Guidelines on Painting Kitchen Cabinets

by Kaylyn

If your kitchen cabinets are dull, you can paint them to give them a new tidy look. If you are worried about the cost of getting this done by professionals, you can paint them on your own. Follow these DIY instructions on painting kitchen cabinets.

Prep Work For Painting Kitchen Cabinets

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 eliminate all dirt and grime deposits. Any minor holes and small damages can be repaired using wood filler. Finally, use 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 For Painting Kitchen Cabinets

The 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.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets


You need a paintbrush and a mini roller to paint the kitchen cabinets. Start section-wise and cover all surfaces for better results. Paint cabinet frames first and works from the inside, covering your way towards the front on the outside. Apply another layer of paint as a finishing coat and let it dry. 

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 overpainting them.


With the help of labels, assemble all the cabinet doors and drawers back to their 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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