Upcycle Old Kitchen Cabinet Doors with Paint

Repainting a kitchen is not a quick job, and therefore this isn’t a quick guide either, so make yourself a cup of tea first and get comfy before you read on.

Materials Needed to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

– BEFORE Photo – Dust Sheets – Post-its – Philips Screwdriver – Old Tubs – Sandpaper – Primer

Step 1: The Dreaded Prep Wash & Scrub

Start working in sections, ie. the top cupboards first and then the under-counter cupboards, so the whole process doesn’t feel daunting.

You must clean your cupboards and carcass/framework thoroughly to degrease the units and give yourself a good base for the primer and paint.

Step 2: Still Prepping – Cleaning your Cupboards

Step 3: Fill & Drill Handle Holes

A quick-drying, non-shrinking filler will be adequate for this.  Slightly overfill any holes, and when completely dry, sand smooth and level for your base product.

Tape up your walls and/or tiles with the masking tape where they meet the carcass of your kitchen and along the floor if you are unable to remove your kick boards.

Step 4: More Prep – Tape

For solid wood kitchens, a primer like Zinsser BIN or Zinsser Cover Stain would be ideal to block any oil or tannins that are ingrained in the wood and can bleed through into your paintwork.

Step 5: Primer