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The Best Way to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Renovating a kitchen is one of the most expensive remodeling projects you can undertake.

New cabinets alone can cost $5,000+.

But you can do SO MUCH to transform your kitchen without a full renovation.

Best of all, you don't have to pack anything OR take any doors down to do this! So you can knock it out in TWO DAYS!

One of the easiest and most impactful things you can do is paint your cabinets.

This is what our kitchen looked like before I painted the cabinets.

And this is how it looks now!  Let me show you how I did it :) 

Remove all of your hardware and clean your cabinets with TSP. 



Tape off any areas of your walls and backsplash that you don't want to accidentally get paint on.

Prepare the surface of your cabinets for paint. I rubbed mine down with a liquid deglosser. But if yours are VERY shiny, give them a quick. light sanding.


Now it's time to paint! That's right--no priming need IF you use the paint we used! It has excellent adhesion without primer!


It only took 4 quarts to paint our entire kitchen! If you choose a lighter color, it may require more coats. I got full coverage with the color we used (Seaside) with 1 coat + spot touch ups.

Use a 6" roller with 1/2" nap for rolling  the large, flat surfaces of your cabinets.


Use an angled brush for cutting in along a backsplash & walls. It's also great for getting in grooves in paneled cabinets.


Use a small artist's brush to carefully paint around hinges. This is why you can avoid taking the doors off. TRUST ME, I've done it both ways and this is so much easier!


Paint all visible surfaces and the back of the doors. But skip painting the inside of the cabinet boxes. This is how you avoid packing anything!


Paint the back and front of all drawers. Again, you don't need to paint the drawer box itself. Just use painter's tape to protect the drawer box.


Apply a top coat for extra protection. This paint is super durable, but we did apply a topcoat as well. It was quick and easy! 1 small container was plenty.


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