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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

​​Transforming your kitchen doesn't have to be a major undertaking. With a fresh coat of paint, you can give your cabinets an entirely new look without breaking the bank. Here's our step-by-step guide to painting kitchen cabinets.


  • Screwdriver

  • Sandpaper (220 grit)

  • Tack cloth

  • Painter's tape

  • Drop cloth

  • Paint (we recommend using a semi-gloss or high-gloss finish for durability)

  • Paintbrushes and/or paint sprayer

  • Polyurethane topcoat (optional, but highly recommended for added protection)

Step 1: Remove cabinet doors and hardware. Using a screwdriver, take off all of the cabinet doors and hardware, such as hinges, knobs, and handles. Label the doors and hardware with painter's tape so that you know where everything goes when it's time to put everything back together.

Step 2: Sand the cabinets. With a 220-grit sandpaper, lightly sand the cabinets to remove any gloss or finish. This will allow the paint to adhere better. Use a tack cloth to remove any dust or debris.

Step 3: Tape and protect your work area. Using painter's tape, cover any surfaces that you don't want to get paint on, such as the backsplash or countertops. Spread a drop cloth on the floor to catch any drips.

Step 4: Paint the cabinets. Using a paintbrush or a paint sprayer, apply a thin coat of paint to the cabinets. Start with the backside of the doors first, then the front. If using a brush, use long, even strokes to prevent brush marks. If using a sprayer, hold the nozzle 6-8 inches from the cabinet and use a sweeping motion. Allow the first coat to dry completely before applying a second coat. Depending on the paint and color, 2-3 coats may be necessary.

Step 5: Apply a polyurethane topcoat (optional). For added durability and protection, apply a polyurethane topcoat to the cabinets. This will give them a glossy finish and make them more resistant to scratches and wear.

Step 6: Reinstall cabinet doors and hardware. Once the cabinets are completely dry, reattach the cabinet doors and hardware. Use the painter's tape labels to ensure that everything goes back where it belongs.

In just a few simple steps, you can completely transform your kitchen with a fresh coat of paint on your cabinets. With a little bit of patience and attention to detail, you'll have a beautiful new look that you'll love for years to come.


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