Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets


Kitchen cabinets can either make or break the look of your kitchen. If you have an outdated kitchen, with a small budget, consider painting your current kitchen cabinets. Painting kitchen cabinets are a great weekend project. The process isn’t difficult, but it can be tedious. The great thing about painting your cabinets is that you can save thousands of dollars!

  • If you have a smaller space, or you are just looking to brighten up your kitchen, consider painting your kitchen cabinets white. 
  • If you are looking to create a modern and elegant looking kitchen space, consider painting your cabinets a deep brown or black. When painting your kitchen cabinets darker, consider lighting choices, and also the type of appliances you have. Good lighting, and stainless steel appliances can really make the cabinet color pop.
  • If you have a very small space, consider using a bright color on your cabinets. Red is a popular and modern choice. Try a bright red with a shiny finish. 
  • If you are looking to create a country chic style for your kitchen consider a light blue or teal color for your kitchen cabinets!

Wood, metal, and wood-laminate cabinets can usually be repainted without difficulty. Plastic laminate cabinets may not be so easy. If any of the cabinets are badly worn, damaged or warped…consider buying new unfinished doors and drawers and paint them along with the existing cabinets.

1. The first step for the job is to remove the cabinet doors and drawers and remove all pulls, knobs, latches and other hardware from these parts. Put all of the hardware in a plastic bag, and stick inside the cabinet. That way you don’t lose it. Also, consider numbering each door and corresponding location so you don’t mix up their locations. The last thing you want is to have to figure out which hinge matches up where.

2. Next, clean all of the surfaces that are being painted. We recommend 4 parts water and one part tri-sodium phosphate. Make sure after they are washed, that they dry completely. Do NOT get overly wet.

3. Next you need to lightly sand all of the doors on all side and faces. If old paint is sound and well-adhered, there is no need to remove it all. The point of sanding is to created a rough surface for the new paint to stick.

4. After sanding, vacuum areas to remove all of the dust. Wipe down all the areas being painted with a tack cloth to pick up any remaining residue.

5. Apply an even coat of primer-sealer to all surfaces. This provides a good base for semi-gloss and water-based paint. These are preferable paint options in the kitchen because they are easily cleaned and resist stains and water.

6. Lastly, start painting the cabinets. Start by painting the inside edges and openings of the face frames, then the outer cabinet sides, and finally the face frame fronts. Next, paint the cabinet doors and drawer fronts, along with any separate wood pieces or moldings. ALWAYS paint in thin, light coats and cover every area. Thin coats of paint allow for fewer visible brushstrokes, bubbles and drips. The paint can also dry faster. The paint needs to dry for at least four hours between coats. Two coats of quality paint are usually all that is necessary. A third coat never hurts.

For more ideas on less costly renovations that make a big impression, get in contact with our team. Call us direct at 651-269-3487 or email us at Visit our website at!

Sandy Erickson Real Estate Team of Keller Williams Integrity Realty



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