The Best Cabinet Paint Colors for a Happier Kitchen, According to Interior Designers — Paint Project

With hundreds (thousands?) of pretty paint colors to choose from, no trip to the hardware store would be complete without a bit of buyer's anxiety. Picking the right shades for a room in your home can be an arduous and frustrating task — especially if you're picking something for your kitchen cabinets. What if you go through all those steps to paint your cabinets and you end up hating the color? What if you wished you had picked a more white white than a cream white? People say you can always paint again, but that's a lot of work!

Save yourself the trouble and read this story before you even pick up a paint brush. We asked seven interior designers to share their favorite kitchen cabinet shades and why they love them.


How To Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets So It Looks Like You Totally Replaced Them — How To

Painting your kitchen cabinets is the single most transformative thing you can do to your kitchen without a gut renovation. And, if you do it yourself, it can also be one of the least expensive ways to overhaul the space — just the cost of materials and, of course, your time.

And time it will take. People on the internet like to say that painting your kitchen cabinets is a quick weekend project. Maybe if it's a holiday weekend — and you can take another day or two off work! In reality, it's a project that can take a solid five or six days, depending on the size of your kitchen. (You literally have to wait for paint to dry!)

It's not all that hard, though — as long as you're patient and thorough, the transformation will be amazing. We teamed up with professional painters Chris and Lexi Dowding, of Michigan-based SwatchOut, to paint a real kitchen and distill the steps for you to DIY it. Warning: It's going to look like a lot of steps. And it is! But we also wanted to break down as much possible here, so that you have no questions in real life.

Here's what you need to know in order to paint your old, wooden kitchen cabinets so that they look like brand new (white!) ones.


One Surprising Thing You Don’t Have to Do Before Priming Your Kitchen Cabinets — Paint Project

Painting kitchen cabinets is a multi-step process that can give you great results — if you do it right! And according to Chris and Lexi Dowding of SwatchOut in Michigan, adequate prep work is the key to success. Labeling your doors, cleaning and prepping the wood, priming, and sanding in between coats of paint are absolutely necessary for a great finished product.

But one thing they say you can skip? You don't need to sand your cabinets before painting them. In fact, they advise against it. Yes, we realize this may go against everything you've ever learned about painting.

Keep reading to find out why they're anti-sanding and what they do instead.


5 Mistakes to Avoid When Painting Kitchen Cabinets — Mistakes to Avoid

Painting kitchen cabinets is a big job, but it's the single most transformative thing you can do to an aging kitchen to bring it up to date. The process seems deceptively simple — you just need paint and a brush, right? Yeah, not exactly. It's a multi-step process, during which each step requires the same amount of care, and if you rush through one, you may be shooting yourself in the foot for the next.

Here are five mistakes to avoid when painting your kitchen cabinets.


9 Small Painting Projects That’ll Make Your Kitchen Feel Like New — Paint Project

We talk a lot about the power of paint — and that's because its greatness truly cannot be overstated. If you don't have the budget for a big reno or the many days to devote to painting all of your kitchen cabinets, a little can (and just a little effort) will still make a big difference. It's true: A tiny, humble can of paint can be your saving grace when it comes to making your kitchen feel current, happy, and fresh. The right color can take even the most tired space and refresh it into something that won't make guests shield their eyes when they come over.

Don't believe us? Just check out these small painting projects and the big impact they make. Then, pick up a paintbrush!


The Best Primer for Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets — Shopping

Painting your kitchen cabinets is easy — it's all the prep that goes into it that's hard. Removing the doors (and getting everything labeled so you can put them back up!), taping off your edges, covering the floors, cleaning the wood, filling in the random scratches … by the time you're ready to start painting, you've done hours of work. So much work that you may be tempted to skip the primer and go straight to the paint — but definitely don't do that!

Professional painters Chris and Lexi Dowding, of SwatchOut in Michigan, say that primer is key. You need it to create a full barrier between the previous surface and your new one, so that the old color doesn't show or seep through. Primer also provides a surface that your new paint can stick to, so it stays right where you've put it for years to come.

Which primer should you use, though?


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