Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets are fun in a way, you color it just the way you like it, and it’s your little project. But at the same time, it is not something to be taken lightly. The first thing you need to do before painting your kitchen cabinets is the plan. Plan the color and plan the design. This will help make the process go smoother and avoid any. 

Re-doing your kitchen cabinets will give a whole new look to the kitchen, more like a color pop or however you’d like to see it. However, like every other home improvement project, there’s a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it.

Tools + Materials

Before you start painting, you will need a few things in handy to work on your cabinets:

  • Primer 
  • Paintbrushes (1–2-inch angled brush, 3/4-inch brush, and a 1/4-inch brush) 
  • Paint (latex OR oil) 
  • Lint-free cloths 
  • Paint tray 
  • Rags 
  • Caulk gun
  • Caulk 
  • Screwdriver 
  • Level
  • Masking tape 
  • Paint can opener 

How Much Does It Cost to Paint Kitchen Cabinets?

Replacing cabinets is one of the most expensive kitchen remodeling projects you can undertake, and replacing them may account for almost 40% of the expense.

A low-quality, high-gloss paint job that costs $500 will not provide the same level of protection as a quality paint job that costs more than $500. Because using less expensive materials and labor is more likely to lead to poor results, you are far better off spending a little extra now and having high-quality cabinets in the long run.

The cost to repaint cabinets also depends on the current condition of the cabinets. If the cabinets are in good condition, they will only need to be sanded and primed before painting. However, if the cabinets are in bad shape, they may require stripping, sanding, and priming before painting.

See also: How Much Paint Do I Need?

Should I Paint My Cabinets?

Paint can be a great way to update the look of your kitchen without spending a lot of money. It is also one of the quickest and easiest ways to give your kitchen a makeover.

However, not all cabinets are candidates for painting. Cabinets that have been damaged by water or that are made from a porous material (such as MDF) will not hold up to painting. In addition, cabinets that have been previously painted with high-gloss paint may not be good candidates for repainting because the new paint will not adhere well to the old paint.

If you are unsure whether your cabinets can be painted, consult with a professional painter or cabinet maker.

See also: Choosing the Best Paint for a Steel Door

What Type of Paint Do I Need?

The type of paint you use is just as important as the quality of the paint. Oil-based paints are the most durable, but they require more prep work and can be challenging to clean up. Latex paints are less durable but are much easier to use.

If you decide to use oil-based paint, make sure you choose high-quality paint designed for cabinets. This type of paint will provide the best protection against water and wear.

If you decide to use latex paint, choose semi-gloss or high-gloss paint. These paints will adhere better to cabinets than flat or eggshell paint.

Decide on a Finish

Before you start painting, decide on the finish you want. The most popular finishes for kitchen cabinets are semi-gloss, high-gloss, and matte.

Semi-gloss and high-gloss paints will give your cabinets a shiny finish, while matte paints will give them a flat finish. You can research pictures of cabinets in different finishes and see what would suit your kitchen best. That way, you won’t spend on a wrong finish and then regret it!

How to Prepare Cabinets for Painting

Once you have chosen the type of paint you will use, it is time to prepare the cabinets for painting. The preparation process will vary depending on the paint you are using.

If you use oil-based paint, the cabinets will need to be stripped and sanded before painting. If you use latex paint, the cabinets will only need to be sanded and primed. Make sure all the surfaces are clean and free of dust and grease before painting.

If the cabinets are in bad condition, you may also need to repair any damage before painting. This could include filling in holes with wood putty, sanding down rough patches, and priming them before painting.

Make a paint station 

Use a drop cloth or tarp to protect your floors and countertops. Place all the supplies you need for painting within reach, so you don’t have to keep getting up and down.

This could include: 

  • Paint 
  • Brushes 
  • Rollers 
  • Paint tray 
  • Sandpaper 
  • TSP or another cleaner 
  • Putty knife 
  • Cabinet hardware 
  • Dropcloth or tarp

Ensure that you have all these organized before you start painting so that you do not have to leave the wet paint to search for something.

Remove Doors and Hardware

If possible, remove the doors and hardware from the cabinets before painting. This will make it much easier to paint the cabinets, and it will also help avoid any damage to the hardware.

To remove the doors:

  1. Start by removing the hinges.
  2. Gently pull the door away from the cabinet frame. If the door is stuck, use a putty knife to loosen it.
  3. Once the door is removed, label it with painter’s tape to know where it goes when it’s time to rehang it.

Next, remove the cabinet hardware. This could include pulls, knobs, and screws. If the hardware is attached with screws, use a screwdriver to remove them. If the hardware is attached with nails, use a hammer to remove them. Once the hardware is removed, label it with painter’s tape, so you know where it goes when it’s time to reattach it.

If you are unable to remove the doors, then make sure to protect them with painter’s tape. Also, be very careful when painting around the hardware, so you don’t get any paint on it.

Clean the Surfaces

Before painting, make sure to clean all the surfaces of the cabinets. Use a TSP cleaner or other degreaser to clean the surfaces. This will help the paint adhere better, and it will also help avoid any paint chips. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions before using any cleaner. If you are unsure how to use it, test the cleaner on a small area first.

Once the surfaces are clean, sand them down with fine-grit sandpaper. This will help rough up the surface so the paint will adhere better. Wipe down the surfaces again with a damp cloth to remove any dust from sanding. Then, allow the surfaces to dry completely before painting.

Sand Rough Areas

If the cabinets are in bad condition, you may need to sand down rough areas before painting. This includes any areas that are chipped, cracked, or peeling. Use coarse-grit sandpaper to sand down the rough areas. Be sure to wear a dust mask while sanding to avoid inhaling any particles.

Once the areas are sanded, wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove any dust. Then, allow the surfaces to dry completely before painting.

Fill In Holes

If there are any holes or cracks in the cabinets, use wood putty to fill them in. Be sure to select a putty that is the same color as the cabinets.

Once the putty is dry, sand it down until it is flush with the surface of the cabinet. Wipe down the surface with a damp cloth to remove any dust from sanding. Then, allow the surface to dry completely before painting.

Prime the Cabinets

If you are using latex paint, you will need to prime the cabinets first. This will help the paint adhere better, and it will also help avoid any paint chips.

To prime the cabinets, use a brush or roller to apply a thin primer layer. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying primer. Once the primer is dry, sand it down until it is smooth. Then, wipe down the surfaces with a damp cloth to remove any dust from sanding.

If you are using oil-based paint, you do not need to prime the cabinets first. However, you will need to clean the surfaces with a degreaser before painting.

Paint the Cabinets

Once the cabinets are primed, it’s time to start painting. Use a brush or roller to apply the paint evenly to the surfaces. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying the paint.

If you are using latex paint, you will need to apply at least two coats. If you are using oil-based paint, you will need to apply at least three coats. Allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second coat. And allow the third coat to dry completely before reattaching the hardware.

Reattach the Hardware

Once the paint is dry, it’s time to reattach the hardware. If you labeled the hardware with painter’s tape, remove the tape and reattach it to its original location.

If you did not label the hardware, you would need to match the holes with the appropriate hardware. Once the hardware is in place, tighten all the screws.

And that’s it! You’ve successfully painted your kitchen cabinets.

Conclusion

So, there you have it! You now know how to paint your kitchen cabinets. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully and allow enough time for the paint to dry before reattaching the hardware. With some patience and attention to detail, you’ll be able to achieve professional-looking results. And, of course, don’t forget to enjoy your beautiful new cabinets!

FAQ

How do I know when the paint is dry?

The paint will be dry when it is no longer tacky to the touch. You can test this by lightly touching the surface of the cabinet. If the paint is not dry, wait a few more hours and test again.

See also: What’s the Average Paint Dry Time?

Can I paint my kitchen cabinets without priming them?

Yes, you can paint your kitchen cabinets without priming them using oil-based paint. However, you will need to clean the surfaces with a degreaser before painting. If you are using latex paint, you will need to prime the cabinets first.

What type of paint should I use for my kitchen cabinets?

You can use either latex or oil-based paint for your kitchen cabinets. And be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying the paint.

Can I use a paintbrush or a roller to apply the paint?

Yes, you can use either a paintbrush or a roller to apply the paint. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying the paint.

Do I need to sand down the cabinets before painting them?

Yes, you will need to sand down the cabinets before painting them. This will help the paint stick better, and it will also help to evade any paint fragments.

How many coats of paint should I apply?

If you are using latex paint, you will need to apply at least two coats. If you are using oil-based paint, you will need to apply at least three coats.

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Rostislav Shetman is the founder of 9Kilo Moving. He has been in the moving and relocation industry for more than 25 years, making him an expert in his field. Rostislav started as a helper, dispatcher and driver and has worked his way up to owning his own company. He takes great pride in his work and enjoys helping people relocate across the United States of America. When he's not working, Rostislav enjoys spending time with his family and friends. They are the light of his life and bring him happiness every day.