How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

Brighten up your kitchen and give your cabinets a new look with a fresh coat of paint.

You will need

  • A screwdriver
  • Grease-cutting cleanser
  • A sponge
  • Wood putty
  • A putty knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Masking tape
  • Oil-based or acrylic latex paint
  • A mini paint roller
  • A full-sized paint roller
  • A paintbrush
  • An airless paint sprayer (optional) (optional) (optional)

Step 1 Remove drawers, doors, and hardware Remove all of the drawers, cabinet doors, and hardware using a screwdriver.

Step 2 Clean surfaces with cleanser and sponge Use grease-cutting cleanser and a sponge to gently, but thoroughly, clean the cabinets, drawers, and doors. Rinse the surfaces and let them dry.

Step 3 Fill in dents or divots with wood putty Fill in any dents or divots in the doors and drawers using wood putty and a putty knife.

Step 4 Sand surfaces Lightly scrub all of the surfaces with sandpaper.

Step 5 Mark surfaces that won't be painted Use masking tape to cover all of the surfaces that you don’t want painted.

Step 6 Paint cabinets Paint the cabinets. Use a mini roller for tight spaces like the inside of the cabinet. Use a full-sized roller or a brush everywhere else.

Step 7 Let paint dry, then reattach Allow the paint to dry completely. Reattach the hardware, and then remount the doors and drawers. Step back and admire your beautiful new kitchen cabinets.