Hey Friends! One of my most popular posts is my kitchen cabinet painting tutorial where I shared step-by-step how I painted our kitchen cabinets three years ago. (Find it HERE.) I didn’t show any short-cut, super easy method to brightening up a dark and dated kitchen, but what I did share is how I painted my cabinets the RIGHT way.
Since then I’ve had several questions about how my kitchen cabinets are holding up. I’ve been wanting to share an update and I finally had the chance!
Today I thought I’d share exactly how my kitchen cabinets look after three years.
First, here’s a reminder of how my kitchen looked before I painted it:
We had nice quality wood cabinets, but this corner of our downstairs was just too dark.
Here is how our kitchen looked after painting the cabinets and adding glass to one set of them:
Huge difference, right?? (That photo was actually taken just last year, with my new pretty floors instead of the old tile.)
(See how I added the glass to those cabinets HERE.)
Here is the island before:
Ah and after…
Like a breath of fresh air! As you can see, paint made a huge difference, and adding bead board here as well. Okay and we eventually replaced the carpet and tile with hardwoods, but we kept the same tile backsplash and the same counters. Paint was definitely the major player here.
After three years, how is the paint finish holding up?
Fantastically! In a nutshell, I used a TSP substitute that was also a deglosser to clean the surfaces properly first, Proper prep is KEY!! Then I sanded, primed, and finally painted. (See the full tutorial for a list of all products used and why I chose not to use chalk paint.) I chose not to use a sealer on my cabinets because I did not want any yellowing to occur, and I wanted to easily be able to refresh them when the time came.
No paint job is bullet proof, but here is what the two most high-traffic cabinets in my kitchen look like after three years of heavy use:
Pretty good, right?
Now let’s get in closer…
Okay so there is a little wear. BUT, that’s the worst cabinet and it is just on that bottom right corner. The rest of the cabinet still looks perfect.
The second most-used cabinet:
And our spice cabinet:
And here is our most-used drawer, the silverware drawer:
I decided to refresh those few areas and do you know how long it took me from start to finish?
Less than 30 minutes!!
I removed the hardware:
Here’s a close-up of what my most-used cabinet looked like after removing the hardware:
As you can see, the rest of the cabinet is still in perfect condition.
I picked up a 4″ roller for smooth surfaces and a paint tray in a kit from The Home Depot to give these cabinets a refresh.
And that was it! It took me 30 minutes from start-to-finish, including wiping my cabinets down with Lysol wipes before painting.
My cabinets look brand new again!
It only took one quick coat of paint applied with the roller, and I only touched up the corners.
(Find the tutorial for that toaster oven cover HERE.)
Good to go for at least another three years!
30 minutes every three years? I can handle that kind of upkeep!
I had big plans for this kitchen in the beginning, but paint fixed so much about this space.
Are you ready to make some changes in your kitchen?
Here’s my tutorial for how I painted mine to pin for later:
Here’s my tutorial for adding glass to kitchen cabinet doors:
If you’ve been wanting to tackle those dark cabinets but were concerned with how they would hold up, as you can see, they did great. Proper prep is key!
I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing how I updated this huge flatware box:
You know I rarely pass those up! See ya then! 😀
UPDATE: See how this huge flatware box looks now HERE!
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