5 Professional Tips for Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Are you looking to spruce up your kitchen cabinets? Consider painting them!

You might already be scrolling through our Pinterest for beautiful remodeling ideas. But if you’re on a tight budget, opting for painting is an excellent idea.

With the right cabinet color, you can transform your kitchen and have it speak volumes when guests come over to visit. Repainting your cabinets can also be completed over the course of a weekend, which is perfect if you’re strained on time.

If you’re up for the challenge of a DIY makeover, check out our 5 professional tips for painting kitchen cabinets. The topics that we will cover include:

  • Setup a Workstation
  • Clean the Cabinets
  • Remove Hardware
  • High-Quality Paint
  • Spray Paint

1. Setup a Workstation

Before you start, block off a corner in the kitchen for all of your painting equipment. Throw a tarp or blanket on the floor to minimize the mess and give you the option to sit while you work.

If you haven’t already shopped for tools, we recommend that you grab yourself the following:

  • Semi-gloss paint
  • Interior/exterior primer
  • Wooster bent radiator paintbrush
  • Mini foam roller
  • Sandpaper sheets
  • Wood filler
  • Acrylic caulking (with or without silicone)

2. Clean the Cabinets

Whether you remove the cabinet doors or not, be sure to hand rinse the surfaces well before painting.

There is likely to be a build-up of oils from your hands or residue from cooking. To ensure the best paint job, consider stripping the old paint before applying a new coat.

3. Remove Hardware

After you finish cleaning the cabinets, make sure the remove all of the hardware.

Handles and hinges can be particularly hard to paint around, so do yourself a favor by removing them. If you plan to replace the hinges later, be sure to mark where the new ones will be installed.

If you spot any visible holes, use wood putty. Then sand over the area and paint to match the coat.

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4. High-Quality Paint

You deserve to achieve the best finish possible for your kitchen cabinets. That is why we recommend using the highest quality paint available.

A matte finish on your high-use kitchen cabinets will soon look worn and shabby. A simple gloss or satin finish will wipe clean when there’s a spatter or become tarnished within a year of heavy use.

Look for quality oil based paints for more durability. However, cleanup is trickier and the odor may be strong for some.

Water-based paints like semi-gloss enamel are homeowner favorites since they dry rapidly. Cleanup can be done with soap and water and there is less odor compared to oil paints.

Not sure what colors to choose? Visit our kitchen portfolio to see some of our breathtaking projects.

5. Spray Paint

If using a paintbrush is not your style, spray painting is your next best bet.

For less than $100, you can grab yourself a paint sprayer that can provide your cabinets with a thin and event coat. The paint sprayer is highly effective and easy to control.


About Square Deal Remodeling

Feeling second thoughts about painting by yourself? Hire a professional painter!

At Square Deal Remodeling, our team of fully licensed and certified remodelers and designers work with you during every step of the process to make your vision come to life.

Winner of the Best of Houzz 2016 Service award, we’re proud to deliver award-winning designs on-budget and on-schedule.

Schedule a visitation to our design showroom or contact us online for a complimentary consultation!