Easy Kitchen Cupboard Makeover

Easy Kitchen Cupboard Makeover!! Tips on how to get the look you want!!

Guess what, my friends?!

I am now part of the Lowe’s Creative Blogger Team!! I cannot tell you how excited I am!! So, what does that mean for you? It means that I will have more opportunities to share some fun DIY projects with you! Woo hoo!!

Some of you may know this but the hubby and I have been slowly remodeling our home since we moved to our home a year and a half ago. That means I have tons of DIY tutorials just waiting to be blogged about, and I cannot wait to share them with you.

Today’s tutorial is from the kitchen. I will be showing you how we did an easy Kitchen Cupboard Makeover. I had seen a similar tutorial from Lemonade several months ago and knew I wanted to do the same thing. The best thing about this project was although it took a little time, everything was fairly simple to do and the end result turned out FAB!!

Here is what it looked like:

Easy Kitchen Cupboard Makeover!! Tips on how to get the look you want!!

Pretty big difference, huh?!

Here is what you’ll need to do it too…


– Sander (or sand paper)

– Mineral Spirits

– Bead Board

– Construction Adhesive (liquid nails)

– Latex Caulking

– Antiquing Glaze

– Polycrylic Protective Finish

– Valspar Paint

– Wood Putty


1. Remove all your cabinets. You may need to number them if there are a lot of unique sizes so you know where to put them back.

2. Sand off as much of the old finish as possible. The more you return to natural wood the better the new paint will last on the cabinets.

3. Clean wood with some type of solvent. We used Mineral Spirits.

Easy Kitchen Cupboard Makeover!! Tips on how to get the look you want!!

4. Measure and cut your bead board to fit the inner panel.

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5. Using construction adhesive (liquid nails) adhere the bead board to the center of the cabinet. For best results apply weight as the adhesive is drying.

Easy Kitchen Cupboard Makeover!! Tips on how to get the look you want!!

6. Use latex caulking to fill in the small gaps created where the edge of the bead board meets the cabinet door.

7. Paint with a primer or we used a primer and paint in one and did two coats. We actually bought a spray gun at Lowe’s that made the job ten times easier. It was the Graco SprayStation3900. It was so easy to use and so easy to clean up!

Easy Kitchen Cupboard Makeover!! Tips on how to get the look you want!!

8. Apply tintable glaze (we used Valspar Antiquing Glaze – Asphaltum 98278) found at Lowe’s.

9. For the black (bottom) cabinets, we antiqued them by distresssing the edges with a sander. Be careful not to hit the bead board panel when you’re sanding.

10. Once you’re happy with the look of your cabinets apply a Polycrylic Protective Finish to seal and protect the paint. This also gives it a nice Satin Finish. We used Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic Protective Finish Clear Satin.

For Crown Molding:

It was measured and cut to size and installed using a few brads nailed into the cabinets (it’s not weight bearing so it didn’t require much to keep in place). We puttied the nail holes, and the painted it and sealed it with the Polycrylic. Pretty easy!!

Easy Kitchen Cupboard Makeover!! Tips on how to get the look you want!!

Easy Kitchen Cupboard Makeover!! Tips on how to get the look you want!!

Easy Kitchen Cupboard Makeover!! Tips on how to get the look you want!!

Easy Kitchen Cupboard Makeover!! Tips on how to get the look you want!!

In all (without the cost of the sprayer) it cost about $150 to re-do all the cupboards in our kitchen. I am so happy with how it turned out and think that $150 was well worth it for such a great difference!

Now, how about winning a:

$100 Gift Card to Lowe’s?!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway ends next Wednesday night at 11:59 PM. Winner will be emailed the following day and must claim their prize within 48 hours before a new winner is chosen.

For more ideas please go to: Lowe’s Creative Ideas and Lowes.com.

You can also find Lowe’s on Pinterest HERE and on Facebook HERE.

For more home improvement ideas be sure to check out:

Organized and functional Closet Makeover tutorial on { lilluna.com } Great ideas to help inspire your own makeover!!

Closet Makeover

Bathroom Makeover on { lilluna.com } Ideas on how to spruce up the old bathroom!

Bathroom Makeover

Beautiful Laundry Room Makeover on { lilluna.com } Love these ideas!!

Laundry Room Makeover

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Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 9 to 2) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.
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Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 9 to 2) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.

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  1. 1

    Hi Luna! Love your site!
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  2. 2
    Trina Brillhart :

    They look fabulous! I am redoing my daughters room (16) she wants it a bit more grown up looking! Any suggestions?

    Trina Brillhart

    • 3

      Have you thought of doing board and batten? I will be posting a tutorial later this month of our board and batten we added to our family room. 🙂

  3. 4

    They look awesome!!! Now I need to convince my hubby to do ours lol

  4. 5

    This is the perfect tutorial for me b/c I am in need of redoing our kitchen!! They look great!

  5. 6

    I would get some paint for the nursery.
    Donna O’Neil recently posted..Fall Fun 2012My Profile

  6. 7

    Oh my lanz! We have those stupid cupboards and what a great makeover. I’m bookmarking this!
    Sarah C. recently posted..Creamy Corn CasseroleMy Profile

  7. 8

    I would love to win! Thanks for the chance. I hate my cupboards and would love to redo them! Tamic

  8. 9

    Amazing!! I love this Idea- shared it with my brother-in-law who does home renovations

    • 10

      Thank you, Lindsay!! It really is an easy alternative to the boring wood-colored cabinets. Hope your BIL likes it. 🙂

  9. 11

    Kristyn! That is so exciting! Congrats! I want to be on their team! Your kitchen looks SOOO fab!

  10. 13

    I would buy all sorts of organizational things – for our closets and cupboards, and anywhere else I can come up with!
    Love how your kitchen turned out! And it surely was a great $150 spent!!!
    Ali recently posted..Quick & Easy Zucchini Tortellini DinnerMy Profile

  11. 15

    First, congrats on becoming part of the Blogger Team!

    And this is a really cool make-over. I love bead board and never thought about how easy it would be to change my cabinets. My kitchen is in dire need of updating and this is giving me some great ideas!

  12. 17

    This is amazing! I’m in love with the transformations and those glass jars – way to go!!!
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  13. 18

    Congrats! They turned out amazing!!

    xoxo, Tanya
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  14. 19

    I need to build a mantel for my new house!

  15. 20

    Very, very clever!!

  16. 21

    They look nice. Mine need help as well, would like to win!

  17. 22

    I have seen lots of wooden cabinet remakes with paint. However, I have NOT seen a remake on the 80s laminate cabinets with the wooden trims. Could it be because there is no such thing? I really can’t afford new cabinets right now, but I hate the laminate cabinets.
    If you paint the laminate then what of the wooden trims? Does anyone have any ideas?

  18. 23

    Kitchen looks great! And you just mentioned that you’re done with braces too, right? Congrats!
    Steph @ Crafting in the Rain recently posted..Better Mom Day 31: Love ’emMy Profile

    • 24

      YES!!! No more braces – woo hoo!! We’re taking family pics next week so I will be sure to post pics when I get them back… I had them for almost three years so I was ecstatic to get them off!

  19. 25

    that is just amazing, I would love to try that, I hate my kitchen
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  20. 26

    This is a FAB tutorial! I am doing this on my old cupboards!!!!! Thank you for the idea!!!!

  21. 28
    Laura Jacobson :

    I would put it towards a new front door! Ours is so old and drafty, I would love to put in a new one!

  22. 29

    I would get paint to do MY ktichen cupboards!

  23. 30

    I love it, I would love to do my kitchen also. Where did you get the vinyl stickers for your jars, I LOVE THEM!!

  24. 32

    very nice . We have just gutted the boys bathroom got rid of everything . Now we are in the process of rebuilding it. Its a great feeling to be able to do a project yourself. 🙂

  25. 33

    Brilliant! We’re gathering kitchen ideas and this one’s a keeper!
    Val @ Home Made Modern recently posted..Mudroom Closet UpdatesMy Profile

  26. 34

    Love it! I’m glad you did the two colors on the cabinets, that’s what I’m doing to mine with the cream on top and the espresso on the bottom. I’m so glad I can see how cute it will look! 🙂
    rebecca lopez recently posted..Family Photo FashionsMy Profile

  27. 35

    I love the cabinets. I have been wanting to so something with mine but am scared. You made it look less intimidating. Thank you for shareing

  28. 36

    Wow, what a difference! Looks great!

  29. 37

    I’ve loved beadboard for forever and this looks great! Love the two tone cabinets too!!! Nicely done!
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  30. 38

    I’d get some wood todo board and Batton in my downstairs bathroom. Thanks for the chance!

  31. 39

    Congratulations! They look amazing! I never would have though to do two-toned and absolutely love it. It adds so much character!
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  32. 40

    I love Lowes, we also are doing redecorating. The kitchen can be painted, but I am worried about the cabinets in the bottom that I need to replace or something to the bottom board. There might be mold in the wall behind sink. What do you think. Did you replace any drawer rollers or shelving?

  33. 41

    Those look fantastic! Thanks for the tutorial – I’m going to give it a try! 🙂

  34. 42

    I would purchase paint and supplies to update my bedroom if I won 🙂
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  35. 43
    Angie McGeown :

    I would buy all things I need to finish staining all the woodwork in my basement. This would help out greatly!

  36. 44

    If I won I think I would definitely find a way to buy some craft stuff from Lowes.
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  37. 45

    Your post makes me want to paint my kitchen island…BAD! I’ve been too chicken, but after this, I just may attempt it sooner rather than later. Your cabinets look great!
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  38. 46

    I so want a new sink.
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  39. 47

    I love how your cabinets turned out! I would like to try this in my bathroom.

  40. 48

    Congratulations on being chosen to be on Lowe’s blog. At our house, we love Lowe’s. We pass “the other” store…close to use…and travel 10 miles to Lowe’s. They + you make a great combination. I love your blog!

  41. 49

    Just found your site. Love it! We’re planning a home makeover one room at a time starting with the kitchen. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

    • 50

      You’re welcome!! Good luck with the home makeover… it’s a lot of work but so much fun and so worth it in the end! 😀

  42. 51

    love this! total facelift!

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  43. 52

    Wow! What an amazing job! My mom has been asking about redoing her kitchen cabinets and I am definitely sharing this with her. I love how you changed it up and did the white upper and dark lower cabinets. Thanks so much for sharing!
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  44. 54

    I followed a link from Pinterest to your post. I love the cabinets. We’re getting ready to do the exact same colors in our kitchen this spring. One question about your tutorial though – in step one you say ‘remove cabinets’ I’m really hoping that’s a typo & you meant ‘remove cabinet doors’?

  45. 55

    What graco tip did you use?

  46. 56

    Love it. Been wanting to paint my cabinets with the dark on bottom and the lighter on top just have not gotten around to it yet. Loving the bead board on the doors. Looks great.
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  47. 58

    How did you cut the beadboard? When I try to research, it says to use a table or circular saw, but I’m sure that’s for the thick stuff.

  48. 59

    What color did you use for the top cabinets? Your cabinets are identical to mine.