10 Things Nobody Tells You About Painting Kitchen Cabinets

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By Annie Quigley January 10, 2019

New year, new cabinets. Ready to make a change in your kitchen, without the expense and hassle of sourcing and installing all-new everything? A new coat of paint on kitchen cabinets, when done well, can completely change the look of your kitchen—on a minimal budget. (If you need proof, just see 6 Kitchen Cabinets Transformed with Paint.)

Ready to get started? Here are 10 things to know:

1. Wood is best.

After consulting with an interior designer, Meredith found a paint shade for her unsightly wood cabinets that balances out the dark-colored tile backsplash and transforms the space. Read more about how she did it in Before & After: A Remodelista Editor’s Dated California Kitchen Gets a Refresh.
Above: After consulting with an interior designer, Meredith found a paint shade for her unsightly wood cabinets that balance out the dark-coloured tile backsplash and transforms the space. Read more about how she did it in Before & After: A Remodelista Editor’s Dated California Kitchen Gets a Refresh.

When it comes to painting cabinets, any kind of wood will do. “Unfinished, painted, and stained wood all work well, as does MDF, compressed/faux wood,” says painter Albert Ridge in How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets: 5 Tips from a Master Painter. But painting is pretty forgiving: “In truth, any material that you can scuff up with sandpaper so that paint adheres is viable. That’s why laminates aren’t a good choice—you can paint them, but it won’t be long-lasting. Note that stained wood and glossy finishes have to first be de-glossed; I use a liquid sander, Wil-Bond, that’s applied with a rag.”

2. You’ll need to label each cabinet panel.

Photograph from Ikea Upgrade: The SemiHandmade Kitchen Remodel.
Above: Photograph from Ikea Upgrade: The SemiHandmade Kitchen Remodel.

When taking cabinet doors off of their hinges and drawers out of their slots, you’ll need to come up with a system to remember where everything goes. Draw a small diagram and label each piece accordingly so you can easily put them back in the correct places once they’re dry.

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