The Power of Painting Kitchen Cabinets |See this transformation

painting kitchen cabinets

The Power of Painting Kitchen Cabinets |See this transformation

Painting kitchen cabinets can have a very powerful effect on a space. And while we have had previous projects where we have painted cabinets, this transformation is quite spectacular.

The Wish

I received a call in June to assist this family and their home. Last year, I had helped with their exterior choices and I was thrilled to be back to help out with the interior.

Exterior Renovation by S.I.S Renovations | Sheri Bruneau, Designer

For my clients, being new to the empty nester life, the thought of potentially selling their home within the next five years is very plausible. After looking what was comparable in the real estate market, and speaking with a real estate agent, we had a number of items on the list.

  • painting the kitchen cabinets
  • paint the interior doors on the main floor
  • remove the popcorn ceiling and change to a flat ceiling on the second story
  • replace some of the lighting fixtures
  • repaint the feature walls on the main floor and master bedroom
  • replace all of the existing laminate
  • replace the carpet up the stairs and in the master bedroom
  • slate floors were kept in the front foyer

BEFORE: The old laminate flooring was just removed prior to this picture being taken. The green feature wall was going to change.

After reviewing the investment, I was happy to report we were able to give them everything on their wish list.

The Plan

Coming up with the Construction Calendar is always a fun task for me. For this project, we followed the timeline below.

  • Demo
  • Drywall
  • Painting kitchen cabinets, feature walls, and the entire second story.
  • Floor Install
  • Finishing Work
  • Paint Touch Ups
  • Electrical
  • Final walkthrough

Choosing the Paint

My clients had recently had their home painted. While they loved their main wall colour, the green accent colour was a bit of a miss. In addition, we needed to chose a cabinet colour that worked well with their existing granite and subway tile. Here is the colour scheme we came up with.

Paint choices we used for this project on the main floor | Sheri Bruneau, Designer

Timeline of the Work

I would love for you to guess the timeline we created for this project. Do you think it took us 4 weeks? 5 weeks? More?


For the painting of kitchen cabinets, the interior doors, feature walls on the main floor, the entire upstairs (including the new flat ceilings), our painter had three weeks in our calendar.

Prepping the cabinets to be sprayed white | Sheri Bruneau, Designer

In Progress spraying of the staircase (with the old feature wall colour) | Sheri Bruneau, Designer

It is important to note here that our clients lived through this renovation. They really helped us out by moving all of the furniture out of the main floor and second story (they had a storage bin on their driveway). They stayed in the basement guest bedroom and were very patient living through this.


For this project, we chose a Luxury Vinyl Plank floor for a number of reasons.

  1. This family has two dogs and a Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) flooring is super durable for pets.
  2. The location of this home is in a family-friendly neighbourhood. If and when my clients choose to sell their home, it will most likely get sold to a family with small children.
  3. It looks fabulous and worked very nicely with the existing slate we were keeping along with the stone around the fireplace.

Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring (LVP)
Progress: New LVP alongside the existing slate floor.

In total, we had a 6 week timeline to go from old to new!

The End Result

This transformation was amazing to see. What was once a dated home is now fresh. While we chose white for the cabinets (as white kitchens are still a hot seller), this home feels so warm and inviting.

So…what do you think?

Painting kitchen cabinets
Before: Painting kitchen cabinets and the feature wall was our task list| Sheri Bruneau, Designer

Painting kitchen cabinets
AFTER painting kitchen cabinets, the feature wall, and updating the lighting | Sheri Bruneau, Designer

Painting kitchen cabinets
BEFORE the cabinets were wood stained | Sheri Bruneau, Designer

Painting kitchen cabinets
AFTER painting the kitchen cabinets, painting the feature wall, and updating the lighting | Sheri Bruneau, Designer

Painting kitchen cabinets
NEW LVP flooring installed with our favourite Aria vent | Sheri Bruneau, Designer

Painting kitchen cabinets
NEW carpet on the stairs and into the owners bedroom along with the new white stringers |Sheri Bruneau, Designer

Painting kitchen cabinets
Updated track lighting…baby it’s come a long way | Sheri Bruneau, Designer

Painting kitchen cabinets
Updated feature wall with the new wall colour from Benjamin Moore | Sheri Bruneau, Designer

Painting kitchen cabinets
The updated dining room light | Sheri Bruneau, Designer

Painting kitchen cabinets
AFTER: the newly painted mantle adds even more warmth to this space | Sheri Bruneau, Designer

Take Aways

While many of our projects deal with moving walls and opening up spaces, a number of our projects are also similar to this one. By updating paint colours, flooring, and some lighting fixtures, a home can take on a major transformation and look and feel like a brand new home.

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