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Painting Kitchen Cabinets Tutorial

Are you tired of your kitchen looking the same every day? Are the cabinets starting to show their age? Painting your kitchen cabinets is a great way to give your kitchen a fresh new look – and it’s not as difficult as you might think! 


If you’re looking for the best video tutorial on painting kitchen cabinets, you’ll want to check out The House on October Drive Youtube channel. This step-by-step guide provides clear instructions and helpful tips to ensure that your project turns out perfect. You’ll learn how to prep your cabinets, choose the right paint, and apply it evenly for a beautiful finish. Plus, the video is less than 30 minutes long, so you can easily fit it into your schedule.


Painting Kitchen Cabinets Tutorial – Kitchen Makeover Series Pt. 2 Transcript

Is your kitchen in need of some color but you just don’t know where to start? In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to easily paint your kitchen cabinets and hardware, and yes – you can still paint your door handles without fear of chipping off after a few months of use. Follow along and I’ll show you my secret method. 


Step 1: Remove doors, drawer fronts and hinges


So, removing this cabinet hardware is so super simple, more simple than I thought it was going to be. I thought that you were going to have to lift up this plate and there were going to be screws underneath it to unscrew. But watch this! Just flip this up – comes right out. This one’s the messy door, don’t mind the bottom. Stick this in the little tab right here, pop it up – comes right off. Watch it again.


Step 2: Sand all surfaces


Give all your doors a good sanding before painting. I used 220 grit on the orbital sander and a sanding block to make sure to get in all the crevices. Make sure to wipe down all the excess dust before painting. 


So, while we’re taking a coffee break, here I’m trying to decide on which color gold I should paint these handles. I have one – I think it’s called satin bronze. The other is called… You know what? I’m not even gonna try and name these colors again. I’m just gonna look at the bottle. One is a little bit darker and one is a little bit more yellow. I’m trying to decide which one I want to paint them (cabinets). When I was out in the garage, I was thinking more of the yellowish one. Now that I hold it up to this color, I’m thinking more of this bronzy color. This darker one matches the chairs that we have over here. Neither of them are exactly the same. I feel like this one’s too yellow compared to that and I feel like that one matches better.


It’s supposed to rain tomorrow so I’m really trying to get this all done because I don’t want to have the cars outside tomorrow if I don’t have to. I’m looking at what my proposed setup here is for painting these cabinets. I think it’s gonna work.

I realized shortly after filming this that this isn’t the type of job you want to do in a closed garage. You really need a well-ventilated area so I’m going to have to paint these with the garage door open. So, I started clearing out the garage corner, put the drapes up, and the next step was to build a stand to hold these cabinet doors while I painted them. 


Step 3: Cover the walls, and make your paint stand


I randomly found a 2×3 and a 2×4 that are like pretty much exactly the same length in my scrap wood and I found all these blocks that are pretty much the same so I’m going to use these as the feet and these as the stands. Don’t have to make any cuts basically, just going to drill a hole to fit a piece of rebar through here and make that the rack that we’re going to spray feed these on. I still haven’t finished my espresso yet. I did this all during my coffee break.


Finished the rack with scrap pieces of wood. Quick 10-minute little build there. Basically, just take some 12-inch pieces of 2×4 or 2×3 or whatever you have on hand and then make a stand that is taller than your cabinet. And I finished the espresso. 


Step 4: Insert hangers


Hanging the doors for the painting allows you to paint both sides of the door at the same time. In order to hang the doors from the stand, I’m attaching cut hooks to the underside. These are lower cabinet doors so the underside will not be visible pretty much ever. If you’re painting upper cabinet doors, attach the hooks on the top of the door so you won’t see the holes after you remove the cup hooks. For drawer fronts, you can simply fill the holes with putty and use the paintbrush to cover or spray them laying down instead of hanging since you don’t really need the back side painted. For kitchen cabinets, it’s recommended to use a satin finish on your paint so it’s durable and easy to wipe down. Flat paints will be easier to scratch off which is super noticeable with dark colors like I’m using here.


Step 5: Time to paint


Always make sure to wear your protective gear for painting: goggles and an n95 mask so you’re not breathing in the paint. Some paint sprayers will require you to thin the paint before putting it into the sprayers and others will not. Make sure to fully read the instructions. It’s also a good idea to have a test spray area which is what I use this piece of cardboard for. Each time you start spraying it’s possible to get some swatches at first so I used the test area to make sure there were no splotches before spraying the doors.


Start your pass with the sprayer slightly above the surface you’re painting and end just below the surface to make sure the coverage is even throughout. I started by spraying the top and sides of each door, then the middle before turning it around and spraying the back side. 


As you’re painting make sure to keep an eye on the amount of paint left in the sprayer. If it gets too low the paint can become splotchy and you don’t want that to happen, especially on the front of one of the doors like what happened here. If you do get some splotches, go over the spot with a dry paint roller to smooth out the excess paint, then go once over with the sprayer again.


You can see the texture on these doors looks pretty splotchy when it’s wet but don’t worry – this is normal. It’s still going to dry nice and smooth and flat just as you’d expect. So, we got four cabinet doors hanging there and one hanging on this rack to dry. It looks like I did pretty good with keeping all the black paint inside except for that one little spot up there in the corner. I didn’t really get any black paint outside that so that’s pretty good. I guess we’ll have the full truth once I take all this down, but this is my memo to myself to NOT open the garage door, or else these cabinets will be ruined.


So, you can see after the first coat there are still a few places here that just need a little bit of touch up so we’re going to go through and do a second coat. I’m loving how even this paint is coming out. I think it looks great so I think a second coat on here definitely needed just to kind of even things out, but it’s going to go pretty fast. We’ll let this dry and then put all the hardware back on.


When I painted these doors the day before I was having a hard time getting the bottom just because this rack was a little bit too short, so when I put the second coat on what I did was just flip the door over, spray that top edge there and then flip it back over upside down onto the rack and then finish painting.


One of the doors did get a little bit too much paint on the backside and it started dripping as it was drying so I again just went over this with a dry roller to smooth out that extra paint and then let it dry, and it ended up being nice and smooth. 


I removed the hooks from the bottom of the doors, put the hinges back in and adjusted them before painting the rest of the cabinet. Because I didn’t label the hinges when I took them off most of them needed adjusting and it was quite the process. If your cabinets are already in place make sure to label your hinges as you take them off and put them back in the same spot to avoid having to do tons of adjustments like I did.


I taped off the edge of the sink and painted the outer edges of the cabinet. The paint was easily scraped off the inside surface of the cabinet so I didn’t bother taping much. I just scraped it away with a putty knife off-camera once it was dry.


If you’ve watched any of my previous videos, you know this is my least favorite part of the process, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that it’s just what you have to do and honestly – I feel like I’ve gotten much better at it so it’s not as stressful as it used to be. I laid down tape on both sides of this caulking seam to get a clean look and immediately removed it before it was dry. 


Optional: Paint your cabinet hardware


Door handles and drawer pulls that get a lot of use are very prone to chipping if painted. I like to use an automotive primer when painting objects like this to ensure durability. I first cleaned off the surfaces with some rubbing alcohol and placed them on a flat surface to paint. First, I sprayed one side then the other, and then I stood them upright to get the top of the handles. You’ll repeat this sequence for each coat that you do with the paint.


The color that I’m using there is Rust-Oleum metallic in satin bronze. This is probably my favorite shade of gold. Again, spray both sides then stand each of the handles upright and spray the tops of them. The final step to seal the paint on these handles is the Varathane triple thick polyurethane in a clear matte finish.


And that’s it my friends! One or two days of work and you have a brand new look to your kitchen. I hope this has inspired you to transform your space into something you love.


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Is This Tutorial Helpful?

We’re so glad you asked! This tutorial has been incredibly helpful for many people, and the comments below the video prove it. In just a few minutes, you can learn everything you need to know about this important topic. Plus, the format is easy to follow and understand.

Here are some of the comments:

Amazing! I love it! And I’d definitely choose the same color as you did. And a good idea to drill holes at the bottom/top of the cabinets. I wouldn’t mind because if you decide to repaint the cabinets again, it’d be easier.


Turned out really great. Love the color. I was saying to myself please don’t let her forget and open that garage door. Then you showed the blue tape on the button.


Gorgeous work, they turned out lovely!! Great video!!

Final Thoughts

Painting cabinets can completely transform the look of your kitchen, but it can be a tricky project. This video tutorial does a great job of showing how the process really looks – warts and all. It’s refreshing to see that even the professionals make mistakes, and it’s very helpful to see how they’re fixed. The end result is certainly worth the effort, and this video makes the whole process seem much less daunting.


Trying to decide what colors to use in your kitchen can be a tough decision. You want something that will look good, but you also don’t want to spend a lot of time and money on painting and then not like the results. Our free 3D kitchen design tool can help you to see whether white or gray would fit your kitchen and save you the time and hassle of painting and repainting. With our design, you can see how different colors would look in your kitchen and get an idea of what would work best.

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