Updating builder grade kitchen cabinets

I was torn between cream and copper, but I knew in the end copper would add a little decorative element in our humble kitchen.The copper utensil holder was a birthday gift from my sister last year.I say kitchens because it evolved through the years.

If painting cabinets white and updating countertops and a new backsplash aren’t in the budget or your husband refuses to paint perfectly good oak cabinets, you’re not alone.

We had a bookcase built and added to the island in order to give the kitchen a more custom look, and so I could display my cookbooks and kitchenware.

As you can see we had toppers added to extend the height of the cabinets to the ceiling. Friends, if you ever find yourself contemplating whether or not to have your kitchen cabinets extend to the ceiling, DO IT. Brad and I also installed dimmable under-cabinet lighting. We also had hardware installed– regular knobs for the doors and cup pulls for the drawers.

Before we go into the after photos, I want to review what our kitchen looked like before. Epoxy is applied to the backside of large laminate sheets, position the sheets onto the cabinets, and then a roller is used to go over where the laminate meets the cabinets.


I know some of you have been stalking the blog for weeks, so get excited because today is the day you’ve been waiting for. Then, the toppers they built were installed and wood was added to flush out the sides and bottoms of the cabinets. The cabinets were sanded down and the white laminate was added.We also painted the walls in a soft cream to blend with the backsplash.



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