The Moment You’ve Been Waiting For…Our White Kitchen Makeover Reveal!!

Well today’s the day! Finally. We have our dreamy new white kitchen and I couldn’t be more ecstatic about it. I guess it’s been about 4 years now that I’ve wanted to do this, so to be able to write to you all that it’s really done, just blows me away. Fair warning though, this post will be picture heavy but it deserves it. And here it is.

White Kitchen Makeover

I seriously get giddy each time I walk into it. And don’t forget our entire breakfast room is windows and I just haven’t figured out the trick to photographing windows yet. It annoys me but I did my best. Anyway…

I will add sources for everything on the bottom of this post. I am even going to do a separate post on painting the cabinets because they deserve their own.

But for now, let’s look at a few before pics…

Then we redid the backsplash last year

And then here’s a side by side to compare.

Kitchen Before and After

Such a crazy difference I can’t believe it when I look at the old pictures.

Again for reference on the entire kitchen makeover process:

I bet you’re wondering if we did the cabinets ourselves, and the answer is NO. For a multitude of reasons. And here’s a few for you:
  1. I don’t have the time. I’m still nursing so I can’t exactly just drop off the kids all day or for a few days and just work on this project.
  2. I don’t have the space. Our garage is packed to the max. And I have 20something doors and drawers.
  3. I wanted them to look professional and be sprayed. I don’t own a good sprayer yet. Nor do I have the space to in the garage to even lay them out anywhere to be sprayed.
  4. Our cabinets were heavily grained and the grain was deep. And I didn’t want the grain to show through when painted. I was afraid it would if I were to try it. If my cabinets were not grainy oak, I might entertain the idea of doing it myself.
  5. I like a good DIY project and I know this can be done, but for me and our particular cabinets, this job was better left to the professionals. Some things are just worth paying for y’all. You don’t have to DIY everything.
Now with that last statement about not having to DIY everything, it’s true. Some things are just better left to cabinet painting pros who have done this many many times and for several years. And please know that having your kitchen cabinets painted by a professional is not just going to cost you a couple hundred bucks or something. You will pay for it, but trust me. It.Is.Worth.It. I would have been on my own with this project and I just couldn’t have done it alone, nor could I have gotten the smooth as a baby butt’s finish like my painter did.
Modern Cabinet Hardware
For you locals (Houston and surrounding cities), I hired Wood Finisher Pro & Repair, Inc, and the painter is Adel. He really did a fantastic job and is quite the perfectionist like I am. And no I’m not getting paid to say this. I’d highly highly recommend him. And I will get more into the paint and the process of how he painted them in a different post don’t worry. We sort of butted heads on which paint to use, but ultimately I let him win because he is the professional and I know this is what he likes. Me telling him all of my home blogger girlfriends use this and that really didn’t do much for him! haha.
Yep, that’s oil based paint! Again I’ll get into all of that in a different post but I must say that it did leave the most beautiful finish ever on our cabinets. Special thanks to Sherwin Williams because they did provide the paint for this project so thank you!!
The Cabinet Paint Color:
  • I went with Sherwin Williams Alabaster. It’s a perfect white. Creamy white but not yellow or antiquey white. It’s not stark white either which I did not want. It really is just the perfect creamy white and I would love to do all of our trim throughout the house in this color.
  • Fun Fact: When the painter went to get me a sample of Alabaster at SW, I also wanted to get a sample of the famous Benjamin Moor Color “white dove.” Well, it turns out that SW’s Alabaster is the exact formula of white dove if you were to match it there, so boom, I guess you could say my cabinets are white dove also. :)
Here’s what the inside of my cabinets look like. Adel hand painted the cabinet frames and all of the doors and drawers were sprayed at his shop.
Cabinets Inside
He could have sprayed the insides if I wanted him to, but I didn’t. They just would have gotten tore up from dishes and I didn’t really see the point. I like how it looks anyway.
Same deal with our drawers.
Kitchen Drawers
I do like how he painted the sides of the drawers so they are still white when you pull them out. Nice touch.
I added these little felt pads to all of my cabinet doors and drawers to protect them when they get shut.
Cabinet Felt Pads
It would have been a shame if my new paint job already got chipped or something from people slamming the doors shut. These pads are a lifesaver and will help our cabinets hold up very well over time. I got these at Home Depot.
Okay I think now I’m just going to show you a billion pictures so get ready. :)
Creamy White Cabinets
Desk area…
Built in kitchen Desk
Kitchen Countertops
Kitchen Accessories
Quartz Sink
Painted Cabinets
Kitchen Cabinet Decorating

White Kitchen Redo

Kiss the cook

Kiss the Cook Jars

Kitchen Makeover

White Kitchen Cabinets

Sherwin Williams Alabaster

White Cabinets in Kitchen

And another before for grins and giggles…

Kitchen Before

And after.

White Kitchen Makeover

I’m so grateful you all have no idea. It really is such a joy and I can’t believe I have a white kitchen now!!

Again, here’s another brief rundown (click the links to view the posts and info):

I think that’s about it. Any other questions feel free to leave in comments! And yes since everything is white in there now and the walls grey, I really wanted some color so I used some colorful accessories that I love. And I may have gone a little crazy on the boxwood plants, but I couldn’t help myself. They are so cute!

Now I want to know if you’re ready to paint your cabinets??! Are you going to attempt to DIY or hire it out?

Sharing this post at Sarah’s before and after party.

xxoo,

Decorchick!

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Comments

  1. WOW, your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous, you outdid yourself! I love everything about it. The old kitchen was really nice the way it was but the all white, with those counters look stunning! I’m so happy to finally see the end result it was worth the wait!

  2. Beautiful! the white really accentuates the molding on you doors, really an amazing makeover!:)

  3. Wow I love your kitchen! You did a great job. BUT I have to know where you got that little stack of turquoise/aqua/orange/yellow/white bowls from?? SOOO cute!!

  4. Love it!! I’m about to start the big project of painting mine myself. I just can’t afford to hire it out right now and I’m afraid I’ll end up never having it done if I keep waiting!

  5. Gorgeous!!! I love everything! Looks like a million dollar kitchen!

  6. WOW!!! It looks A-MAZING!!!! I actually LOVE that the inside is still brown…I thought you had painted it that way, until I read that it was left from before…so cool. FABULOUS job!!!

  7. It looks FANTASTIC!!! You did an amazing job! I love that it didn’t take $50,000 (like most kitchen remodels) to give your kitchen a whole new look.

  8. WOW! This looks amazing! I didn’t see if you used the same wall color (SW Balanced Beige) in the kitchen as the rest of the main floor. Is it the same? If not it transitions beautifully into the other room.

  9. Wow! It looks stunning. I saw your post on countertops and have been looking to see the whole room. It is really beautiful. I was also so happy to read about your countertop choice and why because I have been leaning toward the new HD laminate as well. And now to see the finished product makes up my mind! Enjoy your new space.

  10. Tania Luna says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!!! It is such eye candy through my phone, I can understand why you get giddy everytime you look at it! We painted our cabinets all white last year, my sweet husband sprayed them in our garage, it was a huge project, ALOT Of work but worth it in the end. Congratulations on such a beautiful kitchen!! Love love love!!

  11. Amazing kitchen redo ! Love it !

  12. oh Emily it’s BEAUTIFUL!!! I’m so jealous – we rent with such ugly kitchen cabinets (Formica) I SO wish I could have a pretty white kitchen!!

  13. Congrats! Your new kitchen looks absolutely beautiful! Such a classic look!

  14. gorgeous! nothing like a clean and bright place to cook and eat!

  15. Love! Now that pantry door just needs a splash of color (maybe turquoise, robin’s egg blue??).

  16. Emily,
    Your kitchen totally caught my eye from Sarah’s Before & After party! I love the AFTER!!! It looks fabulous! One of our projects for this year is to redo our kitchen and painting the cabinets will be one my to-do list. I am a little nervous but think I can do after being inspired by your kitchen cabinet makeover. Great job!
    xo,
    Jennifer

  17. Beautiful!!!! I love the little desk area :) I have those same colored jars, love them! I’ll pin to the BHG blogger home project board tonight :)

  18. Your kitchen makeover is beyond breathtaking, beautiful. I even adore all the little finishing touches, ” Kiss The Cook” canister set, awesome!

    Hugs, Lori m

  19. Looks awesome Emily! I see why you love it so much, I think I wanna live in your kitchen! :)

  20. Absolutely fabulous! I’m so jealous now! I’m sick of our honey-oak cabinets, but have yet to convince the man that white or grey or anything else will look better. Maybe once I paint the walls…

    Again, beautiful.

  21. Beautiful!!

    We actually used Sherwin Williams Alabaster as our trim paint when we painted our house last Sept! Fab color!

  22. GORGEOUS!! Love it all! Great job Emily! Pinned it! Ahh…so dreamY!

  23. Great job!! Such a beautiful transformation!

  24. Wow!!!!!! Emily how gorgeous! I absolutely love it.

  25. You did an amazing job. This is a case where the room really does look bigger because of the color. Your wall color, counters and backsplash look fabulous. I really like the backsplash tiles you used and the countertops are beautiful. The island looks so much more impressive.
    I don’t think I could talk my hubby into painting ours but this is a good one to show him for a hint!

  26. What a difference! Love the crisp, white look. And the chalkboard hanging by the bow is charming!

  27. Emily your new kitchen is absolutely beautiful. The white made a world of difference. I have been wanting to do the same thing to my kitchen, but I knew that Painting the 31 cabinet doors and 13 drawers was not an option. I will check out the painters, do not know if I can afford it, but it is sure worth looking into. Thank you for sharing all your great information. You have saved me lots of time and some money with all your hints.

  28. Edie Cummings says:

    Love, love, love it! My kitchen cabinets are also white & I’ve never regretted the choice. My neighbor, who originally had dark wood cabinets, liked mine so much she immediately had hers painted. Really does brighten everything up & make the room look bigger.

  29. Inspiring & LOVELY!

  30. Looking so pretty Emily! I love white kitchens. They just look so fresh and bright. As does yours :))) Just gorgeous!!

  31. Anonymous says:

    @Lori: Those look like Latte bowls from Anthropologie. I just pinned some on Pinteret last week!

  32. Like it, I took the plunge and have actually painted mine twice, they are now a rusty brick red, I really like them.

  33. STUNNING! I have kitchen envy!!

  34. Love, love your kitchen and the rest of your house! I just found your blog yesterday and couldn’t be more excited. I’ll have to catch up but I’m in Houston and my bestie-neighbor has your floor plan. Kimball Hill builder? I have the Rosewood and will be using your great ideas to update my house. Love the floors! Keep on blogging!!!

  35. Emily, it turned out fantastic! I love the new brighten up look. The desk extension is a great addition. I too recently painted my kitchen and it was the best change I could have made. I don’t hate my kitchen anymore! Perhaps it’s time to show mine off a little too.

  36. Absolutely stunning transformation!! Jaw dropping, actually! I love everything and the way you styled it is…perfection. :)

  37. Natalia Magdalin says:

    It looks AWESOME! But I couldn’t help but notice that I space above the fridge seems not done. Additional cabinets would have been nice…

  38. It looks really, really nice! I’m amazed at the difference. You had a nice kitchen before (you took good care of it and didn’t let it look “run down”), but painting the cabinets and making the other changes spruced it up and gives it a totally different look. I personally love white cabinets, so it’s not hard to love your new space. Great job!

    Nancy

  39. WOW WEE!!! I am sooooooooooooooooooooooo super happy for you! I know what you have just gone through, I am in the process of painting every square inch of my 4,000 sq ft house, every door, every cabinet, every baseboard, and my husband and 3 boys if they stand still too long! What a blessing to have them done, I may hire out my kitchen too after reading your post. Thanks for all the inspiration!!!!!

  40. it’s absolutely gorgeous, and that sink is amazing!

  41. cheri morgan says:

    I wish I had someone spray ours, I hired a painter, he painted by hand last February, did a good job I thought, however they have chipped in a ton of places, and he sanded, primed and did 2 coats with BM Advance paint. I am disappointed to say the least. Probably explains why it only costs about 600 bucks. Live and learn! Yours look great!

  42. I liked the wood cabinets better but the white cabinets are still nice! I think the “Kiss the Cook” jars are adorable!

  43. I love your kitchen, especially the counters. Do you have a budget breakdown? I’m contemplating something similar for my own kitchen.

  44. Love this kitchen! It turned out gorgeous. And I love the desk area too!

  45. Your new ‘white’ kitchen looks amazing! love all your choices, especially the one to finally paint the cabinets! :) Little Bit

  46. wow im loving it from the simplicity and arrangement and design is superb. I’m gonna make it my model kitchen

  47. It looks fabulous! I would love to cook in your kitchen! Thanks for sharing it! Krista

  48. Beautiful! Love the new white kitchen!!

  49. Wow, what a difference! I know you’re going to enjoy your “new” kitchen.

  50. That is an amazing transformation. I have a kitchen layout almost identical to yours in AZ but I have maple cabinets and black granite counertops…….that was here when we bought it. I would love to paint the cabinets white or have someone do it but I don’t think I would ever convince my hubby to do it…..men and their wood! I think you were probably smart to hire it done and though it might have been expensive, it would be much cheaper than putting in new. Congrats on a job well done!

  51. Everything about it is beautiful! Our painter is coming this Tuesday to paint our cabinets in BM White Dove! I’m so excited! Any chance you remember where you got the Chalkpaint Canister set?

  52. Wow, what a transformation – your kitchen turned out beautiful!!

  53. Can you tell me where you found the fabric on the kitchen chair at the desk? It is simply beautiful!

  54. Hi – Your cabinets looks amazing. We’re thinking of investing in the same and I was hoping you could give me a rough idea of how much a project like this costs? Also, would you recommend spraying as opposed to using a brush and roller? Thanks and enjoy!

  55. Julie @ Being Home says:

    Stunning and impressive! What an amazing makeover! Congrats on being featured at Thrifty Decor Chick! :D

  56. Anonymous says:

    GORGEOUS. soooo nice. have you ever considered painting your pantry door in say, black or a nice blue-grey?

  57. Your kitchen looks amazing and your countertops are gorgeous!

  58. You totally rocked this project. And I LOVE that the post is picture heavy! I can see every detail and I really appreciate that. And are you serious? Laminate?!! Totally, awesomely impressed.

  59. Love the make-over. Can you tell me about the sink? Why black? Does it show water spots a lot? Dirt? Are you liking it in terms of every day use?
    THANKS!

    • Janice I love love LOVE my sink! It’s so weird because you hardly ever see water spots. It’s so easy to clean. You’d think otherwise but it’s true. Love!

  60. It looks gorgeous, Emily!

  61. I LOVE your new kitchen!!! I want to feature it on Houselogic in June. I just sent you an email. Can you reply when you have a chance? Thank you!!!!

    Deirdre

  62. hello

  63. Hey Emily

    I know you are super busy. I just sent our photo permission document to you. It’s a formality. It just helps us to caption your images exactly the way you want them too. FYI, the article about your white kitchen should go live on June 13th.

    Thanks!

    Deirdre

  64. Hey Emily:

    Sorry to bug you again. It’s a formality I have to do — I just need you to response to the following questions (shown below) in regard to the two images we will be using to highlight our article about your kitchen (we will also encourage readers to click to your site to get all the nitty gritty details). I sent you an email with the links of the image we plan on using. Just send me an email back with responses to the following. THANK YOU!!!

    · You own the image rights.

    · You have the authority to grant to the National Association
    permission to use the images as described.

    · You grant that permission.

    Please also let us know:

    · How you would prefer to be named in the image credits.

    · What URL you’d like the image credits to link to, if any

  65. Holy cow I am excited to have found this post!! Your kitchen is almost identical to ours (as far as layout!) and I have been trying to figure out what counter tops would look best with our white cabinets and satin nickel hardware. I’ve always loved white cabinets so I was stoked when our house that we just bought had them!

    • Holy cow Katie you just read my mind. I was about to post the same comments and then noticed yours! Emily, how well do these countertops hold up to everyday life? Currently building a new house and was positive I wanted granite, but now not so sure. I have tons of cabinets, therefore would need tons of granite! For the price point I could replace the formica MANY times!!! But I do have concerns about staining, scratches, etc… Anyway, love your kitchen and glad I found this post.

      • Lori this formica has been awesome. I could be wrong but one of the features of laminate is how it does not scratch/stain etc. I definitely hadn’t had any. Love love love it!

  66. Love, love, love your kitchen! So fresh! We are about to paint our ugly 80′s dark oak grainy cabinets off white and can hardly wait!!! And really love your countertops – can’t believe they are laminate! I love the low maintenance of laminate – despite the granite world we are living in! Can you please share the laminate brand and color name and where you got them? Did you have installed or did you install yourself? Thank you for sharing your beautiful kitchen!

  67. Hi! LOVE your kitchen! I am having my kitchen painted Dove White tomorrow!! Can I ask what color your walls are painted? I am looking for a “greige” color. Thanks!

  68. What a beautiful kitchen! I’m also tired of the Oak cabinets but I think they’ll have to stay this way for a while. Can you please tell me where you purchased the wreath for your pantry door? I love it!

  69. What color grey did you paint your kitchen walls?

  70. Rosemary Armesto says:

    Absolutely Gorgeous!!

  71. Christina says:

    I love your kitchen. Looks great. Where did you get the canisters where you have kiss the cook on them?

  72. It kind of looks like the pictures show a different color of white on the upper cabinets than on the lower cabients. Is this the case or is it just the lighting? I just love the way that they look – glad you are happy with them!

  73. The white kitchen may be a little high maintenance but it is worth it. Nothing looks better than white.

  74. Do you have a link to all your paint colors including the charcoal door? I was reading your post on the silver wreath and ended up on this post. Lovely kitchen. And I am going to make the wreath :-)

  75. I love your laminate countertop. Contemplating between travertine, Crema Mascarello or the Calacatta Marble. I saw formica at the big box stores but didn’t really like the feel of them. I must admit they didn’t have the three that I was looking for, but the samples they had were too shiny, grainy and “plasticy”. I’m very confused as I LOVE your countertop and it would be within my budget!!!! Does your countertop have a smooth surface or a grainy one? Also did you buy sheets and have it installed or whole countertop?

  76. what kind of laminate you have now? I love it

  77. Oh it looks great! I wish I had your kitchen!!!

  78. Did you use satin or semi-gloss on your cabinets. I love the color you selected.

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