Painting your kitchen cabinets is an inexpensive way to update your kitchen. It is simple enough for nearly anyone to tackle alone, as a DIY project. When you finish, your kitchen will feel as good as new.

Below are the five main steps to painting your kitchen cabinets.

1. Color Selection

The first order of business when it comes to painting your kitchen cabinets is selecting the type of paint to use.

Most experts recommend paint with a semi-gloss finish. This finish makes it easy to wipe down the cupboards and keep them clean. High-gloss paints are generally not recommended for DIY painting projects. They highlight every stroke or roll you do so they are best left to painting experts.

Naturally, the color of paint is important as well. White has long been the most popular choice. But you can choose any color you wish, though most people tend to stick with lighter hues.

2. Painting Preparation

Preparation in the form of cleaning is key to a successful kitchen cabinet painting job. Clean out your cabinets and use a degreasing product to get any grease off your cupboards. Take care to clean the areas around handles, underneath the cabinets, and under the bottom edge of cabinet doors. Paint sticks much better to clean surfaces so it is essential you don’t brush off the cleaning part of the process.

3. Sanding and Priming

After your cabinets are clean and grease free, gently sand them with 220 or 400 grit sandpaper (the exact grit depends on type of wood and finish). Remove doors and handles and lay them flat. Brush primer on the doors as well as the cabinets. Let the primer dry and then gently sand the cabinets again with a few light strokes. Vacuum the debris away after the second sanding.

4. Painting…Finally!

Sanding and priming finished? Great, it’s finally time to paint. Select a new high-quality brush or roller rather than the one that has been sitting out in the garage for a decade. Start by applying a very thin coat and then let it dry to prevent drip marks. Apply a second coat after the first coat is completely dry. This usually takes a few hours.

5. Changing the Hardware

The point of painting kitchen cabinets is to spruce up your kitchen space, so why not take things one step farther? To make your freshly painted cabinets really pop, consider changing out the pulls and knobs. It is surprising how much fresher your kitchen will look after a change as simple as this.

When You Need the Pros

Painting kitchen cabinets is generally a project that most people can do alone. However, cabinets that are made from melamine and arborite are much more difficult to refinish by yourself because the paint doesn’t stick as well. It is a good idea to have a professional come in and help you paint these particular types of cabinets.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

There you have it – five easy steps to painting your kitchen cabinets. Remember to make sure everything is clean before starting, take the doors off to paint them, and invest in a good quality paintbrush or roller. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be enjoying a “brand new” kitchen in no time at all.