Tuesday, August 16, 2011

another little peek into my kitchen

Originally I was going to paint all of the lower cabinets in my kitchen a different color than the upper cabinets, but because I really want my island area to stand out I decided to paint all the cabinets, excluding the island, in my kitchen the same creamy white. The island...well, that color is yet to be decided.

Here are a few pictures of my newly painted lower cabinets. Beadborad and mouldings were added to just two cabinet doors, I am trying to achieve a "created over time" look.

Here is a picture of what my kitchen looked like just a few short days ago

If you'd like to how to achieve the look of my painted and glazed cabinets, here is step-by-step instructions:

Supplies used:
*electric sander
*decorative mouldings
*liquid nails
*finish nails
*Martha Stewart "Heavy Cream" paint
*Paint brushes and paint roller
* Wipe-on Poly *Valspar glaze in "Mocha"

I first thought long and hard about how I would accomplish a more custom and updated looking cabinet. I came up with a plan that included beadboard, mouldings, paint, glaze and new hardware.

Now to really get started...

First you'll need to prepare your cabinet's surface by cleaning it with TSP and sanding it thoroughly. I used an electric sander to make the job easier and quicker, but you could always sand it by hand too.

Next I measured and cut two pieces of beadbord and then glued it, using liquid nails, to the recessed part of my cabinet doors. Finally, I finished it off by framing the beadboard with a decorative a moulding.
Now it's time to prime. I used two coats of primer and then waited until the next day to apply the paint. I used two coats of paint as well. 24 hrs. later, when the paint was completely dry, I sanded the cabinet just a little bit to smooth out any rough spots or drips.

You're almost done now...the glaze is so easy to apply. All you need to do is either wipe or brush a coat of glaze on, wait a minute or two and wipe some, most, or all of it off depending on how worn you want it to look.
The directions on the back of the glaze say to wait one week after glazing to apply a clear protective coat. I used a wipe-on polyurethane.

I am so happy with the end result...a beautiful, updated cabinet for very little money!

Please click on the links on my "Favorite Places to Link" page to check out the linky parties that I have joined.

Thanks for reading!!!


  1. Love what you are doing here...looks outstanding!!


  2. Emily, it's coming out beautifully!!!...you are doing a wonderful job...I've decided to paint my maple kitchen when I return home in the fall...Thanks for sharing and enjoy your new fabulous space!!...xo, Mariaelena

  3. Wow, that looks absolutely amazing!! I am so jealous of your great talent!! :)

  4. This is one of the best cabinet makeovers I've ever seen!

  5. I will be painting my cabinets next month so the title of your post caught my eye! Your cabinets turned out just beautiful! Thanks for taking the time to explain the process, a project very well done!


  6. Wow, Emily. You've done it again! It looks incredible. And thank you SO much for the excellent step-by-step tutorial! You're doing a great job. It's beautiful! XOXO Laura

  7. Wow!! Nicely Done... I am going to pin this one, as we are re-doing a cottage kitchen... this is perfect & just what I have been thinking
    Thanks for sharing

  8. Your kitchen is fabulous and the finish on the cabinets is perfect. Great tutorial. Hugs, Marty

  9. You are doing a wonderful job, Emily!! What a difference the painted cabinets make. You have some great ideas and thanks for the tutorial. I am terrible with staining, I could use some tips!


  10. it looks amazing! your making me so excited to get my cabinets painted! :)

  11. Love, love, love it!! I'm anxious to use glaze on some projects of my own now. Thanks for the helpful insight

  12. The beadboard is insets are a perfect touch! Don't you just love Mocha glaze....it looks great on everything!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful kitchen.


  13. So very pretty! Your kitchen is beautiful. Can't wait to see what you do with the island!

  14. WOW! Looks so beautiful and chic! Great job, glad you are sharing with us!

  15. Very cute!! I just repainted my cabinets too!
    Here's the link if you want to see them:

    I love the beadboard! Great idea! I can't wait to see what the island will look like! :) xo, Reannah

  16. It is looking great, keep up the good work :) Glad you added your link to Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays

  17. It looks INCREDIBLE! I am in the middle of my kitchen re-do right now, and this gives me inspiration to keep going to get it finished!!

    Found you on Shabby Nest! :)

  18. Turned out beautiful! I'm going to have to pin this for when I become brave enough to paint my kitchen cabinets!


  19. You did a beautiful job, Emily! Love the beadboard inset in the two cabinet doors.

  20. WOW! What a transformation. Oh you give me hope that I can do this myself one day!!!! Really, WOW. I'm bookmarking so I can remember this!!

    I love transformations! I just turned my secretary into a bar area in my dining room. I really hope you'll stop by and check it out: http://niagaranovice.blogspot.com/2011/08/picture-is-worth.html

    See you soon, I hope!

  21. So beautiful! Wish I would have thought of adding beadboard to my cabinets! Blast...may have to add it to my to do list. Found you via Funky Junk Interiors. Pop on over for a visit when you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/07/kitchen-cabinet-transformation.html

  22. Great idea! Love it. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  23. Wow, now this is an amazing transformation. Oh so pretty now.

  24. You did an amazing job, it looks beautiful!! I found your blog through A Diamond in the Stuff blog party. I'm one of your newest followers and I'd love if you'd follow back.

    Kelli @ loveoursimplelife.blogspot.com

  25. I love it! it looks soooo good. :) What a difference some paint, molding and beadboard can make huh? Thanks for linking up! :)

  26. Looks great! I want to paint my cabinets this way but I'm still working on the hubby...

  27. I love your cabinets so much.. I am researching ways to update our kitchen on a low budget so I really appreciate you posting your photos. Can I ask what TSP is?

  28. The cabinets look beautiful!! My husband made new doors for ours and when I show him this, I'm sure he'll wish I did it all like you. Great work showing how you did it for people that aren't used to home projects. Now I have to go see what else you've posted in the past.

  29. Julie:

    TSP is a cleaner and will take some of the finsih off a surface before you paint. It helps the band to stick better. I'd wear rubber gloves when using it.

  30. Your kitchen is gorgeous!
    You did a wonderful job!
    Sincerely, Trish

  31. Thank you so much for the step by step guide. I just finished my kitchen using heirloom white and mocha glaze, with bead board and trim inside the middle of the cupboard. It looks amazing. It was so easy and has brightened up the room.

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  33. I just got back from Lowes and what did I purchase?? Paint!! and Valspar Antique Glaze! I am looking to do the same as you are, with the nice look without the nice price tag. Thanks for all the details and your kitchen looks amazing now! Oh, how I hope mine can too!

  34. Hello,
    The transformation is incredible! Such a lovely end result. My questions are: How did the paint and glaze cover the oak? Do you see any of the grain? How durable is the finish? What type of paint did you use- satin, semi-gloss? Did you sand between the coats of paint? And, did you apply anything over the glaze, such as varnish?
    Thanks so much.

    You are my new best friend.
    Finally, someone that knows what they are doing and doing it very well.
    Thank you so much, now I must go finish my kitchen, because of you I have the tools and knowledge.
    Again, Thank you!, You Rock


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