Splashing a fresh coat of paint on old and worn kitchen cabinets is a great way to give them a new lease of life. It’s also a good way to update the look of a kitchen on a low budget – especially when the cabinets are in good condition.

Painting kitchen cabinets is a big job, but it’s also a rewarding one. A professional painting and decorating company, such as Scott Anson Painters and Decorators Ltd., can get any kitchen looking like new again.

If cabinets are in good condition, it’s easy to apply a fresh coat of paint. Follow the steps below to achieve a great-looking finish.

Remove The Doors

Before painting, it’s important to remove the doors from their hinges. This makes it easier to reach every part of the cabinet and there is less chance of runs and drips when painting horizontally. Use a screwdriver to remove the handles and put down newspaper or dust-sheets to protect the floor.

Top tip: put all hardware into labelled bags for each individual door/drawer.

Clean The Surface

It’s essential to clean all surfaces before painting. Use a degreaser to remove built-up grease and dirt to leave a smooth canvas. Clean the cabinets thoroughly, vacuuming up any remaining dust and dirt.

Sand and Repair

Use a wood filler to smooth over any holes or imperfections and lightly sand each cabinet using a fine grit paper – this will help the paint adhere to the suffice. Clean off any dust with a damp cloth, then let the cabinets dry thoroughly before painting them.

Prepare Paint-Free Areas

If the doors won’t come off their hinges, protect any paint-free areas and edges by carefully taping them off; this will also help to create a crisp edge. Lay down sheets on worktops, floors and appliances to protect them from being stained.


It’s important to sand all surfaces and clean each cabinet thoroughly to make sure they are dust free. Prime all surfaces that will be exposed using at least one coat of primer.


To get the best results, use high-quality paint in thin coats to create better coverage and a longer-lasting professional finish. Start by using a brush to get into any nooks or hard-to-reach areas to ensure an even and thorough coverage of paint. Use a short nap roller to apply paint over the remaining surfaces of the cabinets and drawers. Roller application is faster than using a brush, but the texture it leaves on cabinets makes it unsuitable for use with gloss paint.