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Before & After: How White Kitchen Cabinets Can Update A Space

One simple color swap makes these gloomy kitchens refreshingly bright and modern.

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If you’re in search of a quick and hassle-free kitchen refresh, look no further. Adding bright white paint to your kitchen cabinets can transform and brighten the entire room, without breaking the bank. We talked to 14 interior designers who proved that this one simple change can truly go far.

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Alexander Design

Los Angeles-based interior design company Alexander Design took this massive wood-filled kitchen and gave it a modern, all white refresh.

Tessa Neustadt

The result: a bright white space that unites sleek white modernism with old rustic touches. Natural wood floors balance out polished glossy cabinets.


When Cassandra LaValle of Coco Kelley was ready to renovate her own kitchen, a lot needed to be done. The worn out floors, old appliances, and dated cabinetry made the space feel dark and drab. She was ready to fully transform her kitchen space.


The result: a kitchen restored to the traditional farmhouse style, complete with crisp modern updates. And, of course, tons of white! The sleek island, glossy wooden floors, and white cabinets make the space equal parts homey and chic.

Mary Costa Photography

Los Angeles-based interior designer Jessica McClendon took this outdated, lifeless kitchen and gave it a crisp refresh by opening up the space with bright whites.

Mary Costa Photography

The outcome: a beautifully sleek, ultra modern white kitchen complete with white cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The white walls reflect the sunlight, making the space feel larger and more welcoming.

Roselee Roy

When Jennifer Lifford, a Canadian blogger and member of the DIY site Hometalk, was ready to refresh her 20-year-old kitchen, she planned out fresh paint and new countertops.

Roselee Roy

The result: A clean, fresh space that appears to be more spacious. The white paint, Simply White by Benjamin Moore, reflects the kitchen's natural light.

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When the home renovators behind Studio McGee were presented with a client's kitchen, they immediately noticed its deep brown palette (true to its Tuscan aesthetic) was absorbing the room's natural light.

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They replaced the deep brown cabinetry with white cabinets, which bounce the natural light welcomed in by the home's large windows. The new kitchen reflects the coastal home's breezy style.

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When a San Francisco family of four realized their kitchen felt cramped and dark with its deep wood cabinets, they hired Decorist, an online interior design company, to modernize the space.

Paul Dyer Photography

To create a predominantly white kitchen with dimension, the designers painted the upper cabinets with Simply White by Benjamin Moore, and splashed the lower cabinets with Pavillion Gray by Farrow & Ball.

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"Major 80s" is how Gina Kirk, the blogger behind Is She Really, described her kitchen when she first moved into her home in 2008.

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Kirk hired painters to spray the cabinets different colors for a two-toned kitchen. The top cabinets are painted with Benjamin Moore's White Dove and the bottom cabinets are painted with Benjamin Moore's Chelsea Gray.

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When Lindsay Ostrom, the foodie mastermind behind the blog Pinch of Yum, purchased a home in 2013, she and her husband Bjork decided the kitchen's dated, dark cabinets needed a major restoration.

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The couple tore out the walls to combine the kitchen and the living room, installed completely new cabinetry, and replaced the countertops for a white kitchen that reflects the natural light from two large windows.

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When Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, the bloggers behind A Beautiful Mess, set out to transform a Habitat for Humanity project house, the dark wood kitchen cabinets made the space feel small and cavelike.

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The team added a fresh coat of white paint to the walls and cabinets and installed a white subway tile backsplash.


After living in her home for 20 years, actress Christina Applegate loved every room—except the kitchen. Online interior design firm Laurel & Wolf helped her craft a clean, modern kitchen that's far from the "god awful" space Applegate describes here.


Laurel & Wolf designer Jessica Today created a brand new space with white cabinets and new tableware for a functional, refined, and family-friendly kitchen.

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When a homeowner in Illinois was looking for a full kitchen makeover, Havenly designer Griffin Carrick knew updating the cabinetry was a necessity to modernize the kitchen.

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Carrick updated the cabinets with lighter and brighter white paint (Decorator's White by Benjamin Moore) to give the space a more simple, accessible, and elegant aesthetic.

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When Shawn Syphus, the blogger behind I Wash You Dry, purchased a new home, she knew she wanted to update the drab kitchen before she even signed the papers.

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Syphus spent the majority of her makeover budget on custom-made cabinets in bright white paint. The arctic ice tile backsplash adds a pop of color against the cabinets.

The Home Depot and Rust-Oleum

The Home Depot Blog team wanted to give this kitchen a makeover, replicating the look of brand new cabinets without the cost of replacing them.

The Home Depot and Rust-Oleum

The crew painted the top cabinets with the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations Kit in Pure White and the lower cabinets Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations Kit in Gray for a two-tone dimension, and painted a playful chalkboard on the side of the cabinets.

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When Elisha Albretsen, the DIY blogger behind Pneumatic Addict, decided to renovate the kitchen in her Phoenix suburbs home, she knew the outdated wooden cabinets needed an upgrade.

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Albretsen illuminated and visually expanded the kitchen by replacing the cabinetry and painting it with Snowbound by Sherwin Williams.


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