Kitchen Cabinet Makeover -One Room Challenge Week 5

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover -One Room Challenge Week Five: The cabinets are finished and look amazing painted white with antique brass knobs.

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover -One Room Challenge Week Five: The cabinets are finished and look amazing painted white with antique brass knobs.
This week the kitchen cabinet makeover was completed! What a difference painting the kitchen cupboards has made. This is probably the biggest change to the kitchen and I am so happy with how it all turned out.

One Room Challenge Week Five

I’m five weeks into a seven week kitchen makeover for the One Room Challenge.  The ORC is a hosted by Calling It Home, and over 200 guest participants share their progress each week.  Be sure to go and check out their progress too.  And if you missed any of my updates you can catch up by clicking below.

The Kitchen Before and Inspiration

Installing Backsplash Tile In A Kitchen 

The Kitchen Reveal

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

I have been working with a local company –Smith Sprayers to have the kitchen cabinets painted. Ever since we moved into this house over 10 years ago I’ve been dreaming about a white kitchen. This kitchen came with maple cabinets. I didn’t hate them, but I certainly never loved them. And right from the beginning I knew I’d love to replace them with white someday.

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

“Someday” has finally arrived, thanks to Smith Sprayers. I knew I couldn’t afford to replace my kitchen cabinets, and they were in great shape. I really just didn’t like the colour of them.

Over the years I considered a few options on how I might change them to white without the expense and mess of replacing them completely. I was afraid to paint them myself. My worry was that if they were painted they would eventually chip and look worse than the plain maple cabinets I wanted to replace. I also looked into having them re-faced -where you have the doors replaced, and there is a laminate sticker type product applied to the cabinet bases. It was shockingly expensive -to the tune of over $8000 for my small kitchen.

Calling in the Professionals

My husband suggested having them professionally painted. I’m all for DIY and tried to do a lot of it with this kitchen makeover. I wasn’t keen on painting my own kitchen cabinets for fear of the quality of the paint adherence and any drip marks and paint build up in all the corners and ridges. My husband had a friend who used Smith Sprayers and recommended them to us. I wasn’t too sure, but thought we should meet with them for a quote.

As soon as Cindy arrived in my home for the quote I liked her. She was friendly, courteous, and really knowledgable. She explained to me that they would apply two paper-thin coats of primer to everything, and then 4-6 more coats of paint on the bases of the cabinets. The doors and drawer fronts would be removed and sprayed in the shop for a perfect finish. She said that the paint she used would not chip, and in fact should easily look great for 10 years of normal wear and tear. 

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

For a fraction of the price of replacing them, Smith sprayers did a beautiful job painting my kitchen cupboards. Cindy worked with me to pick out the perfect colour to complement the existing wall colour and new tile. I really appreciated her artist’s eye when it came time to choosing colours.

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Visits 1 – 4

On their first visit they removed the cupboard doors, and took them back to their shop to work on them. Cindy and her professional team of women treat your kitchen like it’s their own, and did a great job painting the cabinet bases on two more visits. On the fourth and final visit they did more work on the bases of the cabinets and reinstalled the cupboard doors and drawer fronts. They also installed the new hardware.

Adding the brass pulls and knobs from Lee Valley Tools was like adding jewelry to the outfit. We love the warm antique brass accent they added, and Smith Sprayers did a great job installing them.

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover after

I couldn’t be happier with the final result. I finally have the white kitchen of my dreams and I love it.

The To-Do List

What’s still on the to do list before we’re finished up?

  • seal and install the floating shelves
  • finish caulking around the tile
  • replace caulk around the sink
  • install the new faucet and soap dispenser
  • create some accent pieces -candle holders and plant pots
  • install the new light fixture
  • have the gas range hooked up
  • touch up some of the paint on the trim
  • finish cleaning the grout
  • wash the windows
  • style the room

There’s a still a fair bit to be done, but the end truly is in sight!  There’s still two weeks to go, since for the first time in the history of the ORC it’s been extended to 7 weeks.  I’m grateful for the extra week, but really can’t wait for this project to be done.  We’ll get there in the end. 😉

With new white kitchen cabinets, life really is a party!

I’m working with some amazing brands on my One Room Challenge Kitchen Makeover, and I’m so grateful.  I’ve received products or discounts, but as always, all opinions are my own. I’m so happy to be partnering with Home Depot, Wayfair Canada, GE Canada, Benjamin Woodworks, Lagostina, Smith Sprayers, Lee Valley Tools, Delta Faucet, Krylon, Minwax, and Hamilton Beach.


  1. The cabinets look great and I really love the hardware you chose. That brass finish has a great antique but modern look πŸ™‚

  2. Hey Party Girl! This is AWESOME! Love the arch above the window, too. Your kitchen is going to be quite the reveal! Can’t wait!! ~~~Susie from The Chelsea Project

  3. What a huge difference the cabinets make in the space!! I want to paint ours, but my hubby is resisting πŸ˜‰ Eventually I will get my way, lol!! I can’t wait to see the finished space!

  4. Susanne, thanks so much. They can only resist so long, especially when it’s a great idea. πŸ˜‰
    Best, Dannyelle

  5. So good – It looks like the tough parts are complete! Have a blast with styling next week – I cannot wait to see how you pull it all together : )

  6. Those cabinets look gorgeous! I dreamed of painting our old cabinets too…unfortunately we had to choke down the expense of replacing them. Looking forward to the next update and, of course, the reveal. It’s almost here!

  7. Isn’t it mind blowing what painting cabinets will do to a kitchen!? Been there many times and I swear it makes the biggest impact. Love what’s going on with your space!!

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