Kitchen Cabinet Makeover with Gray Paint

A few months back, before all of the Covid-19 closures, I had the opportunity to help some friends refinish their kitchen cabinets. This blog post shares what we used, how we did it, and I'm pleased to say everything still looks amazing, several months later. The household is a family of 5 and three kitties, so it's a busy kitchen!

Here's their kitchen at the beginning of the remodel. They chose to do cabinets first and I'm pleased to share they've also replaced the sink, faucet, added a back splash, painted the walls, and created a new finish on their counter tops!

These cabinets are original to the home and I believe their home was built in the late 1970's or early 1980's... definitely time for an update!

Here's the after as soon as we finished the cabinets and reattached hardware. You can see the entire kitchen is so much brighter from JUST the cabinet update. If you are thinking about doing an update of this magnitude, I'm here to help guide you through it!

If you've done any kind of furniture refinishing before, this process won't sound too far off; however, it is a little different and a lot more work.

Before we dive in, I need to make my stance on something very clear. In order to have a finish that looks good and is durable, you must do the prep work! There's no cutting corners in buying paint that is 'no prep, no sand'... it just won't last and won't give you the look you want long term. I don't know about you, but the sheer amount of work involved in painting kitchen cabinets deserves that it gets completed the correct way, the first time. You don't want to have to do this multiple times. (I won't sugar coat this, it is truly So. Much. Work.) But the end results are amazing! (Scroll to the bottom.)

One last thing, this was one way, our way, of painting cabinets. Perhaps you have a way you refinished yours and it worked--fantastic! Take our information and perhaps compare with others, we are totally fine with that. :) Are you ready? Let's begin. (By the way I am not benefiting financially from any of these links.)