Kitchen Cabinets Makeover

Kitchen Cabinets Makeover

Farmhouse Kitchen Cabinet Makeover on a Budget

The kitchen in the little french country house needed a facelift. The cupboards were plain wood. There was no detail, and they were very old. But, I was a single mom on a tight budget. I needed to do it inexpensively.

I saw this paintable beadboard wallpaper at The Home Depot and got an idea! What if I applied the wallpaper to all of the cabinet doors. Then, I could use door casing/trim on top of it to give them a custom look.

It was a long process because the previous owner had painted over all of the hinges and knobs. I wanted everything to look new, so I removed all of the doors. 

Then I removed all of the hinges and knobs. Everything got a thorough cleaning. I applied the wallpaper to the cabinet fronts.

Next, I let all of the hardware soak in the paint stripper in a plastic box. I used an old toothbrush to get the final remnants of paint off of everything. They looked brand new!

I purchased some farmhouse drawer pulls and a few more matching knobs. I wanted the hardware to POP, so I spray painted it all with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint. They looked so good!!!

I took the door molding and cut the ends at a 45-degree angle. Then, I used my air gun and nailed them to the doors. I applied caulk to fill in any gaps.

I painted EVERYTHING white—even the insides of the cabinets.

I decided to hang crown molding while I was doing this project. There wasn’t enough room between the tops of the doors and the ceiling, so I had to move all the doors down about 1/2 inch when I hung them back up. (That was a pain in the butt!)

upper cabinets
upper cabinets [AFTER]

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To Clean Paint off of the old hinges and Knobs:



Step 1

The first thing I did was clean all of the cabinet doors.

Kitchen Cabinets Before

Step 2

Next, I removed all of the cabinet doors, hinges, and hardware.

I used a piece of tape on the inside of each door and labeled them.

doors removed

Step 3

I started this project in December and finished it in January. I did most of the work outside. 

I wallpapered each door front and drawer.

Then, I used my miter saw, on the ground, in my garage. I measured and cut each piece one at a time.

cutting trim

Step 4

Next, using my nail gun, I nailed the trim around the edge.

Once they were finished, I caulked around the edges.

Here are all the doors before they got painted.

cabinet doors with trim

Step 5

I played out all of the cabinet doors in my garage and painted them using latex paint.

prepare to paint cabinet doors

Step 6

Here are the cabinet drawers after they’ve been painted. 

Now they’re ready for the new drawer pulls.

cabinet drawers

Step 7

Here’s an up-close of the lower cabinets before the knobs were added.

unclose cabinets

Step 8

I took all of the hardware and placed them in a plastic shoebox. I added paint stripper and let it sit for a little bit.

I wore gloves and used an old toothbrush to clean off all the paint.


Step 9

They look brand new!!! 

But, I wanted all of the hardware to pop and give it that farmhouse look. So, I took the old hardware and the new drawer pools and spray painted everything in Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.

They looked so good! (It’s been a few years since I painted them, and they’re still holding up!)

clean knobs

Step 10

Here is a closer picture of the drawer pulls and knobs.

drawer pulls

Step 11

I always disliked this halogen light above the sink.

So, I took a piece of leftover trim from the cabinet doors and made a little apron around it.

I painted it black so it would stand out.

sink light
upper cabinets

Overall, this was a lot of work. It wasn’t hard. Just time-consuming. I am so happy with the results, though!!

Whenever I had guests over, they couldn’t believe that the beadboard was actually wallpaper.

I would definitely do this again if I wanted to re-do my kitchen on a budget.

kitchen after


This was a very time-consuming project. And, I was on a timeline, so I had to work swiftly. I don’t recall any bloopers. But, I’m pretty sure that I had to cut some of the trim more than once. Sometimes I cut the angle the wrong way.

This technique seriously transformed the look of the cabinets and drawers. I am so glad that I did it!

If you’re considering doing something like this, you will be very pleased with the results.

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