Guide To Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Guide To Painting Kitchen Cabinets

One of the quickest and most economical ways to give a tired kitchen a make-over is to paint your kitchen cabinets. Applying a coat of light paint to dark wood will not only brighten up a dingy kitchen but will also give the illusion of more space. It doesn’t matter if your cabinets are wood or veneer, with the proper preparation both surfaces can benefit from the application of good quality paint. Bear in mind that kitchen cabinets take quite a beating – from sticky little fingers to oil residue from cooking, so the better quality the paint, the longer the paint job will last.

This project can take about three days to complete, so allowing yourself enough time is important. The key to any successful painting job is preparation and when painting cabinets this is most important. Generally, you don’t have to bother with the insides of the cabinets, other than the insides of the doors and maybe the frames, so you can save yourself a lot of time and energy by concentrating on the outer surfaces only.


 Remove all doors and hardware.

Hardware is expensive and very often it can be salvaged rather than replaced. If it has been previously painted, you can soak your hardware in a bucket of paint remover (outside or in the garage – as the fumes can be dangerous). After a day or so in solution, carefully remove hardware, using rubber gloves, and then soak in a bucket of warm, soapy water. If necessary, you can then give the pieces a quick scrub with a scouring pad. In most cases, the paint will peel right off and your hardware will look brand new.
Before you begin to apply paint to kitchen cabinets, the surface must be thoroughly cleaned. Washing cabinets with a solution of warm water and TSP will remove most, if not all of the accumulated grease and oils. Allow drying completely.
 Next, a quick swipe with fine sandpaper (A good fine paper for this project is a 200 to 300) will roughen up the surface, allowing the paint to adhere better.


 Choose a good quality, washable paint. Kitchens look brighter and cleaner when the cupboards are finished with a semi to high gloss paint, but that is entirely up to your own preference.

• Lay the cabinet doors on a flat surface in a room with plenty of ventilation. Paint the outer edges with a brush then use a roller to finish the job. Allow drying according to manufacturers’ recommendations. When thoroughly dry, turn over and paint the other side. You will definitely need two coats of paint, and if you have the time and energy, three is better.


When the paint is completely dry, you can then re-assemble the hardware install the cabinets and your kitchen will look brand new.


6 Quick Ways to Spruce Up your Kitchen

Spruce Up your Kitchen

Easy DIY kitchen fixes that won’t break the bank

When people think of giving their kitchen a new look, they often think they need to launch a full-scale remodeling assault. However, sprucing up your kitchen doesn’t have to include all new appliances, all new kitchen cabinets, or tearing down walls for a new breakfast nook. No, a new kitchen look doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg.

The good news is that you can give your kitchen a new look without spending a lot of cash. You’d be surprised on the following simple décor changes can give your kitchen a much-needed boost—for very little out of pocket. How much does a kitchen remodel cost?

purple kitchen theme

1. Update your backsplash

You can instantly update a kitchen by replacing an old, scratched backsplash with a new piece of pegboard, a glass whiteboard (which can double as a message and shopping list board), some colorful subway tiles, or even a strip of aluminum (that looks like stainless steel).

2. Apply a fresh coat of paint

A new, glossy coat of paint brightens a room and can give the illusion of a completely new atmosphere. And if you update your kitchen with latex paint, you’ll be protecting the walls against future stains and grease splatters. Better still, any stains that do occur against walls can be simply wiped clean in a flash. Just be sure to purchase a color that you like and also one that suits your current floor, countertops, and kitchen cabinets.

3. Color your cabinets

Painted kitchen cabinets have become quite popular as a quick-fix kitchen décor idea. A fresh coat of paint can instantly enhance the look of dented and stained kitchen cabinets and add a touch of modernity to outdated kitchen cabinet styles. The key is to paint your kitchen cabinets a different color from the walls, but one that compliments or off-sets the wall and floor color nicely to infuse a refreshing contrast into your kitchen.

4. Introduce some handy storage

A really cheap way to improve the look of your kitchen—as far as neatness and functionality—is with some handy storage tools that will help you organize lose items that can cause clutter. Use baskets to coral baking sheets and plastic containers, shelf dividers to slide in cutting boards, pot racks or S hooks to organize pot lids with pots, and pretty vases to collect your baking spoons and larger utensils. Not only will you have more space after your organization, everything will be conveniently within hand’s reach.

5. Give your appliances a new face

Fake a new appliance with handy magnets, such as fridge fronts, stove fronts and dishwasher fronts. These are attractive magnets that fit or can be cut to the size of your appliance. They come in an array of colors and styles and instantly spruce up any dented or scratched surface.

6. Stain real wood finishes

If your kitchen cabinets are made of solid wood—it’s probably not wise to paint them. Instead, refinish and stain them. Refinishing cabinets isn’t that difficult and you can rent most of the tools you need from Home Depot or Lowes. Simply remove the cabinet faces, sand them down so the scratches are gone, and then add a new coat of stain. Suddenly your cabinets will look new and increase the overall value of your kitchen.