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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

How to paint kitchen cabinets

Painting your kitchen cabinets is a great way to give your kitchen a new lease of life… and at a fraction of the cost compared to installing new cabinets. Knowing how to paint kitchen cabinets is the perfect DIY solution to save you some money, while not compromising on the end result.

Below are are few tips to help you on your way:


  • Painting your kitchen cabinets can be messy so make sure all of your kitchen surfaces are well protected. Cover all counter tops to ensure the paint doesn’t stain these surfaces. Newspaper is ideal for this.
  • Ensure to protect your floors too… we always use a canvas cloth drop for this. It is more durable, and absorbs any paint drops.


  • We would recommend removing doors if possible. This makes sanding and painting that bit easier. Make sure to number all doors to ensure you know where to hang the door once the paint has dried.
  • Remove all door knobs and handles and protect glass and hinges with masking tape. We also recommend to remove all contents from your cabinets.
  • Clean all surfaces that will be painted. These surfaces will need a thorough clean, especially due to grease build up in a kitchen. Soapy water should work for most areas, but if there are tough grease stains, you may need something stronger to remove it.
  • Wash down all cabinets with cold water so there is no chemical residue on the cabinets that will affect the application of the paint.

3. SAND and fill

  • Sand the cabinets with coarse-grit sandpaper or sandpaper sponge until the cabinet finish is dull. This will give a rough texture for the primer and paint to grip to.
  • You can skip this step if you have a smooth or factory finish to your cabinets. This step can also be skipped on bare wood.
  • Fill imperfections with a good quality ready-mixed filler and sand again.
  • Wipe down cabinets once more to remove any dust and allow time to dry.


Depending on your surface pick a suitable primer. Apply primer to all areas that will be painted. A primer is important for 2 reasons:

  • it creates a full barrier between the previous surface and your new one, so that the old colour doesn’t show or seep through.
  • it provides a surface that your new paint can stick to, so it stays right where you’ve put it for years to come.

Ensure to read the primer instructions to ensure it is compatible with the paint you are using.


  • Apply your first layer of paint. Check out our Painting Tips blog for ideas on choosing the perfect paint colour.
  • Use a roller for larger areas and a paint brush to get into smaller areas. Allow time for this layer to dry fully, approx. 24 hours. Don’t forget, the HighTower Painting Tripod holds all accessories, along with your paint in one place, and at hands reach, making this stage hassle free!
  • If you want a smooth finish, you can lightly sand the cabinets in between paint coats. Don’t forget to wash down the cabinet to remove all dust particles.
  • Apply the last coat of paint and allow to fully dry before replacing the doors, and putting handles back on.

So there you have it…5 easy steps into transforming your kitchen. Some of the steps above are dependant on your kitchen cabinet surface so make sure to take this into consideration.

Roll up those sleeves and get stuck in! Add colour and life into your kitchen today!


The HighTower Team!




I’m now retired and enjoying doing jobs around the house. HighTower made the task of painting the living room and kitchen a lot easier and at my age, made me feel safer up the ladder.

John Byrne

Wasn’t sure what to expect from the HighTower before using it but now having used it on a couple of jobs I couldn’t see myself without it. With less climbing up and down the ladder when cutting in the ceilings, HighTower definitely reduces the time spent painting.

Handyhands Donegal Painter & Decorator

Myself and my team have been using the HighTower Tripod System for the last few weeks. Very impressive bit of gear. Safe, sturdy and invaluable when cutting in ceilings on a step ladder or standing painting doors.

Nu Look Painting & Decorating

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