How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

To paint kitchen cabinets, you will need the following supplies:

  • Painter's tape
  • Drop cloth
  • Sandpaper (180-grit and 220-grit)
  • Primer (optional)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Roller
  • Polyurethane (optional)


  1. Prepare the cabinets. Remove all hardware and doors. Lay down a drop cloth to protect the floor. Use painter's tape to cover any areas that you don't want to paint, such as countertops and backsplash.
  2. Clean the cabinets. Wash the cabinets with a mild soap and water solution to remove any dirt or grime. Allow the cabinets to dry completely.
  3. Sand the cabinets. Use 180-grit sandpaper to sand the cabinets in the direction of the grain. This will help to remove any old paint or finish. Once the cabinets are sanded, wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove any dust.
  4. Prime the cabinets (optional). If your cabinets are made of wood, it is a good idea to prime them before painting. This will help to block any stains and ensure that the paint adheres evenly. Apply a thin coat of primer to the cabinets and allow it to dry completely.
  5. Paint the cabinets. Apply a thin coat of paint to the cabinets, using a brush to get into corners and detailed areas and a roller for larger surfaces. Allow the first coat of paint to dry completely before applying a second coat.
  6. Apply polyurethane (optional). If you want to add a protective finish to your cabinets, you can apply a coat of polyurethane. Allow the polyurethane to dry completely before reattaching the hardware and doors.


  • Use a high-quality paint that is specifically designed for cabinets.
  • Apply thin coats of paint and allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next coat.
  • Sand lightly between coats of paint to create a smooth finish.
  • Use a brush to get into corners and detailed areas, and use a roller for larger surfaces.
  • Apply a coat of polyurethane to protect the finish of your cabinets.

Additional tips:

  • If you are painting over previously painted cabinets, it is important to sand the old paint off before priming and painting.
  • If your cabinets have any imperfections, such as dents or gouges, you can fill them with wood filler before painting.
  • If you are painting a dark color over a light color, you may need to apply more than two coats of paint.
  • Be sure to ventilate the area well while you are painting.

Painting your kitchen cabinets is a great way to update your kitchen without spending a lot of money. By following these tips, you can achieve a professional-looking finish.

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