White Kitchen Remodel The Big Reveal

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My white kitchen remodel is finally finished!! See the progress and the big reveal with you! Painted white cabinets and subway tile made all of the difference. For the beginning see my White Kitchen Remodel: The Beginning post.

White Kitchen Remodel

See my dull builder honey cabinet to white bright bistro!

If you missed the before post with my big ideas for what I chose to do you can go back and read it here White Kitchen Remodel: The Beginning. You get to see the tile removal in that post as well.

I got everything on my plan list I wanted and it turned out even better than I could of imagined. Let’s get started!

builder grade honey kitchen

Here is what we had to work with, straight top honey cabinets, a plain small kitchen island, builder-grade square tile backsplash, and dated gold paint.

easy shiplap island

I wanted to redo the island to bring a more custom feel to the center of the kitchen. Since my cabinets were basic the island was one thing I could change for the better.

how to shiplap an island

Our contractor added tongue and groove wide wainscot panel boards cut to fit the outside of the cabinets. We used the smooth side of the board.

This wainscot panel is an easy and inexpensive way to transform an island without going over budget.

how to paint cabinets with marine paint

While the island was being made over and the cabinet boxes were being painted, this is what was going on in my garage.

They used oil-based marine paint to spray the cabinets to get that smooth factory finish without brush strokes. They came out beautifully and just like brand new!

And now for the Grand Reveal!

white kitchen yellow counter
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white cabinets yellow granite
white subway tile kitchen makeover
white subway tile kitchen yellow granite
white cabinet painting, white cabinet yellow granite
white kitchen shiplap island

I can’t believe how awesome it came out. Plus cleaning out my cabinets for the first time in years and organizing everything was so refreshing. Now I need to organize and redo everything else.

I love it so much it’s like being in a new house! This has been one of the best decisions we made to upgrade our home.

WALL PAINT COLOR: Sherwin Williams #7654 Lattice

CABINET PAINT: Sherwin Williams Marine Paint White

Items used in this post:

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Check out the before post next!

White Kitchen Remodel: The Beginning Stage


  1. LOVE your kitchen! I also have the same cabinets and the same honey cupboard and want to paint them a shade of white. After you painted them, can you see the wood grain of the oak? I prefer to cover that up if possible. Thank you!

    1. Hi Jenn, No my cabinets were sealed with a coating so they were smooth. They were not oak either so they came out smooth lie the previous finish.

  2. Danielle Foster says:

    Love your kitchen. Beautiful! We are updating too. Curious about the tile you used on the wall. I have a few questions about the subway tile. Is it a true white or off white? Is it flat or have waves? What size subway tile did you use?

    My thanks,

    1. Hi Danielle, I had some links listed at the bottom of the post. I will relink them if the items are still available. Everything came from Lowe’s. The subway tile is the cheapest basic white flat subway tile they have. Since I went up the walls and over the cabinets with the tile, I had to cut costs by using the most inexpensive tile. I hope this helps.

  3. I’m wanting to paint my kitchen island white but am afraid of scuff marks where people sit at the bar. How has yours held up? Has that been an issue?

    1. Hi Mary,
      Yes, there are a few scuff marks, but the paint has not come off there are only marks. These can easily be painted over.

  4. where can I find those black iron colored pendant lights with the amber bulbs

    1. Hi Joan,
      I bought them at Lowes Hardware. Just take the old pendant light cover off and add the new cover without changing the whole light. I bought the amber bulbs there too.

  5. Hello! This is so pretty! We have the yellow granite countertops too and I have been trying to figure out what color to pain the walls if we make the cabinets white. What color did you paint your walls surrounding the kitchen?

    1. Hi Lindsay, Glad you like my kitchen! I still can’t believe how awesome it looks. I love it! The paint color we used is Sherwin Williams #7654 Lattice. I am having my refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher replaced this week! I may take more pics.
      I hope this helps.

  6. I love the results. I have the same granite and oak cabinets. Trying to save the granite to save cost. What color white paint is it?

    1. Hi, Pam,
      The paint on the cabinets is Sherwin Williams Marine Paint. They only have three colors of white in the marine paint series. If I remember correctly they used Ultra White on the cabinets. The paint when first done is really shiny and glossy looking but when it dries all the way the shine mattes down and is perfect. Just like factory paint. I hope this helps. I love my kitchen!

  7. Kim I love it, it is a great idea
    I am going to copy it, I am tired of my oak cabinets

  8. I am in love with this remodel and is almost the exact lay out of our kitchen, would you mind telling me what the dimensions of your island are?? ???

  9. I absolutely love how just changing the paint and tiles can change the entire room so much. In love with your kitchen..I would be in there all day cooking for no reason now. I am wondering how much a project like yours would cost though. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Ioanna,
      Thanks so much, glad you like my kitchen. Most cabinets cost $45-125 per cabinet to paint. So it depends on who you hire. We bought the tile and wood for island ourselves to cut cost too.

  10. Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Love your white kitchen!! Stunning!!

    1. Oh thank you Debbie! It still doesn’t feel like my house! Love it.

  11. Oh my gosh, your kitchen is just GORGEOUS! I love it as all white and that shiplap island is perfect!


    1. Thanks Carrie,
      The island is looks so interesting now. It was just small and blah. Now it adds so much interest. Thanks for stooping by!

  12. I LOVE it Kim! The tile all the way up to the ceiling will be so much easier to wipe down and the island is awesome too. What a difference white paint makes! Now comes the fun part of accessorizing.

    1. Thanks Erlene, I can’t believe it’s mine!! Right now it’s the freshest room in the house. I need to get the interior painted again to match it.

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