Painting Oak Kitchen Cabinet White

I love, love our home. Lots of trees around, the view of the mountains that I can see from our window and the lake that is just a 10-minute drive. Living in the city, this is the closest I can get to nature.

When we moved into our home, it was only three years old. The previous owner had it painted prior to putting it for sale. I loved the earth tone color palette on the walls as it gave the whole space that warm and cozy feeling. The color palette blended in nicely with the oak kitchen cabinets and the hardwood floors. Needless to say, the house was a move-in ready.

Years had passed and that color scheme seemed to have lost its magic. I could no longer feel that same coziness and warmness that I found very appealing when we first moved in. It was early last year when my creativity impulses took over and I decided to single-handedly tackle my home transformation that I am excited to share with you. 

Why paint wood? Isn’t wood, good?

First on my list to do, painting oak kitchen cabinet white. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with wood. It was just that I had them for so long, that a change would be good. It was getting to a point that I could no longer bear it, I mean, I WOOD, if I could:).

kitchen before photos

To start the make-over, I did my research online for contractors specializing in painting kitchen cabinets. There were so many of them, however, I was able to narrow my list down easily into three. Thanks to all those reviews and comments that were available online, very handy and helpful.

Next step was to make the calls to these contractors and to ask some questions. They all asked that I send them some photos. So, I grabbed my handy-dandy iPhone 8, snapped some photos and emailed to them. After a few days, I contacted them to follow-up. Thereafter, I received the quotations, reviewed them and made my decision.

I don’t always go for the lowest price. Quality and proven track record are factors that I always put into consideration. Okko was very professional and knowledgeable and I felt very comfortable and confident that he and Kent would deliver,

What’s the best paint for my kitchen cabinets? Should I use white?

After I spent hours of googling “what’s the best paint for my kitchen cabinets”, I finally made up my mind.  Painting oak kitchen cabinet white it is!

My dilemma now was that there were so many white paint colors out in the market. How do I pick the right white? Came Mr. Google again, my 24-hr handyman on-standby :). With his help, I came up with three white paint colors. For not being an expert on this matter, I sought the help of an interior designer that I found online.

Kylie was very helpful. I provided her with the three white colors I picked and asked her which of those three would be the best paint for my kitchen cabinets.  She emailed me some questionnaires to answer that I completed and emailed back to her. I received her email in no time and she provided me three palettes to choose from.  For the cabinets, BM White Dove was the color she recommended to use.

Beige to greige

Yes, gray is the new beige! So, greige it was!

I opted for the colors from the first palette. The BM Pashmina for the kitchen & dining walls, the BM Edgecomb Gray, for the living room and the BM White Dove,  for my kitchen cabinets.

Goodbye Beige….hello Greige! I was so glad that I went with these colors.

The Countertop

First thing first. Prior to painting, the old kitchen countertop had to be removed and replaced. I used another contractor for this scope of work. Paul, whose shop is across from my office, provided this service. I’ve used his services before and I know that he does good work.

The raised bar counter that you can see from the previous photos, I had that eliminated. I had the countertop extended out towards the dining room to make it into a larger working space. By doing so, it made the space appear roomier as the view of the dining area became fully visible from the kitchen and vice versa.

We picked quartz over granite and used it for the backsplash as well.  If you haven’t read my review about granite vs quartz, you can see it by clicking here.

To tackle the plumbing side, we tossed the old sink and the old faucet and opted for a deeper double sink and a pull-down spray faucet, both from Home Depot. I would recommend that you buy the pull-down spray if you are thinking of replacing your faucet. I really love this faucet as the design allows me to literally pull down the spout and use it as a hand spray for rinsing dishes and spraying around the sink. I thought that this design would motivate my husband into washing the dishes more often, but boy was I ever disappointed :). Although he is not into washing dishes, he is fully trained to put them into the dishwasher…..and I think I could live with that :).

The process of painting oak kitchen cabinets white began

Once the countertop and the backsplash were completed, the process of painting the oak kitchen cabinets white, began. Okko came and uninstalled all the cabinet doors and took them to their spray painting facility. I didn’t have to take all the items out from my cabinets. My kitchen was fully functional during this process, How convenient is that!

A few days later, Kent came and painted the remaining fixed cabinetry, by hand. Yes, by hand. His work was flawless! You wouldn’t think that it was done by hand, even up close and personal :).  He didn’t disappoint me. In about two weeks, Okko came back and re-installed the newly painted doors. I had Okko replaced those old door handles and knobs with new handles and knobs from Home Depot. My kitchen can be found on their website gallery below.

While the process of painting the cabinets was taking place, the kitchen and dining walls were being painted by Gord and his Team (another contractor that I have been using as their work is always impeccable). The dining and kitchen areas were painted with BM Pashmina and the adjoining living room, with BM Edgecomb gray.

White is Bright

White is bright BUT the light source wasn’t right, those old fixtures had to go 🙁

Painting oak kitchen cabinet white, really brightened up the space, however, something just wasn’t right.

I hired an electrician. I had the old, large rectangular fixture in the kitchen replaced with three recessed pot lights, also from Home Depot Those three existing pot lights above the raised bar counter, I had them replaced with three pendant lights which I found at Amazon.  I tossed that existing fixture by the dining area and replaced it with a nickel finished chandelier from Home Depot.

The make-over was finally over

I transformed our kitchen/dining area from a gloomy to a roomier and brighter space. It may seem like a tedious process, but it was worth it, I enjoyed it! Yes, I did spend an enormous time into this project, from outsourcing, trades coordination and more and while I was working my 8-4 full-time job. However, I’ve found a great deal of satisfaction after seeing the finished product. I always believe that if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life. If you ask me if I will do it again, I will say YES, without any hesitation.

Did you paint your wood kitchen cabinets?  We are very interested to hear how it turned out.  What color did you use?



Before and after

(7) Comments

  1. Kris R. says:

    It looks brighter and bigger.
    Good choice of colors, it is very inviting.
    Thanks for sharing and giving me an idea. You have a lovely home, by the way.

  2. Lito says:

    I love it lucy!!! I love the new GREIGE. Bright and beautiful.

    1. Thanks Lito. I’m glad that you liked it. Greige is that gray with a tinge of beige warm undertones. I always love warm colors and for me, this is perfect; a warm gray as opposed to a cool gray paint.

  3. Beth says:

    Great results for your kitchen makeover?The place looks more spacious and inviting for someone like me who loves cooking?
    I enjoyed reading your post,hope to see more of this.

    1. I’m glad that you liked it. Thanks and there will be more 🙂

  4. Lynne says:

    Wow the transformation looks amazing?
    Painting wood cabinetry will never cross my mind and finding reliable contractors aren’t
    easy to find. Great decision and wonderful results ? I can’t wait to see your next project Lucy. Keep blogging. Thanks for your post ?

    1. Thank you Lynne. I am happy that you liked it.
      Before I started this project, my husband suggested to replace the cabinetry. But I said no, as this is real, solid wood, it would be a waste. I was glad that I went with my decision to have them painted. I agree with you that good and reliable contractors aren’t easy to find. This wouldn’t have been a success if I didn’t find the right one.
      I hope to see you again on my next home make-over. Cheers!

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