How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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Before we even moved into our home, I knew that I would be painting the kitchen cabinets. They were oak and just made the kitchen feel dated.

We have lived here for a few months now but with the arrival of the baby and our other projects, we just hadn’t had time to get to the kitchen cabinets yet. So about a week ago I finally had a minute of free time and decided to just go for it.

It was a pretty time consuming project, but it makes such a dramatic change to the feel of the kitchen that it was SO worth it.
How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

I really did not want to sand every single cabinet down, so we decided to use this liquid sander deglosser. We removed all of the cabinet doors and (wearing a glove) used a cloth to wipe this stuff on – a little goes a long way. After that was finished, I waited ten minutes and then did a second coat.

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Then, I applied the first coat of paint with a paintbrush.

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

The paint did not completely cover up the wood, but I didn’t worry about it too much since it was just the first coat.

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

How to Paint Kitchen CabinetsHow to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

I let the first coat of paint dry for 24 hours and then sanded with a super-fine sandpaper (800 grit) just to remove any tiny little bumps in the paint. After that, I wiped everything down to remove all sanding dust.

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

For the second coat, I decided to use a roller for a smoother finish. Obviously the roller wouldn’t fit into the edges so I used a brush on those first and then went over the flat parts with a roller.

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

In the picture below, the cabinet door on the left has been rolled. The one on the right only has one coat (with the paintbrush). Much better finish with the roller!

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

I let the second coat dry for about 24 hours again and then touched them up with a paint brush in a few little spots.

Then, I used a brush to apply a clear satin polycrylic. I chose a water-based sealant because an oil-based one may yellow after time. I’m not sure if it would matter a whole lot on dark colored cabinets, but since I was putting this over white I wanted to be extra careful.

After a while, I got tired of brushing on the poly and decided to try using a spray can. This worked just as well and I would absolutely recommend it. So much easier!

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

The poly dries super fast – I waited about 30 minutes after applying the first coat and then sanded the cabinets down with an 800 grit sandpaper. Again, this is just to remove any tiny bubbles/imperfections. After that I applied one more coat and let it dry for a couple hours before re-hanging the cabinet doors.

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

After I hung the cabinets I realized that I didn’t want to put all of the old hardware back on (because it was ugly…just saying). BUT I also didn’t want to go buy all new hardware just yet – I’m not ready to make that kind of a commitment. ;)

So…spray paint to the rescue!

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

How to Paint Kitchen CabinetsHow to Paint Kitchen Cabinets How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Here’s the end result. The lower cabinets are still not finished, because I just haven’t found the time to do them, but I will post pictures when I’m done!

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Sarah
    December 20, 2015 at 5:05 am

    It looks beautiful! Makes me wanna do mine!

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    veronica lee
    December 20, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    WOW! Love the end result. The cabinets are beautiful!

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    Laura @ Willow Street Interiors
    January 5, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    What a huge difference a little paint makes! The cabinets look awesome 😊 and congrats on your new addition! What a cutie 💗💗

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    A Kitchen Update | Life on Shady Lane
    January 10, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    […] painting our kitchen’s upper cabinets, I took about a 2 week break before even attempting to start the lowers. This project hasn’t been […]

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    Patricia
    April 21, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I am going to get Brave and do my mom’s and I will post a picture also you made it look so easy 😊 and I will say I’m a little nervous 😣 Thank you !

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      lifeonshadylane
      April 24, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      Oh awesome!!! Good luck – I’d love to see a photo!!

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