Sick and tired of your ugly kitchen cabinets? Let’s fix that! We’re talking about how to paint cabinets, the proper way. This will save you time and money in the long run. Sure, you can get a cabinet painting kit, but you can use regular paint that is made for cabinets and get the job done right, the first time.

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  • Time – plan on this taking 2-3 days as watching paint dry really is an Olympic sport
  • Dust-free Space – a garage or basement with open space will work
  • Sawhorses and 2×4’s to lay the cabinet doors on (you may need a couple sets)
    • Alternatively you can place the 2x4s on the floor, but your back will thank you for sawhorses or getting them up off the ground
  • Painters tape, plastic, canvas drop cloths, rags etc…
  • Vinegar and water, sponges, and towels for cleaning
  • 180 and 220 grit sandpapers (orbital sander optional)
  • 1/4″ nap rollers and fine bristle paint brush(s) + roller trays, paint bush cups
  • Primer Paint
  • Finish Paint – acrylic latex, color of choice

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Remove Doors, Drawers, Hardware

First thing you’ll want to do is remove the cabinet doors, drawers, and all of the cabinet hardware. This is a step you don’t want to skip. Trust me, it’s easier from start to finish just to remove the doors and hardware before starting. Bag and label all the hardware for each – don’t skimp on little baggies either.

Label the back of each door and keep track. Once you paint them you’ll need to remember where they go, so when you lay out the doors on your sawhorses and 2x4s make a chart on a notepad to know where the doors go when you put them back on the cabinets.

Likewise, label each baggie of hardware, especially if your cabinets are older – the hardware holes may be door-specific. So make sure they go back on the same doors/drawers.

Tape & Plastic Off

Tape off everything you don’t want painted with painters tape. This includes counter tops, back splashes, the interior of the cabinets, floors, wood trim, etc.. Your skill level will determine how much taping off you want to do. If you think you’ll spill or drip, tape and plastic off everything! If you’re skilled and promise not to make a mess….well…..still tape off everything because we know how that goes! (haha!) Seriously, how much you tape off is up to you.

Psst… No need to remove the doors on the drawers, just pull them out and tape off the drawers so you don’t drip paint on/in them.

Clean and Sand Cabinets and Doors

Clean and dry the all the surfaces you wish to paint with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. Allow all the surfaces to dry completely before moving on.

Sand all surfaces of the cabinets and doors with 180 grit sandpaper to remove any remaining grime, sheen, or imperfections. Using a random orbital sander is ideal for this process.

Cleaning and sanding is critical to remove all grime, grease and sheen. If you do not do this properly and thoroughly, stains and such may show through your finished painted cabinets.

Once sanded, remove the dust with a tack cloth or lightly dampened cloth. Allow to dry if you use a damp cloth.

Apply Quality Primer

Apply two coats of quality primer paint to all cabinets and doors using a 1/4″ nap roller and a fine bristle brush. I like to use Glidden Gripper on all of my projects as it adheres better than any other primer I’ve used.

Zinsser B-I-N primer is a good choice for heavily stained cabinets or cabinets with a lot of knots – like pine wood.

Allow to dry according to the paint can – usually 4 hours between coats and then 24 hours before finish paint.

Sand Primed Surface

Lightly sand the primer paint with a clean piece of 220 grit sandpaper. Wipe away the dust with a tack cloth to prepare for applying the finish coats.

Painting Cabinets

For the finish, using an acrylic latex based paint is the way to go. It provides a surface that is durable and easy to clean. Apply two coats of finish paint to all surfaces using a clean 1/4″ nap roller and clean fine bristle brushes.

Cut in all the edges first and then roll the larger areas. Always keep a ‘wet edge’ never allowing the paint to dry before completing the area you’re working on.

Sand very lightly between coats to knock down any high spots if necessary.

Pro Tip: Paint the backs of the cabinet doors first. Paint the fronts last as you’re less likely to mar them if they’re done last.

Check the paint can for dry times and follow the manufactures recommendations. Some will say to thin the paint, and that’s okay too. Follow the instructions.

Painting Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets

Now that you’re done painting your kitchen or bathroom cabinets, it’s time to reinstall hinges, catches, doors and drawers onto the cabinets. This is easy, because remember – you labeled everything. 😉

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