Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets is a simple weekend project with results that speak for themselves.


  • Rough Sandpaper
  • True Value EasyCare® PLATINUM Paint & Primer 2-in-1


  • Goggles
  • Paintbrushes
  • Window Fan
  • Drip Cloth

Kitchen cabinets see a lot of use, so you’ll want to use True Value EasyCare® PLATINUM paint and primer in-one to withstand the daily wear-and-tear.

When painting your cabinets, you don’t have to paint the interior of the cabinets themselves. The interior is only visible when the cabinet is open and leaving the inside of the cabinet as is won’t have any effect on the final result. However, you will want to paint both sides of the cabinet doors.

Helpful Tip

Put a window fan (set to “exhaust”) in your work area and open a nearby window. This helps to minimize dust and fumes in your house by exhausting much of it outdoors.

Step 1: Prep Your Cabinets

Remove the door handles, knobs and closures using a screwdriver. If you’re going to paint with the doors on, you don’t have to remove the hinges. You can paint the hinges so they match the cabinets, or cover them with blue painter’s tape. If you aren’t planning on painting the hinges, you may want to remove the doors to avoid the hinges altogether.

Be sure to protect your floor and/or countertops with drop cloths. If you choose to remove your cabinet doors, it might be easier (and safer) to paint them in the garage.

Clean the cabinets with trisodium phosphate (TSP) — a heavy-duty cleaning powder. Dilute the TSP with water according to manufacturer’s specifications. Use a sponge and the TSP solution to wash the doors and the cabinet exteriors, letting them dry completely.

Safety Alert!

Use TSP as directed by the manufacturer. TSP can corrode metal and damage finished wood. Be sure to wear protective eyewear, clothing and rubber gloves.

Sand any shiny surfaces with coarse-grit sandpaper until they are dull. This will give the surface a rough texture for the primer to bond to.

Safety Alert!

Wear goggles, a dust mask and other protective clothing when sanding.

Step 2: Prime & Paint

Your kitchen is a busy place. Taking the time to repaint the cabinets might mean this vital space is in disarray for a few days. To keep this to a minimum skip the priming step! If you use True Value EasyCare® PLATINUM paint and primer in-one you can skip the priming step saving you precious time and eliminating chaos!

After prepping your cabinets, apply the first coat of True Value EasyCare® PLATINUM paint and primer in-one. Use a roller to paint the outside and inside of the cabinets. Follow with a brush to reach the places the roller can’t. When finished, leave the cabinet doors open – if the doors close they may stick shut. Let the paint dry for 24 hours.

Using a fine-grit sandpaper, lightly sand away any bubbles that formed with the first coat of paint. Now it’s time to apply the final coat.

Do the brushwork first in the areas you know the roller can’t reach. Then finish up with the roller. When done, let the cabinet doors dry for 24 hours before hanging them. It takes a couple of weeks for the paint to harden, so take care with your freshly painted cabinets because they will be susceptible to scratching.

Step 3 : Clean Up

Good brushes will last for many years if you treat them well. Use a brush comb to separate bristles that stick together near the heel of the brush. Rinse the brush out in water. When the water runs clear, put the brush in a spinner if you have one or thoroughly shake out excess liquid. Put the brush back in its protective sleeve or hang it on a nail or hook until you’re ready to paint again.

Congratulations! Your kitchen has been updated without the cost of a complete remodel.

3 comments on “Paint Kitchen Cabinets

    1. Hi Stephanie. Unfortunately we don’t have the name of the exact color that was used in this photo, but show this to your paint expert at your local Waters True Value and they can provide a color match in-store. Thank you!

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