Using an airless sprayer to paint kitchen cabinets.
Using an airless sprayer to paint kitchen cabinets.

When painting kitchen cabinets it’s important to prepare the surface properly so the paint will adhere and not peel or chip over time. You can paint cabinets with a brush, but a sprayer is faster and leaves a smoother surface.

Here’s how to go about painting your kitchen cabinets.

Steps in painting kitchen cabinets:

  1. Remove Doors & Drawers: Take the doors and drawers down and paint them separately.
  2. Clean Cabinets: Clean all surfaces thoroughly with a household cleaner to remove any grease or grime.
  3. Sand Cabinets: Sand all surfaces. If the old finish is in good condition, you don’t have to sand it down to bare wood, just until it’s smooth and free of gloss.
  4. Remove Dust: Vacuum off any sanding dust, then wipe the cabinets down with a clean, damp cloth.
  5. Prime Cabinets: Apply an oil-based, stain blocking primer to the cabinets. Oil-based primers adhere and block stains better than latex primers.
  6. Fill Imperfections: Fill any holes or dents with two-part auto body filler. After the filler has hardened, sand it smooth with the surface.
  7. Paint Cabinets: Apply two coats of latex or oil-based enamel paint, sanding lightly between coats.

Watch the video above to find out more.


Danny Lipford: People often ask, “How hard is it to paint your kitchen cabinets?”

First, you want to sand all surfaces, whether they’re painted or stained, so the primer will adhere well. Then apply an oil primer to help the subsequent layers of paint stick.

Next, fill any holes, divots, or low places with automobile body filler; and sand it smooth after it dries. Then wipe it clean and you’re ready to apply two coats of quality enamel paint. Brush painting will work fine, but a sprayer is even better if you have access to one.

When you’re done, your old cabinets will have a fresh, new look; and so will your kitchen.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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