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Painting Your Cabinets White and Grey

Written by David | December 23, 2017

Did you know you can paint your cabinets? Do you have wood cabinets? Are you ready for a change in your kitchen? Then paint your cabinets!

We receive calls weekly from customers that have wood cabinets.  The number one complaint is that they do not like how their kitchen looks.  If your kitchen cabinets work and function, get a kitchen you want by painting your kitchen cabinets. We have hundreds of hours behind us to make sure you will get the look you want.

Our project was this: the kitchen that started out as honey oak stained cabinets.

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Oak cabinets stained Honey Oak

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Honey oak cabinets

If you have ever seen our past blogs or YouTube videos on cabinet painting, you will know our process. But I like to eliminate any confusion so let’s pretend you haven’t.

  • The first thing we do is cover and protect. Countertops get wrapped in plastic and the floors will get covered in floor protector.
  • Next, remove all door knobs, door pulls, screws or latches attached to the doors.
  • Then, we number each door and record where they came from. As doors or drawers sit, they will move, bend a bit and conform to the cabinet box they are attached too. This means they may not exactly fit in another box so we have to make sure they go back where they came from.
  • Now we remove all the doors.
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Doors removed, counters and floors protected

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Kitchen cabinets cleaned and counters protected

With all of the doors removed we clean! Again, our YouTube channel has a video on cleaning but here is the one from this job.

Once all of the surfaces are clean, they must be sanded. Use a degreaser and cleaner with 220 sandpaper, it has worked the best for us. Once sanded and clean then you have to clean again with denatured alcohol.

After you have done all the cleaning- start to apply primer! We have tinted the primer to have some white on the top of the cabinets and grey for the bottom.

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Cabinet boxes painted. Protection added to new tile, counters, and floors

With all surfaces primed, we now start to paint. Two coats of paint are applied to the cabinet boxes, the underside of the cabinets, kickplates, and the front and back of each door. For this job, we removed the old knobs and handles and replaced them with new. You can see the picture with all of the doors replaced and new hardware installed. What do you think?

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Oak cabinets with a two-tone paint job and new hardware installed

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Now that you have seen them before, during and after, what do you think?

If you have any questions about painting your wood cabinets we are here to help! Call us to see what we can do to help you love the house you live in.

847-553-1726 or email us at

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Oak cabinets with honey oak stain, now are painted with two colors and new hardware installed.

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