How To Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets and Cupboards

 In Blog, Interior Painting, Painting Tips, Planning a Painting Project, Residential Painting

The kitchen is the heart of your home and it’s no surprise that it’s the room that homeowners like to keep up-to-date and fresh. But the cost, time, and inconvenience of a full kitchen remodel isn’t always appealing — or in your budget. If you’re ready to give your kitchen a new look, but don’t want the hassle and expense of brand new cabinets and cupboards, a fresh coat of paint is your answer! Here is everything you need to know about painting your kitchen cabinets and cupboards:

Why You Should Paint Your Cabinets

Painted blue kitchen cabinets

There are a few reasons why you should opt to paint your kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them, the most notable being that they are expensive to replace and usually involve a much larger kitchen renovation.

Overall, the cost of painting your kitchen cabinets or having them painted professionally is about a quarter to half the price of removing your existing cabinets and replacing them with brand new ones.

If you are happy with the current layout of your kitchen and simply want a modern upgrade, painting is the most inexpensive way to achieve your goal. You will be amazed at the impact that a fresh coat of paint can make to give your kitchen new life.

How To Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets and Cupboards

Rear view of a woman using a roller to paint a cabinet

Here is how to get the best results when painting your kitchen cabinets:

What To Know:

Ensure that your cabinets are structurally sound, without warping or cracks. It’s also important to know what material your cabinets are made of before you start painting. Wood, wood laminate, and metal cabinets can all usually be repainted but require different preparation, products, and painting methods.

Products To Use:

Here are our recommendations for products to use to achieve the best results when painting cabinets:

  • Foam rollers and foam brushes to apply urethane-based paints
  • Rubber gloves, masks, and safety glasses
  • Drop sheets — 3M drop-down plastic works well to cover areas you don’t want painted Be sure to tape them down
  • Painters tape — we recommend delicate surface yellow Frog Tape
  • Heavy duty paper towel

At New Approach Painting, we use paint sprayers and EnviroLak, a water-based product from local Mississauga suppliers.

TIP: Most professional painting companies use a paint sprayer to do a lot of cabinets quickly. If you want a brand new look for your cabinets, spraying them is the best way to achieve this.

Remove & Clean Cabinet Doors:

Remove all of your cabinet doors and take off the hardware. As you remove the doors, you’ll want to label each one, and its hardware, with numbers or letters and location. When you go to put everything back together, this will avoid any mix-ups and pieces not fitting together properly.

Once everything is removed, clean all the surfaces you will be painting. Cabinet doors are covered in grease, fingerprints, food, and cleaning chemicals, all of which will prevent paint from adhering to the surface. You’ll want to use a cleaner that doesn’t leave a residue — we recommend blue Dawn.

Preparing Your Cabinets:

There are two parts to prepping your cabinets for painting:

  1. Sanding – You will need to scuff the surface. 200 to 220 grit sandpaper on an orbital sander will do the trick. Use a sanding block for edges and bevels. After you’ve sanded, remove any dust with a vacuum and tack cloth.
  1. Primer-Sealer – The benefits of using a good primer are endless. Primer helps paint adhere to the cabinets, provides a better finish with fewer coats, and prevents the wood grain from showing through. It will also help with the longevity of your cabinets and seal in wood resins from bleeding into the top coat. We recommend using B-I-N made by Zinsser.

TIP: If you are painting your cabinets a colour other than white, especially a dark colour, ask for your primer to be tinted.

Applying The Paint:

Start by painting the inside edges and opening of face frames. By painting the back side first, and flipping when it’s dry to paint the front, you will reduce the chances of smudging paint on the frontside of the cabinet door. Then, move on to the outer cabinet sides and face frame fronts. Finally, paint drawers, door fronts, and any trim.

Once you’ve finished, leave the cabinets to dry completely. Use a fine grit sander to lightly go over the dried paint to make sure you have a smooth surface for your final coat of paint. Again, wipe away all dust with a tack cloth.

At this time you can apply your second coat of paint the same way you applied the first. After the second coat, if the colour is still not at the level you want it to be, apply a third coat.

Painting your kitchen cabinets and cupboards will bring a fresh new look to your space for a fraction of the price of new cabinetry. If this sounds like something you’d like in your home, but you’re not interested in doing it yourself, contact our team to find out more or get a quote today.

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