How to Spray Paint Kitchen Cabinets

how to spray paint kitchen cabinets

If you’re tired of your old kitchen cabinets, you may be tempted to replace them entirely. However, you might find that it’s possible to give them a new look by refurbishing your kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them. One of the fastest and easiest ways to give your kitchen an updated look is to spray paint the kitchen cabinets.

Painting kitchen cabinets can be a challenging project. There are many things to consider when painting cabinets. Such as the material of your cabinets and the paint. This article will help guide you through choosing the right spray paint and how to get the best results possible.

How to get started?

spray painting kitchen cabinets


Spraying kitchen cabinets is a time-consuming and tedious task. Before starting to spray paint the kitchen cabinets, you need to clear the area. That means you need to get rid of any old or unused furniture, under cabinet items (such as knobs, faucets, etc.), and baseboards.

Typically there are two steps. The first step is to clean off any old paint or stain. You should remove light stains like paint dust or small pieces of color. Next, you remove any areas that may have picked up excess paint. It would help if you used a specially prepared cleaner that contains degreasers, acids, and cleaners specifically for locations that may include wood floors.

Disassemble the cabinets.

Start by taking apart the three layers of cabinets from the inside, bottom, and sidewalls. Clear any paint chips that might be in the areas that will be spray painting (Use hot water). Disassemble any hardware for drawer pulls and brackets. Generally, this will take less than five minutes if done carefully.

Mask all areas in the kitchen

The best way to prevent wires from burning and minimize handling noise is to plan ahead and use masking tape. Apply the tape to any area where you plan to handle or carry paint before beginning the job. Once you’re ready to paint, with one hand, hold the paint while spraying to the areas that need to be covered.

Note: A drop cloth is an excellent option for flooring. It is a better alternative to plastic sheeting because it is not slippery when wet.

What next?

sanding your cabinets

It’s time to Sand, Clean, and Patch. We’ve been spraying kitchen cabinets for several years, so the knowledge applies to any kitchen. I will first start with the basics of spraying. When I do an initial run of a paint job, sometimes I modify it based on the color and texture of the wood. After that comes sanding, filling holes, and getting rid of any knots or imperfections from the previous job.

1) Sanding

First, we’re going to tackle the more straightforward step of sanding down the cabinet doors and interiors. You can do this quickly and easily with a handheld power tool such as an orbital power sander. If you don’t have one of these tools, you can also sand the cabinets by hand using course-grade sandpaper. We need to find a location with cabinets that are dry and ready to be sanded. This will eliminate any chance of damaging the surface of your finished project. Make sure to always look through cabinets for hidden defects like paint chipping or peeling.

Note: Be extra cautious when handling thermofoil-coated cabinets, as you can damage this micro-thin coating if you sand too hard.

2) Cleaning the surface

Begin by thoroughly washing all cabinets you intend to paint with warm, soapy water. This is to remove any oils, greases, stains, or dirt present on the surface. Next, wipe any remaining off with a damp cloth to remove any remaining paint residue. As we are spray painting, you can use an additional set of cotton swabs to test for any cracks or other imperfections before applying the water. If there are no imperfections, proceed with the next stage of the process.

Note: The kitchen area will be especially greasy, so take extra care in cleaning around the stove and oven. Let the things dry fully.

Patching and sanding

Patch holes in cabinet doors or windows with regular wood putty. Large wood panels can get quite stained, so we suggest washing your blackened putty in hot soapy water and drying it thoroughly before applying it, as we are going to be sanding. Before you spray-paint your kitchen cabinets, make sure you do the sanding work. Sanding can be slick and messy-it’s also fun. Seriously, it’s worth it…it can save you a lot more headaches later on.

Now is the time to Prime and Paint

Before you even begin priming, though, it’s a good idea to know a bit of how paint works. You see, paint is made up of (among other things) pigments, solvents, and other chemicals. In the worst-case scenario, a paint peel could damage drywall or cause major stained areas to appear (or worse – split in half). Therefore, priming is crucial to both your safety and the aesthetic appeal of your kitchen cabinets.


1) The best way to prepare for a task is to do it, and the best way to spray paint kitchen cabinets is to begin preparing beforehand. Swipe the brush smoothly across the wooden surface, blending with the adjacent area while not applying pressure to the detail areas.

2) After the prime coat has dried, allow it to restore completely. Use your first color coat sparingly and be gentle. Allow at least 4 hours between coats for cabinets and drawer fronts. It will take around an hour to spray a medium-sized kitchen cabinet.

3) Spray the paint in the kitchen and give the wood a first light coat. After 4 hours, apply a second coat.

4) let everything dry completely

5) Once you are done spray painting kitchen cabinets, put everything back together.

Spray painting kitchen cabinets is a way to make your kitchen feel new again. No matter what style you like best, whether contemporary or more traditional, spray paint can help you get the look you have in mind. Use the above method to get things done and surprise everyone.

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