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.


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

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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.


5 Tips for Successfully Painting Wood Cabinets White — Paint Project

White cabinets are all the rage. A recent Houzz survey found that 42 percent of people who are updating their cabinets are painting them white — and that number is growing year over year. I just had my own kitchen cabinets painted white, and I can attest that the color does an amazing job of brightening up the space and making my kitchen look up to date!

But painting cabinets white can be tricky because typically you're trying to paint a light color over a dark stain, so you run the risk of the darker color showing through and ruining the final product.

"White is on the totally opposite end of the color spectrum from brown and those deep red tones like cherry," explain professional painters Chris and Lexi Dowding of Michigan-based SwatchOut. And those wood tones are exactly what homeowners are usually trying to cover up. Here's what they recommend to make sure you get the white you want.


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.


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