How to Paint Cabinets

Refresh your kitchen and add a pop of color by painting your cabinets.

For Best Results:

If you are painting a cabinet that was previously painted with a glossy paint, thoroughly scuff-sand or degloss the surface for proper adhesion.

Maintain your painted cabinets and safely wipe away dirt and common household stains with BEHR SWIPES™ Interior Wall Wipes.

  1. Aerial shot of tools needed to paint cabinets

    Step 1

    Grab your tools.

  2. Person selecting a paint color from a Behr fan deck

    Step 2

    Find your perfect color.

  3. Person using a screwdriver to remove a cabinet door

    Step 3

    With a screwdriver remove hardware, doors and drawers.

  4. Person using a cloth rag to clean cabinets

    Step 4

    Clean the surface of the cabinets. 

  5. Person using sandpaper to remove gloss coating on cabinets

    Step 5

    Gently sand the surface to help remove any gloss from the previous coating. 

  6. Person wiping away dust off cabinets with a cloth rag

    Step 6

    Wipe off the excess dust.

  7. Partially painted cabinet panel with painter's tape

    Step 7

    Tape off the counter and cut in using a paint brush.

  8. Person painting cabinet panels with a paint roller

    Step 8

    Using a roller, paint the panels and hard to reach areas starting from the inside out.

  9. Person painting the top of a cabinet frame with a paint brush

    Step 9

    With the paint brush, apply paint on the top of the frame. Once the top of the frame is complete, move on to paint the side of the frame. 

  10. Cabinet door laying flat on a saddle

    Step 10

    Now grab the cabinet doors and drawers and lay them flat on a saddle. 

  11. Person painting a cabinet door

    Step 11

    Start painting on the inside and move out toward the edges.

  12. Person using a screwdriver to reinstall hardware on a cabinet drawer

    Step 12

    Allow paint to completely dry. Replace doors and drawers before reinstalling the hardware.

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • BEHR® Paint

  • Primer (optional)

  • Brush (2"-2½")

  • Paint Key

  • Paint Tray

  • Paint Tray Liner

  • Drop Cloth

  • Roller Cover and Frame

  • Sandpaper (150-220 Grit)

  • Painter's Tape

  • Screwdriver

  • Cloth Rags

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