Kitchen Before and After

27 Sep

All of my kitchen cabinet doors are finally hanging on their hinges again! While the cabinets still need minor touch ups, it feels good to be finished painting and have a kitchen in one piece.

This was by far the most time consuming project to date. If you have painted cabinets, you know the process. It is a lot of watching paint (and primer) dry.

So here’s the before:


And here’s the after:

Kitchen After

I love the change. Anthony thinks it makes the counters, which never bothered me, look better. I think it makes the black appliances look better.

Kitchen Cabinets Side by Side

Grey Kitchen Cabinets

I feel like $60 bought me a whole new kitchen.



15 Responses to “Kitchen Before and After”

  1. Auchenard 27 September 2013 at 10:52 AM #

    This looks fantastic. Love the colour.

  2. Caitlin 27 September 2013 at 12:24 PM #

    It looks so good!! Really does look like a whole new kitchen!

  3. Emily 27 September 2013 at 2:10 PM #

    Wow! It really makes a world of difference. I agree it goes so much better with the black appliances.

  4. Katie B 27 September 2013 at 3:14 PM #

    Great change! It is amazing what a coat of paint will do!

  5. Lauryn 31 October 2013 at 10:21 AM #

    Ooh such a cute kitchen! It looks so good!

  6. Nathan Abplanalp 19 February 2014 at 11:14 AM #

    What color did you end up using? It looks like a Blue/Grey?

  7. Steph 23 May 2016 at 7:27 AM #

    Good morning.. I know that this post is from a few years ago, but I am very curious how the paint is holding up? My husband and I were thinking of painting our cabinets with Valspar, so an update on this would be awesome! (If you already have a blog post with an update, I’m sorry I couldn’t find it).

    • Dominique Paolini | gusto & grace 26 May 2016 at 10:57 AM #

      First, thank you so much for stopping by and looking around! I haven’t posted an update, but I really should. The paint is starting to wear in heavy-use areas, like right below the sink. I’d be happy to e-mail you photos if you’d like to see the damage. For the kitchen, as mentioned in the post, we went with bonding primer and Valspar’s Latex kitchen and bath paint. I also painted some nightstands with the bonding primer and latex paint, which has seen no wear at all.( From my experience, I think latex paint, even when applied properly, just doesn’t hold up perfectly in a well used kitchen.

      Based on the wear (not terrible, but existent), we opted of a light sanding, oil based primer, and oil based paint for our master bathroom, which you can see here: So far, I have seen ZERO wear with the oil based paint.
      I have definitely learned a few lessons since painting the kitchen cabinets.

      If you’ll be painting soon, shoot me an e-mail, and I can give you some pointers. Let me know if you plan on brushing or spraying and if you plan on moving any hardware. I think I will write a post about the wear of the paint, once I give the bathroom a little more use.


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