Kitchen cabinet paint tutorial

This post has been a looong time coming. I’ve contemplated painted my kitchen cabinets since we bought our place 5 years ago. And I wanted to do a tutorial on the method I decided to go with now that I’ve officially *started* the project.

I talked this project into the ground with anyone that would listen to me. I asked for advice from friends, and on social media multiple times. I was literally paralyzed by indecision for SO LONG.

I finally talked with a guy that works in the paint department at Home Depot and made a decision on how best to do it for me.

Step 1: remove the doors, pulls and prep the wood for paint. I used this liquid sandpaper that was recommended. It’s so simple to use. You use a old T-shirt rag and rub it on in a circular motion all over. This stuff made me think of nail polish remover. The best part is you can just leave it on- no need to wash it off after.

Step 2: if you’re planning on changing the type of cabinet pulls on some of your cabinets you need to also remember to use some wood filler in the old pull holes with a putty knife. This stuff was awesome because it starts out bright pink and changes to a tan after it’s dry. I used the liquid sandpaper again to wipe off the excess after it dried.

Step 3: pick the right type of paint. I went with a alkyd satin enamel on the advise of the paint counter guy that is specifically for cabinets. Per the guy that helped me this paint has a leveling quality to it to help make your finish more even. It also has less of a paint smell to it. I honestly didn’t even smell any paint fumes at all! The color I used for the pantry cabinet is behr pink elephant. This is the same color I used for my front door. It’s the perfect blush with a tendency towards coral color. I’m planning on only doing these cabinets in this color because a little pink goes a long way. I will be using white and black on the rest eventually.

Step 4: Use the right tools and techniques. If your cabinets have groovy details like mine you want to brush those bits first. Then use a FOAM roller for the flat parts. (This helps insure your finish will be flat and even.) I had to do about 3 coats with both the brush and roller to get the coverage I wanted.

Step 5: Being patient while your paint dries is the worst – but it’s also an important step so you don’t jack up all your hard work.

I’m super happy with the results of this project and I will be using the same technique on the rest of the cabinets as I have the time. I’m planning on using our existing pulls but giving them a facelift with some spray paint to save money. (Except for the bottom of the pantry cabinets – they will get a long handled two hole type pull once I find the right thing.)



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