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The Easier Way to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Today is exactly 3 years since we moved into our home. So I think it’s fitting that I tell you about the project I have most wanted to do since moving in.


Sorry for yelling, but I find myself doing a little happy dance every time I look at them!

For 3 years I have been dreading the whole process. I would search different techniques about how easy it can be using certain products that you don’t need to prime or sand the cabinets, no prep, and everything else.

Painting Oak Cabinets Before

It seemed too good to be true. So I decided to search actually painting cabinets the RIGHT way.

I wanted the paint to last. The cabinets are in great shape, just orangey oak that I hated. So I knew when we do makeover our kitchen, getting rid of the ugly, matching, backsplash, counter and floor, we would always keep these cabinets. So the paint had to last. No skimping here!

Painting Oak Cabinets

I was dreading the whole process but I knew it had to be done. I was also dreading the time it would take to paint the cabinets using a brush and roller.

Then, HomeRight offered me a Finish Max Paint Sprayer. It was like the clouds parted, the sun was shining and I could rejoice!

HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer

Being 9 months pregnant, and painting cabinets was not going to be an easy feat. But armed with the right tools (and the best Mom) I could make it a whole lot easier.

Let’s start the process shall we?

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While I was doing my research, one of the things that was being repeated was labeling the hardware as you take it off.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets Hardware

When we took down a cabinet door, we used painters tape to mark the door, and to mark individual Ziplock bags. for the hardware. 1ut = Cabinet 1, Upper Cabinet, Top Hardware.

When all the cabinets were off my Mom used the deglosser on all the cabinets and frames. We actually did 2 coats on each door. We figured it couldn’t hurt and took no time at all. This takes all the shine away. It’s literally a liquid sander. My mom was great. She volunteered to do the inside painting and deglossing because I was pregnant and didn’t want to use a chemical or paint indoors.

Painting Cabinets DeGlosser

I’m sure she appreciates this photo of her deglossing the frames.

After the deglosser dried, I did give the cabinets a really quick sanding just in case.

Now it was primer time and time to set up my paint sprayer.

Home Right has this awesome paint shelter that came in so handy. It kept out the flying bugs, and any debris flying around the yard.

Homeright Sprayer Kitchen Cabinets

I set it up in the middle of our back yard and I got to work, don’t mind my large preggo belly!  Using a paint sprayer you need to thin the paint for even coverage. For the primer I used two coats on each side. I thought they looked pretty good with just the primer!

Painting Kitchen Cabinets Primer

When choosing which type of paint to go with I choose Benjamin Moore’s Advanced Line of paint. The man at the paint store told me it was awesome. It dries to a rock hard finish and doesn’t need any type of top coat. It’s also slow drying so the finish is smooth with no streaks.

Benjamin Moore Advance Paint for Cabinets

Using a paint sprayer I think is a must do when trying to paint cabinets. I can’t even imagine how long it would take doing them all by hand. Because of the drying time, it took 2 full days to actually paint the cabinets.

Painted Oak Cabinets

I love how much brighter the kitchen is, how it blends more with the rest of my decor. I would love to makeover the whole kitchen, thinking maybe Fall…but for now I’m just glad that this task is crossed off my list!

Painted Kitchen Cabinets After

White cabinets Benjamin Moore Advance

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Donna Gedvilas

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

This is the best paint ever. I painted my kitchen cabinets. And now have done all my cabinets in our motor home. Fabulous results!! And easy to work with. Just take the recommendations time between coats!! Love love this paint!!


Saturday 3rd of October 2020

Hello. Great job on cabinets!!! How is the paint holding up? I would like to do my cabinets. Thank you.


Monday 3rd of August 2020

You did a beautiful job in your kitchen. I have a few interior doors to do. They were stained with Minwax. The color is special walnut. There is No clear coat/varnish over the stain. The doors are 6 panel pine. Should I use Bin as the primer, before the Benjamin Moore Advanced? Did you use satin or semi-gloss on your kitchen cabinets? Thank You.


Sunday 9th of August 2020

Yes use a primer. I believe I used Satin.


Sunday 26th of July 2020

if you had not already did back splash , use some self stick tiles and give the room some color or make it lighter . and i would removee the wavy trim over the kithen sink, would look more updated


Monday 27th of July 2020

This post a few years old. We have taken the back splash down as well as taking off the wavy trim!


Wednesday 21st of August 2019

Hi there! Thanks so much for posting. My hubbie and I are preparing to paint our cabinets this weekend! How and with what did you thin the BM Advance paint?


Wednesday 21st of August 2019

I thinned it with water. It should say on the paint can how much to thin it, or go by the guide in your sprayer..and if you're not using a sprayer don't thin it.