How Paint can Transform


Oftentimes I find myself trying to ease clients into seeing beyond what they think they want and what could make their living space more harmonious and connected with their personalities. In this case, a young couple believed that only in a few years down the road would they be able to renovate and get the kitchen of their dreams. In the meantime, they would live with this kitchen which they did not enjoy and which compromised their happiness.

A kitchen is where the homeowners congregate, cook, eat or simply spend time with friends and family in. It is a room that cannot be avoided and one that should feel uncluttered and joyful.

Kitchen before Paint Makeover

Kitchen before Paint Makeover

The kitchen opens up to the dining area and living space. The cabinets were an orange melamine simili-wood which jarred with the rest of the colors in the adjacent space. That color combined with the dark brown quartz countertops and dark wood floors made the kitchen feel enclosed and uninviting. Since we were not renovating the kitchen, we worked with what we had.  I pulled a color from the backsplash and painted the cabinets Benjamin Moore Muslin which contrast nicely with the walls which were painted Benjamin Moore Dune White. The cabinets being this bright color allows the wood floors to really pop and highlight their beauty.

Kitchen after Paint Makeover

Kitchen after Paint Makeover

This goes to show how a little paint can go a long way. When correctly chosen, it can convey a drastically different mood and have a powerful effect on the ambience of the room. The kitchen feels fresher, brighter and more welcoming. Now a couple of under cabinet lights and we’re in business J



  • You can get a stripper and strip them down to bare wood, or you can sand them down. If the fiinsh is a very thin coating, sand them down just enough to scuff up the surface a bit, then apply a good quality primer before painting. Be sure to use a semi-gloss or satin fiinsh paint for the best outcome, and apply at least two even coats, lightly sanding between coats if necessary.Another money (and time) saving option is to replace just the doors and drawer fronts after painting the cabinet bases.

    March 21, 2013
    • Thank you so much for the info!

      April 16, 2013
    • First, wash them down with a grease reeovmr like Mean Green Cleaner. (Without this step, no paint is going to stick for long.) Then, I’d suggest spray painting for the best results.Remove the doors from their hinges and the remove any pulls or hardware. Spray them (outside) first with primer, then your chosen color. Then, with the windows open for ventilation, spray the exterior of the cabinets.If you use a fast drying paint, like Krylon, you could have the doors back up and in place by the end of the day.

      June 14, 2013

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