How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi, I’m interior
designer Tracy Metro and welcome to the
Dunn-Edwards Paints’s “How to Paint” video series. Now, a fresh coat of
paint on cupboards can transform a kitchen. And what’s great is that it
costs far less than replacing old kitchen cabinets. But before you decide
to repaint them, examine the condition
of them to see if it’s even worth your time and
if they’re going to look good once they’re repainted. See, if the cabinets
appear damaged from years and years
of use or they’re made of a lesser-quality
material, such as a particle board that can warp or rot,
unfortunately, not even a good paint job can fix them. On the other hand, if you’ve
got great solid wood cabinets, they can be greatly improved
with just some elbow grease and a fresh new coat of paint. In this video, I’m
going to show you step by step how to
paint kitchen cabinets and make them look
brand spanking new. Plus, I’ll show you
a few tips and tricks to make the job even easier. All righty. So step number one is to remove
everything from the kitchen. And when I say everything,
I mean everything, from inside the cabinets,
from on the counter, and from the drawers. And then, what you need to
do is remove and unscrew any hardware, such as
drawer pulls or doorknobs. And then, put them in
a large Ziploc baggy so that nothing gets
misplaced during the makeover. Now, here’s a
Tracy’s tip for you. In case you’re
afraid that you’re going to forget where
certain knobs or pulls go, it’s so easy. All you have to do
is take a photograph with your cell phone. That way, if you’re confused
at the end, all you have to do is consult the
photo and you know exactly where stuff belongs. This has definitely
saved me before. Next, unscrew the doorknobs
and remove the cupboard doors by taking the screws
out of the hinges and pulling the
doors off the frames. Again, place any hardware
in a marked baggy. Here’s another Tracy’s tip. Make sure to number
the cabinets and doors so that you know which doors
belong to which cabinet. Simply take a small
piece of painter’s tape, mark the cabinet and door
with the exact same number, and then stick one piece of
tape with the number on it on the door where the hinge
goes and the other piece inside the cabinet. Now, this is also a good time
to assess the hardware that holds the cupboards together. Any screws, hinges, or braces
that look old and tired should definitely be replaced
after the cupboards are repainted. Then, use a sponge
or a soft cloth and some TSP or some Krud Kutter
to remove any dirt or stains on the cabinets. Lastly, wipe down the
cupboards with water and let them dry completely. So how do the cupboards
look to the naked eye? Are there scratches,
scuffs, or even gouges? Well, any professional
painter will tell you that to have a
great-looking paint job means you have to start with
a completely smooth surface. So now is the time to patch any
blemishes, scratches, or dents by filling them with
a patching compound. Simply apply the
patching material to the damaged area
of the cabinet. And then, using a putty knife,
scrape away any excess patching compound. Then, let the compound
completely dry. Well, at this point,
you’ll need to decide if you want to keep
the original hardware or if you want to mix things up. Well,if you want to
change out the hardware, it’s more than likely not going
to fit in the exact same holes that currently exist. You might need different-size
screw holes or holes that are closer together
or further apart. So you’ll need to
fill the existing holes with patching compound and
drill new ones before painting. Now, since we absolutely love
these classic circa-1970s handles, we’re definitely going
to stick with these babies. They are pretty groovy. The next step is to rough up
your wood cabinet surfaces with sandpaper using
120-grit or finer sandpaper. Lightly rub all of the areas
that you intend to paint. This will help the primer
and paint adhere better. Now, if your cabinets are
made of a melamine veneer or they’re finished with a
really hard coating, when you sand them, make sure you
use a very, very fine sandpaper, because if you use a
really rough sandpaper, it’s going to scratch and
you’ll see it when you paint. Make sure that you
also prime them really well so that the paint adheres. Now, here’s a
Tracy’s tip for you– I’ve got a lot of tips
for you– when sanding, always sand with the grain. Never go across the grain or
against the grain or worse, in a circular motion, as
moving in the wrong direction will only cause scuff
marks which will ultimately show in your paint job. And pay special attention to
the areas where a patching compound was applied. Sand just enough
that the filled spots are flush with the
rest of the cabinet. Lastly, wipe everything
down with a damp rag to remove any dust or debris
that collected from sanding. Next, if you want your coat
of paint to adhere evenly to the wood and if you want the
paint job to last a long time– and frankly, who wouldn’t–
you’re going to want to apply a good quality primer
before you paint. Now, I’m using Dunn-Edwards
Ultra-Grip Premium Multi-Purpose Primer. But before you start
priming, you’re going to want to
tape off the areas that you actually
don’t want painted. So you need to start
by taping around the inside edges of the
cabinets and the drawers, of course, assuming that
you don’t want the paint to bleed to the inside. And be sure to tape around
the ceiling, edges, or walls where the cupboards meet. Now, if you notice,
I put plastic wrap down on the kitchen counter
because I want to protect it from getting
painted also and I’m lifting it up onto
the back-splash and taping it down to
protect that, as well. Well, now that the taping is
finished, all I need to do is prime it. Using a mini roller cover,
apply a coat of primer and then use a paint brush
to gently roll out the area. You want the primer to have
a smooth and an even finish. Then, you just allow
the primer to dry. Well, now comes the
fun part, the painting. And we’re starting on the
inside of the cabinets first and then we’ll paint
the cabinet frame areas. And we’re doing something
really, really fun. See, most people
paint the inside of their cabinets white or
cream and that’s just so boring. But we’re going to jazz it up. We’re using a bold
color on the inside and I’ve chosen Dunn-Edwards
Arboretum, which is this stunning
greenish-bluish-aqua color that is going to look so
stylish every time they go in to get
a dish or a bowl. Next, paint the cupboard doors. Use a mini roller cover to apply
the paint on the large areas and then use a brush to
feather out those areas so that you have a smooth
and an even finish. Feathering out eliminates
visible roller stipple and brush strokes,
which, of course, makes the paint job look
very, very professional. And we have chosen
Dunn-Edwards Mint Chiffon as our cabinet face door color. And to make the doors
really stand out, we plan on doing some
detailing on the molding using Dunn-Edwards
Arboretum, which ties into the inside of the cabinets. This is going to
look so gorgeous. Now, here’s a little
reminder for you. Be sure to paint the door
edges, cabinet edges, and drawer edges, along
with the back side. Let the paint dry completely
on all the doors, drawers, and cabinet frames. The first coat of paint should
be given at least four hours to dry before
applying another coat. So do you need a
second coat of paint? Yeah, you probably do, because
the second coat of paint can be the difference between
a job looking pretty good and a job looking
extremely professional. Once the second coat has dried,
you can add any detail painting that you like. So we’re letting
the cabinets tell us how they want to be painted,
since this molding right here is different from the
rest of the cabinet. It’s pretty much saying, Tracy,
paint me a different color. Well, of course,
I’m going to oblige by taping it off and
painting it with Dunn-Edwards Arboretum, which is
actually our inside color. So what’s especially
lovely about this detail is that we’re able to create
stripes without actually having to paint little stripes,
which can be really difficult in this kind of an application. Once the paint is
completely dry, install the handles
and other hardware and reattach all cupboard
doors and drawers. Doesn’t this kitchen look
absolutely spectacular? Think about it. All we did was repaint
the kitchen cabinets. It’s pretty amazing what you can
do with a little bit of elbow grease and a can of paint. well, if you have any questions
or you just need some help, head on over to your
neighborhood Dunn-Edwards Paints store. And for all of us here
at Dunn-Edwards Paints, I’m Tracy Metro. Thanks for watching
and happy painting.

18 thoughts on “How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

  1. Well miss Gilley they always look good from distance when you get closer you see the imperfections from brush and roller! If you want to achieve professional look buy a had sprayer gun I use a Graco true coat pro 2 retail around 285$ but worth every penny! Easy to control easy to clean get your job faster and in the end cabinets looks like they were done in a factory! What's even greater you can spray laquer/ployurthane to ad an extra coat of protection paint might piel when are subject to pressure and water from washing!

  2. I have painted lots of cabinet doors using a brush alone. Very nice expensive soft brush. They have all come out very nice actually. I also use chalk paint. I have yet to see any brush strokes. But when I am done painting, I go back over it and use a chocolate glaze and rub it in. Love the look. Now I have decided to do our own kitchen cabinets. Just started today. Cant wait for the finished product.

  3. if you don't have a sprayer, a foam roller work great and will help with roller marks. it's a professional as i can get.

  4. Wow, my favorite colors. This is going to look great in my kitchen 😀 Can't wait to get started thanks for all the tips Tracy! 😀

  5. I was surprised that the type of paint you were using (or recommended) wasn't mentioned. Most on here recommend cabinet enamel with a top coat of clear acrylic, though some use chalk paint w wax top treatment.

  6. disgusting orange peel, and those green accents are going to look dated, if not already dated, just like the pink and green of decades ago.

  7. Sorry, but not my taste at all.
    Too much old school prep and finishing.
    There are so many better ways today to end up with a gorgeous set of repainted kitchen cupboards, and they also look like they have been sprayed for the finish. I have done hundreds of sets and none this old fashioned way.

  8. SAY WHAT??? NO recommendation or instruction at all to protect the paint job you worked so hard on with a clear top coat seal (or two)??? Thumbs down.

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