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Before and After Home DIY: Painting Kitchen Cabinets

By on June 28, 2009
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We’ve been working on a home DIY project for a few weeks.  We’re painting our old, dated kitchen cabinets a bright new shade of Daisy Dew, courtesy of Dutch Boy Refresh Paint.   

The cabinets were an old, brown “paneling-look” style that I’m sure we all remember from the 70s.  The new cream color is much more appropriate for a cozy country kitchen, and really brightens up the entire room by reflecting light.

Since we’ll be installing new cabinet handles and drawer pulls, there isn’t any hardware shown in the after pictures.

The wallpaper on the walls is also eventually going to be removed and the walls painted instead.  The bottom cabinets will be painted to match as soon as the new laminate countertop is installed (which is cozily residing in the garage right now!).

Here are the before and after photos for our DIY painting project.

Kitchen Cabinets, Before and After

The first section of kitchen cabinets surrounding the oven, before (brown) and after (cream colored – Daisy Dew):

Before After Home DIY Kitchen Cabinet Painting Before After Home DIY Kitchen Cabinet Painting  

Main section of kitchen cabinets, before (brown) and after (Daisy Dew):

Before After Home DIY Kitchen Cabinet Painting Before After Home DIY Kitchen Cabinet Painting

Cabinets at the sink and window area, before:

Before After Home DIY Kitchen Cabinet Painting

Cabinets at the sink and window area, after:

Before After Home DIY Kitchen Cabinet Painting

Overall, a pretty amazing transformation for our kitchen.  Even my husband and daughter would stand and stare at the kitchen for days after it was completed!  Thanks again to Dutch Boy Paint for supplying us with the Refresh Paint for this home DIY project.

For more before and after projects, visit Making a Happy Home Monday, Metamorphosis Monday and Tackle it Tuesday. The Dutch Boy image and logo are used with permission by Dutch Boy Paint.

About Danelle Ice

Danelle Ice is an entrepreneur in Los Angeles and mom of 3. She is the creator of and Danelle is also known as internet personality SimDanelle, the first virtual person. Danelle is a beauty guru on YouTube, vlogger, blogger, and new media darling. She is a current brand ambassador for for Keurig and previous AMD Tech Mom, Kraft Foods Delicious Byte brand ambassador, and Purex Insider.


  1. Crista

    June 28, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    WOW, what a difference! I love it!

  2. Traci

    June 28, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Those look great! It is amazing what a difference a little paint can make! I know you are enjoying them. I hope you enjoy the rest of your transformation!
    p.s. I am having my first giveaway, so stop by if you’d like!

  3. Shelia

    June 28, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Love the transformation from dark to light! Great job!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;0

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  5. Fifi Flowers

    June 28, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Amazing change… I love when paint does the trick!


    June 29, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Looks beautiful — such a great improvement!

  7. Fifi Flowers

    June 29, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Amazing change… I love when paint does the trick!
    Oops…forgot to say great post! Looking forward to your next one.

  8. Kammy

    June 29, 2009 at 3:12 am

    Great job – looks so up to date !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  9. Christy

    June 29, 2009 at 4:10 am

    Wow, what an improvement! I love them!

  10. Marjorie

    June 29, 2009 at 5:36 am

    Great change! I have very similar cabinets that I plan to repaint after the holiday weekend. Any suggestions, hints?

  11. Mrs. Petrie

    June 29, 2009 at 5:39 am

    What a huge difference! The white cabinets look like something you’d buy in stores nowadays. :)

  12. Marty

    June 29, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Such a super transformation. I love the cream color. This just totally changed the kitchen cabinets and updated the. It looks fabulous. Hugs, Marty

  13. Brenda Kula

    June 29, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Oh my, what a complete difference lightening them up made to this kitchen! They were ho-hum. And now they’re magnificent! Great job!

  14. Sharon

    June 29, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Those look really great! It is amazing what difference a little paint can make!

  15. Sunny

    June 29, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Homemaker Barbi, Your kitchen looks just Stunning!!!! Congrats!!! :-D I am wondering what colours are you planing to use as accents?
    I am only asking as I have seen some cabinets which looked alot like yours the last time I was in France, in an antique home. Their kitchen cabinets looked so much like yours, and they had an added pale green colour where the lines were in the cabinets, and the hardware was very old looking. It honestly was so relaxing to be in there.

    Your kitchen looks like a Country french dream, so far. I can not wait to see what else you do!!! Sunny:-D

  16. Susie's Homemade

    June 30, 2009 at 3:39 am

    It looks great!! So much brighter:-) Awesome tackle!

  17. Dominique

    June 30, 2009 at 5:03 am

    the cupboards look so much nicer in white. Great tackle.

  18. Brenda

    June 30, 2009 at 5:11 am

    The cabinets look fantastic! I love the paneled doors painted cream. It is going to look like a brand new kitchen!

  19. Danielle

    June 30, 2009 at 7:58 am

    They look really good! I bet the kitchen feel so good and bright! I love kitchens that are bright! Check out my Tackle It Tuesday here.

  20. Susan

    July 2, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    It almost looked like beadboard after painting it cream! Gorgeous!

  21. Nick

    November 15, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    I found cabinets just like these at a garage sale this summer from The cabinets really needed to be updated and a new paint job did just the trick!

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  23. Home Ever After

    June 29, 2009 at 8:56 am

    @Marjorie: I plan to write about the actual painting process soon (with tips) – don’t know if I’ll make it before you paint though!

  24. Home Ever After

    June 29, 2009 at 9:00 am

    @Marty and Others: Thanks so much! I love them too. We just got the curtains hung up yesterday; it is a night and day difference from what we started with.

  25. Home Ever After

    June 29, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    @Sharon: Thanks! That’s what I always say too, and it is so noticable going from dark to light.

  26. Home Ever After

    June 30, 2009 at 7:23 am

    @Sunny: I was going to antique the cabinets with a brown tea wash, but once I saw them completed, I liked them as is! It’s funny you mention green lines, because the curtains we just put up in the kitchen have green and white stripes. Thanks so much for the compliments!

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