Whether you want to know how to paint kitchen cabinets, how to paint laminate cabinets, or how to paint wood cabinets, these basic steps will help you to achieve a quality paint finish that will last. Read this step-by-step tutorial to learn how to paint cabinets like a pro.
I’ve painted many a cabinet in my day (my DIY-loving dad kept building more and more in our home while I was growing up, and guess who his paint crew was? 😉 ). I’ve tried oil based paint, chalk paint, acrylic paint, and more… But in my recent bathroom renovation, I took care to systematize the process that I think produces the absolute best results so that I could share them with you. No matter where your cabinets are in your home, these steps will help you achieve a smooth, lasting interior paint job.
Here’s a video that sums it all up. There is a supply list and written steps below, as well!
Supplies needed to paint cabinets:
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- paintable and sandable wood filler
- palm sander with medium grit sandpaper
- lint-free rags
- simple green cleaner
- painter’s tape
- drop cloths or plastic
- trim foam roller and tray
- interior primer (like Zinsser 1-2-3)
- high quality paint (like Benjamin Moore Advanced) in satin, semi-gloss, or high gloss* (I used Polo Blue in Satin for this cabinet)
*I am often asked what kind of paint to use on kitchen cabinets (or bathroom cabinets, for that matter), and while I certainly haven’t tried every paint on the market, I love Benjamin Moore Advanced for high-traffic cabinetry. Save money by painting your cabinets yourself, but splurge a little on quality paint, whatever brand you choose. I am also asked how to seal painted cabinets, but the beauty of a high quality paint like this (in satin, semi-gloss, or high gloss) is that they do not need to be sealed.
How to paint cabinets like a pro:
- Remove all doors, drawers, and hardware (not pictured)
- Protect walls and floors with plastic and painter’s tape
- If planning to change hardware, fill holes with putty
- Lightly sand all doors and the cabinet face frame with medium grit sandpaper (repeat putty and sanding over filled holes if necessary)
- Clean all doors and cabinet face frame with a strong cleaner like Simple Green
- Using a lint-free rag, apply a deglosser to all doors and frame according to product instructions
- Using a trim roller, apply a thin coat of all-purpose primer to all surfaces
- Once primer is dried according to package instructions, apply 2-3 very thin coats of a high-quality satin, semigloss or high gloss paint; be sure to allow to dry according to package instructions between coats
- Once dry completely, reattach doors and drawers and drill for new hardware if desired
Have you painted cabinets? I’d love to know!
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