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Painted Kitchen Cabinets – One Year Later

It’s been one year since I painted my kitchen cabinets and I want to tell you what I think of them.

Here is what they looked like before…Painting Oak Cabinets Before

And the after…

Painted Oak Cabinets

But let me tell you, one year later, I still love them.

This paint has held up so well. There is only one little spot with a chip in it and it’s above the silverware drawer, most likely from putting in the silverware in and hitting that spot.

Painted cabinets

It’s literally the only chip.

I really think that the prep, and the paint are the secrets to them holding up so well. You can see the how I painted them in the original post here.

The one part that I’m not liking are the handles and pulls. The spray paint I used is coming off the handles we use the most. I think it’s because we didn’t use a deglosser or primer on them. We just spray painted as is so they will probably get another coat this summer.

Spray painted knobs

If your thinking of painting your cabinets, I think the most important part is the actual paint you use.

I used Benjamin Moore’s Advanced in Simply White. This paint is the best for cabinets in my opinion. (and no, I’m not paid to say that) I just love this paint.

The paint is a latex paint that acts like an oil paint. It’s slow drying so you have the time to look for drips. It also dries to a rock hard furniture finish so there is no need to seal it.

It took less than a gallon to paint these cabinets, and a year later I am still using this paint on our rocking chair, console table and some other little projects…oh and I still have paint left!

You might see a lot of posts about painting your cabinets with no prep, which is fine, but for me I wanted to do it right from the beginning. I plan on having these cabinets for a long time and I didn’t want to worry about chipping and peeling.

If you have any questions about painting your cabinets, feel free to leave a comment!

Now time to get rid the the counters an back splash!


Monday 13th of July 2020

I've been wanting to paint my cabinets and especially appreciate the recommendation for paint.

Ethan Hansen

Friday 27th of December 2019

It's amazing to think that cabinets can be customized so easily! My wife and I are moving into a new home soon and we want to spruce up the kitchen to make it look more modern. We'll be sure to keep your tips in mind as we search for more ways to customize our cabinets!


Monday 6th of May 2019

Hey Tara, Great article and love the after pics! It looks like your color choice really brightened up the room! To your point on paint being an important factor to consider when painting are absolutely correct! It's definitely a consideration those who are just starting out doing DIY should keep in mind. - James

Lisa Mark

Monday 11th of March 2019

I recently availed services of kitchen designers for my new home and now it’s time to paint my cabinets. Can you please guide me what are the things that we need to be careful while we are painting our cabinets?


Wednesday 30th of May 2018

I'm finally painting my kitchen cabinets. I have the BM Advanced paint and primer (Love this paint! I use it on my doors and it has held up fabulous ). After priming a section of the cabinets by hand, I decided that I'm going to spray the rest. So I just ordered a sprayer. Do you remember if you had to thin the paint down? There isn't anything on the can about how much to thin it (Or if it needs to be thinned). Thanks in advance!


Thursday 31st of May 2018

It depends on the sprayer. IF you ordered the one I suggested then yes. And check your can of paint again. Because I am almost positive it talks about thinning it on the can. If not then the sprayer will have instructions on it too. Good luck!!

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