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How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

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


  • 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.
  • TIP: Do not cover the holes for the hardware unless you will be installing new pieces.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Use an airless paint sprayer to smoothly and quickly cover large surfaces, like the door fronts.
  • 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.
  • FACT: Did you know? According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest painting in the world is Swedish artist David Aberg's 86,000-square foot, 100-ton work Mother Earth.

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)

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