DIY Painting Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Get DIY ideas for painting kitchen cabinets.

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Ugly kitchen cabinets are hard to ignore. You see them every time you walk in the kitchen and when you open them up day after day. But DIY kitchen cabinet painting ideas could save you some money in updating them.

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If you're a homeowner who can't afford a major overhaul or a renter whose landlord won't update your ancient kitchen, there are many DIY ideas for painting kitchen cabinets.

Cabinets are a focal point in the kitchen, so if you can't stand your current ones, give them a facelift with paint! Painting kitchen cabinets can be exhausting, but if you're up for the challenge, you'll have a kitchen you love soon enough.

If you're ready to update your kitchen cabinets, you'll need to select a new paint color. There are many directions you can go when it comes to kitchen cabinets and it's not always easy to figure out which one is best. Consider the other items and colors that are already in your kitchen and select a color that will complement them. Take your backsplash, counter top, floor and walls into account. White is a common go-to color for kitchen cabinets because it feels clean and fresh. It also works well with every other color and can brighten up a dark space. Gray and greige also look great on kitchen cabinets; the colors pair well with yellow and blue, two common kitchen colors.

If you prefer a pop of color for your kitchen cabinets, the sky is the limit. There are many shades of yellow that would really shine, from bright, almost neon hues to lighter, more buttery shades. Other pastel shades that would look good on kitchen cabinets include sky blue and mint green. If you have a big, airy kitchen and want a deeper, more sophisticated shade, try emerald green or navy blue—but only do this if you have light-colored walls; otherwise, your room will feel too dark and heavy.

Two-toned cabinets are also in style these days. If you like this look, select a light color such as a creamy white or light gray for the top cabinets and a darker color such as a cobalt blue or even cranberry red for the bottom ones. If you're really adventurous, try color blocking your cabinet by choosing two bright shades that are on opposite sides of the color wheel—for instance, bright yellow and navy blue. Some designers are using the ombre trend on kitchen cabinets. Achieve this look by selecting one color and painting your cabinets varying shades of it. Chalkboard paint can also look cool on cabinets and will make it easy to record shopping lists and to-dos.

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