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Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets can update the whole look of the kitchen. Here's some tips and steps to consider when planning your kitchen update!

DIFFICULTY: Intermediate


Painting kitchen cabinets can update the whole look of the kitchen, but it can be intimidating for DIYers. Here's some tips and steps to consider when planning your kitchen update!


kitchen before painting


kitchen cabinet update


Preparation is maybe the most time consuming part of this whole process. Remove the cabinet doors and give them a light sand and cleaning. Although it's possible to paint without sanding, you'll have extra confidence in the adhesion if you don't skip this step. Don't forget to sand and clean any other faces that will be painted including side panels and kicks.

sanding kitchen cabinets


Mask off any areas you don't want to get overspray. While the paint sprayers are very accurate, a light dust of paint may settle on surfaces, so it's better to be safe and cover anything you don't want to get residue!

masking kitchen

Set Up Your Sprayer

Take some time to get comfortable with the settings on your sprayer for this particular project. Each type of paint sprays differently so it's recommended to take a scrap piece of wood or cardboard to test your settings to get the perfect spray pattern. For cupboards, we recommend using the FLEXiO 5000 with the Detail Finish Nozzle. This nozzle will give a much finer finish than the standard nozzle which is better for larger surfaces.

practice with sprayer


Prime the cabinets with either a strong adhesion cabinet primer (for MDF or previously painted surfaces) or a stain blocking primer (if you have oak cabinets like these ones here). It may take two coats of primer to get a full coverage without bleed from the wood colour. Light coats will help ensure a smooth finish and lasting adhesion.

priming cabinets


Now the fun part- painting! Here you'll paint multiple coats of the color of your choice. If your doors have multiple facets like these, make sure to physically move around the door to have the paint sprayer directed at each face. This will ensure you get into each of the nooks with even coverage. Let paint dry completely between each coat.

painting cabinets with a sprayer

Put the kitchen cabinets back together!

See it all come together as you put the doors back on the cabinets! In this particular project, there's still floors and more to be finished before the kitchen is ready for use, but you can see the power of paint with just this portion of the makeover complete!

painting kitchen cabinets with a sprayer

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