Kitchen cabinets can be difficult to paint if you do not have any prior experience. The grainy surface and intricate features require specific materials and painting techniques to prevent a sub-par finish.
Our professional kitchen cabinet painters at C.E.T. Painting have been painting kitchen cabinets for over 15 years. Today we are breaking down the entire painting process step-by-step so that you can successfully transform your kitchen cabinets.
DIY Kitchen Cabinet Painting Guide
Choose the right products
If you do not plan on sanding down your kitchen cabinets, it is important to choose a viscous product that will glide on to your kitchen cabinets without leaving any messy brushstrokes behind. Enamel paint is one of the easiest products for DIY kitchen cabinet painters to use due to its thick coating and single application. For those who wish to paint their cabinets the old-fashioned way, an alkyd paint can be applied with the addition of a primer and a topcoat.
Clean the surface
Unless you are a professional cabinet painter, you may not think it is important to clean the surface of the cabinet before beginning your paint job. This, however, is an easy step that should not be overlooked. Kitchen cabinets can develop a buildup of grease and dust over time, which will have a serious effect on the appearance of your paint if they are not cleaned properly.
Remove cabinet doors
No matter how many paintbrushes and rollers you have, you will never be able to get into every crevice of your kitchen cabinets if you do not detach the doors before painting. We recommend removing the doors, completing your paint job, and allowing all elements to dry completely before reattaching them.
Once you have completed all of the aforementioned steps, you are ready to start painting. Regardless of the painting method and products you have selected, we always recommend using high-quality paint and tools which will give you a smooth, professional look. For flat sections of your cabinets such as the sides, back, and non-decorative elements of the doors, a paint roller will allow for an even coat of paint which can be applied much faster than a paintbrush. Finer details can be painted using a small brush.