How to paint your kitchen cabinets

how to paint your kitchen cabinets

Have you ever wondered how you can give your kitchen a facelift without needing a full kitchen refit, which can be costly and stressful?

If you are happy with the layout and style of your current kitchen, and your cabinets are in a good condition then why not find out how to paint your kitchen cabinets?

With a good range of paint suppliers such as Caparol, Farrow and Ball, Tikkirula and Johnstones providing a wide range of kitchen colour schemes to choose from, painting your cabinets is a great way to give your kitchen a new lease of life.

To find the right colour scheme for your kitchen please check out our blog and draw inspiration from paint supplier websites!

For the best finish from your kitchen paints you will require a primer and top coat. Revolution Finish recommend Caparol haftprimer and Caparol PU-Satin for top coat – it has great coverage, is very durable and highly scratch resistant, has great adhesion and it can be colour-matched to your choice!

You will need

  • Screwdriver
  • Masking tape
  • Dust sheets
  • 150 – 240 grit sandpaper
  • Degreaser
  • Cloth
  • Brush
  • Mini roller
  • Paint kettle
  • Stirrer
  • Primer
  • Top coat


Should I remove my cabinet doors?

As professional painters and decorators, we always remove doors to be painted, but most of us lack the space to store the cabinet doors when painting. In this case we recommend to cover the door hinges with masking tape, taking care to conceal all the metalwork and paint your kitchen cabinets in-situ.

We would always recommend to remove the cabinet handles if you can.

How do you prep your cabinets ready for painting?

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success
~ Alexander Graham Bell ~

There are no shortcuts when it comes to painting and decorating, preparation can be 90% of the work and the decorating 10%! Preparation is essential to get the desired finish.

1. Prep surfaces

Apply the degreaser to the kitchen surfaces, allow to soak for 5 minutes and then apply again while wiping off any grime. Be especially focused on cleaning round the hob, cooker, corners & grooves. We recommend using warm soapy water after this to remove any excess degreaser.

The surfaces need to be keyed to help the paint grip. Use a fine grit sandpaper like 150 – 240 grit and lightly sand the surfaces to create an even, matte surface. Wipe all the dust off with a damp cloth and allow to dry completely.

2. Protect walls and floors

Use a good quality masking tape around all the kitchen carcass edges to prevent any overspill onto walls and parts of the units you don\’t want to paint. Lay down some dust sheets or surface protectors on worktops and floors.

3. Remove the handles

You could mask up your cabinet door handles, but it is usually a lot quicker, easier and less messy to remove them. It is a good idea is to put a spare screw into the existing handle hole, so it can be a temporary handle while you paint your units.

4. Painting the kitchen

You will need to use the primer first: give the primer a good stir and pour into the paint kettle. Use a good quality brush and mini roller to start applying the primer to the cabinet surface.

You will probably require two coats of primer, so once you have applied the first coat, you should allow 4 – 6 hours for it to dry then lightly sand surface of the doors again ready for the second coat of primer.

After allowing the second coat of primer to dry for 4 – 6 hours and lightly sanding the surface once more, you are ready for your topcoat!

Apply a first coat of topcoat colour and again leave to dry for 4-6 hours. Before proceeding with a second layer of topcoat have a good look for any imperfections as you lightly sand down your surface. It is best to rectify problems at this stage before a second topcoat is applied. Once your second topcoat is applied, leave to dry completely.

Your last job is to remove all your masking tape, refit handles, give the worktops and floors a quick wipe over and you’re done! Well done, you have learned how to paint your kitchen cabinets, so take some time to sit down with a nice brew and admire your work.


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