Kitchen Makeover

A few weeks ago…

I mentioned that I was adding black to my interiors. I have been all over black and white these past several weeks, so much so that I painted my kitchen cabinets black.

Although the kitchen had some very nice features it was lacking natural light, contrast, and drama to highlight the features.  You might be wondering why I would choose to paint the cabinetry black when the kitchen receives no natural light and is dependant on artificial light. I saw that I had two options. Either I could paint the cabinets white/light color and try to bring light into the space or I could go with it and create a dramatic space using dark cabinetry. I felt I would not be happy with white because the artificial lighting would be forever distorting the undertones. I reasoned that it would be better to go with a rich dark hue that would absorb the light and bring a feeling of elegance to the space.  Inspired by Michelle Niday’s first interview, I decided to paint the cabinets a soft black to balance the dramatic ceiling height and interesting cabinet detail. To bounce light around the room, I added a pair of fabulous chandeliers and am on the hunt for a mirror to hang above the range.

I decided to save myself thousands of dollars and paint the cabinetry myself. I know, I know, what was I thinking? I know exactly what I was thinking… that savings would buy me some nice chandeliers and other elements for the kitchen. If you are thinking of painting your cabinets, plan on allowing a week or two to complete the job. I have included a few helpful tips below.

Tips for painting cabinets:

  • Use a high quality paint with primer in the formula
  • Use a degreaser to clean the cabinets
  • Sand lightly with fine sandpaper or sanding block
  • Wipe the dust away using a damp cloth
  • Use a tack cloth to remove any remaining dust
  • Use a high quality paintbrush to the recessed areas
  • Use a low nap roller to paint the flat areas
  • Use patience! 

Products I used

  • Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron paint and primer
  • Greased Lightning (degreaser)
  • Sanding block

Elements of this kitchen transformation:

  • Cabinets painted
  • Lighting added over the cabinets
  • Lighting installed in glass cabinets
  • Crystal chandeliers replaced island fixture
  • Used accessories I already had

Total Cost for this kitchen makeover: $1,057.00

  • Two gallons paint – $100
  • Sand paper – $6.00
  • Degreaser – $6.00
  • Pair of crystal chandeliers – $945.00

Note: We added the cabinet lighting shortly after moving into this house and I didn’t include it in the make over cost because I don’t remember how much we spent. The cost was very reasonable though.

These fabulous chandeliers came from Lighing Etc. They have the absolute best prices that I have found. If you find a fixture you like, it would be worth your time to contact them for pricing. They have even been consistently better priced that any internet pricing I have found.

I hope you have a great week


P.S. Stay tuned for the next step in this kitchen makeover!

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21 thoughts on “Kitchen Makeover

  1. This is gorgeous! The black and lighting makes such a difference! I’ve painted my cabinets before and know that it’s quite a job but you did an outstanding job with yours! I have considered repainting mine black (I went with white the first time) and if I do, I’ll use this color. Beautiful! Hugs, Leena

  2. Kristie-I had my doubts when you said you were painting the cabinets black…..shame on me forEVER doubting you! It looks wonderful. Love the chandeliers. Can’t wait to see it in person………hugs!

  3. Gorgeous! I love black furniture and cabinets so this looks perfect to me! Painting my old cabinets is on my to do list so thank you so much for listing all the supplies you used.


  4. I love that you used black! I adore black and love to use it in my decor. I wish my kitchen cabinets could handle black, but I had to stick with black & white floors, creamy white cabinets and a black baking table. I think it’s awesome that you went for it and it looks amazing!

  5. I adore your kitchen makeover! It looks so gorgeous and dramatic! And those chandeliers! Wow! Just Wow!! Great job, I know how hard painting cabinets can be! You must love relaxing in your new kitchen now! Congrats on the fabulous job!

  6. What an absolutely drop dead gorgeous, amazing, stunning makeover. The black is wonderful, but I think the lighting totally transforms the whole space. Beautiful! I believe this is my first visit to your blog – I’m off to see more or it.

  7. What Patricia above said is exactly my sentiment, right down to this being her first visit and she wants to see more. What exemplary taste you have. Not just that but you have the skills to go with it. Absolutely stunning!

  8. Oh my gosh, how did I miss this? Your kitchen is stunning!! I’ve been looking at chandies, and thought yours were from Restoration Hardware. I just ordered two for my island. Gorgeous!! I’m heading over to your source, since I need a few more light fixtures. Wow, such a pretty room.

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