How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets Using 3 Different Finishes

You Can Get A New Look Or Freshen Your Current One By Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

Before and after following the steps for how to paint kitchen cabinets

You can learn how to paint kitchen cabinets. Proper preparation is important. Then comes the painting with pigmented lacquer, clear, or glaze finish. 

Find the steps below-

To Paint Or Remodel?

“I think painting our kitchen cabinets is the best option,” David says.

Stephanie raises her eyebrows. “I think we should remodel our kitchen. It would look so nice and new and having a new kitchen is all the rage now.”

David taps his fingers together. “A full remodel could cost us tens of thousands of dollars. Even a small remodel could cost $10,000. Having our kitchen cabinets painted might be $1,500 to $4,000. Doing it ourselves would be even cheaper and it would have pretty much the same effect.”

Before painting the kitchen cabinets

Stephanie sighs. “Yeah, you have a good point there. You know, it might be kind of fun to try painting our own cabinets. It’d be a couple’s home improvement project. If it doesn’t work we can look at a cabinet painting service.”

David smiles. “Let’s do it! I’ll look up how to paint kitchen cabinets and we can try it on one cabinet to see how it goes.” He gets out his phone and looks for a process.

Here are the 3 different processes he finds-

6 Steps To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

  1. Remove hinges and handles
  2. Label doors and drawers so you can put them back easily
  3. Scuff sand all surfaces so the paint sticks better
  4. Wash with a solvent to remove contaminants and oils
  5. Mask off all areas not to be painted
  6. Paint

“Well, that seems easy enough. Wait, there’s more?” David says as he scrolls down. He finds 3 ways for how to paint kitchen cabinets based on what paint you’re using.

This video shows us repainting kitchen cabinets:

9 Steps To Painting Kitchen Cabinets With Enamel

  1. Remove hinges and handles
  2. Label doors and drawers so you can put them back easily
  3. Scuff sand all surfaces so the paint sticks better
  4. Wash with a solvent to remove contaminants and oils
  5. Mask off all areas not to be painted
  6. Apply one coat of primer
  7. Sand smooth and dust
  8. Fill nicks and cracks
  9. Apply 2 coats of industrial grade acrylic finish

He scrolls on to the next kitchen cabinet painting process.

We no longer paint kitchen cabinets with enamel

After painting cabinets

Painting Kitchen Cabinets With A Clear Coat In 6 Steps

  1. Remove hinges and handles
  2. Label doors and drawers so you can put them back easily
  3. Scuff sand all surfaces so the paint sticks better
  4. Wash with a solvent to remove contaminants and oils
  5. Mask off all areas not to be painted
  6. Apply 2 coats of clear finish

He keeps going to the next process.

After refinishing cabinets white

Glazing & Finishing Kitchen Cabinets In 9 Steps

  1. Remove hinges and handles
  2. Label doors and drawers so you can put them back easily
  3. Scuff sand all surfaces so the paint sticks better
  4. Wash with a solvent to remove contaminants and oils
  5. Mask off all areas not to be painted
  6. Apply a custom glaze
  7. Allow glaze to dry thoroughly
  8. Apply 2 coats of clear protective finish
  9. Distress if desired

David moves on to the post-painting steps.

After following the steps for how to paint kitchen cabinets

Steps For After Painting

  1. Reassemble cabinets
  2. Adjust doors and drawers
  3. Install new bumper cushions
  4. Install handles or pulls
  5. Clean up

You will be able to close your doors and drawers in 24 hours. Avoid wiping down your finish for 30 days.

*If your cabinets are currently painted we will do the same prep as above, prime if needed, and apply 2 coats of paint. We will spray your cabinets to give a factory-like finish in all instances.

What Do You Think?

“Based on this how to paint kitchen cabinets post, we might be able to do it. We’ll need to choose what kind of paint we want to use and go from there. It still might be a good idea to consider hiring a professional, though,” David says. Stephanie pauses for a second. “Let’s get an estimate and go from there then.” The couple gets to work. They’re one step closer to making their cabinets look amazing again.