DIY Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

I have been sick of my dated, out of style, oak cabinets since the day we moved in. 3 years later, and I finally did something about it. While Josh wants to wait til the kids are a few years older, and a whole lot less destructive, I wasn’t about to wait that long. So I did my research, bought my supplies, and raided the office tool shed 😉

You want to make sure you have a solid plan before disassembling your entire kitchen. I set up folding tables for cabinet painting stations so I could quickly move from one to the next and have them all drying at the same time. I also had all the different screws & hinges organized in Tupperware containers so I wouldn’t lose any. And be prepared for your kitchen being a complete clusterf**k for however long it takes you to get the job done (took me a solid week), because it becames chaos pretty quickly

What You Will Need


  1. Using the drill, remove all cabinets and drawers. Set aside. I left most items in the cabinets themselves, as I did not paint the inside.
  2. Tape off everything. And I mean everything – the fridge, the dishwasher, the oven, etc.
  3. Sand all exterior surfaces of cabinet frames.
  4. Following instructions on product, de-gloss everything you just sanded with rags and good ole’ fashion elbow grease.
  5. Paint at least 2 coats of primer, allowing to fully dry in between.
  6. Once dry, paint at least 2 coats of paint, allowing to fully dry in between.
  7. Repeat steps 1-6 on all cabinet doors & drawers.
  8. Re-assemble cabinets and dress it up with some cute new décor like my faux vines 😉

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