Home Kitchen Guidelines on Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Guidelines on Painting Kitchen Cabinets

by Amelia

Have your kitchen cabinets gone dull with everyday’s wear and tear? If replacing them is not a feasible option, then you can paint them to give them a new, tidy look. If you are worried about the cost of getting this job done through hiring professionals, then you have the option of painting them on your own. Follow these DIY instructions on painting kitchen cabinets for better a understanding of the procedure.

Prep Work

Start by clearing off cabinets and cleaning the shelves from the inside. Make sure all the appliances are well covered. You will need to remove the cabinet drawers, door knobs, hinges and handles. Clean the hardware as well and let it dry. It’s better to label all these hardware parts, so that you don’t find any problem with reassembling. To ensure that paint gets applied properly, you need to clean the cabinets thoroughly, to be rid of all dirt and grime deposits. Any minor holes and small damages can be repaired using wood filler. Finally use a suitable sandpaper and work all over the surfaces and edges to create a smooth finish. Then clean the dust with a dry cloth to tidy it all up.  

Primer Application

Next step is using a primer before the application of paint. This step is essential as it renders a uniform look and enables the paint to stick properly, giving it a professional look. Don’t forget to gently spray the hardware parts with a primer before painting them.


You will need a paintbrush and a mini roller for painting the kitchen cabinets effectively. Make sure the primer has dried before the application. Begin section wise and cover all the surfaces for better results. Paint the cabinet frames first and work from the inside, covering your way towards the front on the outside. Next, work with the mini roller over the paint you just applied, to give it a smooth finish. Apply another layer of paint as a finishing coat and let it dry completely. This gives it professional finish. 

Spray painting is another quicker alternative to painting kitchen cabinets, but it involves some technique to get it right. Spray painting is mostly suitable for larger and more open spaces. When you do cabinets, you may not be able to cover all the corners uniformly and also, there is a fear of getting some areas in a darker shade than others because of over painting them.


With the help of labels, assemble all the cabinet doors and drawers back to their exact places. Ensure to fix the hardware parts back on securely. Now that everything is dry and back to looking brand new, you may consider adding liners to the cabinet shelves for a tidier look and to keep them stain free.

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