Do your kitchen cabinets need a little re-freshening up, but you don't have the budget to replace it completely? Paint your cabinets and give your kitchen a nice boost without spending a fortune! Here's how to do it.

A new kitchen is a big investment that you only plan to do once (or maybe twice) in your lifetime. Don't worry if your budget doesn't allow it right now. Small interventions can make all the difference. Let your creativity run wild and repaint your old kitchen cabinets in a new colour.

Lacquer Paint: Solvent Or Aqueous Phase

The kitchen is one of the busiest living spaces in your home. The cabinets found there must therefore be resistant. There are two types of lacquer paint: solvent-based lacquer and water-based lacquer. Which one should you choose?

The solvent-based lacquer is very resistant to grease. It is also stronger and more resistant to scratches than water-based paint. Ideal for those with young children who often put their not very clean hands on the cupboards! Since this type of paint dries more slowly, you have a little more time to correct small mistakes. On the other hand, there is an unpleasant smell after applying this paint which can be very annoying in a living space like the kitchen. Also, note that parts of cabinets that are less exposed to light may turn yellow after a while (for light colours).

For light or white kitchen, prefer a lacquer in aqueous phase. This type of paint does not cause odour nuisance or yellowing. However, this paint has the disadvantage of being slightly more sensitive to oily hands and less resistant to scratches.

Please note: this paint dries faster, so you have to paint faster. No time to grab a cup of coffee, as you have to paint every separate surface or door in one go. It's up to you to decide if this corresponds to the way you paint :).

Painting The Kitchen Cabinets

It is essential to feel good in your kitchen because you spend a lot of time there! So choose a colour that matches the whole kitchen and reflects your style. Also, consider the size of your space when choosing your colour.

If your kitchen is relatively small, it is better to go for light colours, as they create a feeling of space. Dark colours will make your kitchen appear smaller. In large kitchens, dark and glamorous shades are particularly recommended. Don't be afraid to combine different bright colours to give your kitchen a personal touch!

Painting The Kitchen Cabinets


Get creative and turn your retro kitchen into a real 'headquarters'! Paint a few cabinets with a matte black chalkboard paint you can write on, or brighten them up with magnetic colour and some quirky magnets. To-do lists, children's drawings, family photos… the possibilities are endless. Add some pretty accessories - practical or not - and the picture will be complete and beautiful.

Good Preparation For A Good Start

Takedown your kitchen cabinets and remove all trim. It will be easier to paint them, and the result will be much more beautiful.

Thoroughly clean your kitchen cabinets and remove all grease stains using Formula ™. This is especially important with older cabinets. Otherwise, grease will get into the material when you move on to sanding.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets: The Real Work Begins

To ensure good adhesion of the paint layer, it is best to sand the cabinets with sandpaper (fine grain: 220-240). For synthetic cabinet doors (e.g. Formica, Melamine, Laminate, etc.) sand and degrease at the same time using a Scuff abrasive sponge and Formula MC. Then rinse thoroughly with water and dry the surface. Fill any screw holes with renovation paste.

Tip: For new kitchen cabinets or untreated wood or MDF cabinetry, there is no need to sand, and you can apply the primer directly.

  • Apply the correct primer to match each specific cabinet.

Tip: is your kitchen made of a smooth material like Formica or melamine? Use an Extreme type adhesion primer. 

Top the cabinet with one or two coats of paint of your choice.