How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets Yourself?

Painting a kitchen cabinet is equivalent to getting a new haircut, changing the entire outlook without spending much money and energy. It is a budget-friendly way of transforming your complete kitchen without the commitment of a whole remodel. Since a high-quality cabinetry set can last up to 40 years, you can rejuvenate your kitchen by only changing their color. But before you put on those work dungarees and start stroking the paintbrush, take a moment to evaluate their condition. If their wearing seems manageable and worth the effort, then follow this guide to paint them yourself.

Choose The Right Paint

First, select the appropriate paint for the cabinets, and no, don’t just focus on the color. Their material is also a critical determiner while making this choice. Read the instruction label on the box or browse the internet on finding the right supplies for your cabinets.

 For example, laminate wood needs a special bonding primer, which allows the paint to stick to the wood. Any high-quality acrylic paint works well for the wooden cabinets and any surface that can be scuffed with sandpaper.

The paint’s Colour is also an essential factor as cabinets are the focal point of a kitchen.

Prep The Cabinets

Now that you have decided on the paint, the next order of business is to prepare the paint application space.

  • Empty the cabinets and move all the stuff to another room.
  • Clean them with a duster or cloth.
  • Remove all the hardware and hinges.
  • Remove the old paint using a stripping product.
  • Apply its thin layer with a brush and allow it to mix with old paint.
  • Then using a scrapper, peel the paint off.
  • Handle the leftover bits with sandpaper.
  • Using a wood filler, fill all the holes.
  • Cover all the surfaces with plastic sheets to avoid stains.

Make sure everything is clean and dust-free before applying paint.

Prime The Cabinets

Primer is used to lay an even foundation on the surface, which allows the paint to stick. In addition to this, it conceals any imperfection. Take a brush and begin applying a layer of primer. Don’t fuss over it being perfect as you will cover it with paint. 

Start painting from the inside of the cabinets and gradually work your way to the outside. Don’t miss the corners or any details in the design. Once finished, take a dry roller and run it gently over the surface to smooth out any buildup. For drawers only, paint their front and avoid the inside as well as its sides.

Painting The Cabinets

Now it’s time to paint them with any color of your choice. Use the same technique as above and start from the inside to the outside. Apply even coats using a brush (for narrow regions) and roller (for more expansive surfaces). Apply wet paint at the end of the previous stroke to continue the next and spread the paint outwards while painting the edges. Once the first coat is fully dry, apply the second layer. Don’t rush as it can create an uneven surface. Leave the final to layer dry again before making the finishing touches.

Replacing The Hardware

Now let the paint settle for at least 24 hours before putting everything back together. Start by attaching the doors to the cabinets, followed by the handles. If the hardware matches the new color, then only clean and spray paint them. Otherwise, go ahead, buy new handles and knobs. After all, you don’t want to mess up the whole aesthetics.

Ensure that you buy water and greaseproof paint as cabinets endure a lot of heat and moisture. It also helps with cleaning and maintenance. On the other hand, you can finish the job off with a final coating of protective spray.