White Dove and Urbane Bronze Painted Cabinets

I apologize in advance if you get tired of seeing my cabinet painting jobs – so if you’re overloaded, feel free to skip this one.  I have a lot of jobs in the pipeline, so just a heads up that there will be more of this coming in the future (because some of the makeovers are just that amazing).  This kitchen cabinet makeover qualifies for the “wow” factor that I’m talking about here.  The homeowners replaced their tile floor (and carpet throughout the main floor) with a beautiful new wood laminate floor, and it just takes everything to a whole new level.  The perimeter cabinets were painted in Benjamin Moore’s White Dove and the island is in Sherwin Williams’ Urbane Bronze.  I think you’ll all agree that this kitchen transformation is a beauty!


Like I said, there was a lot going on in the way of renovations in this kitchen.  The before is like many out there – lots of brown.  Brown flooring, brown cabinets, brown(ish) countertops.  Why do so many builders go so overboard with the brown finishes that you can’t easily remove?  Note to builders: neutral doesn’t mean that everything has to be beige or brown.  But, transforming these beige/brown kitchens is great because I can share with you how you can update your space without tearing it down and starting from scratch.  

So, let’s take a look at the before, shall we?

Oak Kitchen with brown tile floor before painting

Here you can see what I mean about a sea of brown.  It’s just what was done when this house was built.

Oak Kitchen - Before

When I took down the cabinets, they were in the process of removing the old flooring and installing the new.  Total chaos, but the upside is that you get it all over in one fell swoop.

Oak cabinets before painting

But I have to say, it looks like they lucked out in tearing out the tile.  It didn’t look to be as much of a nightmare as I would have expected.

Oak kitchen cabinets before painting and new flooring

Since there are still some existing finishes that aren’t changing – granite and tile backsplash – we had to make sure the colors that we chose worked with what was staying in place.  Note: if you’re looking to do a kitchen facelift, and are replacing the countertops, choose the countertops and other surfaces first (i.e, flooring, backsplash) if you can.  It’s much easier to choose a paint color based on a countertop than it is to work in the reverse order.


Since there were some browns to work with in the island and backsplash, we opted for a warmer white – Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, and a warm island cabinet color as well – Sherwin Williams’ Urbane Bronze.  I adore Urbane Bronze – it’s gorgeous on walls (we have it on the walls of our built-in bookcases), but it’s equally stunning on cabinets.  

Benjamin Moore White Dove Cabinets and Urbane Bronze Island

Urbane Bronze still gives you a rich gray look, but also works beautifully with warm colors like browns and beiges.  Don’t fight the finishes you have – work with them and find colors that will complement them.  You’ll be much happier with the end result.  I’m sure you’ve seen homes where the homeowners go all in with the “gray trend” but completely ignore their other finishes (i.e., stained trim).  It leaves the room looking off, like something just isn’t quite right.  It’s not that you can’t go with the trend, you just need to find the right gray colors to work with what you have.  

I’ve share my love for Urbane Bronze before – you can read more about this versatile color here.

Urbane Bronze Kitchen Island with White Dove Cabinets

The flooring is a wood laminate from Oasis, and the color is Rhapsody.

Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze Kitchen Island

White Dove Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Benjamin Moore White Dove painted kitchen cabinets

I’ve used White Dove on a lot of cabinet jobs, and it’s a great option for a warmer white that isn’t so warm that it’s an antique white.  It’s a great option if you’re looking for a good “go to” white.  I love that it plays well with others – that says a lot for a paint color, don’t you think?

Urbane Bronze Painted Cabinets

If you’re looking for more paint color and cabinet painting ideas, check out these posts:

My Favorite Non-White Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets Like a Pro

Tips and Tricks for Painting Oak Cabinets


Like I said, more to come, and I just took down a kitchen with absolutely stunning countertops that lend themselves to a color other than white.  Hooray!  Stay tuned…



  • Reply
    March 21, 2019 at 10:18 am

    What a beautiful transformation, Jenny! The kitchen is so much brighter and I love the colors you chose. Our cabinets are also White Dove and we’ve been so happy with ours. The homeowners must be thrilled as well!

  • Reply
    Teresa Radosevich
    March 21, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    What color are the walls? The remodel looks great!

    • Reply
      March 21, 2019 at 3:04 pm

      The walls are actually going to be painted! Not sure what the current color is.

      • Reply
        Kirsten Hamilton
        March 21, 2019 at 9:58 pm

        The walls are currently Sherwin Williams–Kilim Beige, and are staying that color. Just freshening them up!

  • Reply
    Denise P Hopkins
    March 21, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    I wonder if in 10 – 20 years we will be saying the same thing about all the gray today! All new houses are gray cabinets, gray walls, gray tiles. This kitchen looks great!

  • Reply
    March 22, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Your transformations are amazing and I never tire of them. We painted a kitchen in a rental property we own and I would never do it again, it looks great, but all the prep is horrible so I take my hat off to you. Only wish you lived closer as I would hire you in a heartbeat!!

    • Reply
      March 28, 2019 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you so much Julie. It’s funny how I don’t mind painting cabinets nearly as much when it’s not my kitchen!

  • Reply
    March 27, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    The kitchen in our last home was white cabinets with Urbane Bronze island. We LOVED it, and can hardly wait to repaint our new home the same way! I’m loving your white, here, as I think it will go with our other trim pieces.

  • Reply
    July 29, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    I love the colors that you chose, and am considering doing the same. Did you use semigloss? Did youseal the paint with anything? Thanks so much!

    • Reply
      July 31, 2019 at 9:46 pm

      I use a satin finish on cabinets – just enough sheen but not too shiny. The products I use don’t require a clear coat. 🙂

  • Reply
    August 15, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I too, have white dove cabinets with an urbane bronze island. We stripped our golden oak floors and put only a clear coat on so they are very light now. Now I need to pick new stone countertops to pull it all together. My walls are BM Revere Pewter. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

    • Reply
      August 15, 2019 at 9:44 pm

      I would go with a light granite or quartz with specks of gray and brown if I were you. I think that would be beautiful!

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.