Renovating a kitchen is one of the most expensive projects in remodeling a home. There are a lot of options when it comes to updating your kitchen, from new appliances to changing the countertops to adding a backsplash. However, you would be surprised how different your kitchen may look by changing the color of your cabinetry. If you’re not yet ready for a huge kitchen renovation project, or if you’re just dipping your toes in a kitchen update, consider starting the transformation with a fresh new coat of paint.
Protect Your Kitchen
Before going through the steps on how to paint kitchen cabinets, take time to protect your countertops, backsplash, and kitchen floors with a Canvas Drop Cloths and Frogtape. Painting always ends up being a messy job and you want to avoid getting paint all over your kitchen. If you have a small kitchen, it might be wise to move out any furniture so you have enough space for painting. We also recommend possibly setting up a temporary kitchen for a few days until the painting is finished.
Prepping Your Cabinets
Just as you would properly prep the walls of your home before you paint, kitchen cabinets also require a little care before painting. Anyone who knows how to paint kitchen cabinets will tell you that prepping is just as important as painting.
Start by removing all the doors, drawer fronts, hinges, and hardware; this will prevent you getting paint on parts of your cabinets that don’t need paint, as well as give you a more professional-looking paint job in the end. To save yourself a headache later on, make a quick sketch of your kitchen cabinets and label each door by number so that you can install them back in the proper place. Label your numbers where they won’t be visible after you put the doors back, and be sure to cover the numbers up with masking tape to avoid painting over them.
Secondly, clean your kitchen cabinets, including the doors you removed, especially any cabinets that are closer to your stove and may have more grease on them. Use a cleaner like TSP to remove any dirt or grease from your cabinets. This will ultimately help your paint stick better. You may also notice imperfections on your cabinets while you clean them, and this would be a good time to fill any holes or open seams with wood filler or caulk. After you’ve cleaned your cabinets, lightly sand the cabinets to prepare the surface for painting. Vacuum up any dust afterward to avoid getting loose dust on your upcoming paint job.
Lastly, find a good primer to apply to your cabinets before you start painting. In addition to reducing the amount of paint you will need to use, it will also help your paint to stick better and give your cabinets a smooth finish.
Choosing the Right Color and Paint
Your cabinets are now prepped for painting but now it’s time to choose the color you want. Still haven’t decided on a color, yet? White has forever been the conventional color choice for kitchens, and you can choose amongst the cool and warm shades of White from our collection of White paints. Alternatively, homes with blue kitchens have shown to be quite popular in recent years, selling over $1000 more than similar houses. If you only want a hint of color, try Lulworth Blue, or you can go bold with Farrow & Ball’s Cook’s Blue! Regardless of the color you’re looking at, always get a sample of the paint you are considering before purchasing a big bucket; this way you can test out different colors to see which one matches your home the best. Use coupon code “FREEPINT” on our website to get your first pint free!
Satin, semi-gloss, and gloss paints are the best types of paint finish to use on your cabinets. The glossier the finish means the harder the finish, which will result in a more durable and wipeable surface that is important for a kitchen. If you’re still testing out sample paints, try to get a piece of wood that matches closely to your cabinets, or use the backsides of one of your cabinet doors so you can get an accurate idea of what the color will look like after it dries.
Once you’ve chosen the right color and paint for your cabinets, it’s time to start painting. Avoid putting too much paint on your brush or roller to prevent any drips from forming. To prevent unwanted brush strokes, start painting with a foam roller on flat surfaces. Blue Tiger’s Locking Roller Frame makes using a foam roller easy by preventing your roller from slipping off while painting! Afterwards, use a paintbrush in the tricky nooks and crannies, such as the molding or panel edges, and then go over the cabinets once again with the foam roller to smooth the paint out. We recommend using Wooster’s Extra Firm Nylon Angle Sash, which helps carry more paint to the wall while getting into those tricky crevices.
Start by painting the cabinet doors and any adjustable shelves so they can be dry by the time you reinstall them. It might be best to paint and let them dry in a different room so they won’t be in your way when you’re painting in the kitchen. Have a horizontal surface ready to lay the doors and shelves down during both painting and drying time.
After you’re done the cabinet doors and shelves, head on to the kitchen to tackle the cabinet frames. Work from the inside out and allow for a few days for the paint to properly dry and cure before reinstalling the doors and shelves. If the paint is still wet, the doors could stick and ruin your hard work!
Learning how to paint kitchen cabinets isn’t as difficult or time-consuming as a full kitchen remodel, but taking a little extra time to do it the right way is worth it. Once you’ve finished painting and the doors are back on, you will be amazed at how much better your kitchen looks!