January 31, 2023

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchens, they are the heart of the home, but what makes the kitchen so great? The benchtop, the stove, the fridge or the cabinets? You would not be wrong to say any of these options. However, we believe cabinets are the greatest addition that lays the foundations of a kitchen.

1. Preparing Your Cabinets for Painting

Kitchen cabinets like other surfaces need to be prepared for a paint job. There are three steps in preparing kitchen cabinets to be painted.

  1. Remove cabinet doors and hardware from within.
  2. Sanding down the doors as well as the surfaces within the cabinets.
  3. Apply a primer or deglosser

2. Choosing the Right Paint and Tools

 Now to paint the cabinets you will need a variety of tools depending on the finish you wish to achieve. For general painting where you will achieve the best results using;

  • paint brush
  • paint roller
  • paint tray
  • Masking tape
  • Rag
  • Topcoat and sealant
  • Paint filler
  • Putty knife
It is important to buy paint that is suits the environment with a suitable level of durability. This is due to frequent stains and cooking extensive damage when the correct paints aren’t used. For a great finish, avoid glossy paints with wood graininess, this can is done by choosing a satin finish.

3. Video Tutorial

Lowe’s Home Improvement has provided an excellent tutorial on how to DIY your own kitchen cabinet transformation. In this video you will find a clear visual demonstration that’s easy to follow along. Make sure you read our breakdown of this tutorial as we have some handy tips of our own.

4. Tutorial Breakdown

  1. Remove cabinets doors
  2. Label doors corresponding to their cabinet
  3. Clean doors and cabinets thoroughly
  4. Sand down each cabinet to ensure they are ready to be primed.
    1. If there is existing paint, use a paint stripper in a well ventilated area and remove the paint.
  5. Fill in any damage to cabinets using wood filler.
    1. If you are looking to change door handles, now is the chance to fill in a screw hole if you have a handle that doesn’t match the previous handle hole.
  6. Lay down masking tape on the edges connected to the flooring around the cabinets you will be painting.
  7. Set down a drop cloth where you will be priming and painting
  8. Begin applying the primer with a brush, using an up down motion that follows the grain of the wood (direction varies)
    1. Use a brush to cut in the edges of the cabinets under the benchtop and closest to the floor.
    2. For large areas use a paint roller
      1. Use a W motion, painting up and down. 
      2. Ensure your motion finishes on top of a wet patch of primer.
      3. Use your dry roller to smooth any lines made in the primer.
    3. When priming the insides of the cabinet, apply the primer using a brush from the very back and working your way forward.
    4. Now, when priming the doors, set them on a stand and begin priming
      1. For a flat door use a paint roller on the large sides and a brush on smaller sides
      2. Use a brush for complex door shapes where paint rollers can’t fill in crevices.
      3. Sand down uneven patches of primer
    5. Allow time for primer to dry
  9. Paint the cabinets and doors
    1. Following the same application as with the primer, cut in edges that can’t be reached with a paint roller.
    2. Paint larger surfaces with a paint roller using the W technique.
      1. Always finish on wet paint before smoothing and filling out the remaining sections.
    3. Allow for anywhere between 24 hours to dry before recoating with oil based paints. (Dry to touch in 6-8 hours)
    4. For latex paints, allow for up to 4 hours before applying a second coat. (dry to touch in 1 hour)

5. Finishing Touches

Once the paint has dried you can now choose to install new hardware. You can also install new door knobs on the cabinets to spice up your kitchen.
New knobs are the perfect way to add new character to your kitchen. You may often find new handles can completely change a kitchens identity for the better.
An extra finish you can add is a topcoat or sealant to add extra protection and shine to your cabinets. If you are looking for a suggested type of topcoat, Resin Expert recommends polyurethane to provide the best results. You can also consult an expert at your nearest paint supplier to get their opinion on the best material for your cabinets.


Painting your kitchen cabinets is an excellent diy choice. A successful DIY without a doubt can bring your outdated kitchen back to life. That’s why we hope this tutorial breakdown succeeded in helping you. We hope the information was all that you need to DIY your kitchen.
If you are still doubting your own DIY, give us a call and chat with our professional painters about how we can help you today. You can contact them by clicking the button below and filling out the form or by contacting our details.

If need the help of a professional painter, give us a call on 0477000715 or email us at hello@ucrampainting.com.au.

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