How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets
Posted By
Stacy Risenmay
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Materials Needed: 
  • Quality paint
  • Deglosser
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • Wood putty
  • Rags
  • Plastic tarps and/or paper
  • Painters tape
  • Super Finish Max paint sprayer

Project Steps


My sister wanted to freshen up her kitchen and break up all the woo tones so she asked me to paint her kitchen cabinets a light gray. Painting kitchen cabinets is a big job, but with the right tools, it can be easy! Follows these tips and you will get a super smooth finish.

Step 1

Remove Hardware and Label

Remove all hinges and harware. Place them in bags so you don't lose any screws and you can keep them organized. Label the doors and drawers fronts. I like to label them inside the hole for the hinge. Then I place tape over it so I can still read it after I spay the cabinets with paint. 

Step 2

Clean and Repair

Clean the doors, drawer fronts, and bases well with a soapy rag to remove grease, food, or dirt.

Use wood putty and fill any knot holes, dents, or scratches. Once the putty is dry, use a deglosser to remove the shine from the finish then lightly sand the putty smooth with a 220 grit sandpaper. 

Step 3

Prepare Your Paint and Sprayer...Then Paint

Use tarps and painters tape to protect your counters, walls, and floors. Now you are ready to paint!

Fill the Super Finish Max (or regular Finish Max) with your chosen paint. I like to use enamel paint for cabinets.

Thin your paint. Test the sprayer on some cardboard or scrap wood before using it on your cabinets. Adjust the spray so that it is a semi-fine mist. Thinned paint and a low output are the key to a smooth finish. Spray several thin coats of paint instead of a couple of thick coats for better results. Wait for the paint to completely dry before adding the next coat. 

Step 4

Reattach Hinges and Enjoy!

Once the final coat is completely dry, you can remove the tarps and tape. I like to let the cabinet doors and drawer fronts cure for at least 24 hours before adding the hinges back on. It is easier, especially for the tall cabinet doors, if you have someone to help you add the doors back on the bases. 

Once you are done it is time to stand back and enjoy the view of your new kitchen!

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