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Transform Your Kitchen: How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets Like a Pro

Learn how to paint kitchen cabinets like a professional with this comprehensive step-by-step guide.

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Kitchens are happy places for our home chefs. You always want to keep your happy place intact in the long run and beautify it from time to time. Due to this reason, we are discussing how to paint kitchen cabinets so that they can enhance your kitchen at once. 

When you are doing this, you need to consider some tips. Don’t worry if you don’t know them yet because we are going to discuss them in detail in this post. So let’s get started!

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Cost to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

The first thing to determine is how much you have to invest for this purpose. Things become easier when you separate your budget for painting kitchen cabinets

There is no doubt that you can hire professionals for this, but their service might go out of your budget. Normally the professional kitchen painting service ranges up to $150, but it can vary from one service provider to the other. 

Other than this, some people are more likely to do this on their own, which is an affordable move to make. So if you are doing this on your own, it is important to check out the instructions for this below!!!

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Instructions on How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets?

Kitchen Cabinet Primer

The first step is to select the primer to paint your kitchen cabinets. It should match the color of the top coat you are going to use. The purpose of a primer is to protect the surface from the stains. It is also important to select a suitable paint for your cabinets. It is because the performance of these paints is different for wooden and metallic cabinets

Choose Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color

The next step is to choose the paint color. There is a huge variety of colors out there that you need to be aware of. For the cabinet, acrylic enamel and alkyd paints are useful. Acrylic paints come with a water base and are also easy to clean.

Alkyd has an oil base and has a strong effect on the lungs and eyes as well. You can also choose a self-leveling paint that has the ability to dry on its own. It can go well with the kitchen cabinets too. However, you cannot make big brushstrokes with these paints. Pick a small area on the cabinet and then apply the paint to it.

two tone kitchen cabinet color selection

Remove Cabinet Hardware

We all know kitchen cabinets have different hardware attached to them. Therefore, before you start painting them, make sure to detach the hardware. Remove the screws using a good screwdriver to save them from interacting with the paint. Also, try to keep the cabinets open using duct tape to make painting them easy for you. You also have to remove the stuff inside the cabinets to avoid painting it mistakenly. By doing this, painting big cabinets becomes easier when you are not using any professional help. 

Clean & Prep Cabinets

After de-stuffing the cabinets, it is important to prepare them for the painting. You need to use a cleaning agent to completely remove the residues inside the cabinets. Make sure there are no metallic fragments that can hurt you while painting. Also, remove the wooden fragments and wooden chipping that often falls off wooden cabinets for proper painting. There should be no grease inside the cabinet or on them, which can easily ruin the paint later. It is also useful to wear gloves and goggles for safely painting your kitchen cabinets

Choosing the Right Cleaning Supplies for kitchen cabinet

Prime Kitchen Cabinets

Now prime the cabinets. You can use a rough cloth to avoid ruining your flooring from the paint drops. Use a good paintbrush or a paint roller for this purpose which will prevent stains on the cabinet’s surface. You will do the strokes as per the nature of the paint you are using. Therefore it is better to carefully study the paint to avoid problems later. It is also useful to test the paint on a small area of the cabinet and see how it performs before covering the entire cabinet with it. 

Paint Doors of Kitchen Cabinet 

The next step is to start painting. There are some paints that show remarkable results in a single coat. While for others, you need to wait for the first coat to dry. Then re-apply the paint for a second coat on the cabinets. It just depends on the quality of the paint you are using. However, between the coats, you have to wait for a few minutes to let them dry on all counts. If you don’t do this, it can form small bumps of paint on the surface of the cabinets

Paint Kitchen Cabinet Frame & Rails

Do not forget to paint the frame and rails as well. If you forget to paint them, these will damage the overall appearance of the cabinets later. Therefore, it is better to paint them as well. In case you have a long frame, then leave it to paint it in the end. Doing this will allow you to cover the whole frame with a single brushstroke avoiding small stroking that is no good for cabinet painting at all. 

Paint Kitchen Cabinet Sides

Cover the cabinets from all sides. Make sure to keep the stroking consistent to uniformly paint the cabinets. This step is important to consider because it will enhance the overall look of your kitchen cabinets if you perform it carefully. 

Refinishing and Painting kitchen cabinet

Reattach Doors and Drawers

Finally, it’s time to put everything back in that you had removed from the cabinets. But before you do this, it is important to let the cabinets dry completely. If they don’t, your stuff can compromise the paint and strip it off the cabinets. Later uneven coating can totally damage the appearance of the cabinets. You can check if the cabinets have dried completely or not by slightly touching the paint by wearing a rubber glove and seeing if it comes off or not. If it does not, then you can place your stuff back into the cabinets easily. 


Painting your kitchen cabinets is a tricky process and especially when you are doing it on your own. In this guide, you will be able to completely learn about this through simple and easy steps so that you can seamlessly paint kitchen cabinets on your own without facing any complications at all! Or contact BK CIANDRE as your kitchen cabinet manufacturer today to inquire about painting services for your cabinets and give your kitchen a fresh and stylish look.


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