Revitalize Your Kitchen Cabinets—With Paint

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Remodeling a kitchen can seem very daunting and a little overwhelming. It can also be quite expensive if you choose to get everything brand new in order to change the look of your kitchen. There are a lot of different aesthetic aspects to consider, including new flooring, countertops, appliances and cabinets. You don’t have to spend a fortune, however, to ensure that your kitchen looks updated and new. Transform the entire look of your kitchen cabinets by painting them, and you’ll be amazed at how beautiful they look—at such an inexpensive price. It’s also a fun project to take on.

Before you begin your project, think about the color of paint you will want to use for your cabinets. You can go with something bold and bright to add contrast, something neutral to match the flooring and counters, or a dark contrasting color to add a bit of pizzazz and go against a lighter counter. Once you’ve decided on a color, be sure you select the highest quality paint available in a semi-gloss format. Semi-gloss paint is ideal for kitchens because it is easier to wipe clean and will help repel any food related stains. You can get a paint sample and paint a small portion of the cabinets first to do a test run to see if you like the selection you’ve made.

Make a list of all of the tools you will need including a screwdriver, sandpaper, paint brushes, drop cloth and a dust mask (to avoid breathing in paint fumes). You will want to go ahead and remove the cabinets and all of their hardware first, so that no paint gets on these items. Put them away in a plastic bag for reinstallation later. When you paint the cabinets, you can remove each one individually as you go, or take them all off at one time. This will depend on how many you have and how much room you have to work with.

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Now that the cabinets and all hardware are removed, you can begin to clean and sand them. Lightly sanding the cabinets and removing all surface debris and stains first will get them primed for a new coat of paint. You do not have to sand the inside of the cabinets or the back of the doors. Sanding also provides a good base for the new coat of paint to stick to the cabinets. Once you’re done sanding, vacuum all loose dust from the work area and cabinets. You do not have to apply a primer or sealer to the cabinets, but it is highly recommended for an extra added layer of protection from damage and stains.

Once the primer has dried, you can begin painting your cabinets. Use long, straight brush strokes and try to make sure that they are all going the same direction. Take your time. Instead of a brush, you can opt to airbrush your cabinets using a compressor. This will make the process quicker and look more even. You may have to apply two coats of paint to make sure the previous colors are not bleeding through. Once the cabinets have thoroughly dried, you can re-mount them using the hardware you’ve saved. Add a new, updated look by buying new hardware that is more modern and goes with the new colors.


With a little bit of creativity and patience, you can paint your cabinets a brand new color, giving an entirely new and refreshed look to your kitchen. Adding new hardware will also make a huge difference when it comes to the overall look. Painting kitchen cabinets is fairly affordable since you really only need to pay for the paint, small tools, and the hardware if you choose to change it. This can be much less costly than getting them professionally refaced or replaced completely. The process will also leave plenty of room in your budget for other things—like that new tile floor or shiny new refrigerator you’ve been eyeing.

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