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White cabinets are a popular look for kitchens, and many try to achieve it by painting what they have instead of paying for a complete replacement. But are the time commitment and the results worth it? The forum has a few other ideas besides paint for brightening up this kitchen.

Original Post: Is it worth repainting kitchen cabinets?

sayluv Member

I attached a few pics of our kitchen cabinets. We would really like whites ones along with new tile backsplash. Is it worth trying to paint these myself or should I hire someone to do it? The only way I would be happy with the outcome is if I sprayed them. I'm not sure how they would look with brush strokes. Either way, this is going to be a major job. I would want to paint every aspect of them, including the shelves and interiors. Any thoughts? Thanks.

A kitchen with light brown cabinets.

Norm201 Member

My suggestion is to look for new tile for the backsplash first. Then, decide if you still want to paint the cupboards. You might also want to consider the floor.

sayluv Member

Yeah, maybe you’re right. We're going to sand and stain the floors dark brown. We had a white county-looking kitchen with white subway tile before and it looked great. But these countertops are brownish, so I'm not sure white will look good.

Handyone Member

I would keep the wood look; the cabinets look nice. If you want to paint, use this. I have seen many kitchens where homeowners have used this kit to paint cabinets and the average person can get professional results. The first time I saw cabinets painted with this, I thought they were factory painted. However, I would definitely not recommend painting the interior of the cabinets. The melamine is easy to clean and paint is asking for trouble.

pugsl Forum Topic Moderator

I personally like the wood look. To brighten it, I would paint the walls and ceiling white.

marksr Forum Topic Moderator

I'd also recommend keeping the stain finish. Without the proper prep and choice of coatings, the paint can chip and/or peel. Paint will always show wear sooner or more than stain or poly will.

Ron53 Member

Those are very nice looking cabinets; I think you will regret painting them. It might be a good idea in your vision, but doing so most often doesn't produce the desired result—been there, done that, and will NEVER even entertain that notion again.

sayluv Member

Gosh. Maybe we should just start with the backsplash and get the floors stained dark. Maybe that will give us enough contrast and change things up. It just looks like a lot of the same color throughout. I guess we could change the countertops but we never thought of that. The stone is nice, although not our favorite color. The cupboards aren't bad at all. Maybe if we change out the hardware as well that will help. Any ideas on what color or style of backsplash you would do if we keep these cupboards?

Handyone Member

I install cabinets for a living. You have a nice kitchen. The counter is very expensive and the sinks and faucets are high quality. Try Dal-Tile. They are used by every pro I know.

SuperSquirrel Member

It's a very nice kitchen and I really like the cabinets, but I agree it's a bit sedate. We had wood cabinets, wood paneling, and wood laminate countertops when we moved in. It was like being inside of a tree. We kept the wood cabinets, but painted the countertops with a kit, did some cheap stick-on marble-looking tile over the paneling, and added some splashes of color with paint. It was a tremendous transformation for under $100. I'm not saying that's what you should do—just that simple changes can make a big difference.

sayluv Member

Thanks, everyone. What do you think of these white subway type tiles in the pictures I attached? I went to both Home Depot and Lowes today and they had basically nothing. I was really surprised. We may need to order a bunch of different tiles online and see how they look that way. Or, maybe I just need to find a tile store in town.

A subway tile sample.

Now that we have the white tile sample, we are thinking maybe a subtle brown or cream or even light gray. Let me know what you think of the white tile sample. I would hate to paint the cabinets and make them worse.

aces-n-eights Member

I really like the look of white subway tiles. They are a bit simpler than what you have now and brighten it up nicely. Use a medium grey grout to make the simple lines pop. A few years ago we replaced the floor in our kitchen with a dark brown variety. Wish we hadn't. The dark color shows every speck of whatever falls on the floor. If you want to change the color of your floor, go for it, but beware that a dark color may show more stuff.

Handyone Member

I would suggest you shop at a professional tile store, not a big box store where there is very little help. Do you know that you have about a $35K minimum kitchen, including appliances? It could be higher—maybe $45K. You should really work with what you have. I would do nothing but change the splash.

aces-n-eights Member

Another thought: you might consider replacing a couple of your upper cabinet doors with glass and install lights inside. We recently remodeled our kitchen and have two cabinets with glass doors and really like the look. It's a dramatic change from what we had.You might be able to remove the wood panel in a cabinet door frame and replace it with glass, or try to find glass doors from the same manufacturer.

Handyone Member

Glass doors are a great idea. Around here, a typical glass shop will charge about $80 to $100 per door. You will need to rout out the existing panel yourself or have it done by a cabinet shop. I think the price would be worth it. You only need a few glass doors to accent. A lot of customers like waterfall glass.

Norm201 Member

Glass doors are a good idea. We did that (just two of them) and it gives an open look to the kitchen. The only thing I disagree about is using the mosaic tile. Right now it's in vogue, but soon it will look as "yesterday" as the 1950s. Personally, I like the lager 6 x 6 or 9 x 9 tiles for the backsplash. A plain color with perhaps a few patterned tiles randomly placed.

sayluv Member

Love the glass door idea. We had two of those at our old place. I have been looking all over and can't find out what brand of cabinets these are. We have two dishwashers, but no microwave. We would like to remove one and put in a built-in microwave, but I need to find out where to get matching wood. Then, we can ask about the glass as well. Great idea!

marksr Forum Topic Moderator

Have you pulled out a drawer or two and looked at the back or bottom for a label? You could always get a cabinet shop to match the trim/stain. A good painter or paint store tech can also match the stain/finish.

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