38 responses

  1. Terri Mahoney
    June 15, 2012

    They look great!!!!!

  2. Heather @At The Picket Fence
    June 15, 2012

    Love them! perfect color of gray. My cabinets have had the same evolution. ugly oak, to black to gray…and I am so pleased! Can’t wait to party with you next week at the Ready 4 Summer Party!


  3. Cathy
    June 15, 2012

    Thanks. We are doing ours next week. I think we can do this.
    They look great and I love the color.
    I was going to ask you how you went about doing yours just around the time you had your mishap with the hardware. I decided to wait since I figured if you are anything like me the last thing you would want to do is give a tutorial on painting bathroom cabinets. lol.
    I hope ours come out as nice as yours.
    Wish me luck!

  4. Cristina
    June 15, 2012

    I love how they look! The color and the hardware make them look like a piece of furniture!

  5. JennCfrGA
    June 15, 2012

    Great job!!! I have those yucky cabinets that you have in the “before” pic…bleh! I love the grey. You mentioned that you had peeling from the gel stain. Did you top it with poly? I was thinking of using gel stain on my stair railing. Do you suggest I go with traditional stain as opposed to gel since it’s high traffic?
    I was going to paint my bathroom cabs white along with my kitchen cabs but you inspired me to go with a moody grey. Thanks again for inspiration :)

    • kristin
      June 15, 2012

      To be honest, no matter what you use if it is high traffic area parts will eventually come up. Our railings were sanded down to the bone, stained twice and poly. There are areas where part of it is coming up. The kitchen cabinets, same thing on high traffic areas and they were painted. The gel stain comes out so nice and the best part is you don’t have to sand. With regular stain you will need to sand. I think with anything over time parts will come up and it’s just a matter of touching up every few years. hope that helps, let me know if you have any other questions :)
      Take care

  6. Shannon Fox
    June 15, 2012

    I still get so amazed at what a difference paint can make!! Looking good ;)

  7. Michelle
    June 15, 2012

    This is great – thanks for the post!

    I’ve been dying to paint my bathroom cabinets, too, but have been advised against it several times by the folks at the paint store because they say it wouldn’t work with the humidity in the bathroom during hot showers. Have you heard this or had experience? Perhaps I was given bad info, but I’m curious of your thoughts?

    Thanks again for a great post, they look amazing!

    • kristin
      June 15, 2012

      I think that is silly! If you are worried buy the bathroom paint I used it in the boys bathroom which is smaller and it has held up great! Wonder why they are giving that type of info, go for it the only problem is going to be asking yourself why you didn’t do it earlier :)

  8. cassie
    June 15, 2012

    they look gorgeous! i love that shade of gray!

  9. Courtney
    June 15, 2012

    They are beautiful Kristin! I love gray on furniture- so pretty!! Can’t wait to see the rest of the makeover!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday this week too! xoxo, Courtney

  10. Allison
    June 15, 2012

    They turned out beautiful Krisitin! That is a lovely gray…very striking! You did a fantastic job. Happy weekend to you.

  11. Pam @ Simple Details
    June 15, 2012

    That was worth a little delay! :) They’re so fresh and stylish, I can’t wait to see your fabric choices to coordinate with that beautiful gray!

  12. Debbie refreshrestyle
    June 15, 2012

    You did a great job, love the new color! You really know how to work a paint brush ;)
    Have a great weekend!

  13. Rene’
    June 15, 2012

    Looks great, did you paint the hinges?? I removed mine when I did my bathroom and laundry room cabinets but I’m getting ready to do the kitchen and would like your input on the hinges.

  14. Lisa
    June 15, 2012

    Kristin, the new color is SO pretty, I love it with the silver nickel hardware!!! Gorgeous. Can’t wait to see the rest of the projects unfold in this space!

  15. Elizabeth
    June 16, 2012

    Heather, they are lovely! You have inspired me so much. I tackled my boys bathroom this past week and so far, the cabinets are turning out just great! I thank you for all your tips. Can’t wait to see your finished project, I know it will be incredible!

  16. Bliss
    June 16, 2012

    Smart lady to use elbow grease to transform them. If you bought new I don’t think they could look any better and your wallet would be less full.


  17. Karla@{TheClassyWoman}
    June 16, 2012

    They turned out great, Kristin!! :) You had mentioned wall touch ups and not being the neatest painter. I’m not either, had the same problem in my bathroom. If you’ve never tried Frog Tape, you have to! It’s more expensive than other painters tape but it’s worth every penny!

    I used it to make my chevron tray last month and each stripe turned out perfectly. It was my test project for the Frog tape and now I won’t use anything else!

    Happy Weekend!


  18. Keeping it Cozy
    June 16, 2012

    Such a fresh and pretty update!

  19. Tiffini
    June 16, 2012

    Good job! I always say what a difference a gallon of paint makes.
    LOVE the grey..love!
    It is no fun painting cabinets but after it is all done it is so worth it.
    Wish I could have you come over and do mine. STILL have to do our kitchen but I think I am going to do some kind of refurbished just because ours are SO bad.

  20. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
    June 17, 2012

    Love the new color, Kristin! The hardware suits it beautifully!

  21. Shari @ Turnstyle Vogue
    June 18, 2012

    I love the color Kristin. What a wonderful, fresh update! Have a super week ahead!!

  22. Tiffany
    June 18, 2012

    I absolutely LOVE the color! Soft but makes a huge impact!

  23. jen lossing, the consigner designer
    June 18, 2012

    These turned out great! I have been keeping up on your bathroom progress! It is coming along nicely!

  24. Tracy K
    June 19, 2012

    Lovin’ it! I just painted my cabinets a similar color.

  25. Dear Lillie
    June 19, 2012

    Looks fabulous! I love Chelsea Gray!!! Can’t wait to see the rest of the bathroom when you are finished!

  26. Wendy L.
    August 6, 2012

    Great tip with the Zinsser. I cant stand sanding when I want to get straight down to painting, so I’ll definitely have to get down to Home Depot and get me a few gallons of that!


  27. laura liddle
    January 15, 2013

    I am curious about your painted cabinets. I want to paint mine,however, the side panel of the cabinets is only cheap particle board – feels almost like a paper covering on the side panels. CHEAP builder cabinets! Do you know if paint will stick to that? I’m afraid to dive in until I figure out if I’ll be able to paint the end panels. Thanks, Laura

  28. Beth
    January 24, 2013

    I’m telling you, that Chelsea Gray is my new favorite color, but isn’t it a trip how much its tones change depending on the light? It has my head spinning. Beautiful cabinets-nice work!

  29. Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline
    April 28, 2013

    I really love the finished look ~ the color is perfect and your tips…well, I need ALL the tips I can get. I’m hoping to do a lot of painting/updoing/redoing this summer.

  30. Brenda Sosa
    August 3, 2013

    I love the look of your cabinets and hope to paint my own oak bathroom cabinets soon, too! I have a couple of questions, did you take the hinges or doors off the cabinet or paint with both attached, do you have any issues with it sticking if you left them on, and did you paint the back of the doors or leave them oak?

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  32. Carrie This Home
    September 2, 2013

    This turned out beautifully! I love the way it looks with the backsplash! We just painted our kitchen cabinets and we loved the Zinnser primer as well.
    I’m stopping by from Tutorials and Tips at Home Stories A to Z (#16 Budget Bathroom Makeover and 18 Bowl Licking Good Guacamole)

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    September 7, 2013

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  34. Jessica W.
    November 21, 2013

    I love this and want to do it for our bathrooms. We have cheap looking white cabinets. Do you do them while the doors are still on or is it better to take the doors off? Also, do you know the color of your walls? :)

  35. flower duet charlotte church
    February 13, 2014

    I’ve been dying to paint my bathroom cabinets, too, but have been advised against it several times by the folks at the paint store because they say it wouldn’t work with the humidity in the bathroom during hot showers.

    • Kristin
      February 20, 2014

      Don’t let them talk you our of it, they have paint made just for bathrooms. I have had painted cabinets now for 7 years and they are fine :)

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