How To Re-Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

As you can see in these photos, it’s better to separate the kitchen cabinet doors first and re-installing them after painting the kitchen cabinets.


Painting them can be tricky since you are painting on top of wood that has urethanes and lacquers that aren’t always conducive for the adhesion of paint. Kitchen Cabinet painting in Toronto has had big trend changes which make this process in very high demand. There are numerous ways to painting these cabinets. You can spray them, or you can brush and roll them. Spraying is a much more complicated process too difficult for the average do it yourself project. But brushing and rolling kitchen cabinets is a more economical and practical way to paint them. Here is a breakdown of how doing it that will beautify them for years to come:

Step 1: Before Cabinet Painting Process


First remove all the kitchen cabinet doors and hardware from them. Before starting it read this article too.

Step 2: Remove Stain from Cabinets

Clean any stains, oils, or any heavy grime from the cabinet surfaces.

Step 3: Rough up Cabinet Surfaces

Then you need to rough up the smooth surfaces of the kitchen cabinets. You can rough up all the surfaces using a very high grit sandpaper (fine sandpaper). Be careful not to use sandpaper that is too coarse, as you will scratch the surfaces. You want to just rough up the surfaces enough so the primer and paint has a good base for them to adhere to.

Step 4: How to Prime kitchen Cabinet before Painting

Prime all kitchen cabinet surfaces with an oil based primer.  Specialized latex primers can work also, but oil based have always been the preferred choice to ensure best adhesion.   There are many low odor oil based primers on the market today. Kilz has a good one, but any good low odour oil based interior primer will do. The priming and the painting part requires a skilled painter.


If the primer isn’t applied properly this will potentially ruin the finish of the kitchen cabinets. When applying the primer be careful not to put it on too thick as it will show lap marks and drip. At the same time, if it’s applied too thin then you will also get streaks which aren’t desirable either. Besides paint brushes, using sponge rollers are also desirable when applying the primer and paint depending on the surfaces as well. The proper application of the oil primer is essential in the minimizing of brush strokes and streakiness, for an ideal smooth finish.

Step 5: Start Painting Kitchen Cabinet

Apply the paint to the kitchen cabinets. Usually 2 coats are desirable but sometimes depending on the color and application, you can get away with one. When in doubt put two thinner coats rather than 1 baby thick coat. Again, the key to getting a smooth ideal finish is the application. A combination of sponge rollers and brush applications are the way to achieve this. Allow at least 24 hours in between coats and much more if it is humidity in the air.

Step 6: Kitchen Cabinet Paint Finish

Which paint finish to use on your kitchen cabinets? This is more of a preference but keep in mind that these kitchen cabinets need to withstand a lot of wear and tear, so choose wisely. Most commonly we use a latex satin, pearl, soft gloss, or a low luster finish is desirable. Sometimes you can also use a latex semi gloss finish as well. Oil paint can also be used and is a bit more durable, but they are generally very toxic smelling, difficult to use, and hard to clean up. The latex paints today are almost as durable, easier to use, more environmentally friendly, and easy to clean up. Hence, the most common are the latex paints with a satin or low luster finish.

  Step 7: Refill Kitchen Cabinets

Once the paint has been dry after 48 hours, you can start to put the hardware and doors back on the kitchen cabinet base. Keep in mind, if there is humidity in the air, it can take as long as a week or longer for the paint to totally dry and cure. So when in doubt, it’s better to wait longer, than risk damaging or chipping them when putting them back together too soon.
Once you have completed this process, you will have beautiful, new, up to date kitchen cabinets for years to come.

Note: There is another option on kitchen cabinet painting. If you want to minimize the possibility of any brush or streaks, paint spraying the kitchen cabinets can also be an option. This is more costly and time consuming however, since we need to take the cabinet doors off site where we can spray them safely in a factory controlled environment. Feel free to call or email us as well for a free consultation.

Also for more information about How to Re paint your Kitchen Cabinet, Watch this video, which Home Painters Toronto showing how to do this Painting job.

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