Isn’t it amazing how a fresh lick of paint can make things look brand new again? Painting kitchen cupboards can improve the overall look of your kitchen for a relatively small cost. Repainting kitchen cupboard doors requires a bit of preparation and planning, but with our guide, you will have brand new looking kitchen cabinets in no time. Here’s our guide on how to paint kitchen units.
Remove all kitchen door handles
The last thing you want to do is paint over and ruin your kitchen door handles. Be sure to unscrew them carefully before painting. This will also give you a smoother surface to paint on, without any obstacles in the way.
It’s not always necessary to remove your kitchen cabinets from the units, in fact it’s much easier to paint kitchen cabinets while they’re still attached as you can paint both sides, with less drying time. If your cabinets are fiddly and you prefer to remove them before painting, then detach them carefully.
Use painters tape to create a border
Now you’ve removed your kitchen cupboard handles, you will want to prep before you repaint your kitchen cabinets. Place painters or masking tape around the edges of your cabinets, creating a barrier to help protect your walls and surfaces. This will also ensure your paint job has a super professional finish.
Sanding kitchen cupboards
Although not always necessary, if your kitchen cabinets have been painted before, then you will definitely want to sand them down before you get started. Use a fine grit sandpaper and test in a small area to ensure you’re not going to damage your kitchen cabinet doors.
The sanding process will make sure your kitchen cupboard doors have a super smooth finish once primed and painted. Be safe when sanding, go slowly and be sure to wear a mask as sanding creates dust.
Use sugar soap to decrease your kitchen cabinets
Sticky finger prints, midnight snacks and food splatters can make your kitchen cabinets look older. But it can also prevent your new paint work from sticking to the surface. To avoid this, grab a sponge, some sugar soap and water and wipe down your cabinets thoroughly.
If you don’t have sugar soap, white spirits can also work. Use a clean sponge and plain water to remove the sugar soap or white spirit solution, rinsing your cupboard down. Allow enough time for your kitchen cupboards to completely dry before moving onto the next step.
Apply primer to your kitchen cupboards
Primer is super important when painting kitchen cabinet doors, as it ensures your paint work lasts much longer. Not only that, but it also helps towards getting a super smooth finish as you will see less wood grain shining through.
Knowing which primer to buy might be confusing as there are so many options. Make sure you check your cupboard door manufacturer’s guide to see which primer is appropriate for the material of your kitchen cabinet doors.
Now you have your primer, use a paintbrush to apply it across your kitchen cabinet doors. Take care around intricate detailing and pay extra attention to uneven parts. Apply two coats of primer for a professional finish.
Choosing the right paint for you kitchen cabinets
Before choosing your paint, you will want to think about the finish. Choosing gloss finish over matte will ensure your cabinets are easy to clean and wipe down. Choose a hard wearing paint as kitchen cupboards get a lot of love!
You might also want to do a quick patch test to determine the texture and finish before committing to the entire project. Experimenting with bold colours? Just paint a small unseen area and wait for the paint to dry to see if you really like it.
Painting kitchen cabinets
Now your kitchen cabinet doors have been sanded and primed, it’s time to start the painting process. Work slowly and methodically. You don’t want to rush through as you will be left with an uneven finish. Use a paintbrush to paint thin and even coats, allowing adequate drying time between each one.
If your cupboards have grooves or intricate details, then use a smaller detail brush to paint over these to avoid drips. Once your colour coat has completely dried, then apply a top coat (if necessary), allowing full drying time. Once done, you can remove the painters tape carefully and screw the door handles back in.
Top tips for painting kitchen doors
- Do not rush! Painting kitchen cabinets is not a quick job. Be sure to leave plenty of drying time between coats and steps. You don’t want to ruin all your hard work by not being patient enough.
- Use the correct paint and primer. Oil based paint will give your cabinets a smooth and even finish, but water based paint takes less time to dry. Be sure to research which types of paint and primer is appropriate for your cupboards before getting started.
- Sanding down your surfaces. A top tip is to keep sanding down between each coat of paint or primer. If you find that there are still grooves or uneven surfaces, use fine grit sandpaper to spot smooth over any areas once they’ve dried. Use a dry cloth or brush to remove any dust and then continue priming or painting.
Now you’ve read our guide on painting kitchen units, it’s time to get started! If you think your kitchen needs a bit more work, then be sure to check out our range of kitchen cabinets and cupboards. We have shaker style, high gloss and handleless doors to choose from, matching your kitchen perfectly.