Here you see the before and after of a recently completed kitchen update. I often have clients ask me about painting cabinets and this is the perfect example of how to do it right. First of all, consider the plan of your kitchen and the condition of your cabinets. If the flow is good and the cabinets are structurally sound, then the type of wood your cabinets are made of should also be considered. Many people have oak cabinets. Painted, because of the heavy grain, the oak grain will show through the paint and instead of a Shaker style, painted maple cabinet, that is so popular now, you will have what is obviously painted oak. So, first of all, we hired a professional to paint the cabinet boxes. I asked him to fill the grain with a spackle type compound so the finish would be smooth, like Maple. Because of the router on the edges of the existing doors, filling the grain on the doors was not possible. We ordered new MDF doors to update the style and give us the smooth finish we wanted. We saved $5,000-$8,000 by painting over the cost of new cabinets. Adding crown molding finished off the top of each cabinet and draws the eye up to add the illusion of height. Granite countertops and a new splash helped to give us an updated look as well as new brushed nickel hardware. We also put in a new luxury vinyl plank floor, so popular now, and so easy to care for. This kitchen is ready for another 20 years!