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Kitchen Makeover Progress

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I have a little sneak peek for you today of my kitchen makeover. It is only a little peek, but I wanted to show you my progress so far. I am one week in and think it should take about 3 – 4 weeks. If you have taken on a big project by yourself like this, then you know you gotta stay focused until you get it done. I am trying to stay organized and go the distance.

Kitchen makeover progress

This is the third time I have painted kitchen cabinets. The first two were in my previous house. I wrote about that in this post: DIY Kitchen Makeover.

I am painting the cabinets by sections to keep things organized and still allowing us to be able to use the kitchen.

Here is the BEFORE of the first section of cabinets I started to paint.

Easy kitchen decorating idea that can be done in 10 minutes

It is the oven section of the cabinets. I had removed the cabinet door so we could place the microwave in the cabinet above the double ovens instead of it taking up room on the counter.


After I had a coat of paint on inside of the cabinet, I didn’t like that you could see the gaps between the sides and top of the cabinet. These gaps weren’t noticeable when the cabinets were dark, but when they’re white, the gaps are prominent.

The best caulk to use when painting a kitchen

It is super easy to fix by running a line of caulk along the gap and then smoothing it with your finger or an ice cube to make it look seamless. After the caulk is dry, I painted over it so the gaps became history.

I always caulk with what I fondly refer to as Cheez Wiz caulk. It comes in a can with a tip. It is actually called, Alex Plus Easy Caulk and is made by Dap. It makes the job of caulking quick and easy since no caulk gun is needed and it is paintable when dry. It also comes in a tube and in the traditional caulk gun style container, but the can makes caulking so easy.

Kitchen cabinet painting tips

AFTER Caulking:  You can see caulking makes a big difference wherever there is a gap or seam between wood, walls, and moldings inside and outside of the cabinets. I also caulked along the top and bottom of the crown molding where gaps showed up when the white paint went on.

Doing this is an extra step when painting cabinets but will ensure the finished painted finish will make the paint job look like a pro did it.

Tips for caulking before painting kitchen cabinets

Having one section of the cabinets done has allowed me to see all that will need to be done for the rest of the cabinets. Only 3 are going to have open shelves and will need to have the interior painted. Painting the insides is the most time consuming.

Polycrylic sealer for furniture and using to seal painted shelves

Another step that is worth the time to do is to roll on 2 light coats of Polycrylic on the top of painted shelves on the interior cabinets  This seals the latex paint so you will never hear that latex sticky sound when you remove objects on the shelves.

For paint and primer, I was going to use Glidden Complete, because that hides the wood tannins beautifully while it paints, but I wanted the brush stroke leveling quality of Sherwin Williams Pro Classic, so I ended up trying a new stain-blocking gripping primer from Valspar. So far, so good especially on the doors where I had to sand to the bare wood and then fill the existing holes in the center of each door where the previous pulls had been placed. More on this in an upcoming post.

As soon as I eat my breakfast this morning, I will be back at it. I am still waiting for the hardware to arrive, once it does I will show you how this section looks with the cabinets back on.

It is coming out better than I expected… I will explain and show you why in my next update.

Products I used:

Alex Easy Caulk

Steps not too forget to do when painting kitchen cabinets


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  1. Thanks for the sneak peak! The cabinets look amazing and your tips are great. Thanks very much for sharing this morning. If you can paint all those time consuming stair spindles you can do this. Do you think after painting kitchen cabinets a third time, this may be your forever home?

    1. Hi Melissa – Thanks and yes…those stair spindles had me seeing double after a while. :-) I sure hope this is our forever home. We love it here and it will be the perfect place to get old in and have grandkids come to visit someday.

  2. Your kitchen will look beautiful as always. So jealous of your Ina Garten cookbooks :-)

    1. Hi Deb – Thanks. I don’t even enjoy cooking, but I love her style and her cookbooks are so pretty. I love to collect and display them. So you have any? I bet you could find them at a used bookstore online.

      1. Ha, I hated cooking until we remodeled our kitchen a year and a half ago now I really enjoy trying new recipes. Don’t have any of her cookbooks, but great idea for the hubby to get me for Christmas. Can’t wait to see your progress.

  3. Thanks for sharing, I love the sneak peeks!
    And it’s probably good for you too, you know you’re making progress bit by bit.

    1. Hi Linda – In my previous kitchen where I painted the cabinets I did not use poly on the doors since I used semi-gloss paint. They held up perfectly for years. The Pro Classic paint is super durable so there is no need. If I was using a flat or satin finish or chalk paint, then I would probably poly to seal the surface. Using poly on the flat surface of the shelves where items will sit does wonders to remove the latex sticky sound when you remove items. On vertical surfaces that problem does not occur. :-)

      1. Diane, I too used SW ProClassic on my kitchen cabinets and LOVED the self-leveling aspect of it. Mine too lasted for years without any poly over the top. I also used the paint in semi-gloss.

        1. I would love a white kitchen but with 6 kids I wonder if I would be constantly wiping them down. I would love to hear from someone with kids in the home how the painting holds up.

          1. Rachel…I came from a family with 8 in the house. Everything was dark dark dark because the prevailing notion was “it doesn’t show the dirt”. True, but if it doesn’t show, you’re less likely to see it/ clean it. If you prep and paint properly there’s no reason why painted cabinets cannot hold up as well (if not better!) than stained cabinets. My motto and vote for white is this: “You see the dirt, you clean the dirt”. Sure it comes down to a matter of how much cleaning you want to take on and how much ‘not so clean’ you can tolerate. But in the end, if you want that white kitchen go for it! :-) Your children can be taught (coaxed) to learn to be more careful too….. This from a mom of two boys. :-)

    1. Hi Lori – Thanks. I still have a long way to go, but I have everything set up in the kitchen and garage where I am painting the cabinet doors which should make the production line painting process go quickly now.