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How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets 101

My kitchen makeover was the most read thing on my blog last month (If you missed it, it’s here). I had a lot of questions about how I painted my cabinets so quickly! Today I’m revealing the easiest method you can do to paint kitchen cabinets in my post, How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets 101.

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I’d like to preface this by saying it’s no easy task! I was lucky, as a single homeowner, to have my parents to help me tackle painting my kitchen cabinets. It’s not something you can do in a weekend – it took us about a month. We worked mostly on weekends during the day and evenings, when the weather permitted.

I read a lot of tutorials on how to paint kitchen cabinets and researched what worked best for others before I started this. It’s different for everyone, though, depending on the type of cabinets you have.

The first step was to take all of the doors off of the cabinets. I removed the hinges (some with a screw driver, some with a drill), and stacked these up nicely. I read a lot of tutorials that said to make sure you either write on your cabinets or number them, but I skipped this, as they were such a variety of sizes.

Next, we washed the cabinet doors with soap and water. After they were clean (seriously disgusting how some get), we then applied a paint deglosser, which I purchased at Menards. This strips away all gloss so the paint will stick better. This allows you to skip the step of sanding your cabinets. Deglosser might strip away some of the finish, but that’s fine. Just warning you 🙂

Now, you’re ready to start painting!

We started by taping off the edges of the cabinet frames and used a brush EVERYWHERE to prime.

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We did this in steps to let it dry and see how it would look. We just used the same primer I paint my walls with, nothing fancy…

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We also used this primer on the doors. After that, we found the perfect paint at Sherwin Williams to use for everything. We did two coats with the brush on the trim. This can of paint has the nice red pour spout because…

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We bought a paint sprayer to use on all of the cabinets. This thing was a MAJOR time saver. We found it at Sherwin Williams as well and only had to do two coats on my cabinets.

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Before you paint a cabinet you need to test spray a surface of similar texture. We used a piece of cardboard or wood to test the consistency of the sprayer. You don’t want your paint to be too thick and run.

We set up tables in my garage to spray the doors on. We sprayed the doors on one side then once dry, flipped and did the other side. We set the doors on Painter’s Pyramids, purchased also at Menards. As we sprayed each door, we used a brush to wipe the edges down so the paint did not drip.

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It took the doors several days (2-3) to dry completely. We also made sure to finish this by the time it got cold, and not do it in the rain. Temperature and weather were major factors so we could work in the garage. You can’t tell in this picture, but I had the garage side door open for a bit of air.

After this, we attached all of the cabinet doors and I have never been happier!! I am thrilled with how this turned out.

Before:

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After:

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Now, to tackle my wallpaper, counters, backsplash and floor! The fun continues!!

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