Kitchen & Bathroom

Kitchen Cupboard Paint Guide

Painted kitchen cupboards

From sanding to decorating with the latest on-trend grey or blue paints, updating your tired-looking kitchen cupboards might be a daunting and expensive-sounding thought – which is exactly why so many of us leave the job for another day, but help is at hand with our kitchen cupboard paint ideas. We’ve put together this handy guide to give you some inspiration of how you could totally transform your kitchen with one easy but effective makeover – painting your kitchen cupboards with our kitchen cupboard paint.

What you’ll need

  1. Tighten screws

    For this to work, your kitchen needs to have wooden cupboards. First things first, if any have come off, or are wobbling like they are unhinged, get out the screwdriver or power drill and tighten things up. It’s that simple.
  2. Choose your style

    Next, choose a paint colour that you’d like for your ‘new’ and improved kitchen. A dark teal, green, blue or grey paint shade from Dulux or Farrow & Ball will really add an extra element of personality and traditional charm to your kitchen cupboards. Alternatively, you may wish to stay neutral with cream, mocha or latte shades – the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee.
  3. Think practical

    When it comes to choosing the right colour for your kitchen, consider what shades your existing backsplash, floor and work surfaces are, then select something to lift and complement them. Whether you prefer Farrow & Ball’s Estate Eggshell or Sandtex’s perfect primers or masonry paint, we’ve got plenty of specific kitchen cupboard paint inspiration for your interiors.
  4. Remove cupboards

    Remove the cupboards from their hinges for painting. We know we just advised you to tighten everything up, but that was to show you how useful and easy it is to keep your cupboards maintained and functional. So, to give your cabinets a fresh new colour, loosen them up again.
  5. Prep wood

    The most important and often overlooked part of the painting process is to prepare the wood for painting. Prep with TSP (a commonly used cleaner and stain remover) or something similar, squirt some on your cupboard panels – then wipe it clean with a cloth to remove any dirt and grease.
  6. Give the cupboard a ‘scuff up’ by sanding away any marks or imperfections on the wood, then finish with a wipe down to ensure no small particles remain and everything is smooth.
  7. Finishing coat

    From blue to grey or something in-between, paint on two coats of your kitchen cupboard paint, and then a finishing coat on top. Since you’re painting a small surface at a time, it should dry quickly between each coat.
  8. Leave to dry

    Leave the cupboards to fully dry. Once they have, it’s time to screw them back into their original place.
  9. Enjoy!

    Enjoy your beautiful and functional, clean and modern new kitchen. The colour gives a rustic, vintage look, which at the same time looks up-to-the-minute and cared for. It will give the impression that you’ve commissioned the professionals for a custom-made kitchen.



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