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Design Tip Tuesday- Painting Cabinetry

Updated: Jan 29, 2020


-Mid century modern dresser turned media console #paintedfurniture




There are things that are easy and cost effective to update, such as lighting (part 1), painting (part 2), hardware (part 3) and...


When thinking about painting cabinetry I consider a few things:

1. Budget

2. Color

3. Sheen

4. Hardware



If you have a DIY budget, meaning enough to cover the cost of the paint, you will need to tackle this update yourself.

Hiring professionals to paint cabinetry is not cheap, and it shouldn’t be! Professional painters have the professional tools, knowledge, and expertise to sand, spray the paint on, enamel, distress, etc.

When going it yourself you should do your research and plan on it being a multi step process. This will not be a one day commitment if you want ti to turn out right!

Here are a couple great articles concerning this topic from my friend Kasey, The Furniture Redeemer-



I will admit that 9 times out of 10 I am having golden oak cabinetry painted white. It does look good! With that wood species you can not change or eliminate the wood grain, BUT you can get rid of the orange tint that haunts so many spaces!

I have a few go to whites but that I will share another day... but here are some of Kasey’s white painted cabinetry transformations:

Here’s one of my favorite white transformations I have done:

-Painted white and added new hardware #paintedbuiltins #builtins #paintedcabinetry



Another Built In Example

-Imagine if we had left the stained built in after installing new tile, tub, and new painted walls!





Design Tip Tuesday- Painting Cabinetry | Pinnacle Interior Designs
Design Tip Tuesday- Painting Cabinetry | Pinnacle Interior Designs


Sheen is the shininess you see reflected off of the paint. You need to choose a sheen not only based off aesthetics, but durability.


HARDWARE: I already touched on hardware, but I wanted to expand on finish and style a little bit more.

If you paint cabinetry black, black or bronze hardware is not a good choice. Almost any other finish will work, but it will change the feel of the pics. Chrome will be modern, glass might make it feel feminine, distressed brushed nickel cup pulls...farmhouse.

If you know you want a certain finish or style hardware, let that drive your paint color choices and look it up on Pinterest! For example, white painted cabinetry with leather pulls...

this is what I got:


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Jeanna Letzring, Owner/Interior Designer



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