I dream of a brand new kitchen: spacious and gorgeous and perfectly planned for my ideal layout! You know, a space where I can whip up my favorite recipes: rhubarb muffins, some sabayon, and lemon meringue cupcakes (yum, those were good)! Reality is not always my dream, but a refresh is always a quick and simple way to give a new look. Honestly, I have never touched my kitchen, mostly because I felt painting cabinets at home was subpar. I hated the idea of the paint chipping, not wearing well, and honestly, just looking home-finished as opposed to professional. But that’s all changing because I’m going to show you how to paint kitchen cabinets.
After hours of online research, I stumbled across a paint from General Finishes that actually looks good and incorporates a top coat that provides a beautiful finish. It’s a pretty simple process:
Watch how to paint kitchen cabinets
Step-by-step process to paint kitchen cabinets
- To start, de-gloss the doors to rough up the finish and clean off any grease and grime. OPTIONAL: At this point, you can also sand down the doors to ensure that the paint will have no leak-through of the underlying stain.
- Next, apply a stain-blocking primer to ensure none of the dark, stained color bleeds through.
- Next, apply two coats of the General Finishes Milk Paint . I went with “Snow White” because I wanted clean and simple, but there are many colors to choose from. The painting was a bit tedious, but it’s a very thick paint that creates a beautiful cover.
- To finish, apply three coats of the General Finishes High Performance top coat . This gives an extraordinary finish, honestly close to a factory finish. Three coats sounds like a lot but these coats go extremely fast and are definitely worth it. (See update below!)
UPDATE: Per recent guidance from General Finishes (the manufacturer of both products used in this video), the use of the snow white milk paint in conjunction with the high performance top coat can lead to unpredictable slight yellowing of cabinets over time. Before painting, please check out more of the guidance from General Finishes here.
Painting cabinets is a large undertaking, but with General Finishes, the outcome is definitely worth the work. Some simple tricks and tips will hopefully leave you inspired to refresh your own projects!
NOTE: As a disclaimer, General Finishes generously provided their product for my cabinets. All view are my own. Some of the above links are Amazon affiliate links. This means that I earn a small percentage when these links are used to purchase the product. Feel free to search out the products on your own if you would rather not use my links.