How To Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen quickly and on a budget, painting your kitchen cabinets is the perfect DIY update for you! With these easy-to-follow steps, you’ll be able to paint cabinets like a pro in no time. 

Why Should I Paint My Kitchen Cabinets?

Kitchen and dining area with white cabinets and countertops.

Kitchen cabinets are one of the most important elements in a kitchen. Not only do they provide storage space for pots, pans, and other kitchen items, but they also play a major role in the overall appearance of the room. 

The overall appearance of your kitchen cabinet can make or break the look of your kitchen. Want a modern-looking kitchen, then paint your cabinets white. Want your kitchen to give off a retro vibe, then paint the cabinet doors mint green. A little colour makes a huge impact.

Choosing The Right Paint

When it comes to choosing paint for kitchen cabinets, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, high-gloss paint is easy to clean and maintain, making it a good choice for busy kitchens. However, it can also show fingerprints and smudges more easily than other finishes. For a more traditional look, eggshell or satin paint may be a better option. These finishes are slightly less durable than high-gloss, but they are also more forgiving when it comes to imperfections. 

Latex paint is another type of paint that’s easier to work with because it’s thicker and doesn’t run as easily as other types of paint. Latex paint also dries more quickly, so you won’t have to wait as long before you can start using your cabinets again. Latex paint is also more durable than other types of paint, so it will be more resistant to scratching and chipping.

Ultimately, the best type of paint for kitchen cabinets is the one that best suits your needs and preferences while delivering a smooth finish.

Having The Right Tools 

Paint your kitchen cabinets with ease when you’ve got the right tools. Mini rollers and brushes can be fun, but they’re time-consuming and can often leave strokes on your cabinet doors or flat surfaces. That’s why it’s important to learn how to use a paint sprayer, so you don’t have to break your back painting or spend endless hours applying your second coat. Whether you’ve got wood cabinets or laminate cabinets, spray paint can prove to be a very powerful tool. 

Here are a few tips and tricks to help your use the paint sprayer:

It’s important to surface prep when painting anything, especially your kitchen cabinets. Surface prepping means lightly sanding and priming to ensure you have a smooth painting space.  

A paint sprayer is a fun tool but is most effective if used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Hold the sprayer about 12 inches away from the surface of the cabinet doors and move it in a sweeping motion as you apply the paint. This will avoid overlapping strokes so that the paint will dry evenly.

By following these tips, you can use a paint sprayer to achieve professional-looking results and paint all the doors and frames of your kitchen cabinets in a jiffy!

Steps To Painting Kitchen Cabinets

With these five easy steps to painting cabinets, you can give your kitchen a new look in no time! For best results, we recommend using a wood filler to hide knicks, scratches and other damage at least a day before painting. 

Step 1: Unscrew It All 

Start the painting process by removing all your kitchen hardware, doors and drawers, leaving you with only your kitchen cabinet frames. This will make it easier to paint evenly and avoid any drips or smudges. Unscrewing it all makes painting much easier because you don’t have to worry about accidentally painting the wrong thing. 

Step 2: Clean It Up

Before you begin painting, it’s probably a good idea to give your cabinets a good clean. Be sure to remove all grease and grime before applying any paint. This will ensure you don’t paint over any crumbs and permanently bury them under a layer of paint. 

Step 3: Time To Sand

Next comes the sanding process. Grab some sandpaper or a sanding tool and lightly sand your cabinet. This will create a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to and, of course, remove the old finish. At this point, pay close attention to any areas that received wood filler prior to starting, as they might require additional sanding. 

Step 4: And Finally We Paint

And finally, we paint. After unscrewing, cleaning, and some light sanding, it’s time for us to grab our brushes and start painting. Use a brush or foam roller to apply a thin layer of paint, making sure to work in small sections so that the paint doesn’t dry before you have a chance to even it out. After the first coat of paint has dried, apply a second coat if necessary. Let the final coat of paint dry for about eight hours before you move on to the next step. 

Step 5: Putting It Back Together

Once all your coats of paint are dry, the last step is to reattach the cabinet door and all the hardware you took off in the first step.

Enjoy Your Kitchen’s New Look!

A quick kitchen cabinet paint job is just as good as a kitchen remodelling job. And with the right tools, paint and technique, you can give your kitchen a makeover with a minimal investment of time and money.

Looking for other ways to get the most from your kitchen? Check out these tips on the best way to organize kitchen cabinets!

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