How to Paint Cabinets


Painting cabinets is an inexpensive way to make a huge change in your kitchen. The project can seem a little intimidating. However, once we got going with it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought. Several family/friends have asked how we did this so I laid out the steps here: 
 

Step One: Label every cabinet door & cabinet with coordinating numbers.  

When it's time to put everything back together, this will help you easily remember which door goes where. 
 

Step Two: Unscrew all of the Hardware

Put all of the hardware in a bag for safe keeping. Even if you plan to replace the hardware, it doesn't hurt to keep the originals around until your project its 110% complete (in case you need a sizing reference etc.)
 

Step Three: Clean the Cabinet Doors

Use a degreasing cleaning product. Don't overthink what to use to clean them, something like this will work: Method spray
 

Step Four: Fill in dents, scratches and holes with wood filler.

This is especially important if you plan to change the hardware. If you plan to go from handles to knobs (or vise versa) the hardware will be located in the different place, so you'll need to fill in the old holes and pre-drill new holes for the new hardware. You will also need to fill in any dents or scratches that may be on the cabinets. 
This is the wood filler we used: Minwax Stainable Wood Filler 
 

Step Five: Sand It Down 

Run a palm sander or sanding block over the cabinet. Use sanding grit between 150-180. 
Here is the palm sander we used: palm sander 
Here is an example of the sand paper we used: grit 180 sandpaper 
 

Step Six: Clean off of the dust 

Run a vaccuum hose or shop vac over it to get the large amount Use a tack cloth to to get all of the fine particles. 
Link for tack cloth: gator tack cloth
 

Step Seven: Paint the Doors ( F I N A L L Y time to paint)

Feels like it took forever to get here, right?  This is the paint sprayer we used. 
There are plenty of ways to organize this project. We just set up all of our doors on a sheet in the garage. To paint the sides, we set the doors on bricks in order to cover the sides completely. 
I do recommend using a paint sprayer because it will give you the smoothest finish. However, if you only have a paintbrush or paint roller that will work too. 
Paint linked here: Valspar Cabinet Enamel 
Paint sprayer linked here: Wagner HVLP Paint Sprayer 
 

Step Eight: Paint the Cabinets

Not gonna lie, this part can be a major pain haha. If you are using a paint sprayer, there is a lot of prep work that goes into it. You'll need to block off all of the walls that you don't want painted.
We used plastic and painter's tape. 
 

Step Nine: Put Doors back on hinges and new hardware. 

YAY! You F I N A L L Y get to see the finished product! Gather all of your hardware, a drill and get to assmebling. Then, take a good long look at how much prettier your kitchen is. Wohoo! 

Thennnn one day you'll have a pretty "after" photo and it'll be great! WOHOO!

 
If you would like to watch a video, this is the one we found most helpful: How to Paint Cabinets YouTube Video 
Hope this information was helpful! Happy Renovating!
Cheers! 
-Adeline

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