How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

A kitchen makeover doesn’t have to cost a ton of money.  By simply painting the cabinets, you can transform your kitchen dramatically.  Most cabinet updates can be done in a weekend by cleaning and painting them.  Check out the kitchen cabinet makeover above that Frickin’ Fab Furniture painted, get this look with MudPaint’s Forest Green  and Stone.

Materials Needed:

MudPaint in your favorite color

50/50 Solution of Vinegar and Warm Water, TSP Substitute, or a degreaser

120 grit Sandpaper


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To get this look, paint your cabinets in a mix of MudPaint’s Smoke and Stone.

Step 1:  Cleaning the cabinets is the most important step.  Remove the grease with a 50/50 solution of vinegar and warm water or TSP Substitute.  If they are too dirty, use a degreaser to do the trick.

Step 2:  Rough up the surface with 120 grit sandpaper.

Step 3:  Cover hinges, knobs, and anything you don’t want to paint on the cabinets with painter’s tape.

Step 4:  Protect countertops with newspaper.

Step 5:  Fill holes with with wood filler and then sand smooth.

Step 6:  A primer is not needed on most surfaces. However, if a smooth or slick surface, painting a lighter color, painting over a stain or wood with red undertones, or if painting a wood that is known to bleed, a primer is recommended.  MudPaint is compatible with water based primers, cover stain and KILZ.

Step 7:  Be sure surface is free of dust after sanding.

Step 8:  Clean with wet rag and allow to dry completely.

Step 9:  Before using paint, shake can vigorously and stir thoroughly.

Step 10:  Apply paint with a brush, working in the direction of the grain of the wood.

Step 11:  If applying a second coat, allow to dry, and then lightly sand between coats (use 600 grit).

Step 12:  Finish with a clear coat.


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