Painted Kitchen Cabinets

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Since posting my Kitchen Tour, I’ve had many people ask

what paint I used on my Painted Kitchen Cabinets.

So, I thought I should give a few details.

Painted Kitchen Cabinets

I wanted a paint that was durable, smooth looking and not shiny.

So, I went with Sherwin Williams Cashmere.

The color is Antique White.

Sherwin Williams Cashmere

This paint goes on so smooth and feels great to the touch.

These painted kitchen cabinets were done with a foam roller and they look as if they have been sprayed.

Painted Kitchen Cabinets

The glaze I used is by Valspar and the color is Raw Umber.

I purchased it at Lowe’s.

**UPDATE…the color raw umber is no longer available.

If you need a different color just buy the Clear glaze and add a little paint in the color of your choice.

The glaze is very easy to work with because of the slow drying time.

SO, if you feel like you have applied too much or too little you can fix it!

Even with all of the other products on the market, the glaze is still my favorite.

Kitchen Cabinets before Glaze

This is how the drawer looked before the Glaze.

You can see how much detail shows after you glaze.

Glazed Kitchen Cabinets

 

Painted Kitchen Cabinets

To see the entire kitchen with the Painted Kitchen Cabinets head over to my Home Tour and look around!

The Glazing MDF versus Real Wood post that I recently added may also be some benefit to you if you are wondering how the glaze differs from piece to piece. What type of wood you have in your kitchen really does make a difference in the outcome.

If you have any more questions that I may not have covered, PLEASE feel free to ask!

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Have a great weekend,

Sonya

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  1. says

    Wow – these look beautiful! Thanks for the info; I have to paint my cabinets soon and have been researching the best technique. Yours are just what I want!

    • says

      Thank you so much Kerry for your kind words! I look forward to seeing your cabinets when you finish them! I have a teen son who is also getting a room makeover so I am heading to your blog now to see yours! ~Sonya

  2. Darla says

    Did you use only a foam roller or did you use a brush on the intricate areas of the drawer? Also, when you glazed, did you only apply it where you wanted it or did you apply all over and then wipe? Thanks.

    • says

      Hey Darla, I did have to use a regular brush to get into the details. I used a small 1-2 inch wide foam brush to put on the glaze. I did not put it on all the cabinets just brushed on around all the details, then wiped off excess with a rag. That’s the best part about glaze, you have lots of work time before it sets up. Anymore questions, please just ask! ~Sonya

      • Darla says

        Thank you soo much or the response, Sonya. Last project I wanted to see my brush strokes and did glazing all over because I wanted it to look very aged. Starting a new project and want it similar to your results – good to know the sponge rollers give such a smooth look. Thanks again.

  3. says

    We are getting ready to buy a house…Friday :) and we are saving money by painting the cabinets..you’re look EXACTLY what I want. Question. Did you seal them with anything. I’ve been trying to research about what to seal them with but not much info on it. Thanks :)

    • says

      Congrats on buying a house, that’s exciting! I did not seal the cabinets. The cashmere paint has held up very well. I painted these cabinets almost 5 years ago and these pics were taken recently. Please let me know if you have anymore questions! Sonya

  4. says

    I live your Kitchen and I am currently doing the same to mine. I was wondering about the glaze did you paint the glaze over the entire cabinet or just where you wanted to highlight the details?

  5. Jennifer Turberfield says

    Hi Sonya,

    Great job. I’m interested in how your prepared the cabinets for painting? Did you use a primer or a stripper to remove the previous finish? Also, how do you get the brown effect in the edging of the cabinets? Did you rub those parts with a wax? Sorry if I’m sounding clueless. I’ve read so many different pins in painting cabinets and everyone seems to do it a different way.

    Many thanks, Jennifer

    • says

      Hey Jennifer, I did not prime or strip the cabinets. I can’t remember what exactly I used to clean them with but it would have been just a household kitchen degreaser. I used a glaze for the detailing. I listed what kind in the blog details. Thanks for stopping by! ~Sonya

    • says

      I’m sure it will. Depending on the grain in the wood they could look much different but the technique can still be used as long as you have places that the glaze will be picked up.

  6. Erin says

    Hi Sonya,

    How did you apply the glaze? Was this painted only on the areas that had the details? Did you add color to your glaze?

    Thanks!

    • says

      Hey Erin, I used the Raw Umber glaze that I bought from Lowe’s. If you buy the clear you will have to add paint to it in the color you are wanting it to be. I applied the glaze with an inexpensive chip brush in the areas that I wanted to accentuate. Then went back over it with a cloth to wipe off excess. Thanks for stopping by my blog! ~Sonya

  7. says

    Hi, loved the kitchen color. Did you used anything after the glaze? Also how long ago did you painted your kitchen? Is it still ok? Sorry for to many questions. You did a great job!!!!!

    • says

      You are so sweet, thank you! I didn’t do anything after the glaze and I painted these cabinets 6 years ago this month!! YES, really that long and I still love them. The are very few little spots where paint has rubbed off around 2 drawers that are most used. I could just glaze over them but really no one notices! ~Sonya

  8. says

    I love what you did with your cabinets. We just moved into a new home and the kitchen is so dark. I really want to lighten it up but I am wondering if painting these dark cabinets an off-white color would work. Might have to spend for refacing. Just not sure what to do. Do your cabinets show brush marks? I see that you used a paint brush in the detailed ares.

  9. Christy says

    Your cabinets look very nice!! I love the finished look!
    So I’m in the process of doing my cabinets and I’m having trouble with the glaze. How did you get your glaze so perfect?? I need help! I’ve tried the all over and wipe off method and they looked too dirty (too much glaze). And I’ve tried with a all brush, but again, too dirty.
    Any step by step instructions for your perfect glaze :)
    Thank you!!!

    • says

      For my cabinets I did not wipe the glaze all over, I didn’t want that dirty look either. I used a cheap sponge brush and wiped the glaze over the areas that had detail. I only let it sit for about 15 mins then I went back and wiped away the excess. I do wet my cloth when I wipe it away. This takes away all of the glaze except what has went into the cracks. Of course, don’t apply too much pressure or you will just wipe it all off. I use my finger a lot too. You can wipe the glaze directly in the cracks with just your finger.

  10. Nikki says

    Your cabinets look fantastic – even after so many years! Quick question: what type of cabinets do you have? Wood? Thermofoil? The reason I ask is because I have white Thermofoil cabinets and want to duplicate this look (creamy white with glazed edges) but I’m not sure it will “stick” to the Thermofoil.

    Nikki

    • says

      My cabinets are MDF and they were painted white when I started. The thermafoil is tricky…There are primers (grippers) that are suppose to help paint adhere to any surface. You could try that. Check with a specialist at your local paint specialty store (not hardware store) they will be the most knowledgeable. Thank you for your sweet comments. ~Sonya

  11. Kimberly says

    Love Love Love your cabinets! This is exactly what I want to do. I have the same tile as you but I hate my cabinets. Replacing them is out of the question, so painting them is my only options. I have Oak cabinets so do you this I would have the same result as you?

    • says

      The effect will not be the same. I have painted oak cabinets for a client that I used the same color as I did for mine but they look different but awesome. I am going to send you an email pic of those cabinets. Maybe I should post it as a blog post since I get asked often about Oak.

  12. Julie says

    I love, love, love this look. But I too have honey oak cabinets. I would love to see a pic of the oak cabinets you did. Thank you

  13. Tanya Hebert says

    I love the cabinets. They look beautiful. I want to do the same to our kitchen but our cabinet doors are oak and the sides are MDF. Do you have any suggestions on what I could do?

    • says

      In that case, I am thinking it would be best to only glaze the detail areas as I did on the MDF so you are not actually showcasing that the fronts are oak. If you like the look I got when I glazed the oak then you can try to faux glaze the sides but it will look different that the front.

  14. Samantha says

    Hi, Sonya – absolutely beautiful!! Was wondering what sheen you used in the SW Cashmere paint – flat, eggshell, satin or something else? Thanks so much!!

  15. Ann says

    Your cabinets are gorgeous! I am in the process of painting mine but they were originally the honey oak. I had no luck in the glazing…I tried 3 different glazes….valspar clear mixed with paint, a glaze from benjamin moore and a glaze from Ralph Lauren and never could get the look like yours. I couldn’t control the glaze just being in the crevices then it just ended up looking dirty, so just repainting them an antique color. Would love to see the pic you did of the oak cabinets.

  16. says

    I have wood cabinets so does that mean that I can not just glaze the crevices? I looked at the pictures of MDF and wood . Will I get a just painted look if I do not stain them with the glaze? I like yours with the crevices but when you have wood will it be hard to wipe off all the paint on the area other than the crevices? I love your cabinets.

  17. Sam Shaw says

    The cabinets look great!! So sorry as I may have run over a couple of details, did you sand the mdf cabinet doors here down before you painted them? Plan on using your colors in our kitchen. It looks great. Thanks! I’ll check back let me know soon!

      • Sam says

        These are the MDF cabinets, right? What type of paint did you use and have you had any chips on the paint? I’m just worried that the paint won’t stay on mine… Currently they look like yours did before you started on them. Let me know any tips!

      • Sam Shaw says

        Mine are just like yours before you painted… Have you had any chips in the paint at all? What type of paint did you use?

  18. Lisa Smith says

    Is there a website or blog I can go to to figure out how to lighten my gray/green cabinets with glaze? The color I just painted my cabinets with has dried a little darker and more green than I had hoped. Was looking for more gray in the color. Is there a way to enhance the gray in the paint with a glase?

    • says

      The only way to lighten with glaze will be to tint the glaze to the color of grey you were hoping for. This would require you glaze the entire cabinet. If the color is one you really don’t like, then you may have to repaint. ;(

  19. Jane says

    We did the same look in the kitchen of our house before this one. Added great value! Just in case you may be interested, we wanted our electrical switch plates to match our hardware. We got that by painting them with Rustoleum Spray Paint using the Oil Rubbed Bronze color. Yes, spray paint on plastic switch plates! To buy the “real thing” in switch plates it would’ve cost $100, as we had a lot of them! You can’t scrub them, but the new owners still have them & it’s been 5 years! Beautiful kitchen!

  20. Vanita Sue says

    Thanks, we are retired and want to redo cabinets to most modern colors. I like yours very much. I want to get the antiquing or darker highlights more consistent in the darker color. At this point do you have any new suggestions to accomplish this? We have always done our own painting, but we may need help this time. Age does matter!!
    Thanks,
    Sue

      • says

        I will be buying new white kitchen cabinets (not painting mine) and want to add a distressed look in the detailed areas only (I don’t want to distress the whole cabinet because it changes the real white color to a cream color). Do you think your glazing method in the detailed areas would work on factory cabinets – meaning would it adhere? And would I need to do a final process to “protect” the glaze that I put on the cabinets so that it doesn’t wear off.

  21. Ruth says

    The valspar raw umber is no longer available. Do you have a suggestion for something similar to that color. I am also using antique white by sherwin williams for the color of my cabinets. Love how yours turned out!

  22. Deanna says

    Hey there! Thanks for this wonderful blog post! I am going for this same look in my bathrooms. I used the same SW paint as you and a foam roller. The only problem I ran into was the roller left an orange peel texture on the the cabinets. How did yours end up so smooth or do your have a slight texture too and I just can’t tell in the pics? Thanks!!

  23. Pam Stanfield says

    I love your kitchen. I’ve been wanting to do this to mine for a long time but I’m to scared to do it. I am afraid the paint will peel or wear off. I recently bought a huge entertainment center made of MDF. I think I will try it on that first. Thank you for posting so much info on colors and techniques.

  24. says

    I will be buying new white kitchen cabinets (not painting mine) and want to add a distressed look in the detailed areas only (I don’t want to distress the whole cabinet because it changes the real white color to a cream color). Do you think your glazing method in the detailed areas would work on factory cabinets – meaning would it adhere? And would I need to do a final process to “protect” the glaze that I put on the cabinets so that it doesn’t wear off

    • says

      You should be able to glaze the cabinets you are buying. The only thing is if they thermofoil, I’ve never glazed over that product. As far as sealing the glaze, you do not have to do that. It is a one step product. Good Luck!

  25. Christine says

    what color paint is on your kitchen walls . Building new house and we have antique white cabinets and unsure of a nice neutral color to use

  26. Robin says

    Hi. Love this. I want this exact look on my builder grade oak cabinets. All tutorials I’ve seen tare glazing the whole thing but I want to see the glaze in all the edges, like yours, and when I ri that with crafting projects, I sand those edges do theyll disk up the color. Did you just paint the glaze on the edges you wanted colored, and it didn’t stain the surrounding paint? Your way seems much easier and leaves less room for error. I just want to make sure I understand correctly before proceeding. I

  27. says

    I love your kitchen. I’ve been wanting to do this to mine for a long time but I’m to scared to do it. I am afraid the paint will peel or wear off. I recently bought a huge entertainment center made of MDF. I think I will try it on that first. Thank you for posting so much info on colors and techniques.

  28. Krystal says

    I love love love your cabinets!! I would very much so appreciate it if you could do a more detailed description on how you aged the cabinets, and what color is closest to the glaze you used!! Thank ms!

  29. Ana Larson says

    were your cabinets thermofoil and you removed it before painting? I’m curious because in a different post about glazing MDF vs real wood you said these were made out of MDF..

  30. Tonja says

    Beautiful work! I am curious if after a few years now, how your cabinets have held up? I have seen different posts about using acrylic latex paint and other swearing by oil based for cabinets. Are you still happy with them at this point? Thank you!

  31. Jaime says

    1)Did you prime before painting with SW antique white?
    2)did you use a clear sealant after glazing?if so did it end up causing a yellowing?
    Beautiful job by the way!

  32. Cristy Baggett says

    Once you finish the glaze, should it look messy looking? My cabinet maker has finished the cabinets with van dyke brown glaze but they are real messy looking and I’m not sure if that is the way it is supposed to look or not. I can send you a picture if you give your email address to me. Thanks very much.

  33. Lisa Smith says

    Can you direct me to a website or blog that will help lighten my freshly painted gray/green cabinets. They turned out darker and more green than gray. I would like to pull the gray out of the color with glaze if possible.

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