I am a firm believe that refinishing kitchen cabinets is the absolutely best way to renovate this space. Not only can you transform look of the entire room by simply repainting kitchen cabinets, but it is a fraction of the cost of gutting the place and I feel that it wastes so much less than your average renovation. I hate the thought of wasting good solid wood cabinets, so it always warms my heart when we can breathe new life into old but sturdy building materials. For this kitchen, we felt that white would be the best paint for cabinets just to keep things fresh and neutral. But, if you know me, you know that I can't ever stop with boring.
After renovating our home this past year, I am pretty much addicted to refinishing kitchen cabinets! It is just so fun to see the transformation that results from a simple coat of paint. I never realized how much kitchen cabinet colors not only influence the entire look of the room, but also the feel of your home as well (or at least the main living areas). You know that when you walk into a house that has one of those outdated 1980s or 1990s kitchens that, no matter how epic their decor is, the space still feels quite dated. That was definitely the case for our house, which is why we decided to create gray kitchen cabinets from our old ugly pine ones.
I tell all my homeowners that are trying to renovate their house on a budget that refinishing kitchen cabinets is an absolutely fantastic way to achieve gorgeous new design for a fraction of the cost of gutting the place. Would you believe that this kitchen was actually redone by painting the cabinets? Not only is it super cost efficient, but I truly think that painting kitchen cabinets is a project that you can take on yourself without having to hire a professional to do the work. Keep in mind that this project will take planning and patience in order to achieve that high end look, but it is certainly doable if you have the motivation and tools for the job.
I am known among my friends and family as the DIY queen of all things. My latest project has been refinishing kitchen cabinets in our somewhat dated farmhouse. The space was not awful before by any means, but I felt that our cherry cabinets made the space look tired and old, and I wanted to brighten it up by painting cabinets white one weekend. Although the process was actually super fun, I definitely underestimated the amount of time it would take. What I thought would be a quick and easy weekend project, actually turned into a week or two long event. If you are going to take on a project of this size, I would definitely say to first research the best paint for kitchen cabinets in your price range (we went with Benjamin Moore kitchen paint), and then extremely thoroughly clean and sand the units.
Refinishing kitchen cabinets is certainly a much more inexpensive way to update your home, but it is so important that you choose the right color and really take care in doing the job well in order to gain the best return on investment. There are a couple different ways of approaching the project depending on the age and look of your existing units. For this particular house, the cabinet bases were fantastic solid wood units, but the panelling on the doors really dated them (even if we were to paint them). We opted for cabinet refacing which, for those of you who don't know, means that we kept the bases but replace the actual doors.
I have been debating refinishing kitchen cabinets in our home for ages now, and I think I am finally confident to pull the trigger and do the project. As you can see from these kitchen cabinets pictures that I posted, we have gorgeous custom wood cabinets with great panelling and a really good layout. I am just not loving the color of them because I feel like they date the house a lot, especially with the new marble countertops we installed. If we were to paint these cabinets white, I think that our entire home would feel completely different and much more current. Based on my research, the best kitchen cabinets for decorating (and ultimately resale) are white because they are so versatile and can act as the perfect backdrop for just about any style.