How to paint kitchen cabinets

9 October 2020

Are you looking to give your kitchen cabinets a revamp? It’s an easy way to give your kitchen a new look without a huge expense. The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home and painting it in a vibrant shade will instantly add personality and character to your decor. Shades of red, orange, green and blue create deliciously delightful kitchens and for more kitchen colour inspiration, read our best paint colours for your kitchen blog.

Our expert chemists have spent over 25 years crafting and perfecting our unique interior formula which easily applies to walls, ceilings and wood. Once applied, our one-of-a-kind formulation dries to a matt finish in as quick as 30 mins, providing long lasting protection to your kitchen cabinets. Our paint is also easy to clean with a damp cloth, making it the perfect choice for your kitchen renovation!

Painting your kitchen cabinets for the first time can be a daunting task but our handy step by step instructions will help you to achieve the perfect finish. Painthouse tip: to get the best and most professional looking finish for your cabinets, don’t rush, take your time!

What you’ll need


  1. Start by removing all kitchen handles and then remove each door from the hinge.

  2. Whether you’re painting onto a new or pre-painted surface, make sure your surface is clean.

  3. If your surface has resinous knots, ensure your surface is sealed with a knotting proprietary sealant. 

  4. Lightly sand to create a slight key on your kitchen cabinets, this will ensure good adhesion. If you’re painting over old paint, make sure to give your surface a thorough sanding, removing any flaking paint.


  1. Starting with the back of the cupboard doors and using a small, high quality paintbrush, paint any grooves, beading and the edges of your doors with a thin coat of paint.

  2. Next, with a high quality, lint-free foam mini roller, apply thin coats of paint, all applied in the same direction.

  3. The key to getting a smooth finish that’s long lasting is to wait for each thin coat to completely dry before applying the next. 

  4. Follow the above until you have reached your desired thickness.

  5. Your final coat of paint should be a very thin coat to ensure there are no paint strokes.

  6. Now for the next side! Pop down a soft sheet or cardboard to support the painted side and repeat the above steps for the front of the doors.

  7. And you're done! Pop your doors back on their hinges and apply your old or new handles.

  8. Snap a picture and tag us on Instagram @MyPainthouse


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