DIY, Our Farmhouse

Painted Kitchen Cabinets Review

I can’t hardly believe it, but it has been over six months since our kitchen and dining room makeover.  It was a lot of work and it was completely worth it!  I was quite nervous about painting the kitchen cabinets.  And to paint them white seemed crazy!  Have a I regretted it at all?  Absolutely not!  I would do it again.  Not that I want to though!

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You can read all about the kitchen transformation here.  Pop over there and see how far it has come and then come right back.  I’ll wait right here for you!

Now that you are back and caught up on the details, let’s take a closer look and see how the paint is really holding up.  As a review: the cabinets were NOT sanded and I used Behr Stain Blocking Primer and Sealer and Benjamin Moore Advance in satin in their Chantilly Lace shade.

It looks pretty good, right?

The cabinets really are in excellent shape.  I see them being in such great condition for many many years.

The only knicks in the paint have been due to user error {aka I have three kids living here}.  Any of the paint scratches have been so tiny that only I can see them and there may only be a total of three in the entire kitchen.

As for the white color: I love it!  Previous to the makeover, there were too many wood tones in this kitchen and due to a lack of direct sunlight, it was pretty dark.  Now it is light and bright!  The plus side to white cabinets is that you know exactly when they need to be wiped down.  I just use a wet rag and voila!  Clean!

I also took a bit of a chance in reusing the existing hinges.  After a good cleaning, they were easily spray-painted black.  I was concerned about the paint rubbing off from the constant opening and closing.  But that concern was unnecessary as there has been very minimal rubbing off of the black paint.  Again, I am the only one that notices and it’s only because I am looking for it.

Now, you may notice that there are no handles or drawer pulls on the cabinets or drawers.  🙁  This has been quite annoying and adding some are in my plans.  Fingers crossed that it happens soon.  But, I need your help!  I have some saved in my Amazon cart and am not sure which to choose.  What do you think?  Opinions please!  🙂

Here are some options for the drawer pulls:

For the cabinet knobs, I will probably go with something basic like this:

As a little recap: two thumbs up for each the Behr Stain Blocking Primer and Sealer and the Benjamin Moore Advance.  I will definitely be using this combo in the future if I find myself painting more cabinets!

If you are thinking about painting your kitchen cabinets, I say: DO IT!  The whole process takes time, but it is worth that time.  Yes, there are some hours that need to be invested, but I found that more time was spent waiting for the paint to dry than on the prep.  I plan to love our kitchen cabinets for many more years!

I would love to hear about your latest project and your opinion on my choices above!



{The opinions expressed in this blog post are completely of my own.  I did not receive any compensation for this review.}


  1. I love how your cabinets turned out! I will remember that primer when I have to redo my cabinets this summer! As for the hardware, I really love the cup pulls. However, all of your choices are lovely and you really can’t go wrong with any of them, I say. 😉Great post, Leigh!!❤️

    1. Leigh

      Thanks for popping on over, Sarah! I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve for your cabinets this summer! Wish I lived around the corner as I would definitely help you! Thanks for the hardware suggestion! I think that I am leaning towards those as well! 🙂

  2. Lynn Fowler

    I like the $5.00 pulls for the drawers. We recently changed our pulls and these are the kind we have now. We got ours from Amazon, but the black ones were more than I wanted to spend. They had nickle ones way cheaper so I just spray painted them. They look great.

    1. Leigh

      Sounds like you got a great deal on yours! Thanks for the reminder to check for other colors and then just spray paint them! 🙂

  3. Tiffany

    Thank you for sharing about your kitchen cabinets. They are lovely! We too have a fixer upper that we bought in the spring of last year. I plan to paint our kitchen cabinets soon. Ours are stained & dated. I’m so glad you shared the products you used:) we will definitely give those a try! As for your cabinet pulls I love the cup ones, but any of the choices you have I’m sure will look great:)! Hope you have a great weekend:)!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you for your input! And please send me some before and after pics when you tackle your kitchen! I’m sure it will look amazing! 🙂

  4. Bonnie

    I like the cosmas 6632FB, but any black would look good. You did a beautiful job on your kitchen. We debate about painting our cabinets. I like them the way they are now, but they are old and showing some wear. It’s always nice to know someone who has tried a product and is satisfied with the results. If we decide to paint, we will definitely give Behr and Benjamin Moore a try.

    1. Leigh

      Thank you for your input, Bonnie! Fingers crossed that I can get them ordered and installed soon. I’m tired of losing fingernails prying cabinets open! Ha! You and Gary could easily conquer your cabinets…you two are amazing! 🙂

  5. Lois Chaffee

    I love your makeover kitchen! I like knobs for doors and handles for drawers, but ones that clean easily, as in don’t collect grime from fingers:) Great job.

    1. Leigh

      Yes! I am considering the grime factor when choosing knobs and handles. The ones with little crevices to collect gunk drive me crazy! Thanks, Lois! 🙂

  6. BM Advance paint is the bomb. I painted our bathroom vanity in Chelsea Gray using it and omg it looks a pro did it and I AM NO PRO! Your kitchen looks beautiful! Oh and I like the cup pulls.

    1. Leigh

      Yay! So glad to hear someone else with such success with the BM Advance, Bonnie! Thanks for the input on the drawer pulls! Have a great day! 🙂

  7. Katie Bailey

    Excited to hear they’re holding up without having spent time on the sanding! I just may have to consider doing mine…. One of my drawer knobs fell out this year and we replaced it with a cup pull to see if we liked it. Looks ridiculous ad the only mismatched one in the room, but do love the feel/use of it! I would go with those, and love the black!

    1. Leigh

      Do it, Katie! Paint your kitchen! 🙂 Spring is a good time! xo

  8. Love! We have white cabinets too and I’m obsessed!! 😍

    1. Leigh

      Yes! White cabinets are so pretty…and clean looking! 🙂

  9. Love this post!!! And you did an amazing job – we are starting this process in the next few months also. I’ve had paint for months now, just haven’t found the time. You’ve inspired me to get moving!

    1. Leigh

      Yay! Go for it!

  10. I’m in the middle of painting my cabinets now! I’m glad to know yours have held up so well. Thanks for stopping by and sharing for #iDIYedthat.

    1. Leigh

      Hope your cabinet painting is going well! It is so worth the time, energy, and investment! Thanks for your encouragement! ♥

  11. Rachel

    I love this updated look! Amazing!

    1. Leigh

      Thank you! And thank you for popping on over! 🙂

  12. The white looks so clean and fresh in comparison! Love it! Your makeover kitchen is brilliant 🙂

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Katie! The white makes all the difference. Now to change out the countertops…;)

  13. Rochelle

    Wow what a huge difference! It really updates and opens up the space.

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Rochelle! I am so glad that we painted the cabinets…I no longer “loathe” working in there! 🙂

  14. Marianne

    You inspire me. What is your suggestion for painting a dark pine side table? I am taking baby steps!

    1. Leigh

      You will want to use chalk paint! No sanding beforehand needed! Woohoo! Wipe the table down with a damp cloth and let it dry. After that, start painting! Since it is a dark pine, plan to paint three coats. If you search and look at my post about whitewashing our fireplace and/or the dining room table and chairs makeover, you can link to the Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint that I used. I mention this as it dries so much faster than other chalk paint. You can add a second coat in as little as 30 minutes.
      I would love to see some before and after pictures! You can direct message me on Instagram.
      ♥ Leigh

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