All Your Questions About Painting Kitchen Cabinets, Answered — Paint Project

Painting kitchen cabinets is a big job (even if you have a tiny kitchen!), so it makes sense that you'd have a lot of questions about the process. Here, we attempt to answer your biggest, most pressing questions.


3 Ways to Make Sure Painted Kitchen Cabinets Hold Up, According to Bloggers Who Know — Paint Project

If you're going to go through all the effort to paint your kitchen cabinets (it is not exactly a quick or easy project!), you want to make sure it's going to last. You don't want to go through all that effort, only to have the paint start chipping off a few months later. To make sure that doesn't happen, we talked to three bloggers who painted their kitchens a while ago. Here's the one thing they each did, which they credit to keeping their cabinets looking brand new.


I Painted My Entire Kitchen with Chalk Paint — Paint Project

To paint a before picture, my old kitchen was pretty hideous. It wasn't original, but was upgraded in the early '90s by a flipper and had the ubiquitous black granite counters, brown wood cabinets, and ugly builder-grade tile. Add to that some interesting lighting choices made by the previous owner. In short, it needed help.

Sadly, a larger renovation was not in the cards. I knew I couldn't live with the kitchen the way it was, though, so it was time to get creative.


Stuck with Really Old Rental Kitchen Cabinets? There’s One Silver Lining. — Paint Project

(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)

If you're a renter, it's pretty likely that you've had to sacrifice at least one or two "wish list" items when you moved into your place. Maybe it's a few extra blocks from your favorite supermarket, lacks a pantry, or has a really ugly vintage kitchen.

While landlords can be tough — the majority of them are pretty reluctant to allow renters to make any major home improvements — you may be in luck if your cabinets have seen better days.


How To Remove Paint from Metal Kitchen Hardware — How To

We've been talking a lot about painting kitchen cabinets lately. And we've made it pretty clear that you're supposed to remove all the hardware from your doors and drawers, label the pieces according to your handy map (you're supposed to make a map!), and then get to painting.

But what if you've moved into a home where the previous owners painted right over the metal hardware? We see it all the time: DIYers just paint right over drawer pulls, door hinges, hooks, and other hardware.

Luckily, it's possible to remove the paint without ruining the hardware. This may be especially good news if you have antique metal hardware that you're hoping to restore and reuse. Here's how to do it.


3 Brilliant Tips to Make Your Next Painting Project Way Easier — Paint Project

We spent five days watching Chris and Lexi Dowding, of Michigan-based SwatchOut, paint an entire kitchen. They worked like total pros because, well, they are pros. They were neat, efficient, and full of brilliant ideas to make any painting job easier — which we spotted and gathered together in this handy post.

Whether your next painting job is tackling your kitchen cabinets or you just want to add color to an old kitchen table, you're going to want to steal these extra-smart tips.


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