about your kitchen makeover! I'm adding yours to my inspiration file for my upcoming kitchen makeover. Congrats on doing such an amazing job! I'm your newest follower. :)

  52. That is quite a stunning renovation. You should be so proud of your achievements! I love absolutely everything that you did but those glass knobs are to die for! Well done!

    Best wishes,

  53. Beautiful kitchen! Where can I find out how you made that great bench from an old bed?

  54. @ personal email:
    the closest tutorial I could find to the project we did was Gail's:
    She also had to work around some curvy pieces. It was a bit of a challenge for a first attempt, but it wasn't too bad. You can also see my write up on the project here:
    hope that helps!
    thanks for asking!

  55. Your hard work really paid off. Great transformation.
    Regarding the Floetrol, I do notice that I still get brush marks, but these are less noticeable. I found out when I painted my bedroom furniture that if my last coat was watered down a bit, almost like a final wash, the brush marks weren't as noticeable.

  56. Your kitchen looks great - I am feeling the inspiration coming on! Your blog is great...I am your newest follower!


  57. Wow - this is wonderful! Just seeing this today and love your kitchen - it is so beautiful! I hope you ARE taking a break and enjoying your wonderful kitchen. And thank you so much for your tips and sharing what you learned. I was actually thinking about trying the Floetrol and wondering about the Frog Tape. I always have a leak or two with the blue stuff. It's so nice to get such helpful advice. Thank you very much!

  58. Hi! I feel like I am so late in telling you this, but your kitchen looks absolutely fabulous! Its so bright and I LOVE the personal touches and the lighting. Wonderful job! Hope you are having a great weekend!

  59. Denise it is GORGEOUS!! I remember last year when you talked about painting it white and I love it! That was so sweet of your hubby to, you did an amazing job and I love the details that you added as well.
    I bet you are excited to host one of your parties in there!! :)

  60. Gorgeous, Denise! I think you made the right decision! I love it and would love this in my own kitchen. Those wood embellishments work so great everywhere. It makes for a nice touch on your stove top front.

  61. Holy Cow It;s GORGEOUS! Congrats... there are too many things I love to list ( -:

  62. Well done!

    Kelli @ theturquoisepiano.blogspot.com

  63. Stunning makeover!!! You did a great job and it looks so much better and brighter. What a lovely place to cook.

  64. Hi I'm Latoya your latest follower. I really love the new kitchen and I definitely prefer white in the kitchen. Can't wait to delve further into your blog. Have a great day:)

  65. What a huge difference the white makes, it's so bright! Very well done, thanks for sharing. We hope you will consider helping kids with cancer by linking into the Miracle Makeover party this coming week
    at www.designgivesback.com. Together we can change things! We appreciate you.

    Sherry, DGB Team

  66. You did a wonderful new job, great blog ;) Im you newest follower !

  67. Your kitchen looks GORGEOUS in white - well done!!

  68. I've been on vacation so I didn't see that you posted the kitchen makeover! I was sooo excoted to see it! It turned out just gorgeous, I love it. I want to paint some of our bathroom cabinets and I have the same feeling of "painting the wood". But I want white! And I want to always live in this house so I shouldn't worry about resale, etc. Now I have to convince my husband! I will check out the "how to" site, thanks for sharing. It looks amazing, I want white cabitnets even more now!!


  69. Wow, Denise! All of your hard work really paid off! The kitchen is gorgeous! And what a sweet compliment from your hubby...I know how great it feels to get their approval! Mine so seldomly comments on decorating or crafting projects that when he says something, I know he really means it! Kick back, relax and enjoy that lovely kitchen of yours! Nice job!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  70. Your kitchen looks gorgeous! I also have a almost-new builder style kitchen with light wood cabinets...and my dream kitchen is white. I'm toying with painting....and your post is very motivating!! My countertops also look just like yours, and I'm very afraid of what mine will look like with white cabinets, but your kitchen is beautiful! Are you counters Tropic Brown granite? Nice work!

  71. Excellent! This gives so many people hope...especially to me and a new mountain condo that we are buying.

  72. Beautiful job! You're helping me gather the courage to do it myself! :)

  73. Absolutely beautiful! I recently painted my kitchen cabinets white and it makes such a huge difference don't you think? So bright and cheerful! You did an amazing job :)

  74. Your kitchen transformation is fabulous!! Love all the work you've done. The lighter cabinets really make it all pop.

  75. Your kitchen is fabulous. I have painted my cabinets white also and it is like someone turned the lights on, so much brighter than before. Your kitchen is an inspiration to others to just do it. Love where you live. Thanks

  76. Denise, this is so incredibly beautiful! You did such an amazing job...right down to the pretty little cake on the counter with the striped drink straws and all. Love it all...

    Oh and the bench...you said it would find a new home...um, could it find a new home at the Lakeshore Cottage? ;) it is sooo cute! I think you should push that little table up to it and use it or.....just give it to ME! lol


  77. Oh my gosh! our kitchens are almost identical. Same cherry floor, same painted white cabinets, brown granite ... even the tile backsplash! So of course, I think your makeover looks great!

  78. Yay for white paint! The contrast between your counters and the cabinets is so nice now. Great job! I know that was a huge project.


  79. wow wow wow. I repainted all of my cupboards in the last house and I know how much work that is. Plus I don't think I had as many as you do. I'm very impressed. :0 and I am a lover of white kitchens so I think this was a huge improvement. It looks so bright and cheerful. I smiled when I saw we had the same black stools and similar hardware. I liked how you combined two different styles there. Interesting.
    So glad I stopped by.

  80. I feel like we are twins separated at birth! This looks so beautiful! I'm in the throes of this very same project as we speak, and am longing for the finished reveal that you're showing here. Our kitchen layouts and some of our finishes are even the same (and I have selected VERY similar pulls to yours - a lengthy search in and of itself!).

    I have one more coat of paint to do on my cabinet frames before I can start putting my kitchen back together, and I. can't. wait. I am using an HVLP sprayer for the job which has made it a much quicker process in many ways, but the prep work has been killer. I keep telling myself the end result will be worth it - and your kitchen is proof positive!! Great job!


  81. Oh. my. gracious! The incredible difference paint and some serious elbow grease can make!

    It's asbolutely stunning!

    I would be thrilled if you would link this up at my first ever Feature Friday Free-for-All (we already have over 200 links and still growing! Sooo exciting! : ))

    ...going on right now!:


    P.S. I'm your newest follower. : )

    ~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

  82. What a great looking space! As you know, I love white cabinets! :) Your glass knobs are perfect too.

  83. Your kitchen is stunning. Did you spray paint your cabinets? Just wondering. I always have brush marks and stuff when I paint furniture. Thanks.

  84. Hi Janell, this kitchen you did was fabulous. You are so good! I'm your new follower too! :)

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