Kitchen Before & After: Dreary Cabinets (But Still in Good Shape) Get Repainted

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Kitchn reader Alison was desperate to update her kitchen. The cabinets and hardware were original to the house, she told us, and still in good shape, but they felt kind of dark and dreary. So she decided to make them over for a lighter, brighter look, and all for under $6,000. See the 'after' photos below:

Talk about a whole new look! Here's what Alison says about the makeover:

The kitchen before was in desperate need of an update. It was the only room in the house that needed some serious help, so we decided to tackle it ourselves. The cabinets and hardware were obviously original to the house (exactly like my grandparents) but still in very good shape. I decided to go with classic white when painting them since the kitchen was a bit dreary and dark before. Luckily, we had about 3 weeks to work on the kitchen before moving in–which was much needed!

Family and friends helped sand, putty, clean, and apply three coats of paint and new hardware on the cabinets. One of my favorite parts was getting rid of that hideous scalloped valence over the window, and replacing the florescent light with a vintage schoolhouse pendant. We already had gas run at the house, so I put in a hookup for a much needed gas stove. We went with stainless steel for the all of the appliances to keep it modern.

After a few months, we finished the remodel with a deep stainless steel sink and quartz countertops. The final touch was the glass and marble backsplash that I found on sale for less than $5 a sq/ft–it is very striking and really makes the kitchen pop. Since we had family and friends to help (including an electrician and contractor), we were able to complete the kitchen for $6000. While it was a ton of hard work, I think the final product speaks for itself.

Thanks for sharing, Alison!

(Image credits: Alison Prince)