I’ve wanted to share a step by step guide on how to paint kitchen cabinets with a video for a long time with you guys. Of all the DIY projects I’ve done, I think painting kitchen cabinets was initially the scariest. What if I don’t like them? What if the paint job doesn’t look good enough? What if I don’t use the right paint or color…
Self doubts like this are the reason I think some people don’t just pull out a paint brush and tackle the job. Choosing instead to live with kitchen cabinets they are less than happy with.
Guess what guys? It doesn’t need to be that way!
I tackled this project in the North House recently. I love the results. Most importantly, I’m sharing a DIY tutorial on how to paint kitchen cabinets that just about any level of DIYer can replicate and get great results too. I loved that this entire kitchen cabinet paint makeover was done by hand, without the need for any special equipment to buy, and I did it all myself in just two days. Win!
Step by step guide on how to paint kitchen cabinets with a video tutorial
Supplies needed to paint kitchen cabinets. I use affiliate links to help you find the products I used and earn a small commission if you make a purchase at no cost to you.
- Beyond Paint kit I used Soft Grey
- painters pyramids
- painters rags
- painters tape for delicate surfaces
- degreaser – Beyond Paint recommends Simple Green All Purpose Cleaner to prep
- disposable gloves
- safety googles
- drill – to remove hardware
- old toothbrush
I share a lot of painting tips to successfully paint kitchen cabinets in this video. Pay attention to how I work the roller and brush to get a super smooth painted finish. I’ve also shared a bunch of helpful tips during the process of painting the cabinets. Sorry the video is kind of long. I wanted to be sure you had enough information to confidently tackle this DIY kitchen makeover project yourself 🙂
Step One: Remove doors and drawers from the cabinet bases
Remove the doors from the cabinet bases. Next you’ll remove the hardware from the doors and place in a container so it will be easy to reassemble the cabinets when your project is done. Remove the drawers next.
Step Two: Clean the surfaces with a degreaser
Thoroughly wipe all the surfaces down with a degreaser. Beyond Paint recommends either Simple Green or Mineral Spirits. Clean the front and back of doors, cabinet bases. Basically you’re cleaning any surface area that will be painted. An old toothbrush is a great tool to get into old cracks and crevices.
Step Three: Tape off and protect your surfaces
Use painters tape for delicate surfaces and tape off areas that need to be protected. Lay drop cloths to protect any area you don’t want to get paint on as well.
Step Four: Paint the doors and drawers
Use the chip brush for crevices and apply a thin coat of paint. Next, apply a thin coat of Beyond Paint with the roller that comes with the kit to all surfaces. Watch the video for step by step details on how I painted the doors and drawers. Let the paint dry 2-4 hours and apply a second coat.
Step Five: Paint the kitchen cabinet bases
Use the chip brush to apply paint to all the corners of the cabinet bases and frame. Use the roller to apply the paint to the cabinet faces. Again, you’ll want to apply a thin coat. Let the paint dry 2-4 hours and apply a second coat.
It’s best to remove the painters tape while the paint is drying but before it has hardened.
Step Six: Apply a sealer (optional)
Beyond Paint doesn’t require a sealer but if you choose to use theirs like I did you’ll wait 24 hours, and apply one very thin coat of the sealer in the same way that the paint was applied. Don’t forget to apply a new layer of painters tape where needed to protect your surfaces and walls! Allow the sealer to dry thoroughly before putting the cabinet hardware back on.
Step Seven: Reassemble kitchen cabinet doors and put back drawers
Reassembling the kitchen cabinets after they’ve been painted is easiest if you reattach the door hardware onto the doors first and then attach the doors to the cabinet frames. Your drawers should just slide back into place. Reattach the cabinet handles and drawer pulls last. I have a fantastic tutorial on How To Install Knobs and Pulls On Cabinets which will save you a ton of time.
Now for the fun part. Let’s do a little before and after comparison!
What do you think? I still have some work to do like adding a backsplash for contrast but do you love the new painted cabinet color? I do! This room has come a long way. See the DIY Shiplap Wall in the background?
Beyond Paint’s Soft Grey was the perfect shade of light grey to work with the new granite counters, stainless appliances and the DIY built in wine cooler I just finished. The cabinet pulls for this project were supplied by DLawless Hardware. Here’s a link to the post I did on how to install knobs and pulls on cabinets and furniture. You’ll find more information in the article on the fabulous hardware I used too. If your cabinets need more shelf space, you’ll want to check out how to add extra shelves to your kitchen cabinets.
The cabinets look fabulous! They look so great with the Peel and Stick Tile Backsplash I installed.
Not a brush stroke or roller mark anywhere. In fact the cabinets look like the paint was applied with a paint sprayer.
What do you think? Are you ready to tackle this type of DIY project and paint your own kitchen cabinets too? You can do it!
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You can find Beyond Paint online but several stores carry it as well. Check here to see if there’s a store near you.
Now that I’ve shared how to paint kitchen cabinets are ready to try this DIY yourself?