Sep 14 2015

Painting Kitchen Cabinets + Tutorial

We love painting furniture so much so we established a business on painting furniture! When we first moved into our condo the kitchen cabinets were an off white yellow.  I was just scanning through some pictures and I found a picture of our kitchen when we moved in!  Check it out! Pretty sure the yellowness of them is because the previous owner smoked like a chimney inside…ick! IMG_0125 We actually didn’t mind having a light color but to give our kitchen a different look we decided to paint the walls lighter and the base cabinets a dark grey.   We liked the two tone look.  Below is a picture of what they looked like from our previous home tour on apartment therapy. 535ac025697ab015d400085b._w.1000_h.1000_s.fit_ We enjoyed this look for over a year, but recently we decided we wanted to change it again! So one evening we took our spray gun from work and decided to paint them! All of these pictures were taken at night after dinner so please don’t mind the mess on our counters.   When we decide on doing something we just do it. If we had to spend several hours to clean up the kitchen we most likely would have been exhausted and gone to bed instead of staying up to paint them…

Supplies you’ll need (click on them to buy them on amazon)

To start this project you need to remove all your old hardware. After you do this I suggest putting tape on the hole on the inside so when you spray paint doesn’t fly through and get on all your silverware, glasses, etc.

IMG_1226 Then go around the cabinets with the plastic tarp and tape it to the wall. It doesn’t look pretty but it makes spraying that much easier. I will let you know we didn’t spray the inside of our cabinets. We only sprayed the outside.

Here are some pictures of us taping…  IMG_1233_2 IMG_1235_2 Then you load the paint gun and start spraying!! IMG_1236 You won’t be able to tell from this picture but we painted the uppers completely and decided we didn’t like the grey we chose.  Although it was light it was still too dark for us.  So let it dry and then painted it again!

Here is what it looked like after we painted it.  We still enjoy the two tone but we painted the island a different color.

Here are some pictures of the cabinets before we put the hardware on! IMG_1238 IMG_1239_2 Here is what it looks like with hardware on and the countertops clean!! IMG_2065 IMG_2066 Thanks for continuing to follow us through our projects!


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  • What kind of spray gun do you use? Any brands that you recommend? The grey is very mod and sleek by the way!

    September 14, 2015 at 11:23 am
  • Do you do this in other people’s houses? It is a project that I am itching to have done!

    September 15, 2015 at 2:55 pm
  • Nicole C.

    Hello! Just found your blog after researching chalk paint and spray guns.
    Nice work!!
    Do you remember what ratio of water to paint you used to dilute?

    Did you have any orange peel issues? It’s very humid in Dallas right now and I don’t know if that’s the issue or how I diluted it. Thanks! 🙂

    May 25, 2016 at 5:27 pm
  • Julia Wessels

    I’m curious – when you open the cabinets isn’t a different color where the doors cover? I understand not painting the inside but what about the edge under the doors? Thanks!

    September 27, 2016 at 7:03 am

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