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TWO TONED KITCHEN CABINET MAKEOVER

These two toned kitchen cabinets we painted for my mother in law turned out amazing! After 30 years she desperately needed an update in her kitchen! Check out all the photos in this post and see the steps we took to make sure the paint stayed put on her laminate cabinets. White and grey kitchen cabinet makeover by Katherine Wandell of Homemaking By Design(There are affiliate links in this post. If you click the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. However, the cost of the item is the same to you. You can find more information on my disclosure page.)

After 30 years my mother in law needed a kitchen cabinet update. So we gave her two-toned cabinets in white and a soft grey. If you remember last year we gave her backsplash a major makeover! Okay, it was just painted but it brightened up her kitchen incredibly! You can see the post of her backsplash makeover here.

My mother in love (law) is an amazing woman! She deserves all compliments and praise for raising a fine young gentleman like my husband! I sincerely love her and am so grateful I was able to spend some time giving her this makeover.

STEP ONE: TAKING EVERYTHING DOWN

These two toned kitchen cabinets we painted for my mother in law turned out amazing! After 30 years she desperately needed an update in her kitchen! Check out all the photos in this post and see the steps we took to make sure the paint stayed put on her laminate cabinets. White and grey kitchen cabinet makeover by Katherine Wandell of Homemaking By Design(See how pleased my hubby is to have just finished unscrewing all the doors…haha!)

After about 30 years these cabinets haven’t been updated at all! To start this project, my husband removed all the cabinet doors while I removed the knobs and hardware. Once everything was taken down we taped off the ceiling and I wiped everything with sander deglosser liquid. Her cabinet fronts were not solid wood so I couldn’t sand it without ruining the finish. The sander deglosser also helped remove grease and grime build up. Once the deglosser did its job, we primed all the cabinet fronts.

These two toned kitchen cabinets we painted for my mother in law turned out amazing! After 30 years she desperately needed an update in her kitchen! Check out all the photos in this post and see the steps we took to make sure the paint stayed put on her laminate cabinets. White and grey kitchen cabinet makeover by Katherine Wandell of Homemaking By Design(Naturally I’m the picture taker and I always show my husband working on my projects. So here is one of me in the kitchen at midnight with him about to prime these suckers! If he won’t capture me breaking a sweat, I will lol….excuse our appearance)

NOW IT’S TIME FOR PRIMER

These two toned kitchen cabinets we painted for my mother in law turned out amazing! After 30 years she desperately needed an update in her kitchen! Check out all the photos in this post and see the steps we took to make sure the paint stayed put on her laminate cabinets. White and grey kitchen cabinet makeover by Katherine Wandell of Homemaking By Design

Priming the cabinets does three things:

  1. It helps the paint stick to the laminate doors and not peel off with everyday use.
  2. It acts as a stain blocker. After years of grease build-up, even the cleanest cabinets can have some bleed through if you only use paint.
  3. If you’re going lighter it makes painting easier. By priming, you don’t have to add as many layers of paint to hide the dark wood color underneath.

They do sell paint with primer in it, but since her cabinets were laminate I wanted to do both steps separately. In my experience paint with the primer in it doesn’t hold up as well. With the use kitchen cabinets take we needed it to hold up. While the primer on the doors was drying outside. We primed the cabinet frames in the kitchen and under the sink.

These two toned kitchen cabinets we painted for my mother in law turned out amazing! After 30 years she desperately needed an update in her kitchen! Check out all the photos in this post and see the steps we took to make sure the paint stayed put on her laminate cabinets. White and grey kitchen cabinet makeover by Katherine Wandell of Homemaking By Design(I also decided to paint inside her sink cabinet. The old contact paper wouldn’t come up and was apart of the wood. So in this situation I sanded what I could and painted KILZ right over it)

FINALLY IT’S TIME TO PAINT

The next day we started painting the doors and frames. I always recommend painting the back of the cabinet doors first. Doing it this way you won’t ever have to face the front side down. This helps the paint to not pick up any texture from your drop cloth….just in case it wasn’t fully dry.

I don’t remember the exact paint we used. I do know the top was a stark white and the bottom was a very calm grey that had blue undertones. The cabinet paint I recommend is Benjamin Moore Advance Alkyd Semi-Gloss in the Color Swiss Coffee. Since we were on vacation in Wisconsin, I didn’t know where to get BM Advance so we got another well known brand out there.

To start we did one coat on the back of the doors and two on the fronts. We let it dry a few hours in between coats. While everything was drying we cleaned and spray painted her hardware. Since the cabinets had hardware with an unusual hole spacing for the screws, we couldn’t run out and buy new ones.

These two toned kitchen cabinets we painted for my mother in law turned out amazing! After 30 years she desperately needed an update in her kitchen! Check out all the photos in this post and see the steps we took to make sure the paint stayed put on her laminate cabinets. White and grey kitchen cabinet makeover by Katherine Wandell of Homemaking By Design

I used Rustoleum Aged Metallic In Weathered Steel on her hardware and pulleys. By spray painting them, we gave them a whole new look and saved money by not special ordering more modern ones. I also think it really complimented the grey paint on the bottom cabinets. After everything was dry we reattached the hardware.

These two toned kitchen cabinets we painted for my mother in law turned out amazing! After 30 years she desperately needed an update in her kitchen! Check out all the photos in this post and see the steps we took to make sure the paint stayed put on her laminate cabinets. White and grey kitchen cabinet makeover by Katherine Wandell of Homemaking By Design

PUTTING IT ALL BACK TOGETHER

Once the hardware was dry and back on we put all the doors back on the cabinets. I took a little paint and looked carefully touching up little places here and there. I also lightly coated her hinges which we didn’t take off. They were so delicate and I didn’t want the doors to sit weird since some of them were really on there. So after the cabinet doors were back up I very lightly brushed them from black to white. They look shabby chic up close.

These two toned kitchen cabinets we painted for my mother in law turned out amazing! After 30 years she desperately needed an update in her kitchen! Check out all the photos in this post and see the steps we took to make sure the paint stayed put on her laminate cabinets. White and grey kitchen cabinet makeover by Katherine Wandell of Homemaking By Design

My husband loved the look of the two toned cabinets so much he wants me to do ours. I think he forgot how much trouble it was the first time. Our cabinets were a big project I tackled only three weeks after having our second boy. I still haven’t posted that project! We were so busy getting our house together since we had only been there three months. So my mother in laws kitchen is my second attempt at refinishing cabinets.

These two toned kitchen cabinets we painted for my mother in law turned out amazing! After 30 years she desperately needed an update in her kitchen! Check out all the photos in this post and see the steps we took to make sure the paint stayed put on her laminate cabinets. White and grey kitchen cabinet makeover by Katherine Wandell of Homemaking By Design

I have to say it was easier this time around, it still took about 6-7 hours over the course of three days. It’s a lot of work but very rewarding if you do it right. I hope she loves her two-toned cabinets for years to come. Just look at that bashful but happy face below. Her smile makes it all worth it!

These two toned kitchen cabinets we painted for my mother in law turned out amazing! After 30 years she desperately needed an update in her kitchen! Check out all the photos in this post and see the steps we took to make sure the paint stayed put on her laminate cabinets. White and grey kitchen cabinet makeover by Katherine Wandell of Homemaking By Design

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS MAKEOVER? ARE YOU A FAN OF THE TWO TONED LOOK?

(There are affiliate links in this post. If you click the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. However, the cost of the item is the same to you. You can find more information on my disclosure page.)

These two toned kitchen cabinets we painted for my mother in law turned out amazing! After 30 years she desperately needed an update in her kitchen! Check out all the photos in this post and see the steps we took to make sure the paint stayed put on her laminate cabinets. White and grey kitchen cabinet makeover by Katherine Wandell of Homemaking By Design

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  1. Wow this is super impressive! The cabinets look completely different after the makeover! So when can you guys fly to SoCal for some kitchen makeover here? 😀

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