I love white kitchen cabinets. I actually always thought white was boring, but this year I've come to love it as evidenced in the playroom makeover and the fireplace makeover.
So, the cabinets in this house were fine. They're actually fairly nice cabinets with slide outs and all that jazz. Much nicer than the off the shelf ones we had at our last house. The only problem was that I was so over oak cabinets.
I wanted to paint the last set white, but I didn't bother since we were selling. So, let's take a little before and after tour as the kitchen has evolved this spring to now.
This was the house upon the first inspection. Excuse the poor quality panoramic from my cell phone.
Then we moved in and started replacing things. Faucet and lighting followed by the appliances. The tile floors were decent and neutral, but due to an incorrect install with 1/4" plywood, the tiles started cracking right at the seam of where two pieces met, right in front of the refrigerator. That was irritating to me, so the floors had to come up. Removing the tiles and subfloor was by far the WORST home improvement project we did. It was awful.
This was after the install of the new floor. Again, it's a bad picture, but I didn't take out the big camera until the after pictures apparently. I was also toying with having the microwave installed into the cabinet here, which I ultimately decided against. It's still on the counter and bugs the heck out of me because we don't really have that much counter space. Granted, the lights are not on in this picture, but you can certainly tell how the floor sucked up the light. AND, you dan tell the wood tones do not look good together. Cue the paint.
The only thing I did NOT do was caulk the insets. Oops! It wasn't anything I even read about until later, but so far we haven't had any cracking problems … yet.
Paint & supplies: $70
I would still like to put in a backsplash and change out the countertops due to some water damage at the seam. However, that's probably a few years down the road. It looks so much better and brighter and we are ecstatic with the results we achieved for so little money.