Love your kitchen but tired of your cabinetry? Learn how to paint your cabinets to give them a fresh new look.

How to paint kitchen cabinets

Give your kitchen cabinets a fresh new look with a simple lick of paint.

  1. First, remove all knobs and handles, as well as the contents of your cabinets and drawers. Use masking tape to protect hinges and glass and put down dust sheets to protect other parts of the room as necessary.

  2. Wash the cabinets down with sugar soap or a strong detergent solution. This will remove grease and create a smooth canvas. Remove soap residue with a damp cloth.

  3. When the cabinets are dry, sand with fine paper (you can skip this step if you have melamine or high gloss surfaces). Fill imperfections with a good quality ready-mixed filler and sand again.

    Tip: Polycell All Purpose Filler is ideal for filling in gaps on kitchen cabinets and cupboards as it's easy to sand, dries white and won't shrink or crack.

  4. Apply a wood or melamine primer depending on the surface. You might want to use a small roller on doors for a smooth finish.

    Tip: Dulux Easycare Satinwood eliminates the need to undercoat, making it the perfect choice if you want to save time and money. It’s a water-based paint, which means it’s quick drying and won’t smell during the painting process. The finish will be a subtle sheen that’s easy to clean and touch-up.

  5. Apply two coats of your chosen colour. After the first coat is completely dry, sand with a fine paper to ensure a smooth, professional finish. Remember to wipe off any dust with a damp cloth.

  6. When the second coat is completely dry, carefully remove the masking tape, put the knobs and handles back on, and admire your sparkling new cabinets.