Painting Fake Wood Cabinets Before and After
If you love white farmhouse kitchens and want to paint your kitchen white, then you will love this post teaches you How To Paint Fake Wood Kitchen Cabinets! I’ll show you how to paint old kitchen cabinets and answer how much does it cost to paint kitchen cabinets (it’s much cheaper than you think!). I also have lots of pictures of painting fake wood cabinets before and after!
I know how to paint stained kitchen cabinets white and how to paint kitchen cabinets white without sanding because we are currently living in our third fixer-upper home and I have already painted 10 sets of cabinets in our previous homes!
You don’t have to worry about how to paint kitchen cabinets without brush strokes because I have a secret in this post that reveals a step-by-step DIY tutorial on how to paint kitchen cabinets like a pro.
If you are wondering how to paint laminate kitchen cabinets, rest assured! Our cabinets are a combination of Plywood (the inside and the frame), Particle Board wrapped in Laminate (the doors), and Formica (the side under the bar). With all three of these materials to paint, I needed to choose the RIGHT paint for our kitchen cabinets. You can be sure that if your Kitchen cabinets are made with any of these materials, you can try the same paint that I used and have great results!
What is the best paint brand for kitchen cabinets?
Can you just paint over cabinets?
Why, yes, you can just paint over kitchen cabinets!
If your cabinets are real wood, you can use Enamel Paint to paint cabinets.
If you are wondering if this paint will work on your kitchen cabinets, our kitchen cabinets are made with 3 different materials:
- Plywood (the inside and the frame)
- Particle Board wrapped in Laminate (the doors)
- Formica (the side under the bar).
How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets White Without Sanding:
- –>>This Paint<<– (I used “Linen”) or use PPG Gripper as Primer
- Eggshell Paint in your Color Choice
- Paint Roller
- Paint Brush
- New Handles/Hardware (optional)
- This paint works on any surface. Our kitchen cabinets are made with 3 different materials: plywood (the inside and the frame), particleboard wrapped in a laminate film (the doors), and Formica (the side under the bar). Since there were 3 different wood materials on these cheap cabinets, lol, I knew I needed a paint that could work on all three surfaces.
- I literally painted our kitchen cabinets on Halloween night while in my Halloween costume(yes, I even have a picture of myself painting the cabinets in my costume)! That’s how quick and easy it was! I didn’t sand or prep anything. All I did was use this paint, using a paintbrush and paint roller.
- I didn’t remove the cabinets doors or the handles since I planned on replacing the handles later on and you can’t see the hinges (which I just painted over). However, when we painted our kitchen cabinets in our second home, we took all the doors off and laid them flat in our garage, and spray painted them. It was SO MUCH WORK. In my opinion, I think painting over the hinges is totally fine as long as you make it look good. Think about the doors in your home… if you live in an older home, I bet the hinges have been painted over a few times and you never thought twice about them.
- Use a paint roller over large surfaces and the main flat areas on cabinets doors. Use a paintbrush in any groves or narrow areas. You can always tough up areas later. The beauty of this paint is that after a few coats, you don’t see brush strokes so even if you use a brush (and not a roller) you shouldn’t see brush strokes on your cabinets.
- I gave our cabinets 3 coats of paint and left the doors and drawers open while they dried for at least an hour in between each coat. As I said, I painted our cabinets on Halloween night… I started around 2 pm and finished in time to take the kids trick or treating.
- Chalk Paint has a dull surface that you cannot wipe down to clean. In order to make your cabinets wipeable, you will need to apply a topcoat. I used one coat of Glidden Premium Paint and Primer in one with an Eggshell finish in the color Silky White by Behr on top of the chalked painted cabinets.
That’s it! Painting your cabinets is really easy and can be done no matter what type of material your kitchen cabinets. Most people are intimidated to paint their kitchen cabinets because they are afraid of messing them up and then being stuck with a big mess. If that’s you, I recommend starting on something small, like a small bathroom vanity, or painting a small (unseen) section of your Kitchen cabinets so you get a feeling for how it will turn out.
How much does it cost to paint kitchen cabinets?
Okay, I bet you are wondering how much it cost us to paint our kitchen cabinets so I broke down the cost for supplies below:
- Paint (3 cans total) = $45 OR 1 can of PPG Gripper = $30
- Paint roller = $2 (Dollar Tree)
- Paint roller handle = $1 (Dollar Tree)
- Painters tape = I didn’t use any painters tape but you can find it at the Dollar Tree 😉
- Paint Brushes = $4 (use a good quality medium-sized brush)
- Rags (for clean up) – Free (I use old t-shirts as rags)
Total cost to paint kitchen cabinets = $52
This total cost does not include the other items used to update the rest of our kitchen.
We also used:
- Faux Subway Tile Wallpaper (for the backsplash) – $34.99 (1 roll)
- Cabinet Bar Handles in Bronze – $1.33 each x 17 = $22.61
- Shelf Liner – $4
Total cost to update the entire kitchen = $113.60
As you can see painting your kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them will save you a lot of money! Even though I hated the cabinets and the way they were arranged in our U-Shaped kitchen, now that they are painted white, the kitchen is my happy place! I think I can live with this kitchen for several years and can always paint the cabinets a different color if we (ever) get bored with farmhouse white kitchens, lol.
Updating the rest of our Kitchen
I bet you would love to see how we updated the rest of the kitchen. Well, you’re in luck because I took a ton of before photos to show you our 1980s U-shape kitchen and how we updated our kitchen on a budget.
We started by removing the doors on the upper cabinets and organizing our dishes and glasses so the open shelving looked pretty. If you plan to have open shelving, I highly recommend using baskets to store some of the mismatched items as we did. I went with a white and teal color scheme for the open shelves.
We painted the cabinets (including the inside of the open shelf cabinets) and we planned to remove the upper cabinets above the bar and repurpose them in our laundry room (so I did not paint the cabinet above the bar).
Once we removed the cabinet above the bar, we fit it in our laundry room (it was a bit snug so the hubby cut some of the ends off).
Here’s a BEFORE picture of the upper cabinet. That cabinet really blocked the view into the kitchen and made it darker so removing it just made sense.
We were lucky that the cabinet fit perfectly in the laundry room and was able to repurpose it instead of throwing it away! We are in the process of updating the Laundry room and I hope to link that post soon (we painted the cabinets light gray!)
Once the upper cabinet was removed, we had some minor repairs and paint touch up to do.
The kitchen looked so much better just from painting the cabinets, removing the doors, updating the hardware, and removing the upper bar cabinet… however, something had to be done about that backsplash!
I didn’t want to invest the time and energy installing subway tile so I went with a subway tile peel and stick wallpaper. I used an entire roll of wallpaper and you would never know it was wallpaper unless you look up close or touch it!
The hubby changed out the “yellow” electrical outlets to white electrical outlets and the kitchen update was complete!
I hope you enjoyed seeing the before and after pictures of our Third Home Kitchen and feel better about painting your kitchen cabinets after reading this post!
If you decide to paint your cabinets, please send me a picture on social media! I would love to share with my followers 😉
P.S. If you like those Farmhouse Signs that I used on our open shelves, they are made using DOLLAR STORE supplies! Check out the tutorial to make these Dollar Store Farmhouse Signs!
Best Kitchen Cabinet Paint
Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors
Maybe you don’t want to paint your kitchen cabinets white but you want to determine the best Kitchen cabinet paint colors for your home. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered in how to pick paint colors too!
How to pick the right paint colors
Have you ever had trouble picking the right paint colors for your home? Choosing the right paint colors for your home can be overwhelming. There are so many different “whites” and “grays” these days, how can anyone know they are making the right paint color choice?
That’s why I put together the best tips on How to Choose Interior Paint Colors in this post.
Every home is different… the entryway in our first home was much different than the entryway in our second home, and both of those were very different from the entryway in our third home! So I chose a different paint color for each entryway in all three of our homes. Not to mention, from the time that we bought our first home, to the time that we bought our third home, home paint color trends changed drastically. The colors that I used back then were no longer a trendy color and well, I just didn’t like the brown-ish tan that was in our first home, haha.
So if you need help choosing paint colors for the rest of your home, head on over to this post to see my paint-picking tips and what has worked for me in all three of our homes 🙂 My post with how to choose paint colors for your home is one of my most popular posts and readers have benefited from reading it before heading to the store to buy paint that ends up not working out.
I also have some ideas for choosing paint color combinations for bedrooms (with themes!)
Paint Versus Peel & Stick Wallpaper
Peel and stick wallpaper has become very popular recently since not everyone has access to tools to build their own Shiplap walls (thanks Chip and Joanna) or wants to tile an entire wall with subway tile. I love tiling but if I could slap up some wallpaper and call it a day, that would make me, the hubby, and my wallet happy!
You can find peel and stick wallpaper online at Target, Amazon, Home Depot, and more! I’ve linked my favorite peel and stick wallpaper and the ones I’ve used personally below.
Cheap Home Hacks that’ll Increase Value
Renovating a home can come with a high price tag if you’re not budgeting and deciding which updates bring the best return on investment. After selling our updated first home in just 4 years, we bought an even bigger house that needed a lot of updating. We sold our second home after 4 years while doing the much-needed work to produce a profit by following the same strategies we did in our first home.
If you enjoy updating your home, want to increase your home value or just want your home to look better, you should check out these 10 Cheap Home Hacks That’ll Make Your House Look So Much Better.
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