Painting Kitchen Cabinets White

Painting Kitchen Cabinets White, why so popular?

So you are thinking about painting kitchen cabinets white? There are a lot of Denver paint contractors to call, but few know how to properly paint white kitchen cabinets.  Whenever I go to see a customer and ask them what it is that they don’t like about their cabinets, they always tell me, “The color! I can’t stand how they have turned orange!!” It feels like almost every kitchen in Denver has an orange, or yellow/orange kitchen…so if you are shaking your head right now, you are not alone.
I get asked by new transplants to Denver, why are all the kitchens Oak kitchen cabinets - Painting Kitchen Cabinets Whitelike this here? And the truth is, cost. You can put it back on the builder, but the choice to put these cabinets in, always lies with the original home purchaser. Not too many homes were built as specs in my opinion. If they were, most of the time, those are the ones that have the higher level finishes in them. So, just like my wife and I were on a budget when we built our first home (I can even remember being okay with the popcorn ceilings. YUCK!), people are always trying to get the most house for their money. They cut corners on finish details thinking they can always upgrade later. Hardly anyone does.
The next thing that has contributed to the rise in painting kitchen cabinets white is the fact that so many people wanted solid surface counter tops and were tired of the laminate counter tops that use to proliferate the home landscape. So, in order to sell a house in the last 10 years, you had to be able to advertise “granite counter tops.” Well, once you have granite on the counters, very few people want to trash the tops in order to replace the cabinets.  This brings the cost of redoing a kitchen from $20k to over $30k usually.  So painting kitchen cabinets white to match the trend is a great option.
refacing kitchen cabinetsWhy not re-face the cabinets?

Great question, and I’m glad you asked. The reality is, it is almost as expensive to re-face cabinets (meaning you replace all the doors and drawer fronts and put a skin, or veneer, over the boxes to completely change the look of the cabinets) as it is to buy new cabinets.
Can you change the stain color? No, not really. You can try to do one of two things. First you could try to strip the cabinets and then stain.  It is very labor intensive to strip the cabinets, and it might be MORE costly to do this than to replace. I’ve investigated dipping the cabinet doors, but even the guys that do this process (and you could not pay me enough to work with those chemicals), can’t guarantee that all the finish will come off. If all the finish does not come off the surface, you cannot re-stain them and get an even color. Stain needs to penetrate inside the wood, unlike paint.


Some people try to do a gel or over stain on the existing

finish, but those products do not hold up over time. The will wear unevenly and look worse than what you had to begin with. It’s like painting with stain, but it doesn’t have the binders like a paint does (think prime coats, bonding primers, etc), to hold up over time. This might be an option if you are selling your house, and don’t care about what happen 3 months down the road, but I do not believe it is a great solution.

Last thing that has contributed to the popularity of painting kitchen cabinets white is the trend of light and bright. The last decade, all we used was earth tones that were progressively getting darker. We hit a turning point about 5 years ago into the light neutrals and grays, and we are not turning any time soon. Have you gone to or Instagram, or Pinterest lately? Just do one search for kitchen cabinets, and about 90% of what you will find will be white painted cabinets.
White kitchen cabinet painting in Denver

With the trends and the reality of granite counters, and people not wanting their yellowed-out cabinets (oak or maple), painting the kitchen cabinets white is a really great option. It is a third the cost of re-facing and can be as much as a fifth (or more) the cost of replacing. Not to mention, you can keep your counter tops.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets White in Denver

Are you only painting kitchen cabinets white? No, we are doing some grays, blacks, and the occasional blue, but about 80% is some form of white for the cabinets. If you need help picking the right color, we have you covered. We have color designers that will come out and help you find just the right shade.

Will they hold up? They sure will, but they do scratch. Customers always want to know if they can scratch, and I always remind them that their car, which has the most durable finish I can think of, will scratch or chip if you impact it. The good news at Walls by Design is that we offer a free touch-up program for all our painting projects, including painting cabinets. We will come out each Jan/Feb to do up to one hour of free touch-ups.

How long will it take? Most kitchens can be painted white or any other color in about four days.

How much does it cost? Every kitchen is different. It depends on the type of wood, the number of doors and drawers, and the configuration, but our average painting of kitchen cabinets white is about $3,200.  Since we started out new process for painting cabinets white, the cost has increased as we have learned what can happen if certain things happen.  One of the things we have learned is to do more prime coat when we are painting oak cabinets, so as to reduce the grain appearance.  This cannot be eliminated from a cost perspective, but we can minimize it.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Painting cabinets white is one of the most technical painting procedures, and I highly recommend that you work with a paint contractor that has painted a lot of kitchen cabinets.  Whoever you talk to, should be able to walk you through their process, and should do a good job of educating you on the process.  Know that the preparation, number of coats, application process, and the paint that is used are HUGE factors in making sure you get a good end result.

So, if you are considering to paint your kitchen cabinets white  or any of your cabinets, please contact us. We are one of the biggest, and I might ad best paint contractors in Denver. We would love to give you a free estimate.

Popular Paint Colors for Your Cabinets

Is your kitchen ready for a facelift? Do you have that beautiful yellow golden oak cabinets and just wishing you could afford to replace them? There is a cost effective way to change the look of your kitchen with out breaking the bank. Paint them! Many homeowners are opting to paint rather than replace their kitchen cabinets. Not only is this cost effective, but you are also saving the trees and helping the environment.

If you do opt to paint your cabinets, please make sure you choose a painter who has experience painting cabinets. I have been into many homes where a painter has ruined the cabinets and caused the homeowner a big headache and punch in the wallet. Walls by Design knows how to paint cabinets! They have invested time into doing this correctly as well as training their painters to produce a product that will stand the test of time. They also offer a lifetime warranty on their work!

So once you have decided to paint your cabinets, the big question is – What color do you paint them? I have been helping clients choose paint colors for a while now and I’d like to share some popular paint colors to consider. But before jumping onto the popular paint color choice – please make sure that the color you choose works with your fixed elements – your tile and countertops and even flooring. Your “popular” color could look oh so beautiful in these photos but then fall flat when applied in the wrong context. Lets begin –

1. White – Many homeowners are opting for white cabinets. It is a classic look that refreshing your space.

a. White dove (For the love of a house)

 whiteDove (fortheloveofahouse)

b. Chantilly lace (Décor Pad)

 Chantilly lace

c. Cloud white (Our House)

cloud white

If you have a darker backsplash or counter, you may want to consider adding a little hue to that white to allow it to flow or feel better in your spa

2. Grays and Greige – These colors are popping up in homes, and colors vary upon the style of kitchen and it’s fixed elements. Here are a few popular colors.

a. Chelsea gray (Studio McGee)

chelsea gray

b. Stonington Gray (Refined LLC)

stonginton gray

c. Gray Owl (Brooklyn kitchen and bath)

gray owl

d. Timber Wolf (Remodelista)


3. Island flavor- this is where I love adding a contracting color to the kitchen. Fun colors create personality with out washing out a room. Black or Bronzes can create a classic look and ground the center of the kitchen.

a. Poolside (Homebunch)


b. Wedgewood Gray (Mountain Cabinetry)

wedgewood gray

This should give you a great starting place when considering a color for your kitchen or cabinets in your home.

Certified Architectural Color Consultant Kelly Paulson is a color consultant with Your Color Consultant. She works regularly with Walls by Design and will be providing her color insight quarterly. You can find more information about her at

How to Pick the Perfect Gray


For about a decade we were painting nothing but earth tones.  It all seemed to start with Shaker BeigeHC-45, but then we progressed to HC-44 andHC-43. Color was like a drug. We started with the light tones, and got progressively darker and darker.  Soon we were looking at colors like Townsend Harbor Brown,HC-64 and Van Burren Brown HC- 70.  It was as if Shaker Beige was the gateway drug.

painting with earth tones

Then one day, and I can still remember that day… everything changes.  It was a beautiful day, and I was headed to Boulder, Colorado. I was headed to see a long-time customer who had painted for at least three times. Several years prior we had painted their new house in a myriad of earth tones.  After a few minutes of chitchat and catch me up she made her announcement. I want to go gray. She had several swatches from Benjamin Moore. She had done her homework. She had the telltale sign of someone truly ready to make a change: Color squares painted on the walls in various places.  I remember telling Wiesley that today was the start of the change. Which she loved because she liked being the trendsetter. This was at least six years ago, can’t quite remember exactly when, but it feels like a decade ago.


Over the next few years we started to paint more and more houses in the gray. Now it is about all we do.  Everyone is talking about the color gray right now.  We are painting on walls and ceilings and on cabinets; mostly, the lightest gray.  I get questions all the time on Facebook, “What color is that?  I love it!”  To which I usually reply, “The perfect gray walls to paint fabulous.”  I don’t like to share details like that with the universe. Color is so personal. It’s not just that we don’t share color because it’s one of our competitive advantages, even though it is.  The truth of the matter is a color that looks great in your friend’s house will not necessarily look great in your house.The perfect Gray walls to paint

Color is affected by two major things. First color is affected by light source. Do you get natural light or is it artificial light…and how much of it? The next major factor of how a color will look is what are you seeing it with. If you see a medium tone gray next to white doors it will have a tendency to look much darker then if you see that same gray next to a dark brown.  It may even look white.

When picking the perfect gray, I would start with looking at the other colors that you have in the space. Look at your artwork, your window treatments, your photos, couches, and your rugs.  Are they all cohesive? And if so, can you select a color from them. If you do I would grab a Benjamin Moore Classic color deck, and see if you can match one of the colors. Once you were able to find a color that matches if you have a large walls and a lot of natural light and I would go two shades darker than the match.  This is because in big spaces colors will have a tendency to look lighter than what you selected. Before you go and buy 20 gallons of this color though, buy a pint or quart and paint it on at least a 2 x 2′ square board and look at it in the space at different times of day. I also recommend not holding it over the existing color on the walls but hold it in front of things that will still be in the room such as couches and doors if they will remain the same color.

I see people agonize over color all the time. The one thing they are afraid of is change.  Don’t be afraid. It’s only color.

Go bold and have fun!

Tips for Selling in Denver’s Booming Market

We’ve all heard, or experienced in some way, how aggressive the Denver Real Estate market has been over the last few seasons. Events such as the evolving cannabis and hemp industry, the rapid growth of technology companies making head quarters in our town, and the plethora of startups that have decided to pick Denver as their home have created the perfect storm of steady population growth.

I’m sure we’ve also all felt the pains that come along with this growth be it during your morning commute or weakened cell signals however there’s a positive to all the madness. If you own a home, there’s a high chance that your year over year equity growth has sky-rocketed over the past few years. If you’re thinking about putting your house up for sale in the near future, you’re not the only one.

Here’s a few secrets that will put you ahead of the competition.

First impressions are everything

Any homeowner knows there’s a certain type of pride that we have in our home. Maybe it’s the common factor in our family memories or maybe it’s the results of hard work and your own sweat and craftsmanship regardless, chances are it’s been with you for awhile and it’s been lived in and appreciated for all it has to offer. Sometime this means the home is in “lived-in” or “well- loved” condition. The good news is that’s how it’s supposed to be. Most of us don’t live in a magazine cover worthy space 24/7/365.

Do you remember when you bought the home or heard a story of a friend who recently has and recall hearing the idea of simply “falling in love with the home?” No matter how amazing the characteristics of your home are, a bad first impression can leave you in an uphill battle for the rest of the time their in your house. I can’t tell you the number of times a client has shut off their open mindedness simply because they didn’t like the outside of the home, the front walk or the first impression they received when they opened the front door of what could be their first home. I’ve also see the flip side where clients of walked up to a home excited by what they see as they walkup or the pictures they saw online only to walk in and have their dreams crushed by a less than memorable first impression or maybe too memorable in the wrong way.

The key to getting top dollar

In our current market, the objective isn’t to have the best home with the highest price tag but rather to have the most interest. With a limited inventory the homes that sell the fastest and for the most are the ones with multiple interested parties. These are the homes with a dozen or more cars out front during showings, have you seen or heard one of these?

These buyers have seen the home, they “fell in love” and are at the point where they don’t want to “lose” it to another buyer. I’ve seen several homes that enter the market with this goal sell not just for over the list price but with guaranteed funds over the appraised price if not a strong cash offer. Wow, right? What more can you ask for when selling your house and cashing in on what’s probably your greatest investment.

As we’ve discussed, there’s an order that buyers will see your home and it’s important to consider each one before you put your house on the market.

1) Interior and Exterior pictures for the MLS

2) The exterior of your home as seen from the street

3) The front walk and exterior doors

4) The walls and view from the front door

These items make up a first impression and if you nail these experiences correctly, the rest will take care of itself!!

Inside or out?

The importance of a good first impression on buyers cannot be emphasized enough. And the first impression that potential buyers have of your home is its exterior. It’s vital to make sure that the front of your home is as well-presented as possible. Peeling or faded paint or unfinished projects will be off-putting to buyers and may well cause them to offer a lower bid or simply look elsewhere. By painting the outer walls, trim and shutter of your property can increase ‘curb appeal’ and make your home stand out from the neighbors’ houses. Often the first picture in the MLS is of the front of the home and that picture is your hook. With new listings popping up literally everyday buyers can easily scroll past your home and just outright miss it. What a shame that would be, knowing how beautiful the inside may be or what upgrades you’ve made over the years!!

Making a good first impression with a tidy exterior is important, but the interior of your home should be given just as much attention. Peeling paint, fingerprints or dark spots in high traffic areas inside your home will imply to buyers that you haven’t taken good care of the property and that there may be other problems lurking below the surface. Wallpaper usually turns potential buyers off as well because it often is designed for a niche and appeals to less people plus can be one of the first items on that “honey do-list” as an item to be removed. Previewing homes can easily become sensory overload. Make it easy for the buyers to focus on what’s important, meaning the best features of your home!!

Picking a Color

In picking a color, I can’t urge you enough to stay away from the color you’ve always wanted to try. Keep in mind the character of a neighborhood. If all the houses on the street are beige and tan, don’t paint your house pink. Common sense, right? Not for all people. The color should also reflect the landscape. Consider the shrubs and trees and any other landscaping when deciding on a color.

White is one of the safest, and most popular colors, to paint your home. According to one survey, nearly 40 percent of those questioned liked white. For one thing, white can make your house look larger. White also soaks up the light in a shady yard, and is also clean-looking. The one caution with white is it can make a home harder for buyers to picture themselves there. All I’m saying is remember that white isn’t just white; it comes in many hues.

Earth tones, Earth tones, Earth tones!! This can including shades of brown, green, blue, orange, and some reds are  warm and inviting however just as in life, moderation is key and if you stray too far from the white family just remember to be subtle and that a little color can go a long way however the operative word is little.

Now for the most important part

You’ve painted, you’ve cleaned and now what? Give Sean Savitt a call and let’s sit down and review the market around your house and get an idea of where it falls compared to the competition. I’m always happy to provide this information free of charge. My goal is help you understand and stay current with the value of your house and your best strategy for getting the most out of it.

Spring Clearing is Just Around the Corner

Think Spring Clearing, not Spring Cleaning!

With Spring comes renewed energy and ambition. Many of us take this time to revisit our New Year’s Resolutions (remember those?). If getting organized was one of your goals in 2016, here are three simple steps you can take to start getting organized today.

Step One: Stop the Incoming!

The first and best way to maintain an organized home is to stop clutter before it comes into your home! Hyper-consumerism is the culture we live in, and we have to make a conscious effort to break the cycle. Before you bring anything new into your home, ask yourself “Do I need it?” and “Do I have space for it?”. Consider how the item will be used and if you already own something you could use instead. Be strict about what you allow into your home. Once the deluge of stuff and papers slows down, you will have a good chance at winning the battle against clutter.

Step Two: Conquer the Clutter

Research has proven that 80% of the time, clutter is not due to lack of space, but to disorganization. Furthermore, orderly homes reduce housework by 40%.

Source: American Cleaning Institute

It is a true phenomenon that, after awhile, we stop seeing the things that surround us. We simply get used to things the way they are, even if the “way they are” is messy, cluttered and makes us crazy! Try this exercise – take a walk around your house and look at it with an objective eye. Do you see things that are broken, unused or outgrown? Do you have items that you find ugly or remind you of something negative? These are the items to start with. Gather them in a box and get them out of the house right now! Make a trip to your local donation center, or call to have a pickup scheduled. Remember: Focus only on your own stuff! You cannot get rid of other people’s stuff without permission. This is your chance to lead by example.

Step Three: Organize One Space at a Time

Clutter and disorganization happen over time, not overnight. It is not realistic to expect to have your whole home “perfect” in a day.

Start your “Spring Clearing” small, choosing one drawer or one closet to work on. Focus solely on that space and think about what purpose you want it to serve, and who will use it. It may help to draw a picture or write down your goal and post it nearby to keep you on track and motivated.

Now take everything out of the space, sorting like with like. Grouping like items together helps you see the actual volume of stuff being held in that space. You will not know you have 16 rolls of Scotch Tape until you stack them all together! Also take this moment to wipe down shelves, put down liners, rinse out containers, vacuum up crumbs.

Holding the vision in your mind or referring to your posted goals of what that space will be, decide which items will go back into the space. If an item does not serve the space’s new purpose, decide if it belongs somewhere else in your house, or if you can discard or donate it. If you have multiples of an item, decide on a reasonable number of duplicates (for example, you may want a flashlight on each floor of your home) and donate the remainders. Do not get discouraged by the feeling that you are throwing money away. Unused items cost space and time. Relieve yourself of the stress of excess and pay yourself back in uncluttered space.

Establish homes for the items returning to the space. You may want dividers or bins to separate items. Don’t become paralyzed by trying to make everything look “perfect”!  Re-purpose shoe boxes or plastic bags as containers until you have the space functioning properly. Then you can update containers according to your aesthetic.

Finally, label! Labeling not only helps keep everything organized, it also gives direction to the rest of the household and takes the burden off of one person having to be in charge of where things go.

storage closet - MM

Beyond Spring Clearing 

Start a habit of returning items to their homes daily. Set aside 10 minutes a day for family clean up time. Play fun music, or make it a game for younger children to see who can put away the most items in that time. You will be surprised at the difference a few minutes a day makes!


Major Mom is on a mission to combat clutter and chaos one household at a time. To learn more, visit or call 888-549-8854 to schedule your free estimate with a Major Mom Liberator. Our Organizing Store brings the Major home to you in audio lessons such as “Eleven Rewards for Downsizing Your Stuff” or our video workshop “Secret Weapon to Getting Organized”. Don’t delay – get organized today!