The Dos and Don’ts of Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Your kitchen is the center of your home. You and your family come together to swap stories from your day, laugh over a plate of warm food and relax with a good glass of wine. Instead of just dreaming of that vision, you can finally make it come true without having to spend a fortune redoing the whole kitchen. The secret is far more affordable and easier to do than demolishing your whole kitchen to create a new one. What is it? Well, believe us when we say that painting kitchen cabinets only sounds like a chore. Really, it’s not that bad, especially when you get an amazing look with just a simple cabinet or cupboard paint job.

Do: Take It All Off

The first part of starting your new kitchen makeover is to strip down! Keep your clothes and apron on. We’re talking about your cabinets. Grab a screwdriver (an electric one saves time) and take off all of your cabinet doors and knobs.

Don’t: Leave Things Laying Around

It’s imperative that you keep things organized: Once everything is painted and dry, you need to match it back up. The last thing you want to do is install a door that belongs elsewhere and start over or find you have an extra door that you didn’t start with.

With that said, find a way to organize your cabinets in your kitchen or take a piece of masking tape or a pencil and mark each door with it’s appropriate location. This way, when it’s time to put things back together, all you have to do is look at your label so you know exactly where everything goes. Yet another great way to avoid arguments and food fights in the kitchen.

Do: Prep, Prep, and Prep

 Painting kitchen cabinets is similar to cooking. Aside from gathering the obvious paint, rollers, and primers, preparing to paint kitchen cabinets goes beyond the “ingredients.”

Now that all of your doors are off, you need to prepare the area by:

  • Filling in holes
  • Sanding cabinets
  • Priming all areas to be painted (Tip: Use a tinted primer to match your current cabinet color if you’re going from dark to light)
  • Sanding cabinets after the base coat dries (for longer lasting results)

Don’t: Skip Unseen Areas 

Cherishedbliss is a DIY expert and she has a great, and more importantly, foolproof, technique to get your paint job done right: Start off brushing in all corners and edges of your door (or cabinet), working around your trim. Then use your 4″ foam roller to roll the remainder of your doors/cabinets. Let this dry.

Cabinet door edges are often unseen until you get close. For a truly complete job, touch up all edges and paint the backs of cabinet doors as well. It’s like the garnish to your special dish.

Do: Spice It Up

Once everything is dry and installed back in place, step back and enjoy your new kitchen. If you want to take it a step further and upgrade your look for value-added results, we have a few easy, and budget-friendly ideas that will make your kitchen look like it’s made for gourmet meals:

  • Switch out your old molding with a new one
  • Change your hardware (new knobs make a huge difference)
  • Paint the walls around your cabinets to finish off the look
  • Add molding to your cabinets

Now all you have to worry about is creating delicious home cooked food that only gets the best responses, but with a new kitchen like yours, inspiration will take you a long way. Let’s get to painting! Find some inspiration on our Facebook or Pinterest.

If you have too many “painters” in the kitchen with their own ideas about the best way to paint, consider a professional painting company to take care of the disassembly, painting, and assembly for you. All you need to do is sit back, and think about what you’re going to make for dinner.