Before and After: See How $70 Can Totally Transform Your Kitchen

updated Nov 26, 2019
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(Image credit: Lindsay Mills)

We say this all the time: If you aren’t looking to entirely renovate your kitchen, painting your cabinets is one of the most powerful things you can do to transform the room. If you do it yourself, it can also be one of the least expensive.

This isn’t Lindsay’s first rodeo in the kitchen cabinet cover up department. When she first bought her house in 2009, they were a typical golden oak color, which she promptly stained a deep coffee brown. Fast forward years later, and she was dying for a lighter color to open up the space. Since she couldn’t afford a full renovation, it was time to reach into her makeover toolkit and pull out some paint.

In total, it took about a month. I did this project in the dead of winter so I couldn’t take the cabinet doors outside, or to the garage, to paint. So, I would do about three doors at a time, from beginning to end, then hang them back up and move on. The total cost was about $70.

It looks like she even painted the cabinet hardware gold (a switch from the silver before), which probably saved her another couple hundred bucks.

(Image credit: Lindsay Mills)

Lindsay is pretty pleased with her new tuxedo paint job, which brings a healthy dose of that wanted color, while still maintaining a classic and bright feel.

I love the light it reflects. The photographer in me loves white bright surfaces and the green brings a richness to the space. My most favorite part about the after is how much bigger the space feels.

We’ll leave you with a tip from Lindsay, who says that patience is key when painting your cabinets. If you don’t allow the appropriate amount of time to dry in between coats, the paint may not cure properly, which may lead to chipping down the road.

Thank you Lindsay!