White Kitchen Cupboards.

When we moved to our new (old) house last winter, we spent a week painting walls and changing a few minor things. We wanted to paint the kitchen cupboards white, but ran out of time. In my mind I thought that maybe I could just be okay with the cupboards until we remodel the kitchen someday. Well, the day before Christmas I told J. that I have this strong urge to paint the island but not necessarily the cupboards. We laughed a little bit, but didn’t do anything about it. Friday after Christmas, J. sent me a text saying that he would love to paint the cupboards white. I was so excited and at the same time questioned our sanity. J. bought paint on his way home from work and we started painting that day. How’s that for spontaneous?

A few disclaimers: this post will be full of pictures, the pictures were taken during the process so you will see messy (not staged and perfect) pictures. We do live here. πŸ™‚ Β Also, the house looked beautiful before we painted anything. I just prefer white and bright natural light.

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This was our first day in this house. It was a Sunday, so we brought supper over and spent time planning.

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This was right before we took the cupboard doors off to start prepping for painting.

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We set up a painting station in the basement for the doors and drawers. We sanded and wiped everything down with a de-glosser to ensure that the paint stays on.

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Then we painted.

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Even little hands painted. The imperfections just add character.

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Did I mention anything about painting? Oh, yeah we painted. We burned some midnight oil, and then some.

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Once everything was done drying, J. spent the better part of a day putting slides on three drawers. Ah, the joys of diy. He did an amazing job. It is wonderful to not have to balance drawers on my knees when putting away silverware. πŸ™‚

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These are from this week. I have begun to adjust to the beautiful bright white cupboards in our kitchen.Β We love the difference it makes in our kitchen. It’s brighter and it makes us happy. Eventually we hope to completely change to kitchen. We’re still dreaming and planning and saving money. Our goal is to have a functional kitchen that stays true to the style of this old house.




  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Curious was the inside of the cabinets & drawers white or did you leave them their original color? I wanna get our kitchen cabinets painted someday but mudroom and bathroom cabinets first!


    1. Thanks, Vera! We left the insides of the cupboards the way they were. Eventually we will need to sand and paint the insides. It felt a little overwhelming to do everything at once, but that could also be because we didn’t plan in advance. πŸ™‚ We did paint the insides of the drawers because they had never been painted.


  2. I LOVE it! It is amazing what a difference it makes just by painting. I say “just,” knowing how hard it actually is to take a kitchen from stained to painted. So maybe not “just”, but you know what I mean. πŸ™‚ I definitely need to come see your kitchen. But most of all, see you! It’s almost wicked how rarely I see you even though I now live only 15 minutes away instead of 6 hours.


  3. Gorgeousness, Carrie! I know the hard work that goes into a project like this but it is SO worth it! We tackled our kitchen 2 years ago and just last eve. Cliff was saying how glad he is that it turned out so well. Your drawer pulls look just like ours – I love ’em!


  4. Beautiful! White makes the biggest difference, doesn’t it? Everything pops more!
    You must want to sit in your kitchen all day! 😊 It turned out great!


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