Dec 3, 2012

Kitchen Reveal

UPDATE: Click here to see how our painted cabinets have held up over the past year!

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  We don't eat out often, so a big portion of my day goes toward preparing meals, making them, and cleaning up after them.  I'm certainly not complaining; I love cooking and baking.  It's just important to me that the room where I spend the majority of my time should be a place I enjoy being in.

When we found out that we'd be moving into the parsonage, we immediately asked if we could paint the kitchen cabinets.  One of the men in charge of the grounds stopped in to see what the cabinets looked like, and when he called us back, he said, "You know, I think if you painted them white, it would really brighten things up in there."

My thoughts exactly.  What do you think?

The wall color is Encompass by True Value.  We primed the cabinets with Zinsser 1-2-3 Cover Stain (AMAZING stuff- no sanding necessary!) and then painted them with ProClassic Waterborne Interior Acrylic Enamel (a water based paint with the durability of oil based!) by Sherwin Williams.

There is a piece of vinyl attached to the wall behind the stove.  It was missing a chunk and had been painted over (in a non-matching color), so we painted over the whole thing.  Covering it was no problem for the Zinsser primer!

The knobs and pulls came from Amazon and ended up only being about $1 each (a little more for the pulls).

There was a door between the kitchen and the back porch, but we took it down so that we can use the porch as an extension of the kitchen.  Our rather large refrigerator is back there as well as the kitchen counter we built for our old kitchen.  We had the counter resting on a dresser and cabinet in our old kitchen, but Marshall built a permanent base for it.  I love it!


We still have our little coffee and tea station, and we kept the crates for dry food storage.

Eventually, I plan to paint the kitchen baseboards white to match the trim on the porch and around the doorway (it was already white).  I can live with how it is for now while we finish the rest of the house.

One more look:


  1. The white paint looks so much better! Love the hardware you added. Do you find it awkward not having your fridge right in the kitchen? Ours is in a similar spot to yours (off the kitchen in the back room). Some people thought we wouldn't like it there, but I really don't mind it.

    1. We think so, too! I almost mentioned something about the "awkward" space by the stove- haha! It really doesn't bother me. We originally thought the fridge wouldn't fit there, but it turns out it would just barely make it. The porch stays a little cooler, and we decided to leave the fridge out there so it wouldn't take as much energy to cool it down. We've thought about getting a portable dishwasher and keeping it that space or building a smaller counter to match the one on the porch. Or we may leave it. It's definitely something I can wait on while we finish the rest of the house.

  2. Wow! What a difference! I love the power of paint and I also love the new hardware you added to the cabinets. I like the roman shades you added above the sink. Great job it looks fantastic. Old painted cabinets add a lot of charm to the kitchen too.