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How To Spray Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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In this article, we will be explaining the best way to spray paint your kitchen cabinets. Although it is possible to do this yourself with the right tools, your kitchen cabinets will look much better if done professionally.

There is no risk of equipment being used incorrectly if you get a professional to do this project for you. The correct equipment will be used, and your work will be carried out to the highest standard with only the best quality materials.

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Why Use a Paint Sprayer?

You might be wondering how to spray paint kitchen cabinets. When there are different ways you paint kitchen cabinets, you could just paint them with a brush and paint.

Doing this runs the risk of streak marks and drip marks being left by the paint. The best way to get an even coat and a more professional finish is to spray paint them.

why should you use a paint sprayer?

When choosing to use a paint sprayer, you can get a more refined and factory finish than if you paint using a paintbrush. If you are confident in your decorating abilities, you can do this yourself.

However, as previously mentioned, it will always look more professional and refined if you get a professional to come out and do your spray painting.

By getting a professional, you will get the best job and rule out human error. Our professional decorators are skilled and able to do your job; feel free to call us if interested.

How to Spray Paint Kitchen Cabinets

To spray paint your kitchen cupboard doors, you must complete a few steps if you choose to do this yourself.

Spraying your doors or even painting your cupboards with a brush can be very lengthy and time-consuming, and this could also leave brush marks.

However, if you want to achieve a professional finish and make your old kitchen cabinets new, get in touch with our professional painters.

Not only can we paint wood cabinets, but we also can spray over kitchen cabinets with laminate or vinyl, as long as this is in good condition.


You will need to start by removing the doors and then removing all of the hardware, such as the hinges and knobs, as well as any other decorations you wish to fit into the cupboards.

It is also important at this stage to check that the cabinet doors are in good condition and that the hinges are still fit for use.

When removing the doors and hinges, it is a good idea to number or label doors and hinges so that you know which cabinet frames and cabinet boxes go with each door.

Once you have removed the cabinets and checked they are in good condition, you must then clean them. It is important to clean them with warm water and dish soap. Ensure when cleaning that you also clean the cabinet sides as well as other surfaces you will be working on.

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Doing this will help the primer adhere to the cabinets when you come to do this. It is important at this stage to fill any hinge hole you wish to keep. this will ensure all hinge holes remain in the correct places.

When cleaning the cabinets, make sure you also clean the kitchen cabinet and drawer fronts.

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It would be best if you protect your floors, walls and benchtops with plastic sheeting and masking or painter’s tape, so nothing gets spray painted that shouldn’t.

Ensure you also clear your countertops and that they are clean and protected. You can also use Rosin paper to protect benchtops and extractor fans.

While protecting worktops is also important to protect appliances, such as your cooker or hob top. Moving other machines out of the kitchen is also a good idea.

When using masking tape and plastic sheeting to protect your countertops and keep some surfaces clean, it is also a good idea to also protect the ceiling, as you will be spraying, the paint can get further than if you used a brush and paint, as it is an air-bound paint.

Some personal protective equipment can also be used, the room you will be working in will have paint airborne spray used, and our professional team would wear overalls to protect their clothes from the high volume of paint in the air.


It is then important you clean the surfaces thoroughly before starting, because of how regularly we use our cupboards they can become quite heavy with grease and dirt without us being aware.

Ensure you clean the cabinet doors and their surrounds and frames. Cleaning the grease off of the cabinet doors and drawers as well as the kitchen cabinet frames will make the rest of the job easier.

Sugar soap is fantastic at cleaning grease from the surfaces you intend to spray paint, leaving your surface clean.

Repair and Sand

Now that you have cleaned down the kitchen cupboards and have protected the kitchen, it is time to start to repair problem spots and prep cabinets.

To repair the cabinet doors and frames, it is advisable to use wood putty, you can apply this using a putty knife. Fill any gaps, cracks or imperfections in your existing kitchen cabinets. You must do this first to give the putty time to dry.

Once you have repaired the doors, you can also repair the cabinet frames.

How to Repair your Cabinets

It is best to do this initial sanding with 350-grit paper. A lot of the gloss on cabinets would prevent the primer from sticking to the surface without using sanding paper.

Ensure you sand the door fronts and back of the doors and do the cabinet boxes and drawer fronts. Ensuring that you use a tack cloth to wipe down when finished.


Now it’s time to prime your cabinets. Do this with a specially formulated stain-blocking primer.

When doing this, it is a good idea to do the door fronts first, then while that dries, paint the cabinet frame. Make sure you remember to spray primer onto all surfaces that are going to be painted.

Primers and paints need to be thinned down before being used for spray painting. If choosing to do this yourself, follow your spray paint instructions. If you want a professional to take over and do this, please get in touch.

After the first coat of primer on the doors, you may want to use a brush to apply the primer to the end panels, starting in the corner. As primer is watered down, it will be fine to be painted with a brush leaving no drips or streaks on your kitchen cabinet.

Depending on the type of wood you are working with for your doors and drawers, you may need to sand your doors again before applying a second coat of primer. You may choose to fill in the grain for some wood, like oak.

Once you have applied a coat of your prime colour, you will then need to sand it with fine sandpaper. If you choose to do this, you will need to apply a second coat to the surface that will be painted.

Spray Paint Kitchen Cabinets

When you are ready to start spray painting kitchen cabinets, you should make sure you have the correct colour and spray on low pressure, starting from the outside edge of the cabinets and working in.

Ensure you position the paint sprayer away from you and have protected your walls.

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Always use specifically formulated paint when spraying painting kitchen cabinets and drawers. Once you have painted the door, work on spraying the cabinets to ensure each coat dries fully for a hard and durable finish.

Once you have applied enough coats and have achieved the colour you want, you can start replacing the hardware on the doors. Once the doors are ready, you can start replacing them on the kitchen cabinets.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have listed a few of the most frequently asked questions below.

Is It Better to Spray or Brush Paint Kitchen Cabinets?

You will get a better finish from spraying your kitchen cabinets rather than painting with a brush.

If you paint with a brush, you will often get drips.

What Do You Need to Spray Paint Kitchen Cabinets?

To spray paint your kitchen cabinets, you need the following materials:

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What Kind of Spray Paint Do You Use for Kitchen Cabinets?

Water-based polyurethane paint is needed for kitchen cabinets.

This paint is needed to get a hard and durable finish on your cabinets and door fronts.

Do You Have to Sand Cabinets Before Spray Painting?

It is important to sand your cabinets before you paint them so that you get the desired look when your spray painting kitchen cabinets.

Many cabinets won’t take a primer or colour if you don’t first sand them.

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What Happens If I Don’t Sand Cabinets Before Painting?

If you don’t sand the cabinets before spray painting, your kitchen will not have the desired look or durability.

It is important as many gloss coatings won’t take paint without sanding.

Can I Just Paint Over Old Paint On the Cabinets?

If you choose to paint the surface, you may find the colour will run more, and you will not have a professional finish.

You need to scuff up the surface before you can apply paint,


I have mentioned in depth how to spray paint cabinets and drawer fronts. This is a time-consuming project and labour-intensive project. You cannot miss steps, remove, protect, clean and prepare, paint and then reapply. Spray painting kitchen cabinets carefully is important to get a professional finish.

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