Repainting Kitchen Cabinets

What a difference a fresh coat of paint makes on your kitchen cabinets.

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Repainting kitchen cabinets is your opportunity to make the old look new again while you have fun displaying your own unique personality and style in the color(s) and design.

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Contemporary Kitchen with Glass Backsplash

Yellow Kitchen Cabinets and Stainless Steel

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John Colaneri

Contemporary Kitchen

Tuscan Style Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Green Granite

Cream Color Country Style Kitchen

Modern Stainless Steel Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Subway Tile Backsplash

Red Kitchen Cabinets

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White Cabinet Kitchen with Stainless Steel Backsplash

Stove Top and Backsplash with Blue Gray Cabinets

Black and White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen Design

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Retro Yellow and Green Kitchen with White and Brown Cabinets

White Contemporary Style Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen with Antiqued Cabinets

Large Kitchen with Island

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Kitchen with Island Seating

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Rustic Kitchen Island

White Traditional Kitchen Cabinets

White transitional kitchen

White Kitchen with Round Island

Island Seatinv in Blue Gray Kitchen

Urban Oasis Kitchen

Kitchen with Ladder

Creamy Kitchen Cabinets

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Ben Herzog

White Kitchen with Dining Table

White Kitchen with Wood Island

White traditional Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Red Hood

Kitchen with Blue Backsplash

Blue Kitchen Cabinets

Stainless kitchen with white cabinets

Contemproary Kitchen with Large Table

Transitional Kitchen with Blue Cabinets

Pale Kitchen cabinets

Large Kitchen with Island

Contemporary Kitchen

White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Elaborate Display Cabinetry

White Cabinets

Perhaps you're just really bored with your cabinet color and want something new, or maybe the paint you have is permeated with dirt and oil that no amount of cleaning can remove. Regardless, though it's relatively inexpensive, repainting kitchen cabinets is time-consuming and not for the faint of heart. If you can't devote a full week or two to do it, you'll need to block out about three weekends to do a thorough job that isn't rushed, and plan to eat a lot of takeout meals while your kitchen is out of commission.

Choosing your paint color—now this is where the fun begins. There are so many choices, whether it's a solid color throughout, the popular and trendy two-toned look for your cabinets, or a base color with a complementary accent color in strategic places, the options are limitless. Just choose wisely and make sure it's a color scheme you can love and be happy with for years to come.

Oil-based paints and acrylic paints are generally the best paints for kitchen cabinets because they're the most durable and withstand the everyday kitchen wear and tear. Latex-based paints, however, are also popular and do have excellent color quality. Latex is also easier to clean up throughout the painting process, only needing soap and water. Oil-based paints will require a specific solvent for cleaning and you'll need adequate ventilation.

Choosing whether to spray or brush is the next crucial decision. Applying the paint with a sprayer will give you a cleaner, smoother look, but you'll have to buy or rent the sprayer and practice on a few obscure spots before you paint the rest of the cabinets. Repainting with a brush works really well for simple cabinet designs, and it is easily the least complicated, least expensive and least messy option. The trick with using a brush instead of a sprayer is to lightly sand the cabinets in-between coats of paint to give it a smoother finish. You can use a small foam roller brush to paint the inside of the cabinet boxes. This will give it an interesting, subtle texture.

Set aside a work station to paint the cabinet doors and drawer faces and paint one side at a time and let them dry, at least overnight. Flip the cabinets over and repeat this method for the other side. Within weeks, your kitchen will be transformed into something new and different.

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