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How to carry out a DIY Kitchen Cabinets painting

Updated: May 29, 2022


Painting your kitchen cabinets may seem like a complicated task to you. But that’s not true. The process is not as difficult as you think it is, neither is it as stressful as you imagine it to be.

If perhaps, you had a little insight into the process, you would consider it fun, and who knows? You may end up painting your kitchen cabinet and probably other cabinets in your home. If such a thought comes to your mind, we have put together a guide on how to go about the process.

Recommended tools

  • Here are the tools you’ll require for the task:

  • Screwdriver

  • Putty knife

  • Drill/driver

  • Nylon-Polyester chisel-tip paint brush-2 ½ inch

  • Airless paint sprayer

Step 1: The prepping process

Of course, the first step to the kitchen cabinet painting process will be to prep the room. Start by emptying the cabinets and relocating important kitchen appliances to a safe place. If there are tables in your kitchen, it makes sense to move them somewhere safe to avoid paint splatter. Next, mask up the walls around the cabinet to protect them from paint residues.

Step 2: Set up a DIY paint station

You'll need to set up a paint station to make the painting process easy. A paint station can be a makeshift jig set up to dry all cabinets after the painting process.

Step 3: Removing doors and hinges

Since you'll be painting every inch of the cabinet, it makes sense to segment each component of the cabinets from screws, doors, frames, etc. After removing the cabinet components, ensure you store them well, especially the little ones.

Step 4: Cleaning the cabinet

With the help of typical household cleaners, remove all stains from the face frame, drawers, shelving, etc. After cleaning the cabinet pieces, follow up the process by rinsing them with water and leave them to dry.

Step 5: Sanding

This step requires a little effort, and it is done to smoothen the cabinet components like doors and drawers. Ensure you sand these components well so that they end up looking as good as new. You could turn on some music to facilitate the sanding process.

Step 6: Priming the cabinet boxes

Here is where you apply primer to each cabinet boxes. You can use an oil-based or 100 percent acrylic latex primer for this process. The job of a primer is to ensure that the paint adheres to the cabinet. It also makes the cabinet more durable and helps smooth the surface to prevent the appearance of lumps that may remain after sanding.

Step 7: Sand, caulk, fill.

After the prime is dry, proceed to sand the surface using 220-grit paper. Do so until the surface appears as smooth as glass. Next up, squeeze a thin bead of latex caulk into any open seams. Draw the tip as you go. Afterward, smooth the caulk with a dry finger. Fill dents and scratches with vinyl spackle and smoothen with a putty knife. When the spackle is dry, continue the sanding process with the same type of paper. Next, vacuum the surface to get rid of residues.

Step 8: Paint! Paint! Paint!

Here is the last step to the kitchen cabinet painting process. It isn’t complicated after all, right? This step involves painting the cabinet. Paint the interior and exterior of the cabinet thoroughly using the color of your choice. Use a smooth-surface mini roller for the cabinet interior. The painting should be done from top to bottom.

After painting the cabinet, prepare, prime, and paint the cabinet components (doors, shelves, and drawers). After painting the cabinet and its members, leave them to dry. After drying, put back all the pieces so you can marvel at your work.

If you have gotten this far, I must congratulate you. Good job!

While carrying out the kitchen cabinet painting process yourself is the cheapest way to get the job done, you may be doing this at the expense of your time, effort, and of course, quality. If you wish to get the job done quickly—quality guaranteed—you’ll need the services of a professional painting company like Pro Painters.

Contact us now, and let's get this burden off your shoulders!

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