How to Paint a Kitchen Island
Bring customized style to your kitchen by painting the island a color that complements the room.
- painters' tape
- masking paper
- 1 tube caulk
- caulk gun
- wood filler
- 2 gallons semigloss oil-based paint (tinted to a color of your choice)
- 2 gallons oil-based primer
- 1 quart conditioning additive for oil-based paint
- 4 extra-fine sanding pads
- high quality oil paint brush
- putty knife
- 4 tack cloths
Gather supplies and remove all hardware from cabinets. Tip: Place hardware in a plastic bag and label cabinet doors and drawers with numbered strips of painters' tape to make reassembly easier.
Clean and Sand
Wipe cabinetry clean then use sanding pad to lightly sand surfaces to be painted.
Remove Drawers and Door Fronts
Remove all drawers and doors to expose frame.
Protect Cabinet Interior
Cover cabinet interior with masking paper. Carefully tape into place to protect interior surfaces.
Protect Surrounding Surfaces
Cover floor and countertop with masking paper and tape into place.
Caulk and Fill
Caulk seams between panels and door frames. Fill any holes with wood filler. Let wood filler dry one hour. Sand dried wood filler until it is flush with the cabinet's surface. Wipe cabinetry clean with tack cloth, carefully removing all traces of dust to ensure a smooth paint job.
Paint all surfaces with oil-based primer. Let dry 24 hours. Tip: Mix conditioning additive for oil-based products into primer to lessen brush marks.
Sand Primed Surfaces
Remove visible brush marks with sanding pad. Wipe cabinetry clean with tack cloth.
Paint and Reassemble Island
Mix conditioning additive into oil-based paint. Apply two coats of paint with brush. Let dry 24-36 hours between coats, lightly sanding surfaces before applying the second layer of paint. Allow 48 hours for paint to fully cure then remove protective coverings. Reinstall drawers, door fronts and hardware.