Read THIS Before You Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets!

It's here!!! The post you've all been asking me for! 

Can I just start by saying that while I have repainted cabinets before in our flip houses, these cabinets were actually purchased NEW! Contrary to popular belief, we did not keep the existing cabinets but ended up re-painting them and using them in one of our flip houses instead. The reason we didn't keep them is because we wanted the cabinets to go a little higher and we rearranged the layout of the kitchen a little bit, the older cabinets wouldn't have worked with the large window, and the higher ceilings and crown molding. 


Check out some before pictures of our kitchen:

I'm not going to go into a full remodeling post right now because I want to keep things to the point today. 

That being said, I feel like I do have some cabinet painting experience under my belt and definitely have some tips to share with you today. Tips that I think can help make your job of painting cabinets muuuuch easier. 
1. Invest In A Good Paint!
One of the things I get asked a lot is if I think Chalk Paint or Latex is better for painting cabinets. The Truth is, I don't think Chalk Paint holds up very well over time with cabinets, and it can be super hard to get a smooth finish that most people crave on kitchen cabinets with chalk paint. It also can be a little hard to clean them if they aren't waxed and covered correctly, not to mention that I don't really believe Chalk Paint is the most cost effective option as it can be pretty expensive depending on how many cabinets you're painting. I genuinely prefer latex paint over chalk paint if given the option. 

However, there is a paint I prefer more over both of those options and that is COMMERCIAL contractors paint. This is paint that actual cabinet companies paint with. I discovered it from our local cabinet guy. The difference is AMAZING. You can special order the color you need for your cabinets at most local hardware or cabinet stores, Think Ace Hardware. 

My color is called Antique White, but that color can definitely vary from company to company so I suggest ordering some swatches before getting started.

The paint itself is also very watery, but I think this is to help with the smoothness of application. Because of its watery texture you can easily get runs, however you also don't need to use a ton of it. A little can goes a long way. 

And while it is more expensive then most paint- we paid $60 for a half gallon.- The difference and ease of application is truly amazing and makes such a difference. If you're going to take all that time painting cabinets, aren't you going to want them to be done right so you aren't repainting them in a few years? I know the cost is worth it for me! It's still cheaper then hiring a company to do it for me. 

If you are unsuccessful finding contractors paint I suggest Sherwin Williams ProClassic Acrylic Latex paint. 

2. High Quality Brushes and Rollers! 
I cannot for the life of me stress this enough you guys. A good brush and roller can make such a huge difference in your painting projects but especially on cabinets! I use nothing but Purdy Brushes and you can find my favorite one here! The price on these also cannot be beat! It's always nice to have a different variety and different sized brushes on hand, you never know when you're going to need a different size;) 

These rollers also changed my life when it comes to painting cabinets and doors, you basically want a high quality foam roller to give you a super smooth and clean finish. I also like the smaller size, it makes them easier to work with and use. 

These rollers will get you that super smooth finish, if you sand and remove debris properly, which brings me to my next tip... 

3. Make sure you're painting clean and debris free cabinets-
Cabinets get dirty, even the cleanest people can't keep them clean all the time. So before you start painting, make sure they are spotless and clean of all dust, dirt and debris. The rollers I shared above will literally pick up on every single piece of debris that it comes into contact with. I always wipe down with greased lightning it's the most effective thing I've found for removing even years of caked up debris, I use that with a micro fiber cloth on each and every cabinet before painting. Make sure you let it dry before you start painting! 

4. Use SARAN WRAP to cover hardware-
If you're just doing a touch up job and not removing cabinets from hinges (I don't normally remove them as it's just more of a pain for me.) You can wrap fixtures and hinges with Saran Wrap and it will make your life a lot easier!  I actually do this with all my hardware before painting so I don't have to remove it.. It's all just whatever is easiest for you though. Again, this is just the way I do things, and we're all different. ;) 
The top looks yellow here, but it's just the way the light transfers to the camera! PROMISE! 
You can find the rug here!


You can find the Three Globe Light Fixture here in this post.
and you can find the Two Tier Tray HERE

So there ya have it, my tips and advice for painting kitchen cabinets! It's actually fairly easy if you use the right tools and prepare yourself, I really think it's silly to pay someone to do it but I can see why someone would if they didn't have the time or didn't want to fool with it, painting cabinets can instantly change the look and feel of a kitchen! Especially at a cost much lower then replacing perfectly sturdy cabinets.

I sure hope this post helps some of you on the fence about painting your cabinets! Let me know if you have any questions for me, we can chat on Instagram, Facebook, or leave me a comment below!

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Now get painting this weekend friends!
Are there any tips you have for people wanting to paint their cabinets? 
XO
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6 comments

  1. Painting cabinets... ugggghhhh. One of my least favorite things to do ever! When B bought his first house we painted the kitchen cabinets and I thought that it was never going to end! If I ever decide to do them in our current house, I'll have somebody else do it! Haha.

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  2. Such a huge job but so so worth it!!

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  3. The cabinets look beautiful! What paint did you use?

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  4. Do you paint the inside of your cabinets as well also?

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  5. Gorgeous! Did you sand the cabinets or use a primer?

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  6. I am so glad you posted this! We are wanting to paint our cabinets sometime in the near future!

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