5 Surprising Tips on How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

The kitchen is one of the most important parts of any home. A proper kitchen is a sign of responsibility and willingness to take care of your home. Personally, I do not know if I can survive with a messy kitchen and more specifically, messy kitchen cabinets.

That explains why for a long time I have been striving to maintain and upgrade my kitchen cabinets as soon as the need arises. All throughout my adventure, I have learnt a few tricks and hacks that I will share with you in this article.

How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

Here are some five surprising tips on how to paint kitchen cabinets.

1. Remove Doors, Drawer Fronts and Hardware

Painting cabinets is a messy affair. Many are the times that I have seen people covering their hinges and hardware with paint. Paint is only good if it covers the right areas. However, when they spread to other parts such as the hinges, they produce an unpleasant sight.

Start by removing your kitchen cabinet doors and hinges. Also, remove the drawer fronts (if possible) by unscrewing a few screws. Most of the modern cabinets have drawer fronts that are easy to remove. However, if you still the traditional ones, worry not. Simply use a masking tape to cover the sides of the drawer to prevent paint from splashing on them.

If you remove the doors, take your time to mark them and their specific locations to avoid unnecessary mix-up when re-installing them.

2. Remove the Grease from Your Kitchen Cabinets

Even with the best in the market, you might not get your desired results if you do not remove the grease stuck on your kitchen cabinets. Use your preferred grease-cutting solutions to remove all the excessive grease particles in readiness for the actual painting process. Remember to wipe you cabinets dry after removing all the dirt and grease particles.

3. Pick a Fast Drying Primers

If you want to complete your project in the shortest time possible, use a primer that dries fast. Read the instructions provided by the primer’s manufacturer to make sure that it is compatible with your spray.

In my view, I prefer using enamel under-body primer because of its fast-drying quality. Given that most oil-based paints take time to dry, a fast drying primer will see to it that you take less time in your project and that there are fewer brush marks on your cabinet.

4. Choose the Right Paint

The type of paint that you use on your kitchen cabinets greatly affects your results. Before settling for paint for your kitchen cabinets, first ensure that it is formulated for painting woodwork and cabinets.

Kitchen cabinets have glossier surfaces and they will highlight every trace of imperfections. This gives you another reason to pick a paint that is compatible with your kitchen cabinets.

5. Adhere to All the Basics of Painting Kitchen Cabinets

If you have the basics of painting, you can achieve great results. From your nearby paint store, purchase a mini roller that will see you through the task. While it is true that different types of mini rollers are available, mohair or form sleeves mini rollers are ideal especially if you are a beginner.  Test the sleeves and pick one that works best with your cabinets.

Other basic steps of painting kitchen cabinets include following the wood grain and rolling the brush before painting. Consider any other aspect that will allow you to finish your project faster without compromising your results.

Factors to Consider When Choosing the Best Paint Sprayer for Kitchen Cabinets

Without the best paint sprayer for kitchen cabinets, you will be stressed all through your project. You will put in a lot of effort and still, you will not attain your preferred results. Here are some tips to guide you through the process of picking the best sprayers:

1. The Type

The first test when picking the best paint sprayer for your kitchen cabinets is to determine what type is right. Today, you will find different models of paint sprayers. The three main ones include HVLP, airless and standard spray guns with all having their advantages and disadvantages.

HVLP paint sprayers are reputable for producing the best finishes. However, they are very expensive therefore, they are not ideal for simple home DIY projects such as painting kitchen cabinets.

Airless paint sprayers on the other hand can also be relied on for results and are ideal for beginners because they are very easy to operate.  Moreover, you do not need an additional compressor or hose as they are all contained in the same unit.  However, just like HVLP paint sprayers, they are somewhat expensive.

Standard spray guns on their end are very affordable, easy to use and can see out most basic painting tasks. However, they cannot serve you well of you are looking for a professional touch.

2. Versatility

Most of the tools today can serve more than one purpose. The statement is also true for paint sprayers for kitchen cabinets. If you are going to spend a lot of money in a paint sprayer, see to it that it is capable of providing you with services that other similar products will not.

3. Speed

The different brands and models of spray painters release paints at different speeds. If you have not notice, speed affects the quality of your painting projects. If possible, consider a brand that allows you to dictate its speed.

Other factors to consider when choosing the best paint sprayer for your kitchen cabinets include the noise levels, ease of use and cost.

However, you can watch the video below in order to better understand on how to paint kitchen cabinets:


Painting your kitchen cabinet is not as hard a task as many people think. By following the tips provided here, you will be able to get around your project in no time. Having the right paint sprayer also plays a huge role in determining your success. It is my hope that this article has helped you solve a problem. If so, kindly like and leave a comment below.

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