Shirley from LilyPond Vintage is joining us today to show you how to paint kitchen cabinets! Read on for tips on surface prep, painting, distressing, glazing, and sealing.


How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets in 7 Easy Steps!

Supplies:

  • Stir sticks
  • Synthetic bristle paint brushes
  • Foam brush or sponge
  • 120 grit sanding sponge
  • Lint-free rag for distressing and glazing
  • Country Chic Paint’s All-in-One Decor Paint in the color Nightfall
  • Furniture Glaze in the colour, Graphite
  • Country Chic Paint’s Tough Coat
  • Bucket of clean water
  • Vinegar
Step 1)

Remove all doors, drawers & hardware from your kitchen, working left to right, top to bottom. Save yourself time & frustration by labeling all doors and drawers with a sharpie so you can easily reassemble your kitchen cabinets when you’re finished.

Step 2)

Clean cabinet doors using warm water & vinegar. Rinse with clear water to remove any residue and allow to dry.

Step 3)

If you’ll be changing the hardware, fill any holes with wood fill, then sand and wipe away the dust. Most cabinets doors are glossy, so do a scratch test to make sure you’re getting great adhesion. If the paint is peeling off, you may need a coat of Clear Bonding Primer before you begin painting.

Step-by-step tutorial about how to paint kitchen cabinets with DIY, eco-friendly paint, furniture glaze, and top coats from Country Chic Paint. Learn how to give your kitchen cabinets an inexpensive makeover with shabby chic distressing and glazed accents.

Step 4)

Stir paint to ensure it is mixed well. Use a soft synthetic brush to paint
cabinet doors allow to dry overnight before adding a second coat of paint if needed. Dip your brush into the paint so you are covering no more that half way up the bristles. Hold your paint brush at a 45-degree angle and apply a little pressure when painting the surface. Apply a even coat, but not too generous to avoid drips or runs.

Step-by-step tutorial about how to paint kitchen cabinets with DIY, eco-friendly paint, furniture glaze, and top coats from Country Chic Paint. Learn how to give your kitchen cabinets an inexpensive makeover with shabby chic distressing and glazed accents.

Step 5)

Wet Distressing: To create a distressed look you can either layer 2
different paint colours together, or distress a little to bring through the original wood colour. Using a wet cloth, gently rub across the surface of the cabinet door in a back & forth motion to remove as little or as much paint as you like. If you remove too much paint you can easily fix by applying a little more paint to the area. Allow 24 hours drying time for cabinet doors before glazing.

Step 6)

Stir your jar of Glaze to mix well. Since glaze dries quickly, work on one cabinet door at a time. Paint on glaze, then use a damp cloth to remove as little or as much as you like to create the look you want. Remember that Glaze is recommended for kitchen/bathroom cabinets since they will need to be sealed with Tough Coat or Clear Coat, and those two products will not be able to adhere to Antiquing Wax.

Step-by-step tutorial about how to paint kitchen cabinets with DIY, eco-friendly paint, furniture glaze, and top coats from Country Chic Paint. Learn how to give your kitchen cabinets an inexpensive makeover with shabby chic distressing and glazed accents.

Step 7)

Protect your cabinet doors with Tough Coat. Wait AT LEAST 24 hours after applying the glaze. Longer is better if you have the time. Mix Tough Coat with a stir stick but do not shake the jar as it creates bubbles. Apply with a foam brush, or Country Chic Paint sponge to avoid brush marks. Tough Coat dries quickly as well so apply it in long, smooth strokes in one direction to avoid overworking the product. Don’t worry if you think you missed a spot as you will fix it in your second coat.

Wait 1-2 hours before applying your second coat of Tough Coat. I typically like to wait 2 hours between coats. Tough Coat is a very durable product but remember that any freshly painted piece should be used lightly for the first week to allow the product to cure.

Step-by-step tutorial about how to paint kitchen cabinets with DIY, eco-friendly paint, furniture glaze, and top coats from Country Chic Paint. Learn how to give your kitchen cabinets an inexpensive makeover with shabby chic distressing and glazed accents.

Want to see this in action? Watch this video!

To see more examples of kitchen cabinet makeovers, click here.


Shirley {LilyPond Vintage}

Hello! My name is Shirley and I am the founder & creative mind behind LilyPond Vintage. I started painting cabinets & furniture over 20 years ago after we purchased a century home that was built in the 1860’s. I’ve have always loved decorating & creating unique, one of a kind pieces for our home, family and friends. Many times, we have great pieces of furniture in our home that just need a little love or updating, kitchen cabinets are no different. If your cabinets have great bones, but you don’t like the look or colour, you can easily make an impactful change with a little paint and new pretty hardware! I believe in decorating on a budget, and love helping clients find the confidence to make their house a home.

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