Painting Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

The strategy of a well-placed coat of paint on your kitchen cabinets will transform the room.

Green Cabinet Kitchen

Green Cabinet Kitchen

By: Melissa Webster

There's something truly amazing about the fresh smell from painting kitchen cabinets. It announces that everything is new and clean again, like a brand new day, in any color you want, applied in any design or style you want.

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White Traditional Kitchen

Tuscan Style Kitchen

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Red Kitchen Cabinets

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Retro Yellow and Green Kitchen with White and Brown Cabinets

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Modern Kitchen with Red Pendants

White Contemporary Style Kitchen Cabinets

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Brown Contemporary Kitchen

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Rustic Kitchen Island

White Traditional Kitchen Cabinets

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White Kitchen with Dining Table

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White Cottage Kitchen Cabinetry

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Contemporary Kitchen with Red Hood

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Cottage Kitchen with Black Cabinets

White Glass Front cabinets

Blue Kitchen Cabinets

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Contemproary Kitchen with Large Table

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Orange Kitchen Cabinets

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White Cabinets

Painting is a relatively inexpensive way to upgrade outdated kitchen cabinets; you just have to determine whether or not your cabinets can be painted. Wood, wood veneers and metal can be painted with fantastic results. Laminate and melamine, not so much. Once you know for sure your cabinets can accept the paint, all you really have to do is block out two or three weekends to do a thorough job that isn't rushed. Go to your nearest home improvement store for supplies, throw in a sense of adventure with as much elbow grease as you can muster, and your kitchen cabinets can be transformed into a showplace you'll enjoy for years to come.

Your next decision is whether to spray or brush. There are pros and cons to both methods. Spraying the paint will give you a cleaner, smoother, more professional look without leaving behind brush strokes, but it is more time-consuming and will require buying or renting a sprayer (plus making a few practice runs before the real work begins). This method works especially well if your cabinets have a lot of nooks and crannies, intricate designs and raised panels. If you choose this method, just be sure to cover and protect every single aspect of your kitchen, as well as any doorways and open areas in order to prevent tiny little spray particles from permeating throughout the house and onto unintended surfaces.

Using a paint brush works really well for simple cabinet designs, and it is easily the least complicated method. The trick with using a brush instead of a sprayer is in the sanding after each coat of paint to give it a smoother overall finish. With both methods, you'll want to use a small foam roller brush to paint the inside of the cabinet boxes.

Your most time-consuming decision is going to be in choosing your paint color. Whether you choose one solid color throughout or a base color with a complementary accent color, paint is the most personal expression of your own special style. Painting your kitchen cabinets requires a commitment and will make your kitchen all but unusable for a couple of weeks.

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