How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

Painting your kitchen cabinets can be a lot of fun, and it’s an easy way to update your space. It’s also an affordable way to give your kitchen a fresh new look without having to replace all of the cabinets or drawers. If you’re looking for how-to paint, here are some tips:


Once you’ve decided to paint your cabinets, the first step is to plan out exactly how you want things done. This will help prevent any mistakes or oversights that could result in a messy job and wasted time. Here are some things to consider:

  • Get the right tools. You’ll need a painter’s tape measure and small paintbrushes (for touch-ups), as well as some rags or paper towels for cleanup purposes. If possible, purchase an inexpensive ladder so that it can be stored safely away when not in use; this prevents tipovers that might lead to serious injuries if they occur while working on high places like kitchen countertops or ceiling heights above 10 feet tall! Also make sure there’s enough space around each area where work will take place – don’t forget about overhead traffic like pipes/electricity lines etc., which could cause injury if someone falls from such heights due carelessness during handling materials such as screws/nails etcetera…


Before you paint, protect the walls and floors. Cover them with plastic or paper that’s at least 3 mil thick. This will help keep paint from bleeding onto your walls and floors, which can cause problems later on. If you have carpeting in your kitchen, be sure to cover it with drop cloths before painting so you don’t have any stains from leftover paint anywhere in your home!

Cover furniture with plastic or paper as well (if possible). Make sure there isn’t anything metal that could scratch easily against other surfaces such as cabinet hardware and drawers when moving them around after painting has been completed


  • Clean and sand cabinets. Clean your cabinets with an appropriate cleaner. Wipe down each piece of cabinet hardware, removing it if necessary.
  • Remove wall plugs and outlets. If you have any wall-mounted outlets or switches that need to be removed, do so now before painting begins.



Now that you have removed the cabinets themselves, it’s time to remove their doors and drawers. Removing these items is fairly simple once you understand how they work. First, unhinge each hinge on one side of the cabinet with a screwdriver or similarly sized tool (a flathead screwdriver works great). Next, carefully lift up on whichever side of your cabinet has been unhinged until it breaks free from whatever hook or nail was holding it in place—it will probably come off easily if there are no screws holding down any metal pieces underneath! Finally remove both sides of your cupboard doors by prying them apart from each other with something like an ice pick—just remember not to damage anything as you work! Once all four sides are free from their hooks/nails/screws etc., simply lift them off without damaging anything else inside!


  • Sand Cabinets with a Sanding Sponge
  • Use the sanding sponge to gently rub the cabinet down. You can also use it to clean up any dust that has built up on your cabinets, and then follow up with another coat of paint over the new surface! You’ll be left with a smooth surface without any scratches or imperfections.
  • Use a Sanding Block and Medium-Grit Paper

If you have time, use an electric sander or hand-held belt sander for this step! But if not—and money is tight—you can still get great results by using two pieces of medium-grit paper attached together in order to create one big sheet of paper that will last longer than two separate sheets would have (which would end up being too small). Just place one piece atop another on top of each cabinet; then turn on your machine and run them back-and-forth over every inch until they are covered evenly. This method works well because there’s no need for elbow grease: just keep repeating until everything looks smooth enough!


After you have applied the primer, use a damp cloth to wipe away any dust that may have settled on your cabinets. This will help ensure that you don’t get any paint on the surface of your cabinets and risk staining them later. If you are painting over a dark color, apply a thin coat of primer first before applying any other colors. The primer will help make sure that the paint sticks firmly to the surface of your cabinets so it lasts longer, is more durable and looks more beautiful than ever!


You may have noticed that the paint was being applied in light coats. This is because your cabinet doors are made of plywood, which has quite a bit of give to it, so you can apply more than one coat if necessary. Even though you’re probably used to applying paint with a brush, this method works well for large surfaces like kitchen cabinets and countertops too!

You should always start by painting the entire surface—this will help ensure that there aren’t any drips or marks left behind after drying time. Then move onto those areas where something needs touching up: underneath doors or drawers (or anything else). If you find yourself losing track of how much paint has been applied and need some guidance on how much coverage each area requires, don’t worry! Instead of looking at each spot individually as though they were separate colors (which would make no sense), just add one extra light coat at least once through out all areas until satisfied with coverage level achieved.”


It’s important to use the right tools and paints.

The cabinets you purchased should be pre-primed with your choice of primer, which will make them more durable.

You’ll also want to use brushes that are soft enough to not scratch or damage the finish on your cabinets. If possible, try testing out different brands of paint rollers before purchasing them so that you know which ones work best with each brand of paint (you may find that using a roller with one type of paint produces better results than another), as well as how much pressure should be applied while rolling out coat after coat on top of each other—this can help prevent drips from running down into cracks or holes in your finishes!


There are a lot of things you can do to make your home a better place, but if you want to add some color and style to your kitchen cabinets, we hope that this guide has been helpful. Remember that it’s always good practice to take care of all surfaces before painting them. So don’t forget about cleaning up after yourself so as not damage anything else in the process!