The Ultimate Guide to Painting Cabinets

A few months ago I asked which DIY topics y’all would like me to cover, and the most popular answer was a post on how to paint cabinets.

The first thing you need to know about painting cabinets is that it isn’t a hard job (you can totally do it!), but it isn’t exactly a fun project either.Here is the kitchen in our previous house, which was remodeled almost completely with paint.

And here is our current kitchen. My husband built (is building) the cabinets himself, and the paint job is of course a DIY.



You will want to remove all the doors and drawers obviously, but you are also going to want to label each and every one of them so they make it back to the exact same spot.

Step 1 – Get Organized

I get it, prep work sucks. You are ready to jump in and sanding off all the shiny finish on you honey oak cabinets is a drag. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Step 2 – Preparation is key

Alright, so hear me out. The first thing you are going to want to do is forget everything you have been told about mixing oil and water. Those rules don’t really apply anymore, at least when it comes to oil-based primer and latex paint.

Step three – Choose your Primer wisely

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