Help me fix my ugly kitchen cabinets!

posted 9 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1347 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think charcoal with some silver handles on the cabinets would look nice.

My sister recently painted her kitchen cabinets and drawers and updated the hardware (is that the word I mean?), and it’s amazing how fresh and different her kitchen looks now.

Post # 5
368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We redid our oak/ gold hardware cabinets and painted them white and used brushed nickel hardware and they turned out great! It took a ton of coats to do them but black probably wouldn’t take as many coats.

Hinges are ridiculously expensive at brick and mortar home improvement stores, so I would check online for a better price. Good luck!

Post # 6
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m having a hard time picturing black cabinets with such a light countertop but I agree about not loving those cabinets.  We have the same ones in our laundry room and I’ve been trying to figure out what I can do to them.

Post # 7
807 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I redo alot of furniture…. I think black will go good and give it a more modern feel…IF you dont want to spend alot of money on new hinges and  such… reuse what you have…. Use a good brand of spray paint… Rustoleum makes on that is a hammered metal look that i love… I would go for silver

Give them a light sanding (just to enough to break the shine off and make sure to remove all residue.. (if you prime there is no need to strip them )

Use a good Primer … Home Depot has one called Cover Stain Primer… works amazing… if you are going for black have them tint your primer a gray shade so it will cover better… let this dry for at least 24 hours before moving to paint

Also use a good brand of paint it make a world of difference… I use cheapo stuff on walls but never on furniture or trim work

I always buy Behr for furniture it covers really well and holds up great

Post # 8
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We have oak cabinets and we are planning to paint them white later on this summer.  We already have tan walls and white trim, so I thought it would fit. 

Post # 9
2029 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think a medium gray paint would look awesome on your cabinets. Very moody and Parisien! Black might be too harsh against the countertops but the gray would be a pretty compromise. I painted over my plastic laminate cabinets several years ago. It is a big task but the results are worth the effort.

Post # 10
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Your cabinets remind me of my parent’s, haha.  They repainted theirs white (along with the wood trip) and added silver handles.  Their counter tops are a pale yellow, and the fridge is also white.  Although since your stove is white, it might be TOO much white… not sure

Post # 11
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I think black or charcoal would look great. Also Rustoleum makes a counter top paint too..They sell it at our home depot and it can be tinted to quite a few different colors. I’m of the mindset that paint can make everything better!


Post # 12
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

If it’s real wood, you could stain them very very dark. Even though the look is old fashioned, it’d give you the nice contrast of dark+white. And if you put some cool knobs on, you’d funk it up a little.

You could always look into installing the cabinets yourself.

Post # 13
5792 posts
Bee Keeper

Are the cabinet fronts laminate? That style usually is,so if that’s the case you need to do a lot more prep work on them to make the paint adhere. The bases might be real wood but could also be particle board, so sanding,priming,several coats of a good paint should cover it,but you have to make sure you do enough coats to cover any graining in the wood. Several lighter coats is better than one or two thick ones.

If the cabinets are standard sizes,you might be better off just removing the doors and just buying new ones in unfinished wood. Home Depot and Lowe’s usually carry many sizes and they are pretty cheap.That way you can prime and paint it all one color at the same time. You also have to consider your appliance color,which is white. Most often,people want their appliances to blend in and not be so glaringly different. Will it bother you to have black cabinets and white appliances?

There are a ton of paint programs on the internet you can use where you actually put in a picture of the room you’re considering painting to see how it looks before you actually do it. In this case,it might be worth it for you. Instead of putting it on the walls,do it on the cabinets.

I’ve painted anything and everything that is stationary in my house (including vinyl floors and laminate counters), but they really should be considered temporary,short term fixes. Paint on things used every day tend to show scratches and chips pretty easily, and if not done right, you’ll find yourself doing touchups on a pretty regular basis.

Post # 16
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It looks like you have an antique style mixed in with the clean and modern.  I think that black might be too harsh with that room.  I agree with ejs4y8.  If you can sand and stain them a dark brown (near black) I think it would work better.

It will pick up the warm tones in the floor and counter, it will work with your furniture (which under the lamp looks dark brown to me), but it will be SO brown, that it will look near black.

I think white would make your countertops look old, unfortunately, so I think that darker is better.  If you are going to do grey – make sure that its a warm or a french grey and not a cool grey, or it will clash with your room.

Just my 2cents.

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