How to Create a Farmhouse Kitchen

Transforming your kitchen is easier than you think with paint, supplies, and helpful advice from your neighbors at Ace. A beautiful new farmhouse look is as simple as painting your kitchen cabinets and walls, updating the cabinet hardware, and accenting with the right accessories.



  • Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines™ Trim & Cabinetry Interior Paint
  • Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines™ Interior Paint
  • Zinsser® Cover Stain® primer
  • Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner & Degreaser
  • Measure Pro installation kit
  • New cabinet door handles
  • Paintbrushes
  • Roller cover and frame
  • Paint tray and liner
  • Drop cloths
  • Painter’s tape
  • Stir stick
  • Caulk

Get started by giving the cabinets a good cleaning with Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner & Degreaser. Spray both the cabinets and the frames, let it soak in for a few seconds to do its work, then wipe it off.

If you need to drill new holes for your updated cabinet hardware, do it before you take down the doors to paint them. Decide where you want to put the handles and then determine where you need to drill using a tape measure, or you can make things a little easier with a Measure Pro installation kit, which will help you with the layout and keep everything consistent.


Hold the door open when drilling to protect cabinet frame

Next, remove the cabinet doors. Keep the hinges and screws inside their corresponding cabinets so they don’t get misplaced.

Once the doors are removed, prime them with oil-based Zinsser® Cover Stain® primer. Start with the backs, using a brush to get into all the nooks and crannies. Give them an hour to dry, then flip them over and do the fronts. Be careful to apply the primer as smoothly as possible. While the fronts dry, go ahead and prime the cabinet frames.


Tape the areas around the cabinet frames that you don’t want to paint

When the primer is dry, use your brush to paint the doors and frames with Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines™ Trim & Cabinetry Interior Paint in Shiplap JG-022. It goes on easily, and it’s great for interior woodwork, doors and trim. Paint both sides of each door, making sure it goes on evenly, then apply a second coat once the first is dry.

While the doors dry, paint the frames. This can be tricky because it’s a smaller area full of inside and outside corners. Be mindful of drip marks or areas where the paint goes on too heavy and make sure to even it all out with the brush. The frames will take two coats as well.

Once everything is painted and dry, rehang the cabinet doors. Before you put the handles on, do a final inspection and touch up any flaws.

For the walls, use Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines™ Interior Paint in Earl Gray JG-117, a contrasting color, to really make your new look pop. Start by taping the cabinets once they’re dry, then cut the walls with a brush and roll the rest, applying two coats.

With just a little bit of effort plus the right colors and supplies, your neighborhood Ace can help you reinvent your kitchen with a look you’ll love, all by yourself.

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