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Painted Kitchen Cabinets Review: One Year Later

I can hardly believe that our kitchen cabinets have been painted for a year now.  It seems like a lifetime ago, mostly because we painted them and have never looked back.  I wanted to give you a quick update and review in case you are considering painting yours.  You can read the original how to post, as well as a six month update about our painted kitchen cabinets..

Let’s cut right to the chase: I am so glad that we painted our kitchen cabinets.  I would go back and do it in a heartbeat.  Well, only if I really had to, because it’s a time-consuming project.  But, the tougher projects are usually the ones that are the most satisfying.  So, if you are considering painting your kitchen cabinets, I highly recommend that you do it.  Just allow yourself enough time and grace for this DIY.

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As a recap of paint products that we used: Behr Stain Blocking Primer and Benjamin Moore Advance.  Both of these paints have done an incredible job holding up to five people constantly opening and closing drawers and cabinets.  The only worn areas that occurred are where we would claw our way into each drawer.  But that issue has been resolved with the addition of some Hickory Hardware knobs and pulls.

The only shmootz {that’s a real word, right?} was on the front of one cabinet that always has a hand towel draped over it.  I regularly clean this cabinet, but some of the paint was worn away from the dampness of the towel.  Exhibit A:

how to clean dirty cabinet

Pretty gross, huh?  Sorry about that.  But I want to keep it real here.

Speaking of being real…when we originally painted these, we applied 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of the paint.  Looking back, I wish that I had done 3 coats of the Benjamin Moore Advance paint, instead of only two.  At the time, I was just too excited with the  possibility of being done, that I honestly did not want to do a third coat.  What does that mean for a year later?  Well, last week, I gave all of the cabinets are very thorough cleaning with Simple Green.  And then, just using a brush and a thin coat of paint, I applied another layer of paint on each drawer and cabinet face.  It only took me an hour and it was exactly the refresh that our kitchen needed.

Are you in need of a recap?

Primer and Paint: thumbs up

Durability: thumbs up

Cleaning: thumbs up

Appearance: thumbs up

Ability of paint to transform cabinets: thumbs up

2 coats of paint: thumbs in the middle  😉

Please let me know if you have any questions about this process, as I would love to help you out.  And as I’ve said in all my kitchen posts, if you are thinking about painting your cabinets: go for it!

Before we part, let’s look at a few before and after pictures because these are some of my favorites.

kitchen before

kitchen after

painted kitchen cabinets before

painted kitchen cabinets after

farmhouse kitchen before

farmhouse kitchen after

What is up my project sleeve next for our kitchen?  Do you promise not to mention these to Mr. Little by Little Farmhouse?  They heavily involve him and I need to ease him into these projects.  Okay, who am I kidding?  He basically needs to do these projects and I will take pictures…and lend a hand here and there.

On the bucket list:

1. Change out the countertops because laminate faux wood is not my favorite.  Adding a concrete finish to the top of these countertops is most likely the budget-friendly option for our farmhouse.

kitchen vintage decor

2. Change out the sink for a farmhouse sink.  Yes, I know, everyone has a farmhouse sink anymore.  But!  Can I add my 2 cents and say that I’ve had a farmhouse sink for years now?  It sits in our basement and I just know that it is dying to make an appearance in our kitchen.

3. On the {way down the road} list is to change out the appliances and the range hood.  But, the story will go more like this: the (blank) is dead, so now we need a new one.

white kitchen cabinets

There is always a long to do list here at Little by Little Farmhouse, but as I have mentioned before, this farmhouse is a long-term project.  And even though I may get annoyed that budget and time constrain me, I know that God is refining me through the process.



painted kitchen cabinets one year later review





  1. Laurie Hester

    It looks great one year later. I painted my cabinets about a year and a half ago…best decision I’ve ever made for the kitchen! So much lighter and brighter. Have you thought about using Rustoleum Counter Transformations? You could refinish your counters yourself for less than $100. I love the idea of a concrete overlay though. :):)

    1. Leigh

      Thank you for your encouraging words! Yes, I have researched the Rustoleum product that you mentioned. I have decided against it due to the mixed reviews. I didn’t find enough reviews that gave it a thumbs up. At this point, I’d like to put our budget and time towards something that I know we will love. Thanks for the suggestion though! Keep ’em coming! ♥

  2. Susan Lampkin

    The cabinets look great! I painted mine well over 10 years ago…time to paint again. Not because they don’t still look great, but because I want them white! Have I lost my mind? Lol. Yours look amazing. Absolutely in LOVE with your rug…where did you find it? Any details greatly appreciated!

    1. Leigh

      Go for it, Susan! I’m sure your kitchen will look wonderful white! And I found this rug on, but the last time I checked, they were sold out of the runner. Search for Bosphorus Frilly Corinthian Medallion as there are other sizes available. Send me a picture if you paint your cabinets or purchase this rug! ♥

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    1. Leigh

      I sent you an email, Katie! ♥

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