Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets

Remember way back when I told you all about how we were going to redo our kitchen?


And then we did the counters and they looked great and the backsplash which we love and then…. Nothing.

Painting the cabinets was up next… and they stayed that way for months.

I worked on them here and there. Then I started painting furniture again. Then I decided to open a booth. Suddenly I got very busy. And I knew it was now or never.

Well the cabinets are finally done. And I am so relieved.

This is what I used to paint the cabinets and hardware:

  • Angled brush
  • Small sponge roller
  • Zinsser 123 Primer
  • Behr Ultra Semi-gloss paint in Ultra White (the off-the-shelf stuff)
  • Sanding blocks in rough (80), fine (220), and super fine (320 or 400), as well as palm sander (if desired)
  • Wood putty
  • TSP degreaser
  • Spray paint (we used Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze)

Here was my process:

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1.   Remove cabinet doors and drawers.


2.       Remove hardware and put them all and their screws in a container for later.

3.       Fill holes on doors from hardware with wood putty. (I wanted to move the hardware down on the doors)

4.       Sand the cabinet boxes, drawer fronts, and doors. We used a palm sander at first and regretted that. It made such a mess and took off too much paint so that the wood was exposed and it took forever to prime. So I recommend just roughing up with sanding sponges- start low with 80 grit and finish with fine grit, 220.

5.       Clean all surfaces well with TSP degreaser.

6.       Prime! I used my brush to cut in where needed and filled in with the roller because it was faster and gave an even coat. I let dry at least 1 hour between coats (I did 2 coats) or per the instructions on the can. Let dry a few days so that when you flip to prime the other side it doesn’t mess up what you just primed.

With the cabinet boxes it’s the same steps minus the flipping. So, it didn’t take near as long!

Let dry for at least a day.


7.       Paint! Same painting process as the priming- cut in with brush and roll the rest. I typically ended up doing 2 coats of paint for better coverage. I started with the backs of the doors so the fronts would not get damaged. But please learn from my mistake- don’t let the paint drip onto the front when you paint edges of the back! There were ridges all along the front that were noticeable even after painting the front. So we had to sand down, re-prime, and re-paint. Major bummer.

Again, wait a few days and then flip over to paint the other side.


8.       Let cure for a few days so that the paint is fully hard and dry before you re-install.

9.   Ok, back to the hardware! Sand all the hardware with super fine grit sponge (320 or 400) and clean with TSP.

10.  Spray paint all hardware with long, light strokes. Recoat every 20 minutes or so until fully covered.


9.       Drill new holes for hardware on cabinet doors and reattach.


10.   Sit back and enjoy.

And do a happy dance.

Yahoo! The cabinets are officially white. You can see that the oven and cabinets are actually the same color now!



Because it used to be like this…

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We opted to leave the wire-front cabinet doors off because we really liked how it looked all open! I painted all inside these guys (definitely didn’t do that to the cabinets with doors).


Y ‘all. It’s incredible. It may not seem like a big deal to go from almond to bright white, But it is. Our kitchen looks so much brighter and updated!

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How about a before picture as a reminder….

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And another lovely “after”…


So much white. Yay! This was a lot of work. Like, a lot. But I can truly say it was all worth it. Just glad I don’t have to do it again. :)

What do you think? Are you in love with white cabinets too?

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6 thoughts on “Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets

  1. Hayley, your kitchen looks fantastic! The bright white looks so fresh and clean, and great tips on how to paint cabinets. I’d love to feature this on my paint color blog, Involving Color. Let me know if you’re interested!

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