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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Knowing how to paint kitchen cabinets is a perfect DIY solution to revive your worn and tired looking kitchen. It will not cost you too much money and would also do wonders to the outlook of your kitchen.

If your kitchen cabinets are structurally and hardware sound then there is no need to replace them, you can simply give them a makeover by painting.

So, if you are ready to take up challenge of making your kitchen from gloomy and dreary to sunny and bright then here is a quick guide on how can you paint your cabinets!

What do you need?

  • A strong all-purpose cleaner to remove the grime and grease in kitchen
  • Sandpaper and paintbrush
  • Small roller (some people make use of spray painting but that can only be used if you are pro in it)
  • Primer/sealer
  • Paint box
  • Tools to unscrew the cabinets

What you don’t need?

Lots of money!

Painting your cabinets will just cost you fraction of money which is otherwise spent on replacing the cabinets with the cheapest variety available.

Step by step guide

Remove doors and hardware: The hardware which you need to paint needs to be removed from their fitting so that you can paint every nook and corner of them. you need to remove the latches, knobs and other hardware also and keep them separately.

Make sure you collect all the screws and bolts in a separate container as you would need them again to re-assemble. It is wise to number all the doors and cabinets and its corresponding location so that you don’t mix them up while reinstalling.

Clean the surface

No paint will bring back the shine of the greasy surface. Hence, you first need to clean the cabinets to remove all sorts of dust, grime and food splatters. Do not soak the cabinets in water, just rinse them thoroughly and then allow them to dry before you move to next step.


Sand only those areas which need to be painted. This means that if you just want to do a facelift of the cabinets then don’t sand the inside surface. Sanding doesn’t necessarily mean removing the old paint rather it is done to even out the surface so that paint edges are not visible after repainting them.

So, don’t remove the old paint if it is sound and well-adhered. If the old paint is flaking off then sand it to bare wood area and don’t forget to put primer before painting that particular section.


Primer will provide a good base for painting. It will even out the surface and protect the wood from any sort of damages. Many primers resist stains and water and are thus preferred especially for their usage in kitchens.

So, apply an even coat of primer and let it dry before we move on to next step and start painting.


Paint the inner edges first and sides and then move on to the outer sides.

Apply thin layer of paint, let it dry and then apply second coat after sanding the surfaces! Since these are kitchen cabinets you may have to apply third coat as well to make them look shiny and glossy!

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