We talk a lot about the power of paint — and that's because its greatness truly cannot be overstated. If you don't have the budget for a big reno or the many days to devote to painting all of your kitchen cabinets, a little can (and just a little effort) will still make a big difference. It's true: A tiny, humble can of paint can be your saving grace when it comes to making your kitchen feel current, happy, and fresh. The right color can take even the most tired space and refresh it into something that won't make guests shield their eyes when they come over.
Don't believe us? Just check out these small painting projects and the big impact they make. Then, pick up a paintbrush!
1. The pantry door
Designer Alison Kandler is a wizard with color, so it's no wonder she managed to expertly work a little bit of it into this very white kitchen. Even if your pantry door isn't quite as charming as this one, a coat or two of paint will totally transform it.
See the rest of the space: Modern Farmhouse at Alison Kandler
2. The window frames
The hardest part of this project, featured on Domino, is taping up all the stuff that's not getting painted. As soon as that's done, though, it's smooth sailing and shouldn't take you more than 10 minutes per window. Try a poppy blue like this one (It's Yves Klein blue!), yellow, or even a bright green.
See the rest of the home: Heather Taylor: A Colorful Los Angeles Home Renovation at Domino
3. Just the upper cabinets
Painting all of your cabinets is a huge undertaking. Cut the number of doors you have to paint and it'll take less time. Leaving the lower cabinetry the original stained wood, Ashlea made over her 1940s Canadian farmhouse kitchen using just a little bit of paint (Marina Isle by Behr).
See the full makeover: A Bright & Cheery Farmhouse Kitchen Update for Under $20 from Apartment Therapy
4. The inside of a cabinet
Painting the inside of a cabinet, like Elise did on A Beautiful Mess, is like wearing nice underwear: People won't know what's happening, but you will. And whenever you (or a guest!) opens the door for a glass, there will be a fun surprise waiting.
Read more: Nesting: Colored Kitchen Cabinets at A Beautiful Mess
5. The soffit
Yes, Kerry painted the inside of her cabinets, too. But what caught our eye here was the soffit. It's so much more surprising than just another accent wall.
Take a Tour: Kerry's Fun French Quarter Apartment at Apartment Therapy
6. The refrigerator
If you have a newer appliance, this might seem like a terrible idea. But if you're stuck with something that's decades-old, it might just be the thing that'll get you to fall in love with your kitchen again. After all, it worked for Hannah at Cozy Crooked Cottage.
See the steps: DIY Painted Refrigerator at Cozy Crooked Cottage
7. The ceiling
In case you haven't heard it before, the ceiling really is a room's fifth wall. Even in the kitchen. We love this dramatic kitchen, featured on Country Living, because that dark hue really makes the space pop. Of course, you can do a much safer color, like light gray or pale blue. Or a bright yellow. Or a deep green. Really, anything goes.
See it all come together: Farmhouse Fix-Up at Country Living
8. The chairs
Looking to paint something a little less permanent? Steal this idea from Hearth and Made UK and paint your dining chairs. You don't even have to paint them entirely — we love the brushed-dipped look happening here. Also, consider painting the legs of your table.
Get more ideas: How to Create Your Own Glorious Pastel Kitchen at Hearth and Made UK
9. The cabinet hardware
If you have hardware you like that just doesn't match your kitchen or you found something inexpensive but it's the wrong color, turn to paint. Spray paint, technically, but it's still paint. Erin, the blogger behind New Blooming, picked up TYDA handles from IKEA, sanded them and sprayed them with a Krylon gold spray paint before coating them with a clear coat finish. "They're holding up quite well a year later!" she says.
See the whole space: The Kitchen at New Blooming