How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets? – Make Them Look New Again!

Eventually, your kitchen will look old. Once this happens some people decide to replace it by buying a new kitchen, that’s a great option, but not everyone has the money to do that.

So, if you don’t have the money to replace your old kitchen cabinets or you don’t want to spend a lot of money on something that is gonna look old in a few years anyway, there’s another good option which you can use. I use it.

That option is to re-paint your kitchen cabinets by yourself. I know this may sound like a hard task to do, but trust me when I say that you don’t need to pay a professional to do this. Reading the right guide, and having the right tools will make this job much easier.

Luckily for you, we will provide you with the best guide for painting kitchen cabinets, and we will also recommend the right tools that you need in order to complete this task.

Tip: You can re-paint your kitchen cabinets even if they don’t look old. Maybe you don’t like the color of the cabinets or you just want a new color, that’s fine. You can re-paint kitchen cabinets even if they are new.

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets?

kitchen cabinets before and after paint spraying them with a paint sprayer

Clearly, this will take a long time. Probably one or two days depending on how much experience you have. To save even more time you have to use paint sprayers.

There are a lot of different paint sprayers, but for this kind of job, if you don’t have a paint sprayer and you are looking for one then make sure to check our best paint sprayers for kitchen cabinets post.

You can use paint rollers too!, although I don’t recommend using them. Because that’s gonna take 4x or 5x more time, and to be honest if you use paint rollers to re-paint kitchen cabinets you will not get a good finish quality. You can even make the kitchen look worse. But that’s up to you!

Before starting to read the tips, here’s a picture that will help you to choose the perfect color for your kitchen cabinets

Down below I will list the steps you need to follow in order to get your job done faster and better!

Clear the cabinets

First things first, make sure you take out all the stuff that’s inside of the kitchen cabinets. You can never know where the paint is gonna go. If you keep the stuff inside such as food or something else that you eat, you may end up damaging them. And they can even slow down your process, so just take them out.

Once you take all the stuff out, make sure to clean the cabinets. Cabinets have a lot of dust inside. And if you don’t know, dust is the biggest enemy of paint sprayers. If there’s dust on an object and you spray it with paint sprayers, the color quality will be low.

To avoid that make sure to clean all the kitchen cabinets before starting to spray them. You can even splash water to cabinets, just make sure there’s no dust.

Once you clean them its time to wipe down the cabinets or “Uninstall” them. The best way to do this is by labeling them. For example: Keep the doors in one place, the other parts in one place and so on. Because if you have never installed a kitchen you will find it very difficult to know which parts came together and where to put them.

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First sand then prime

Usually, when I decide to spray my kitchen cabinets or any other object, I don’t sand them. You can still do this and it will help you get even a better color quality. I usually just use it in damaged areas. If you have a damaged area or if you decide to sand the cabinets make sure to use 20-grit sandpaper.

Make sure to follow the #1 on my list after you do this. Once you sand the cabinets there’s gonna be a lot of dust. Try to blow the dust away, or just wash the cabinets. If you decide to sand then check my guide on how to sand kitchen cabinets

Prepare the area & paint

Once you have done the first two steps now it’s time to prepare the space. This depends on where you are gonna work if you decide to work inside make sure to cover all the furniture and objects that are near.

Also, you have to be extra careful if you work inside, you don’t want to accidentally spray your walls, right? So make sure to be careful and if possible stay away from your house walls.

I usually work in my garage but if you don’t have one, you can totally work inside your house. For the garage make sure to cover all the things you don’t want to get sprayed as well.

If you don’t know how to use paint sprayers make sure to read my post on how to use paint sprayers. Try to get a high-quality paint for your paint sprayer, and thinner paints work better and will give you a better color quality, so go with them.

Now that you have done all these steps it’s time to spray the kitchen cabinets. But don’t just start the paint sprayer and start spraying the cabinets. Try to practice first, especially if you are not experienced with paint sprayers. To do this try getting cardboard, once you have filled your paint sprayer with paint try to spray the cardboard first and make a few tests, that will help you to get used to working with paint sprayers, it will help you to see how to color looks, and if there’s any dust left inside the paint sprayer that will help to get it out.

You can also do this if you have any object that you don’t need or that you don’t care if it gets sprayed. Once you have practiced enough now it’s time to spray the kitchen cabinets. Here are a few tips that you need to follow :

1. Try to spray 10 or 12 inches away from the kitchen cabinets ( or any other surface ) – If you spray too close you will over-spray the object and if you spray too far the color quality won’t be good. So try to follow the 10-12 rule.

2. Don’t keep spraying the same area for too long –  I usually just move my paint sprayer around the object as much as I can.

3. Don’t use your wrist to spray – Just like I said, try to move your paint sprayer as much as you can. But while you are doing this try to move all your hand together and not only your wrist. If you only move your wrist you will get tired faster and you may not be able to control the spray directions.

TIP: You can do two or three layers of paint if you want to get a better color quality. Clearly, that will take a longer time and you will be spending a lot more paint, but you will get a good color quality. If you decide to do this make sure to follow these important tips: Once you do the first layer you have to wait for the paint to dry. Do not paint over paint that isn’t dry completely. You have to wait for each layer of paint to dry before adding another one.

4. Re-install them

Once you have sprayed your kitchen cabinets make sure to wait for them to completely dry. Depending on your paint sprayer and your paint this may take a day or less. If you got any of the paint sprayers we recommended, then the color will dry in a few hours.

Once the color is dried it’s time to re-install the parts again. Hopefully, you have followed our instructions to label everything, which will make this part much easier.

After you re-install your kitchen cabinets you will be done! If you don’t like the color you can re-do this process again. But if you followed our instructions carefully I’m sure you will love it!

How to Refinish Kitchen Cabinets  – F.A.Q

Here are some questions that you may ask when you are learning how to paint kitchen cabinets with paint sprayers.

What paint should I use for my paint sprayer?

This all depends on your paint sprayer, if you paint sprayer is a low-quality one you won’t get a good finish quality anyway. Always try to go for quality ones, for paint sprayers, and for paint.

So to answer this question ” what kind of paint to use on kitchen cabinets ” more properly, I say that you should go for thinner paints. They will give you a good finish color quality.

I prefer to use latex paint because they dry faster which helps me complete the job faster especially when I have to add two or three layers, latex paint will give you a great finish quality, and it’s a lot easier to clean the paint sprayer if you use it.

So in overall latex painting gives you a good finish color quality and helps you to finish your tasks a lot of times faster.

What paint sprayer should I use to spray kitchen cabinets?

As I have mentioned earlier, I prefer HVLP paint sprayers for cabinets. But clearly, there are a lot of other different paint sprayers models that you can use. If you never used a paint sprayer before then I suggest you read our post about best paint sprayers for beginners

How much will it cost me to spray my kitchen cabinets?

Determining how much money you are gonna spend on this project depends on the tools you own and on the materials you own or you will buy. If you already have a paint sprayer that will help you spend less money on this project. If you don’t then you have to buy a new one.

When you buy new paint sprayer try to go with a quality one. Keep in mind that you will use this paint sprayer for different tasks as well since you can spray a lot of things inside your home and not only your kitchen cabinets.

Try to think of it as an investment. The same thing goes for paints too, try to buy a quality one and not a cheap one.

Everyone will spend a different amount of money for this project, but one thing is for sure that you will be saving a lot of money with this method. Buying a new kitchen will cost you a lot of money, and hiring a professional to do the job will cost you a lot of money as well.

Do I have to be experienced to paint my own kitchen cabinets?

Everyone was once a beginner. Clearly, if you are experienced you will get better results, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try it if you are not. Spraying kitchen cabinets is an easy task, and if you don’t get a good color quality, you can always re-do them.

So, if you are inexperienced then I think you should totally try to spray your kitchen cabinets, you will get more experience doing this, you will have new kitchen cabinet and you will feel great once you complete the job.

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