How to Paint Cabinets

June 17, 2021

The laundry room makeover is progressing nicely! I finished painting the cabinets that are in the room and the walls.


In the past, I have also painted the vanity cabinet in the hall bathroom and my kitchen cabinets. It's such an easy and inexpensive way to update a room so I thought I'd share how to do it!


First, check out the Laundry Room Design Board that I created to see my vision for this room. I couldn't get the "Gentleman's Gray" paint color from my design board, but I found one called "Undersea" which is a pretty close match.


How to Paint Cabinets

How to Paint Cabinets

You can check out the kitchen cupboards here: Updated 1960's Kitchen Reveal and the bathroom vanity cabinet here: Main Bathroom Redo - Updating a Dated Vanity.


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Supplies

Painting cabinets really is quite simple. The most important part is using good quality paint. Of course, it will be a little more expensive but it requires far fewer coats for good coverage. It evens out or ends up actually costing less because you will use less paint plus you'll save yourself lots of time and frustration. (Of course, it helps if you are painting with a darker color. It would require more paint if you were using a light color).


I painted two upper cabinets and doors and a larger base cabinet and doors with only 1 quart of paint and I still have almost half a can of paint left! 


Step 1: Remove the cabinet doors and drawers from the cabinet bases. Also, remove the hinges and pulls. Put all of these and the screws in a plastic bag so you don't lose them.


Tip: Mark each hinge and the associated door that it goes to (If you have a lot of cabinets, mark the doors and cabinet bases that go together too). I just wrote on the backside of the hinges with a Sharpie, UR = upper right, LR = lower right, UL = upper left, etc. You would think that you could just use the hinges anywhere since they are all the same but take it from me... mark them... you will be happy you did. 😉


Step 2: Sand the cupboards and doors. You don't have to get too carried away but you want to scuff them up so the paint has something to grab onto. Fill any holes too, our cupboards had a clothes rod hung between them that I removed so I filled the screw holes.


How to Paint Cabinets

Step 3: After sanding, wipe down with a damp rag to remove any dust from sanding.

How to Paint Cabinets

Step 4: prop the cabinet doors up on some cans so that you can paint the whole area of the door including the edges at once.

How to Paint Cabinets

How to Paint Cabinets

Step 5: Begin painting the areas that you will not be able to get with a roller with the angled paintbrush. If your cabinets are flat you can skip this part! Also, cut in around the edges of the cabinet bases.

How to Paint Cabinets

Step 6: Paint the flat areas of the doors and the cabinet bases with a sponge roller.


Tips: 1) If you are not painting the inside of the cupboards like me, then tape off around the inside edge of the cabinets so the paint won't bleed around the edge.


2) A sponge roller works better than a fabric roller for cabinets, it creates a nice, smooth finish.

How to Paint Cabinets

Step 7: Remove any tape you have used before the paint dries completely. If you wait for it to dry, the paint tends to stick to the tape and it will pull off big chunks.


Step 8: Reattach the doors.

How to Paint Cabinets

How to Paint Cabinets

Here is what these cabinets over the washer and dryer looked like before painting.

How to Paint Cabinets

And here is what they look like after! Aren't they pretty!? You may notice that I also painted the walls with Behr Polar Bear. I love the contrast of that beautiful dark blue against the creamy white walls!


I also added new bar-style cabinet pulls as these cabinets didn't have any. 


How to Paint Cabinets

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I hope that you can see how easy painting cabinets can be and that you'll give it a shot if you've been thinking about it!
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