Paint Your Cabinets For A New Kitchen

by Jayden Fisher

The kitchen is the focal point of most homes. It's where the family shares meals and memories. It's also one of the most popular rooms for remodeling projects. Many homeowners are often discouraged to discover just how expensive a professional kitchen upgrade can be. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do on your own to enhance the look of your kitchen, without crashing your budget. One of those things is painting your kitchen cabinets.


Painting the cabinets in your kitchen is a simple, low-cost way to completely transform the look of your kitchen space. Best of all, you can do it yourself. Have a kitchen that looks small, but don't have the money for an expensive expansion? If you answered, yes, adding a bright color paint to your cabinets can open the space, making it appear larger.

Even if space is not a concern, but your kitchen is old and dated, a new color selection can also give your space a more modern look. When used on your cabinets, paint is like remodeling in a can.

Paint Selection

Before embarking on this project, you first want to consider what type of paint will work best for your cabinets. If your cabinets are designed in a wood material, you want them to look glossy. Oil based paints are the way to go.

While most people think this type of paint is harder to work with, when it comes to the final look of your kitchen cabinets, it's well worth it. This type of paint provides a high-gloss finish and it also dries harder than latex paints, making it more durable. When choosing color, always think about being subtle. In terms of long-term appeal, bold and bright colors aren't attractive.


Always make certain that you begin this project with a clean surface. Your kitchen cabinets are a haven for dirt, grease and grime. Make certain you thoroughly clean your cabinets before painting them. It might also be helpful to gently sand down the cabinets as well to ensure the paint has a smooth surface to adhere to.

You're then ready to apply an oil based primer to your cabinets. Once you're ready to apply the paint, always go with a nylon-polyester brush. This style of synthetic brush ensures a more even application with oil based paints, unlike some other brush types.

Painting your cabinets doesn't take a lot of effort while completely transforming the look of your kitchen into something new. Visit a local hardware store for supplies and more tips.