How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

Did you know that the average cost of installing a new kitchen in your home in the UK is around £12,000? It can cost a whopping £3000 for a fitter to actually put it together once you’ve specified and acquired all the elements. With this said, there is a fantastically more resourceful and low budget way of giving your kitchen a bit of a spruce, however. The kitchen is the heart of your home, so it deserves a little attention every now and again, and if you are looking to add a bit of value to your home before putting it on the market, then this is a very affordable way of doing so without breaking the bank.

Painting your cupboards is definitely something you can do yourself with a bit of careful planning; everything from prepping your existing cupboards to painting the insides of your cupboards will make your kitchen look almost new. And using Acrylic Kitchen Splashbacks is another cost-effective way to add colour to your kitchen.

This article will give you a few tips on painting your kitchen cupboards yourself.

Step one
The first step is to get everything ready and nicely prepared so that you can work quickly and efficiently. Start by removing all of the furniture; this means the handles and knobs, pop some masking tape over any glass parts and your hinges, lay down some protective sheets where required to keep the rest of the room safe from unwanted attention, and don’t forget to take everything out of your cupboards and drawers and store them somewhere appropriate.

Step two
Give all of the cupboard surfaces a good scrub with sugar soap or detergent to get all the old grease off which should then give you a suitable work surface. A damp rag will get the excess off, so you can then start sanding.

Step three
Once your doors and drawers are clean and dry, then they’ll need a good sanding. Use some decorator’s filler to smooth out any dents and make sure everything is smooth and ready to roll. Treat yourself to a good quality product so it doesn’t shrink or crack once it dries.

Pro tip: Save money on the products you might need for this job by sourcing a B&Q discount code online and keep your project budget in check.

Step four
Get yourself a small roller and apply a primer to all your surfaces. There are different primers to suit different surfaces; wood or melamine, for example, so make sure to get the appropriate one. The roller should give you good control over the painting, and allow for a nice smooth finish (avoiding little brush stroke marks that you might get with a brush).

Step five
Apply the first coat of your chosen paint, allow to dry, and then sand lightly to give a smooth finish. After this, add your second coat, remembering to clean up any dust from the sanding process first.

Step six
Once your paint is completely touch dry, then it’s time to peel off the masking tape, replace all of the handles that you initially removed and that’s pretty much it. Now you just need to invite over a few friends to admire your stunning handywork; just don’t forget to put everything back in your cupboards and drawers first.


  1. great thanks for the tips x

  2. Clear and helpful. Thank you. I think I will need to do this to my 18 year old cupboards instead of going for a complete new kitchen.

  3. Margaret Gallagher18:35

    Did the bathroom sucessfully - now to try the kitchen