DIY Painted Kitchen Cabinets: 1 Year Later

One of my largest DIY projects to date was painting my oak kitchen cabinets.  Last year at this time, I was knee-deep in white paint and painters tape!  It was a major undertaking, but when it was all said and done, it was a major accomplishment.  I thought it would be fun to look back a year later and see how the painted cabinets are holding up!

If you are new around here and never got to see the before and after along with the step by step instructions on how I completed this project, you can visit this post here.


Here is the finished project post.

How are they holding up?  What has changed?

I can tell you, I am still as thrilled today as I was one year ago.  They are holding up GREAT!  I really haven't had to do anything maintenance wise.  There is one cabinet that houses our pull out trash bin.  That cabinet is used tremendously!  I have touched up the paint on that one because of little knicks.  I keep a paint jar with extra paint under my sink and I think I've used it twice over the last year on that one cabinet.  Other than that one, no other cabinet has shown any signs of wear and tear.  Any spills wipe right off and haven't stained.  Believe me, with a family of five, this is a hardworking space, so I'm thrilled with the result!

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I haven't made any changes to the space. My open shelving cabinets have stayed open without doors.  I still may decide to add doors because I would love to have glass, but frankly, the ease of getting my everyday dishes and glasses out from the open shelving is working great.  I love seeing my white dishes and Ironstone.

For those of you on the fence about painting your cabinets.  I say, “Go for it!”  I don't think you'll regret it! If you need help getting started, check this post for all the supplies needed and step by step instructions.

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  1. Rebecca says:

    Hi Amy – looks gorgeous! Could you tell me did you use a certain finish for your paint? (Satin, semi-gloss, eggshell?) Thanks!

  2. Sara says:

    I’m always interested to read other’s reviews on their cabinets! I’m glad yours are holding up well. I’m going on years since we painted ours and they are still great too!! Woo hoo!

  3. Kati says:

    Your kitchen cabinets are beautiful. I always worried about if painted cabinets would hold up so it’s good to know they do. Pinned!

  4. I love hearing the honest truth about how DIY projects are holding up in people’s houses, and it’s so great to hear yours are doing so well!! Your kitchen still looks fabulous!

  5. I love it Amy! Your kitchen is wonderful! Pinning!

  6. bonbon says:

    Amy, your cabinets looks amazing I love the white such a change from before. My sister is wanting to paint hers. I am going to give her your instructions. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Amy,

    I am so glad your cabinets are holding up so well! I’ve been wanting to paint our cabinets so badly but I’m always nervous that it won’t hold up! Thank you for the motivation! Pinning!

  8. The difference in this kitchen is amazing! I love the white cabinets. I painted my cabinets about 5 years ago and aside from a few touch ups from my kids being…. well kids 🙂 they have been in great shape. Such a great low cost update for a home.

  9. Roxanne says:

    Painting my cabinets is the best thing I’ve ever done in my home. Yours look beautiful, glad to see they are holding up so well!

  10. Ariel says:

    ahh, if only we could paint ours!

  11. Sarah says:

    Good to know that they are holding up well, in case I ever decide to paint mine!

  12. Amanda says:

    They look absolutely fabulous! Love your kitchen so much, Amy!

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