Dear Abby...[a new series]

Thursday, January 27

Good morning! I am excited to launch a new series today called "Dear Abby...".

When I originally made changes to the design of this blog I set-up this page as a place where you could ask questions.  I see that some of you click on it, but no one is too keen on leaving questions.  Instead, I am receiving your questions via e-mail or Facebook
 Whichever way works for you is fine with me!  Chances are if you have a question then someone else probably has a similar one. 

"Dear Abby..." is an opportunity for me to solve your problems or give inspiration more publicly.  Today we are talking about kitchens and paint.

Today's Question:
Dear Abby,
What do you think about painted cabinets (like a dark cherry color)? Is it bad to paint wood cabinets?  A.S.

I do not think it's bad to paint cabinets. Painting cabinets can be an instant way to update your home.  The trick is in picking the correct color so that it relates to the finishes you already have.
Painted Kitchen Island Area traditional kitchen
traditional kitchen design by new york kitchen and bath Kenzer Furniture

I tend to love a white kitchen but that is not always the best fit for a house.  The soft gray-green cabinets above are gorgeous.  A cream and brown color combination is another option that I think would work well.
This painted kitchen from Made By Girl is one of my favorite transformations.  
This is the after shot of her newly painted white cabinets.

Here is the before shot.

I love that example because it shows the potential of how to make the cabinets you have fit your style!

Here is the picture A.S. sent to give an idea of what color they would like to paint their cabinets.

I think this color could work.  It seems to relate nicely to the backsplash and countertops.  My only fear is that she will end up with a pretty dark kitchen.  I would love to see more pictures of the kitchen as it is now, but for today my recommendation would be to paint the upper cabinets the brown/cherry color she selected {she does not have a ton of upper cabinets} and pull a creamy/tan color from the backsplash for your lower cabinets and pantry wall.

What do you think?  
Do you agree that painting cabinets can be the perfect solution for an outdated look?

If you would like to submit a question for Dear Abby you can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter or e-mail me at  You can also leave your questions here!


Emily A. Clark said...

Great idea for a series (and isn't your name just perfect?!).

BTW, you looked adorable for the Kid Rock concert :)

Danielle Oakey Interiors said...

i always say YES to painting cabinets!

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

Love the "Dear Abby" idea...I am sure I will be asking you some questions!

Every time I see bloggers paint cabinets I always love it!

I want to paint my cabinets SO bad but I am afraid! I'm afraid to do it myself...I'm afraid of the cost of paying someone else to do it...I'm afraid I won't end up liking it..and I'm afraid my husband will say yes and end up hating it because he doesn't like change!

Lisa said...

Dear Abby,
I needed this post, as I type this...I have 10 sanded and primed kitchen cabinet doors laying all over my house! I started this redo last yr. with new counters and backsplash. Now it is time to finish the job and paint the cabinets. FYI, I have 18 more cabinet doors to go! Wish me luck!

Sara Mueller said...

I am liking this series! Great idea!

A Delightful Design said...

I usually reply to comments personally but I believe your concerns are so common that I should reply here!

I understand your fear--especially because I'm married to someone who HATES change. How he ended up with me is a mystery. ;-) But they just need someone like us who is willing to take a chance to make something even more beautiful.

This is one time when I would say it is definitely worth it to pay a professional. One client is remodeling her kitchen and they are painting her oak cabinets a pure white. But they aren't really "painting" them--it's more like a spray paint with a special type of paint that won't wear off. I think it's worth getting a few estimates and referrals.

Unless you truly love your cabinets as they are then I would say to go for it! You'll have a whole new house when you're done!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Excellent idea. I love a mix of painted and stained cabinets...great examples here.(-:

Ashly@Moon Walk said...

I guess it would depend on the cabinets. Painting cabinets has always scared me but I would not be opposed to it.

m e g a n said...

I enjoy painted cabinets! I painted the cabinets in our first house, all of teh wall cabinets up and down were white with an antique glaze on them, the island I did in black and distressed it. I loved the look! Love the new series, perfect idea!

Lili said...

love the new series!!!

Karena said...

Abby absolutely and one of the most inexpesive ways to make a transformation!

Art by Karena

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

I agree painting cabinets can be a great way to transform a kitchen on a budget. I'm right there with you on a white kitchen. I've never seen one that I didn't like :)

Marianne (Style For Living) said...

Love your new series, Abby. I say YES to painted cabinets! said...

What an utterly fantastic idea for a series! I LOVE it. I've got to get my butt back in gear with my blog -- you're inspiring me :)

Courtney said...

LOVE the new series, what a genius idea. :) Yes, painted cabinets can be wonderful, especially when you're on a budget. We painted the cabinets in our kitchen, and it completely transformed the feel of our house.

Shameless link, haha.

Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms said...

This is great idea for a series, Abby :)

Mary said...

I like the color A.S. chose for her cabinets. But I would do the reverse of what you suggested.
I would paint the bottom cabinets the dark color & the uppers the creamy, tan color. The lighter color is closer to the backsplash & the darker color is closer to the dark countertop.
I think the lighter color on top will make the kitchen feel lighter.

Jackie said...

I say a definite YES to painting kitchen cabinets. I plan on doing mine in the near future and I would like to do a nice gray color. Thinking of going darker on the bottom as well.

Danielle said...

Im your newest follower - I love your blog it's so informative!

Amy said...

I love this idea! I recently inherited my grandmother's house and it hasn't been updated in 30 years! We are working on one of the bathrooms right now and the kitchen is next. I am going to try the Rust-oleum counter top paint in black with white cabinets and pale yellow walls. I hope it turns out as I picture it in my mind!

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