Before and After: This Stunning Kitchen Makeover Features “Vinyl-Wrapped” Cabinets

published Dec 12, 2023
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Some of the most stylish kitchens out there are monochromatic beauties featuring shades of white. This cute cabin kitchen, this kitchen with stunning zellige tiles, and this minimalist kitchen makeover all prove that neutral kitchens are as chic as ever. 

When Jayne Davies and her husband and sons moved into their home, they knew the gray cabinets in the kitchen didn’t match their “Japandi, neutral style,” as Jayne describes it. “We liked the style of the units and the layout of the kitchen,” Jayne says. What was needed was “purely a color change.” 

Credit: Jayne Davies

Vinyl wrap completely changed the look of the existing cabinets. 

“Being a new-build house, it didn’t make sense to change the kitchen, so vinyl wrapping was the best option for us,” Jayne adds. She and her husband picked this over paint because the vinyl company they selected offers a 10-year guarantee, and because “it will not chip like a painted kitchen does,” Jayne says.  

Jayne says she thinks an ambitious DIYer could take on the task of vinyl wrapping kitchen cabinets, but it made the most sense for her to hire a pro. “The doors were taken to be wrapped externally, but all the other parts were done on-site,” Jayne says. She selected a beige matte Cover Styl vinyl for the project. Pros also installed new LVT flooring that’s lighter and more modern than what was there before.

Credit: Jayne Davies
Credit: Jayne Davies

Before the vinyl went on, there was lots of prep work.

Prepping the cabinets was the most important part of the kitchen makeover, Jayne recalls. All of the resin coating had to be removed, and cupboards had to be thoroughly cleaned, “otherwise the vinyl wouldn’t adhere properly,” she says. “The hardest part was not being able to use our kitchen properly for a week.”

Her tip for saving money (even if you’re going to hire pros) is to do some of the cleaning work yourself. “Removing all the doors yourself would save lots of time, too,” she says. In general, Jayne says the whole project was budget-friendly. “A new kitchen would have cost eight to 10 times the amount,” she adds. The total for this pro project was £2,700, or about $3,400.

Credit: Jayne Davies

New hardware and neutral accessories finish the neutral kitchen.

To complete her modern-meets-neutral cabinet look, Jayne bought gold door handles from Amazon, and she’s filled in the room with sleek, neutral accessories. Since the photos were taken, Jayne and her husband also replaced the gas stovetop for an electric one. “I know lots of people prefer gas, but I really hate the cleaning of a gas hob!” Jayne says on Instagram. “Plus, induction is much safer when you have small hands around.”

Jayne’s kitchen is a testament to designing and decorating for your taste and your routine. After all, it’s your home! “We’re so happy with the outcome!” she says.