How to Spray Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets Like a Pro


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When you invest in a new set of kitchen cabinets, you want them to last forever. This is what makes maintenance so important. Caring for your kitchen cabinetry is the key to their longevity. But what about when you want to switch up the look and style of your kitchen? Should you throw out your quality cabinets for a new set? Or should you try to update the look with a fresh coat of paint and stain? Some homeowners go the route of spray painting their kitchen cabinets. If you decide to do the same, it’s essential to learn the proper steps. The last thing you need is to turn your quality set of cabinetries into a mediocre looking set of cabinets. In the following guide, we’ll give you the steps to take to spray paint your kitchen cabinets, so they look professionally done.

Your Supply List for Spray Painting Kitchen Cabinets

There are quite a few items you’ll need to get in order to perform a professional spray painting job for your kitchen cabinets. For instance, you’ll need to get the following:

• HVLP paint sprayer for easier application
• Cordless drill
• Phillips’ head screwdriver
• Canvas dropcloth
• Painter’s tape
• Zip-Loc type bags
• Sheet plastic
• Wood putty
• Trisodium phosphate (TSP)
• Random orbital sander
• Tack cloth
• Paint primer (white or tinted for the color you’re painting the cabinets)
• Fan
• Latex enamel paint

Once you get all the items on the list, you can move on to the next step.

A Few More Things Before You Begin

Now, it’s time to begin the selection of your paints. You can either choose between spray cans or paint sprayer. Some homeowners may be tempted to go with the spray cans because it’s cheaper and simpler to use. Then the color options are quite vast – spray cans are found in 75 to 100 different color options. However, one can of spray paint will only be able to cover one or two cabinets – about 20 sq. ft of space. The cost turns out to be higher than cans of paint. Therefore, it’s recommended that you purchase a paint sprayer instead. You can also rent or borrow one from someone you know. There are different varieties, some costing less than others. For instance, the cup style paint sprayer is affordable and holds about 1.5 quarts of paint.

Removing the Cabinet Elements

It’s best to remove as many cabinet elements as you possibly can so that you can do the painting somewhere else. For instance, the garage, basement or outside. Make sure to remove everything out of the cabinets before you begin, including the contact paper on the shelves. Unscrew all the cabinet doors and remove drawers, handles and knobs. The hinges will have to be removed as well. Make sure to place the elements in bags and label them so you don’t get confused. The best place to do the painting is inside of a clean and dry area, such as a garage, covered patio or large workshop.

The Painting Process

Make sure to mask all area if you end up spraying the cabinets in your kitchen. Cover up the walls, floors, counters and appliances so no paint gets onto them.

Here’s a quick list of steps for the sanding cleaning and patchwork:

1. Begin by lightly sanding down the surfaces using fine grit sandpaper. This is where your random orbital sander comes in handy.
2. Clean the surfaces that will be painted using TSP and warm water.
3. Patch up any holes and cracks you see using the wood putty, then sand it down once it dries.
4. Do a final cleaning of the cabinets using your tack cloth to eliminate residual dust.
5. Prime the cabinets to prevent the paint from peeling.
6. Move all of the cabinet pieces to the area where you’re going to spray them. Turn on your fan to help push spray away from the area.
7. After the primer dries, it’s time to spray your first layer of paint on the doors and drawer fronts. After 4 hours, put another coat of paint. Repeat if necessary.
8. The cabinet boxes are next – spray them with a first layer of paint after priming them. Be wary of the vertical surfaces, which will cause dripping. Wait 4 hours before adding additional coats.

Allow everything to dry thoroughly before replacing them. If you touch them too soon, you’ll have fingerprints ingrained in the surface. It normally takes a full day for the cabinet boxes, drawers and doors to dry. After replacing them, you can put on the knobs, handles and pulls.

Finding Quality Kitchen Cabinets for Your Home

The quality of your kitchen cabinets is critical to the longevity they hold. At Cabinets City, we have quality cabinetry you can install inside of your kitchen. We carry a line of cabinetry from leading brands, which include Fabuwood, J & K Cabinets, Forevermark, Wolf Cabinets and Schrock Cabinets. You can visit our local showroom to see our cabinets for yourself and hand select the ones you want. When you order your products from us, you receive your goods in a timely fashion. This is more than what we can say about big box stores, which can sometimes take forever to deliver your cabinets.

We have happy customers throughout Illinois, which include Arlington Heights, Des Paines, Chicago, Elk Grove Village and Hoffman Estate, to name a few. After purchasing quality kitchen cabinets from Cabinets City, you can use the above tips to repaint them to match whatever décor you implement in the future. This will save you money and keep your cabinetry relevant for future remodels.

Contact us today learn more about the beautiful kitchen cabinets we have in stock!

Bayram Gulsen

Bayram Gulsen is the owner of Cabinets City. He always had this passion to redefine cabinetry to be at its best along with his dedicated team and the author of Cabinets City blog: You can find Bayram on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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