On this page, you'll find a few kitchen cabinet painting ideas, along with how to advice for coating your cupboards or any other type box that might be holding your cups, plates and bowls.

Once you find an idea from below that interests you, use your idea to search the Internet for information regarding your painting projects.

Just keep in mind, most decorative painting techniques for walls, can also be applied to your kitchen cupboards.

After the cabinets are painted as per the instructions that follow, you can then do the color blocking, faux, or striping technique as your kitchen cabinet painting ideas.


Implementing kitchen cabinet painting ideas, can be a long process, so you will need to paint your cupboards over the duration of two or more days.

The time line for your painting project, would of course depend on the type of kitchen cupboards being painted.

Prior to beginning any painting project, be sure to check with your local paint store representative for assistance in the proper procedure, paint products, primer, and tools you will need, to complete your kitchen cabinet painting ideas.

Instructions below are for rolling cupboards, if you wish to use a paint sprayer on them, you'll need to do a very thorough covering and masking job.

I myself, find the process of rolling to do a fine job, and in most cases, tends to be just as fast as spraying.


Once you've investigated a few of the kitchen cabinet painting ideas from below, select the one that appeals to you the most.

If you're just looking to apply a few coats of paint to your cupboards and are not using any designer techniques from below, then the how to painting advice will still assist you with coating your cabinets.


After selecting from the list of kitchen cabinet painting ideas, you will need to choose some kitchen cabinet colors. Using a furniture item, or an existing wall color that's in the room, will be the best way to select tones, hues and shades.

As an example, colors in your flooring, counter tops, curtains, or favorite picture should be the color palette for your entire kitchen.

Use a paint store color strip to match the color/s of the item/s your using for your palette, then choose colors from the strip to paint your walls and kitchen cabinets.

Another way to select colors is to use a wallpaper border or fabric that has one of your kitchen colors in it. For example, match a color from your flooring or counter top, to a color in a wallpaper border.

Using the wallpaper border select some, or all of the colors in the border, to use with your kitchen cabinet painting ideas.


Before beginning with one of your kitchen cabinet painting ideas, you will need to set up the room. Cover all areas that you don't want painted.

To due so, use tape, masking paper, plastic and drop cloths (or old bed sheets). Also, remove any furniture from the kitchen so as to give you room to move around.

Now, fill your tray with primer, cover it with plastic, and have your partly filled cut can, brush, and roller/cover ready to go.


To begin the kitchen cabinet painting ideas you have selected, leave the cabinet doors hanging, remove the handles or knobs, then tape off the hinges.

Don't worry about placing tape on the cupboard itself, just be sure the doors don't have tape on them. The reasoning for this is that, you will be painting the doors and drawers first.

As you tape, make sure the doors can still open and close without the tape coming off. Re-adjust the tape if necessary.

To hold the door, I use a small screw driver in the knob or handle hole, then I roll the primer on the edges of the door.

Use the brush and cut can if needed, before using the roller. Don't paint the hinge side edge, just paint the top, bottom and front edges.

Some doors can have the hinge side painted with a brush, it depends on the kind of hinge, and whether you can easily tape the hinges off.

You will need to decide if your cupboards hinge type, will be in the way of the brush or roller being used for your kitchen cabinet painting ideas. Next, roll the back and then the front of the door.

I try to do each door quickly, so that I can back roll everything. What that means is, once the door has been covered with paint, I roll the entire door again, making sure to roll in one direction, top to bottom, back to front. Try not to have any sags, blobs or runs, especially on the doors edges.

Now, pull the drawers out a little, and do the same to them.

After the doors and drawers are primed and dry, use 120 grit sandpaper to lightly sand them. Fill any holes or cracks with paintable caulking or filler, then re-prime those spots.

Also, make sure none of the old cabinet color is showing through, if so, touch up those areas with the primer.

Cover your primer tools in plastic, and get your painting tools (brush, cut can, roller/cover and tray) ready for your kitchen cabinet painting ideas.

It's best to have one set of tools for priming, and another for painting.

With the doors and drawers dry, begin applying the paint in the same fashion as the primer. Once the paint is dry, lightly sand, then remove the drawers, doors and hinges, (find a place for them) also, remove the tape from the hinges at this time.

You can now prime and paint the hinge side of the door, if you couldn't do so when the doors where hung.

To do this I throw down some drop cloths or old bed sheets beside a long wall (usually in the basement)and set the doors on them.

What I do is paint a doors edge, then I put one or two small wood spacers between the wall and the door, so the wet paint isn't touching anything. After that’s done, I paint the next door edge and lean that door against the first using more spacers. Start with the bigger doors and place the smaller ones in front.

Try not to stack to many doors against each other. Three doors would usually be the max. Keep painting the edges and stacking until all the doors are completely coated, and don't place the spacers near the wet paint.

Let the primed edges dry, then sand them.

After the primer is sanded, apply your first coat of paint to the hinge side of the door. Let the first coat of paint dry, sand again, then apply the second coat of paint to your hinge side edge.

The doors should now have an extra coat of paint on the hinge side as oposed to the rest of the doors and drawers. Now, cover the tools your using, for your kitchen cabinet painting ideas, with plastic.

While the hinge side of the door edges are drying, remove the plastic covering from your primer tools and coat the cupboard boxes and cupboard fronts.

Paint the hole the drawer slides into, with as little paint as possible, the reason being, a build up of paint could make the drawer difficult for you to pull in and out.

Also, keep what I just mentioned in mind when painting the doors if they fit inside of the cupboard door holes. Use the brush to cut in and finish up with the roller.

Use the roller as much as possible to get the best uniform finish.

Lightly sand the primer, fill the cracks and holes, then touch up with the primer. Now, clean up your primer tools as they are no longer required.

You will need your paint tools, to begin the next step of your kitchen cabinet painting ideas. Let the paint dry, lightly sand again, then roll on the last coat.

Once everything is dry, screw on the hinges, re-hang the doors and push the drawers part way in. Using the roller apply your last coat to the doors and drawers.

After everything is dry, do any touch ups that are needed and put the handles or knobs back on the fronts, your finished kitchen cabinet painting ideas.




Some of the kitchen cabinet painting ideas above, stenciling for example may need a coat of clear finish over top of the stenciled surface, if so a latex clear coat is best.

Also, remember, not all hinges, drawers and doors are made the same, so you might be able to paint the hinge side of the doors without removing them, or not be able to paint certain parts of the doors/drawers because they may end up not fitting properly.

If you decide to change the handles, knobs or hinges, I don't encourage you to use a different style of hardware, than what was used in the first place.

It's very difficult to disguise previously drilled holes in the drawers/doors with filler.

Another thing to keep in mind is, kitchen hinges and handles tend to be expensive. A simple brass colored knob, which is one of the most economical pieces of kitchen hardware, can costs as much as $2 to $3 dollars each or more.

After counting the amount of knobs or handles and hinges you might need, you will be very surprised at the expense.

Also, when you are painting your cabinets you'll find that a mini roller will work the best, for the job at hand.

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