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DIY kitchen cabinets: tips for painting kitchen cabinets

This article explains how to paint kitchen cabinets, the tools you need and a step-by-step guide.


white kitchen cupboards and shelves

We all love a bit of DIY now and then, and repainting kitchen cabinets or even spray-painting kitchen cabinets can be a fun activity that's pretty straightforward and gives great results. In this article, we give some top tips for painting kitchen cabinets at home that let you get your hands dirty while making sure you create exactly the kitchen you want.

First of all, when it comes to painting kitchen cabinets it's important to be prepared. Research thoroughly, not only the type of paint that you're going to use but also the kind of materials and surfaces that you'll be applying it to as this can really affect the finish. For DIY kitchen cabinets that you made yourself, this should be relatively straightforward, but if you bought them pre-made check on the manufacturer's instructions or in the shop where you bought them. 

When it comes to how to paint kitchen cupboards, it’s also important to gather all the tools you might need. This includes:

  • Paper to cover workspaces

  • Sanding paper

  • A good quality roller

  • Smaller brushes for the detail

  • Paint or spray paint in the colour of your choice

Once you’ve got a sense of the task ahead and gathered all the tools you need, here are the key steps to follow for how to paint kitchen cabinets:

  • Step 1: cover all areas that you don’t intend to paint with paper and stick it down with masking tape to ensure a neat edge. Use masking tape to cover any other details you don’t want to paint, such as handles or metal finishes.

  • Step 2: remove all the drawers and, if possible, the cupboard fronts too. This is one of the best tips for DIY painting kitchen cabinets because it creates a much more professional finish. No one needs to know you did this yourself unless, of course, you want to show off your impressive DIY skills!

  • Step 3: if you’re painting laminate kitchen cabinets, wash off any grease with some good quality cleaner, like Handy Andy, and then sand the surface down beforehand. This will allow the paint to sink in giving a smoother end product. You don’t need to sand down to bare wood, just give it a once over.

  • Step 4: paint, paint, paint. This may take a few days depending on the size of your kitchen. When it comes to good painting kitchen cabinet ideas, there’s nothing we recommend more than taking your time. If you do a good job there’s no need to do this particularly often, so go at a steady pace, keep the room well ventilated and take breaks whenever required.

Those are the tools you need and steps to follow when it comes to painting kitchen cabinets. A new lick of paint can make all the difference to an older kitchen, so choose your colour wisely and take your time. Once it’s all finished you can sit back and enjoy the pleasure of a DIY project well done!

Gather everything you need beforehand so that once you start painting you don’t have to stop.

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  • Research your plans thoroughly – check what materials your kitchen is made of, the kind of paint you need and do some colour swatch tests.

  • Cover every surface that you don’t want to paint.

  • Prepare the surfaces as described and paint away to get the colour you want.

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