Painting Kitchen cabinets and furnitures: Step-by-step Guide |

One way to modernize the kitchen is to renovate the cabinets. In this case, as the furniture is in good condition to save time and money, we are going to paint it. The white colour will make the furniture look new and the kitchen more modern, spacious and bright.

Painting kitchen cabinets and furniture is a quick and inexpensive solution to completely renovating your kitchen. It is a simple task that anyone can do and the change will be so radical that it will look like a new kitchen. To do this, you have to choose the colours well, and correctly apply the paint to the old kitchen cabinets and furniture.  

The best colours to paint kitchen cabinets

Paint colours that are out of the ordinary will give your kitchen a lot of personalities, but sometimes we want to rejuvenate a few cabinets with white or a subtle shade. In our selection of painted kitchens, we offer you a little of everything so that you can find a colour with which you identify. The most popular? The white, the greys and intense blues. To get out of the norm? Try a green or even cabinets painted in different shades.

  1. White
  2. Grey
  3. Blue
  4. Green 

Materials and Tools required

  • Water primer
  • Kitchen paint
  • Ename


  • Handgrip tape
  • Cloth
  • Roller
  • Pallet
  • Bucket
  • Brush
  • Soap and water
  • Degreasing cleaner
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Papers to cover other kitchen utensils and items

Step-by-step guide on painting kitchen cabinet and furniture

  • Do it with soap and water (use a degreaser if it is very dirty). Then rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving residue and dry everything perfectly. Any remaining grease or dirt must be removed so that the paint adheres well and remains smooth and fine. 

  • Now it is important to spend some time covering well what you do not want to paint so that you won’t be wasting time removing paint stains. Cover the sink, the worktop, the floor and boundaries that you do not want to cross with masking tape and paper.

  • Unscrew and remove door and drawer handles and knobs. Also, remove hinges as well. The point is that you can comfortably paint drawers and doors without them being mounted. Once everything is dry, you can put them back in place.

  • Sand everything you want to paint with fine sandpaper. It must be a superficial sanding, which opens the pore and improves the adherence of the primer. Once everything is sanded, remove the dust with a cloth.

  • Before painting, coat the surface with a primer using a roller or brush. Keep in mind that the primer contains a solvent and therefore smells. 

    Usually, a water-based primer should be applied, but since they are kitchen furniture that typically has greases, a solvent-based primer will give more adherence. Then, leave for 48 hours, and the finishing glaze can be applied. 

  • Apply the paint using the roller and brush. For an optimal result, double the layer of the paint. Enamel is a resistant paint, but not as resistant as the veneer or the melamine itself or the furniture Formica. Paint can get scratched or damaged if you’re not careful. And above all, do not apply any varnish to make it more resistant because the enamel could come off.

    After 15 days, clean painted surface with a cloth moistened with soap and water and not aggressive detergents should be used, nor ammonia.

    Type of kitchen paint

    The types of paint that we can choose to paint kitchen furniture are:

    1. Synthetic enamel(water-based paint). This one is sold in any paint store and is available in an almost infinite variety of colours. It is diluted in solvent or water, depending on what type it is and usually has a price of around €7/8 per kilo, a very economical price. It is odourless.
    2. Lacquer. It can be nitrocellulose or two-component. This paint is harder, more resistant. But it is advisable to use it only when we are looking for a professional finish. Otherwise, it is not worth using it and spending that money.

    Essential Factors to consider

    Before refinishing your kitchen cabinets, you should make sure that the speciality paint you choose has the following characteristics:

    • Exceptional application ability and finish
    • Excellent spreading rates and hiding power
    • Rugged, professional-grade finish
    • Low VOC content, even after colouring
    • Choice of thousands of colours

    Mistakes to avoid

    Painting kitchen cabinets can make them look stylish again, but the project can easily turn into a disaster if not well planned. Below are major mistakes you can make when painting your kitchen cabinets and furniture

    1. Skip the sanding step for wooden cabinets
    2. Incorrectly select the paint to use
    3. Repaint damaged cabinets
    4. Choose the wrong colour
    5. Improperly secure the shelves inside
    6. Forgetting to identify cabinet doors and cabinets