How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets Without Sanding or Priming

Give your old cabinets a makeover and change the entire look of your kitchen with just a fresh coat of paint.

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Photo By: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Photo By: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Photo By: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Photo By: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Photo By: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Photo By: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Photo By: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Photo By: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Photo By: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Photo By: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Photo By: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Photo By: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Before You Begin

Instead of renovating your entire kitchen, try giving your cabinets a fresh coat of paint! Before you begin, here are the materials you will need to get the job done: grease-cutting cleaner, scrubbing sponge, wash cloth, liquid deglosser, screwdriver, paint brush, silver spray paint, paint roller, white cabinet enamel, painter's tape and thumbtacks.

Remove Any Dirt and Grime

Using a scrubbing sponge, thoroughly wipe down each cabinet surface with a grease-cutting cleaner, making sure to remove all dirt and grime.

Apply Liquid Deglosser

Instead of sanding, save time and money by pouring some liquid deglosser onto a washcloth and wipe each cabinet down using small, circular motions.

Label Doors + Remove Hardware

Before removing, label each cabinet door with painter’s tape. Then, remove all hinges and hardware using a power drill or screwdriver.

Clean Out the Inside

Remove all shelving and wipe out the inside of the cabinets.

Paint the Back

Lay the cabinet doors out flat with the backside facing up, and then use a paint roller to apply a thin coat of white cabinet enamel.

Insert Thumbtacks

Push thumbtacks into each corner of the door, then flip it over using the tacks to prop the door off the ground so the backside can dry while you paint the front.

Paint the Molding

Use a small paintbrush to apply paint to the molding and detailed areas.

Paint the Front Side

Switch to a roller to cover the flat surfaces. Allow the door to dry completely, and then add another coat.

Paint the Shelves

Paint the shelves and allow them to dry completely. Apply a couple of coats if necessary.

Paint the Hardware

Next, spray paint the cabinet hardware and hinges silver, and allow them to dry.

Paint the Wall Units

Using a roller, paint the inside of the cabinet units, the outer edges, the shelving and the center where the closed cabinet doors will meet.

Finish + Re-hang

Using a screwdriver, reattach the hinges and knobs to the dry cabinet doors, and then re-hang them. Insert the shelves and you now have beautiful white kitchen cabinets.

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