There are many ways to paint kitchen cabinets, but most of those ways will leave you with a disappointing finished product full of dried brush strokes, paint dribbles, or rough texture.  There are two ways, in my experience, to do it right.  One involves spraying, which is difficult in an existing kitchen, and the way I’m showing you today.  I’ve used this technique to paint many a cabinet– from bathrooms to kitchens to furniture– and if you’re going to update your current kitchen, while living in your home, this is the way to do it.  Today I’m sharing my technique for how to paint kitchen cabinets.

Painting your cabinets is no doubt a big job.  Here are a few things to keep in mind before you start.

1)  It’s important to do it the right way.  If you can paint your cabinets and make it look professionally done, it raises the value of your home.  If it’s done the wrong way, it’s easy to tell.

2)  This is a project that takes some time and patience.  It’s best done in phases so it doesn’t disrupt your life too much, and so you don’t get burned out.

3)  It takes a combination of using a brush and using a roller, and knowing when to use which tool.

4)  The quality of the products and paint you use makes a huge difference.  In the video I give specifics about the paint and rollers we used.  It’s been through trial and error we have found our favorite products and I recommend them thoroughly.

I hope this video tutorial helps explain a bit more, and visually helps you get the idea.

It’s a lot of information to digest, but I promise if you follow these steps, your kitchen will look amazing!

We still have a lot of work to do in there, but it’s starting to take shape.  I can’t even express in words how amazing it is every time I see those bright white cabinets.  Hoorah!

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  1. says

    We painted our maple cabinets white last year. My husband is a carpenter so all upgrades must be done right, or he deems them cheap and trashy. We took off all of the doors, sanded the cabinet bases and doors/drawer faces, then primed and painted each one. We used a foam roller made for cabinetry as well as a brush to ensure we got the cracks and crevices. It’s absolutely worth doing it the right way!

  2. Marisa says

    Hi!!! Your kitchen looks amazing!!! Great job! I am hoping to tackle this project soon in my home. Did you primer the cabinet doors or
    Just the inside of the drawers?

    THanks so much!

    • says

      Thank you Marisa! I only primed the insides. The paint we used is so high quality that we were able to skip the priming step on the outside. Thank you for reading!

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  4. says

    Hello! I was wondering how long it took you to paint all of your kitchen cabinetry from start to finish? We have a large kitchen and so.many.cabinets! From your video, it looks like maybe comparable to yours (although I have about a dozen glass-fronted cabinets to paint…two standard size cabinets and about 10 small glass-front cabinets. Anyway, just wondering what would be realistic time-wise. I feel like it would take me months to do them all while living in it. Plus, we don’t have a garage, so I think I would have to just do a few of the cabinet doors at a time so that I could move them inside to dry after painting. Or possibly paint them in my (fairly large) dining room, but still could only do them in stages. Also, was the dust insane with all the sanding? Did you empty all your cabinets? Another reason to do it in stages? Sorry for all the questions. I just really hate my honey oak 90’s cabinets in my otherwise large and pretty kitchen, and since they are fully functional they are pretty low on our long list of rehab priorities…unless I could possibly do them myself! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • says

      Hi Caroline! First, we only very lightly sanded. No need to go crazy with the sanding if you have a quality paint, like we did. We did empty all of the cabinets out, which was a pain, but we did it in sections to limit the disruption. We completely finished one block before we moved onto the next. It did take a while, mostly because we were working on it at night the majority of the time, after work and our daughter went down for the night. If you dedicated a weekend, you could make a good dent! In the video, I go into a bit more explanation. Hope that helps!

  5. Kari H says

    Hi Jen, I’m visiting you today via Thrifty Decor Chick….lovely job on your cabinets! I am wondering if your cabinets were real wood or MDF. I have 90’s real wood oak cabinets but am wondering how the finish will come out? Thanks for your help. I did watch your video several times.

  6. Ann C says

    Just found your blog and I love it! Your videos are great and so very helpful. Only thing I might suggest is changing the color of your highlighted text. It’s very difficult to read, they are so pale. I had to make the screen quite big to be able to make the words readable because they were so light. I have subscribed and will continue to follow you. I am at a point where I want to paint my kitchen cupboards and your video was great. Thanks again.

    • says

      Hi Ann, thank you so much for reading! I’ve never had anyone say that before– I’ll look into darkening it bit. So glad you found withHEART!


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