Easy Guide to Painting Kitchen Cabinets

March 15, 2012 by 30 Comments

I never ever thought I’d finally get to the fun part…Painting Kitchen Cabinets…my preference…White Paint!  Sit back and enjoy or judge, but this is my way…to winter paint!  Please don’t try to commit me…nothing, I repeat nothing was ruined in the process!  Promise!  {And for those that are hyperventilating, I have a preferred Spring/Summer technique for you as you scroll down…no worries…it’s not for everyone}.

Easy Guide to Painting Kitchen Cabinets

 

PAINTING PREP / SANDING:
Remove all the hardware if you haven’t yet!  Empty the cabinets.  Take the cabinet doors and drawers outside for sanding.  Sand all surfaces using pressure and moving in a circular motion.  Wipe down the cabinets with a wet cloth.  Clean the area in the kitchen near the cabinet bases, where the sand was blowing.  Return all the dishes to your cabinets…no need having over the top chaos while painting.

DEGLOSSING:
Wipe on oil-based deglosser and allow the product to penetrate the cabinets for ten minutes.  Add another coat.  Wait 10 more minutes.  Wipe away the deglosser and see the affect after fully dry.  Repeat if the wood is still highly glossed.  We want to be working on a dull surface.

PAINTING SETUP:
Drape drop cloths on the floor/area rug…wherever it lands.  Open up foldable tables that you store in the garage.  Cover the kitchen table with those awful plastic table cloths that you buy after the holidays for a quarter.  Empty the top of your washer and dryer and all your cabinets and get ready to make your house into a workshop!  The more surface area…the faster you finish!  And I’m not one to be real patient so I totally strategize to bing, bang, boom…DONE!

HELPFUL TIPS:
Drawers rest well on dressers, desks, tables…any elevated, flat surface that will allow them to overhang for easy rolling.  Every single cabinet will need a place to lie during the paint process.  Yes…it’s going to be a total nightmare for four days, but seriously worth it to be able to make a rotation around all the drawers, doors and cabinet boxes {stiles} and by the time you’ve made it back around, had a sip of tea and enjoyed some chocolate before the doors are dry and ready for the next coat.  When using primer, I flip after an hour…gives me just the right amount time to make the totally rotation.  For the top coat, I continue to add coats on the back side and after three coats leave it to dry overnight.  Then I flip it so the right side is showing and roll through three coats of paint on the top…another days drying time and we’re good to through the cabinets on hinges!  Seems overwhelming, but it’s really not that bad…it’s like childbirth, you definitely don’t remember the pain because you’re so caught up in the difference it made in your kitchen and total life satisfaction!

INDOOR PRIMING:

Begin with Kilz oil-based primer and use furniture rollers intended for a smooth surface for main areas and have a Purdy angled brush for cutting in around the cabinet bases and around the trim on the cabinets.  Definitely the extra time it takes to cut into the new trim on the cabinet doors is definitely worth it…if looks could kill…these things would be deadly!  I used two coats of primer for the entire cabinetry.  Kilz oil-based primer offers GREAT coverage.  Lightly sand after each coat and gently wipe clean with a wet cloth.

OUTDOOR PRIMING:
After sanding, wiping, deglossing, and wiping some more, as mentioned above, I’ve found that it really speeds the process when I take my drawers and doors outside and prime them with spray paint primer {oil based kilz}.  Seriously, the spray paint with a light sand between two coats speeds the time perfectly!  You know anything with spray paint is a two second process!!!!
TOP COAT:

Next, I add flotrol additive to my final paint color.  I use my 6 inch furniture roller, intended for an ultra smooth finish and roll each cabinet up and down and then move on to my next until I’ve rotated through the drawers, doors and the cabinet base!  Then I repeat.  Using flotrol additive in the paint helps to thin the paint and reduce strokes, allowing the paint to dry with a super smooth surface.  Amazing!

PAINT COLOR:
My cabinetry paint color choice is Sherwin Williams Luminous White: that’s how I roll around here…I like truest white…nearly to the point you need sunglasses.  I think I like super duper white lots because it makes me feel real tan despite not getting any darker than a light cream in the heat of summer!  And during winter when I’m pasty, it really makes me feel better!

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30 Responses to “Easy Guide to Painting Kitchen Cabinets”
  1. Jackie says:

    Beautiful and a clean look. Love it

  2. lindsay says:

    Holy Moly! Thank you for this. I have been talking my husband into painting the kitchen for what seems like forever. I am saving this and using all your tip/tricks. Awesome. Amazing.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Awesome Job! Thanks for the tips! I’m hoping to do my cabinets soon. Did you use any type of top coat to protect all of your hard work?

    • Thanks so much!!! You are totally welcome! No, I didn’t use a top coat…top coats usually cause the original color to yellow…I’ve read this and know from firsthand experience. The paint will continue to harden over time…mine cabinets are very durable…I scrub on them with water and a paper towel with no worries at all!!! I’m so excited for your fun cabinets remodel!!! It’s definitely worth all the hard work! XO, Aimee

  4. Our cabinets are already white, but it definitely needs some retouching. This is a great guide! Thank you for sharing! I love the drawers really, even without painting the sides.

  5. Sonia Corbett says:

    I love the your cabinets turned, you did a beautiful job. I would like to know the brand of the pinting you used.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Sonia

  6. Wow, this looks fantastic. I look forward to you stopping by My Dream Canvas. I am hosting a spring soiree at my home :) The party also includes a giveaway by the famous tabletop and giftware brand Mikasa. Hope to see you there!! Have a great week.

  7. Katie says:

    Thank you for sharing! This is great information. One question: what type of finish did you get your paint in? Was it high gloss? Thanks for your help!

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