10 of the Best Painted Cabinet Redos We Saw in 2020

published Dec 22, 2020
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It’s no secret that kitchen and bathroom renovation costs can quickly add up, so many savvy DIYers have taken things into their own hands. A fresh coat of paint on your kitchen cabinets can be just as effective as brand-new cabinets—not to mention it can save you thousands of dollars. While painting your kitchen cabinets is not all sunshine and rainbows, when done correctly (and with a lot of patience!), they make a stunning statement.

Need more convincing? Get inspired by the 10 best painted cabinet redos we saw in 2020.

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1. A $500 Kitchen Redo Proves How Far Little Changes Can Go

When Deboshree Dutta of RoomPlays and her husband first received quotes for their kitchen renovation, they ranged from $18,000 to $50,000. To save money, they opted to DIY the entire renovation themselves—and spent only $500. The fresh white color they painted their cabinets not only saved them money, it looks like the definition of a breath of fresh air.

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2. A Dim, Dated Kitchen Gets a Refreshing DIY Makeover for $400

This dark and dated 1960s kitchen got a serious blast into 2020 when homeowner Anna Westbury took matters into her own hands and decided to do two-toned painted cabinets: deep green (Valspar’s Treeline) on the bottom and bright white (Sherwin-Williams’ Extra White) up top. Anna even painted the fan green to tie it all together.

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3. This Gray-Cabinetted Kitchen Is About to Get WAY More Fun

Tina Bousu had redone her kitchen only four years ago, but wasn’t happy with her gray cabinet color. This time, she opted for a pale pink (Annie Sloan’s Antoinette), and the transformation is incredible. Their painted cabinet redo proves that pale pink can be a really fun “neutral.”

Credit: Judy Pellow
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4. Paint and Hardware Make These Kitchen Cabinets Look Brand New

This redo is a testament to the impact that a simple fresh coat of white paint and some new chic hardware can have on a dated kitchen. These homeowners had a professional painter spray the cabinets with Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, and they’re thrilled with how clean and open their space feels now.

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5. This Kitchen Redo is a Perfect Blend of Modern and Traditional

Although a fresh white coat of paint can almost always make a room look chic and bright, this kitchen redo proves that a bold cabinet color choice can be just as inviting. These homeowners chose Farrow and Ball’s Hague Blue and when combined with the polished brass handles and knobs, the final look leaves the space “bold, modern, yet traditional.”

6. The Best Part of This Full Kitchen Reno is the Ceiling

OK, the best part of this renovation may be the ceiling, but the bold cabinet color is a close second. This project took these DIYers Arianna Danielson and her husband about nine months, and it’s packed with personality (including the choice of a dramatic deep teal for the cabinets).

Credit: Nancy Eiseman
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7. $300, 5 Paint Colors, and 2 Weeks Help a Plain Bathroom Pop

Painting kitchen cabinets can be a big undertaking, but changing the color of your bathroom vanity is a smaller project with a lot of payoff. In this punchy bathroom redo, the vanity now boasts a fun coral color (Benjamin Moore’s Soft Glow), creating a statement against the happy gray pattern on the walls.

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8. This Funky $100 Bathroom Redo Uses Paint in Cool, Surprising Ways

This bathroom redo proves the power of paint in making a big change on a small budget. With only $100 in materials and a one week self-imposed deadline, Angie Scheer took her guest bathroom from blah to Instagram-worthy. The decision to paint the vanity a pale pink (Benjamin Moore’s First Light) was her starting point, and the creativity took flight from there.

9. These $75 Kitchen Cabinets Get an Unexpected New Life

To be fair, there is a bit more going on in this colorful DIY than just a paint change (including building and staining a new frame). But the lively paint color choice is the icing on the cake for these repurposed kitchen cabinets.

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10. A ’90s-Style Bathroom Gets a Cheery Farmhouse Modern Refresh

In about a week, this 90’s style bathroom went from ordinary to statement-making with the help of new hardware, a stylish mirror, and exciting paint choices—including painting the tile white and the vanity a deep, vibrant blue.

Thinking about taking on painting your own kitchen or bathroom cabinets? See how these painted cabinets held up at six months, a year, and over the course of a few years.