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Published on December 10th, 2012 | by Grant Barnard


How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets DIY

Indianapolis Painted Kitchen Cabinets.Painting kitchen cabinets can turn a horrible kitchen into a beautiful kitchen. This can be done for pennies on the dollar compared to getting new cabinets.  Many looks can be achieved from flat to shiny or natural colors to modern contemporary colors. This is a step by step method to changing your kitchen into the kitchen of your dreams. It’s actually quite easy to paint kitchen cabinets.

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How To Prep The Cabinets

  1. Clean the cabinets of all surface dirt and remove the hardware. Denatured alcohol works wonders for cleaning any grease or grime on the cabinets.
  2. Sand all of the cabinet surfaces taking special care on areas that will receive wear. Use 120 first and then a higher grit if needed to smooth out any lines.
  3. Prime the cabinets. Here you have the choice of going with waterborne or oil primer. A good oil primer that is sandable is the best choice. If you would rather go with waterborne paint, pick the best bonding primer that you can find and be sure to sand everything the best that you can.
  4. Apply the topcoat to the cabinets. Use a small roller that is shed resistant and use only the softest brush to prevent brush marks. Work in a small area to make sure that the brush lines will be rolled over. Sand lightly with 240 grit or higher for glossier paints.

Paint And Primer In One Option For Cabinet Painting

Usually we never suggest a paint and prime in one (2-in-1-paint) for anything. However there is a great option for cabinets that are not already very dark and being painted very light. The surface must be totally sanded down but not into the actual wood(usually pressed wood). Once the surface is dulled you can use PPG Breakthrough to paint the kitchen cabinets with an airless sprayer only. We use a smaller 3 or 410 fine finish tip with quite a bit of pressure. Then apply coats to the cabinets very thinly. Once the cabinets are almost fully covered, a thicker more even coat will be needed to achieve a very even sheen on the cabinets, especially the cabinet doors.

What Paint To Use For Painting Cabinets

There are many paint systems that will work. We use Seal Grip Synthetic or Seal Grip Boding Primer. Then for a topcoat we use Glyptex WaterBorne Alkyd, Advantage 900, or PPG Breakthrough. The Glyptex WB will level out beautifully but takes an extra long time to dry. For a quick dry solution Advantage 900 and PPG Breakthrough will actually be more durable but Breakthrough must be sprayed on. We would also consider PPG Silken Touch to be an acceptable solution if the cabinets will not receive heavy wear. We usually recommend a satin finish as it looks much better for the average cabinet surface.

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About the Author

Grant Barnard started painting in 2000 and started Grants Painting in 2008. Originally doing business in northern Indiana, the business was moved to Indianapolis and Greenwood shortly after. Today the Grants Painting has blossomed into a reputable painting contracting company with an ever growing extensive website including our How To DIY Articles. Grants Painting covers all aspects of coatings and specialized in epoxy flooring, interior painting, exterior painting and cabinet painting.

  • Hidden Charm

    thank you so much for posting this!!How do you think the Graco Truecoat plus 2 would work with breakthrough? My HVLP and breakthrough do NOT get along 🙂

    • Grant Barnard

      I have the same issue with HVLP and breakthrough too. I would think you’d have to have some excellent spray technique to get it done with a truecoat. The problem is that the truecoats pulse and that could show in the finish of the painted cabinets.

      • Hidden Charm

        That’s what I was afraid of… I wound up brushing and rolling all of them ?
        I really do like this paint, though… So I’m thinking of getting a gun just to shoot this with- any suggestions? And again- I really appreciate all the info you so generously posted!! You are awesome!!

        • Grant Barnard

          Thanks for the kind words! And sorry for the late response.

          We only shoot breakthrough through a contractor II gun with an airless sprayer, green fine finish tip and blue fine mesh filters.

          • Thanks, Grant! So…. Have you had issues with breakthrough leaving texture when rolling? It’s the weirdest thing. Always use a mohair or mohair blend roller cover and it layed super smooth and dried like glass (gloss finish). Same paint, strained, same substrate and same prep but new cover (same package) and texture galore. It’s not speed, it’s not air in the paint. Weirdest thing I’ve ever had happen with this. And incredibly frustrating.

          • Grant Barnard

            You may be getting an issue that is called flash off. This is basically when the solvents are still escaping from the previous coats through a coat that is tacked up.
            Flash off causes a hazy finish that almost looks like it has shiny dust in it.
            Other than that… Yes we never even try to roll out breakthrough. It simply isn’t made for it. Try Advantage 900 for anything that you want to roll out and still have some durability.

          • Hmmm. Maybe that’s it. Even though there was a full day between coats. Thanks for your input!

          • Grant Barnard

            Full day with good conditions? Should be fine. You may be getting dried chucks from the paint can being left open too long or the paint being old.

          • Bush-Whacker


            What type of spray gun do you recommend for using Breakthrough PPG paint on previously stained cabinets? I am planning to use primer before applying the PPG.

            Thanks so much.

          • Grant Barnard

            We always use a gun that can take a filter. That’s the most important part.

  • ja

    I was planing to use BM advance with airless spray gun graco magnum x5 and fine finish tip.

    But I’m reading a lot of good stuff about PPG Breakthrough. and I’m wondiring if it is going to work well with the cheap gun.

  • John Portmann

    Hi my name is John and I’m from Washington state. I’m so glad theirs knowledgable painters out there. I purchased a HVLP for fine finishes versus a airless. I’ve used airless for trim, doors, and cabinets. I had minor problems in areas of detail, mileage build up mainly. I wanted to try something new plus I like learning new systems. I’ve worked with conventional pots but had no experience with the HVLP system. Let me tell you when I finally dialed in the gun and paint I have never been more impressed with the finish. It takes a bit more time to finish a job but never the less the clients will flip when they see the final finish.
    I’ve been painting for 25 years industrial blasting, Concrett sealing, military installations, lead removal in flood control dams on the Mississippi River, commercial, and residential and with all that experience I am blown away at the finish you get from a HVLP- yes you can spray laytex with a gravity feed as well.

    • Grant Barnard

      Hey John. Ive found that thinner and more viscous paints and a quality airless setup can do the same finish as an hvlp. However technique, I think, is the biggest factor in any spray job even with a good Ol’ spray paint can.

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