If you’re wanting to know how to paint your kitchen cupboards and get a truly professional result, then you’ve come to the right place.

Here at Expressions Interiors we have been painting kitchen units for many years and we have perfected our methods so that we get a flawless finish every time.

Here’s how we go about painting or repainting kitchen cabinets.

Step 1:
Clean: Cleaning the surfaces before painting your kitchen units.
How to Paint Kitchen Cupboards

Remember the kitchen is the heart of any home. With food and drink spills, grease, steam in your kitchen and not forgetting the kids and pets, you need a finish that will withstand all the daily chaos life brings.

So, to begin, before you think about painting your units you will need to take off all the cupboard handles and give your units and doors a good wash down using a de-greasing product and rinsing with a damp cloth.

While your units are drying you will need to totally empty out your cupboards, this will enable you to vacuum out all the dust at each stage of the process when painting your kitchen.

Step 2:
Preparation: Sanding Down the Surfaces Before Repainting.
How to Paint Kitchen Cupboards

So now you are ready to start preparing the kitchen units. You will need either 120 or 240 grade sand paper depending on the finish of your kitchen units. 120 rougher edges 240 key for primer.

Now sand down all the parts of the kitchen that need painting.

If you’re not used to DIY we would recommend using a sanding block, so you don’t round off any edges of the units.

When you have rubbed everything down with the sand paper you need to vacuum everything removing all dust from inside and outside of the units.

Next you will need some masking tape, taping up the insides of the cabinets and drawers enabling you to get a nice, neat edge when you come round to painting the kitchen units.

Finally before the fun begins, make sure you wipe down all surfaces to be painted with a tacky cloth.

Remember, it’s all in the preparation! The more you do in the preparation stage, the better finish you’ll get at the end of the job.

Step 3:
Priming your Cupboards: Applying the Primer-Sealer.
How to Paint Kitchen Cupboards

Priming is an important part of the process when you are hand painting kitchens.

The primer we like to use is from a company called Zinsser. Using a primer will give your newly painted kitchen a much longer life when it comes to knocks and scuffs.

We prefer to use a paint brush; however, you can use a small fine sponge roller for the flat surfaces and a small brush for the mouldings it is totally your choice.

Step 4:
Painting: Applying the Paint.
How to Paint Kitchen Cupboards

Start by painting the inside edges and openings of the door frames. Next paint the outer sides of the doors, continuing onto the backs and finally finishing off by painting the fronts. By doing it in this order it allows you to work quickly in the less critical areas and enables you to see and correct any drips or smudges on the most visible areas.

If the front of the door has raised mouldings or routed panels be sure to brush the paint into crevices and corners but don’t allow the paint to accumulate, run or form drips in these areas.

Remember to paint in thin, light coats but be sure to cover all areas. Thin coats leave fewer visible brushstrokes and dry much quicker. Make sure you don’t layer the paint on thick, too many brush strokes will leave a poor finish spoiling all the hard work you have done preparing the kitchen units. It is better to give your kitchen cabinets more than one coat of paint rather than try and rush the job and using too much paint on the first coat.

Allowing the paint to dry overnight will give you a better finish when you rub down between coats.

When dry, re-sand all surfaces lightly to prepare them for the second coat.

Rubbing down between coats will result in a smooth finish. Now wipe away all sanding dust with a tack cloth then you are ready to repaint.

Two coats of quality paint are usually all that is necessary, but you may want to add a third coat of paint to get that perfect, professional finish.

Leave to dry and once you are happy with the finished look, you are ready to put the handles back on whether old or new, stand back and admire your hard work.

How to Paint Kitchen Cupboards