How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets: A Detailed Guide 

There must have been many times that your old and greasy kitchen cabinets made you embarrassed in front of your friends and guests. You want to change it so bad, but unluckily your budget cannot allow you to get a new one.

You are yearning for a quick, cheap, easy, and effective solution to this problem. Then let’s dive into this article right away and let us show you how to paint kitchen cabinets


  • Broad tapered brush: a two-inch-sized one. 
  • Painting tools: Rollers are suitable for flat cabinet doors and no panels. 
  • Paints: Oil-based products go well with a synthetic or natural bristle brush. Latex paints suit a synthetic bristle brush quite well. And for the question how to choose paint remover for wood cabinets, we will mention it in a different article. 
  • Paint nail: A good option as it helps reduce the mess of paint drippings out of the painting can. 
  • Other tools: Vacuum, sanding block, sandpaper, screwdriver, primer, tack cloth.

Detach doors and other hardware

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First, remove all the hinges, together with pulls and knobs from the cabinets and doors with a screwdriver. Next, remove all the screws attached to the doors and cabinets. The door has two screws each hinge while the cabinet frame has one each, so you need to take care of those. Other than that, don’t touch anything that can disturb the installation.

Remove drawer faces 

Inside of the drawer boxes, there are drawer faces screwed, so you only need to remove the faces. You should separate each set of the hardware in a different bag to easily differentiate between them.

Clean the paint-needed surface

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It would be best to use drop cloths and counters along with rosin paper to protect the floors. To keep the paper organized, you can try using some masking tape.

Greasy kitchen cabinets may not well attach to the paint, so make sure you get rid of them carefully with a grease cutter. There are two types: TSP-PF and TSP, and either is fine. 

Dull the surfaces

This step will help to sand and scuff up the surfaces for the primer adhering better. Use grit sandpaper and a sanding block to take care of flat areas. Meanwhile, rounded or contoured surfaces are much easier to handle as you need sandpaper (only a small piece). Then, continue to use a vacuum and a tack cloth to clean the surface. 

Prime doors & drawer fronts 

Cover the work surface with a drop cloth or newspaper to prevent the paint from sticking everywhere. Start to prime or paint flat doors from one side with long strokes, top to bottom. The right order is the frame, the center field, and the narrow contoured area (between the frame and  center field) in turn.

Prime the cabinets

Remember priming your cabinets (image credit:

Painter’s tape is of use to mark the adjoining areas and surfaces that do not need painting. Then go for a straight line with a brush in which the cabinet meets a floor, wall, or ceiling. After you’re done with it, prime the whole side with vertical strokes and the cabinet’s front.

Apply two coats of paint

Finally, apply one coat of paint to the entire primed surfaces. When it dries, frequently in several hours, apply again. And you’re done!


Having new kitchen cabinets with a low budget now is not a dream anymore. Above are some quick, easy, and efficient steps on how to paint kitchen cabinets. Are you ready for a whole new kitchen? Then put down your phone, grab the tools, and make your dream kitchen come true now!


Further reading:

Mistakes You Make Painting Cabinets

20 Surprising Tips on How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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