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Do you love your current cabinet design but not the color? Don’t have enough money to drop on brand new cabinets? Or even just want a little bit of home improvement in your house? We loved our cabinets when we bought our new house, just hated the color. They’re built so sturdy and strong and I feel like most of the newer cabinets are built a lot cheaper than they used to be built. They were in perfect condition so I decided to paint instead of replacing them! We chose to paint them with Sherwin Williams cabinet paint and primer. We contacted a few interior house painters near me, and it was pretty expensive for the amount of cabinets we had in our kitchen, so we decided to do it ourselves. We used Sherwin Williams for every room in our house and we are very happy with how it turned out, it’s definitely the best interior paint! Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to paint your cabinets you can follow! If you have any questions– you can ask at the bottom of this page!
We researched a TON about painting cabinets and learned that painting them with paint brushes and paint rollers may end up with the paint not lasting as long, drying in streaks, and many other things you wouldn’t want. We decided since we were already saving a boat load of money, we would buy a paint spraying gun and I am so glad that we did! After looking into each brand; the pros and cons of each one I decided on making my purchase with Graco. All of their paint sprayers have amazing reviews on Amazon and other sites but we went with the Graco 16Y385 TrueCoat 360 Paint Sprayer. I love it! We’ve actually used it for a few toy DIY/makeovers as well as many other projects. I’ll add those in later : )
The 1st step to do is to decide on a good color for this project. We went with a modern light grey color, Argos SW 7065. We thought it would look good with our subway tile backsplash and grey grout we had picked out to do. After you have the perfect color in mind go to your local Sherwin Williams supplier and pick up the paint. It’s difficult to judge how much paint you need for this project but I’m sure the employees can help you out. We ended up using 1 gallon of primer and 1 gallon of paint. Once you have your paint you can run to Home Depot Home Improvement to pick up the rest of the supplies if you didn’t purchase them on Amazon already.
Now you get to actually start on this uplifting project. Start by numbering/ identifying where all the cabinet doors and drawers go so they will all shut properly once you put them back together again. After that you can start taking the doors off and removing all of the hinges making sure to keep them organized in zip lock bags.
Every door needs to be sanded until you cannot see the shiny finish anymore. We got lucky enough that the Krud Cutter (liquid sandpaper) got most of the shine off and we only had to hand sand a few hard to reach areas. When using the Krud Cutter you apply it to the cabinet with a scotch bright pad and scrub away. It’s definitely very time consuming but will be so worth it in the end, the paint will not apply correctly if there is finish left on the cabinet. Before applying paint use dawn and warm water on a sponge to wipe away any of the cleaning chemical left behind. You can use a rag to dry them if needed.
Step four, lay out your drop cloth and start laying out Dixie cups in sets of four [see picture]. These will be what holds your cabinet doors off the ground so you can paint every single part of them including the corners. If this is your first time with a paint sprayer I recommend taking a tester piece of wood/cardboard to test it out and learn how to spray it correctly. Put your primer into the paint sprayer and start spraying the doors, be careful not to over spray them and cause drips. At this time you also want to go ahead and prime the cabinet boxes that are mounted in your kitchen. If you do end up with some drips you can easily sand them down and re apply more paint when you are ready for the next coat.
The alternative method is to hand paint them which will work, but like I said previously multiple different painters said it may not turn out as well in the long run. Make sure you’re taking your time with paint rollers/brushes and getting every corner covered. After you paint each door lay them on the Dixie cups to dry.
After you’ve let the primer dry over night you can apply your first coat of paint! Repeat the steps above with the paint of your choice until you have a perfect even coat on every door and drawer. You’ll want them to set to dry overnight.
We decided to spray paint all of our hardware black which turned out to be the best decision we could have made. Once the hardware and all of your doors are dry you can start reinstalling the cabinets. Make sure as you’re installing them to keep them level and square so everything lines up when you open and shut them. After you’ve finished putting them all back up you can stand back and be proud of this great accomplishment!
If you have the time, you’re going to love this extra touch. Once all of the cabinets were finished I found a vinyl I loved on Amazon and purchased it to do the insides of my cabinets! It makes cleaning them so much easier and looks better than the overspray from the paint since we didn’t paint both sides.
If you follow our tutorial, please let me know below! Thanks for reading!