How To Easily Paint Kitchen Cabinet!

One of our top questions we receive on an almost daily basis is… How do I paint my kitchen cabinets?  There are a ton of ways to paint cabinetry, as well as a ton of products.  We have recently found lots of success using this method here!  Come check out how we gave our sister’s cabinets a whole new life with a few cans of paint! Just click Play in the box below to watch!

Paint Kitchen Cabinet

This really is such a simple process.  The first thing we did was remove all of the cabinet doors.

Next, we used a degreaser over the surface of all doors and faces and frames.  This is the degreaser we used HERE!

HERE is a link to the paint we used.  The color we chose to use for our sister’s cabinets is called Platinum Ring.

HERE is a link to the larger brush we used for the larger surfaces, and HERE is a link to the smaller detail brushes we used in corners and smaller spaces.

We started with our doors first.  NOTE – Make sure to label doors as you remove them.  This will keep you from getting them mixed up after you finish up.  We painted the outside of each door first.  Be sure to watch the video to see our little tip that makes a huge difference when applying the paint!

Then, we worked our way in and painted the insides.  Make sure to let the first coat dry before going to the second.  This stuff dries quick!

Once all of our doors were dry, we started working on the cabinets themselves.  You can remove drawers entirely and set them on their ends to paint, but we just pulled each one a few inches out and painted them in place.  We were in a hurry 😉

We taped off the floors and countertops first, and then started applying the paint using the same trick where we dip the brush in a tiny bit of water before applying.

Once everything was dry, we applied the next coats.  The second coat is basically a repeat of the first one, and the third coat covers any brush strokes or imperfections you may see.  It’s a much faster coat.

We let everything dry at that point and then gave it all a coat of Polycrylic.  You can see the one we used HERE!  THIS IS A MUST!  You need to put a finish on chalk paint because it is water soluble, and water happens in a kitchen.  Your paint will start removing over time without a good top coat.

So, now let’s take a walk down memory lane!  This is always the fun part!

Builder-grade BLAH before…


It seriously is crazy how much change you can create in your space with just the paint alone!  Here are links to everything else you see!

Link to the drawer pulls HERE

Link to the rug HERE

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  1. Tricia Roark on May 11, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    Could this same paint work well for painting bathroom cabinets?

  2. Emily on March 19, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    The degreaser link isn’t working now. Can you recommend another one?

  3. Pintura residencial on December 28, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Um excelente artigo nos ajudou muito agradecemos..

  4. Handyman Mesa on January 21, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    I would be so scared to paint my own home. I would have to start on some practice furniture or something. lol. Reading your article though I think will make the whole process a little bit easier. Are there different qualities of paint that you can use? Are more expensive paints better to use? Thanks for the article!

  5. Mary on October 2, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Do you recommend a top coat to seal it?

    • mandy on January 22, 2020 at 8:52 am

      Hi. Great tutorial! Thank you SO much! 3 questions for you:
      1. How many quarts of paint did you use for this project?

      2. Do I need to be concerned about yellowing if I use the sealer on white paint?

      3. So you know if my local store can add color to the Kilz chalk paint?

      Thanks again!

  6. Chelsea on August 18, 2019 at 7:48 am

    So beautiful! I’m debating painting my kitchen cabinets as well.

  7. Erica on May 22, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    How long did you have to wait between coats of paint? And before you apply the poly? Did you use the same brush for the poly?

  8. Beverly Hayes on April 25, 2019 at 9:12 am

    It looks like you guys painted the walls as well. They were more beige before. What color did you end up using on the walls? Thank you!

    • Michelle on August 8, 2019 at 5:12 pm

      I’m not sure how old this post is but I really like what you did. Does this work on unfinished cabinets???

  9. beth lee on November 1, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    OMG! This is my exact floor plan! Please show what you did to the rest of the house!

    • Genine Telepak on March 12, 2019 at 4:49 pm

      This is my exact floor plan I would love to see what she did with the living room. Genine

  10. Shelbalina13 on September 7, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    None of these links seem to work. Can you please just name the products?

    • Keeley on September 28, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      The links did not work for me either and I would love to try this!

  11. Me on August 26, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    What is the backlash and where can this be purchased? Thank you.

  12. Ayshe on August 21, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Absolutely love the transformation. What kind of flooring? I need to do this to my kitchen!

  13. Nicole P McIntyre on August 5, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    I can’t wait for my supplies to arrive to try this!

    What color paint is on the surrounding walls in the eating area? It looks great!

  14. Icarly on August 4, 2018 at 9:14 am

    I know this isn’t your fault……but I have been to 3 Walmart’s. None of them carry the chalk paint, none of them carry the hardware. It’s ridiculous. I am an instant gratification type of girl and I love your projects because of that. But having to order this stuff and wait for it goes against everything that I am right now. #firstworldproblem #rantover

  15. Mrs Mike on August 1, 2018 at 6:36 am

    what a transformation! I love how just a few coats of paint can literally transform a space. Big impact for what the cost is. This is really lovely.

    I will caution that I used this polyacrylic on our cabinets and they turned a horrific shade of yellow after a couple of weeks. I don’t know if it was the light color we chose but definitely do a test cabinet first. It is the first time this happened to me using this brand, which we’ve used several times before, but definitely something to be mindful of!

  16. Jenny Waldrop on July 30, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    How many coats of Poly did you do?

    • Jeannie on October 15, 2018 at 3:48 pm


      How many cans of paint and poly did you use?


  17. Empresa de Pintura Residencial on July 29, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Um perfeito trabalho, sempre com ótimas nividades para os projetos em nossa Empresa de Pintura , Pintura residencial

  18. Andrea on July 28, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks so much!

  19. Sue Ann on July 27, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    can you re-post the link for the cabinet pulls Link is not working.

  20. Crystal Nielsen on July 26, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    How much paint would you say you used with all 3 coats and what would you estimate the amount of time spent on this project??? Any secrets for keeping your brushes good for multiple applications?

    • Michelle A Meazell on July 31, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      I have the same questions! How many coats of poly? How long will it hold up well?

  21. Jessica on July 26, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Where are the black hooks for the open shelving from?

  22. Linda Autry on July 26, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Absolutely beautiful !!!

  23. Marika Flynn on July 26, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Are these cabinets Oak? Thank you.

  24. Mary on July 26, 2018 at 7:06 am

    You make it look so easy to paint my baby poop brown cabinets! If not using chalk paint, would the technique be pretty much the same except for the brush types (I’m assuming those are specific for chalk paint) and finish coat of Polycrylic? The link to the Krud Kutter says that product is no longer available ): Thanks for the information!

    • Jessica on July 26, 2018 at 7:41 am

      Look on amazon for the Krud Kutter

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