How to paint kitchen cabinets in budget DIY home improvement

by nimra mukhtar on May 21, 2023

If your cabinets are old and outdated but not ready to replace them, try updating them with some fresh paint. Paint can work wonders on everything, and kitchen cabinets are no exception.

Painting kitchen cabinets can be tiring, and you can easily hire a pro to do the job, but if you're up for the challenge and want to save money, try to do it by yourself.

This tutorial will give you step-by-step directions and helpful hints to paint your kitchen cabinets on a budget, whether your goal is to change the color of your cabinets, conceal the damage, or simply improve the aesthetic appeal of your kitchen in affordable price in Pakistan.

You can get a professional-looking finish that will make your kitchen accessories in Pakistan feel like a brand-new area without spending a fortune with a little time, effort, and ingenuity.

So let's put on our work boots and start this thrilling DIY journey!

Step-by-step guide to paint your kitchen cabinets

Step 1. Consider Cost

When remodeling your kitchen in Pakistan, expenses add up quickly. Completely replacing the cabinets can easily top $5,000 for a 10-by-12-foot kitchen, and you might end up with lower-quality cabinets than the ones you're replacing.

Instead, a few coats of fresh paint can transform your existing cabinets for a fraction of the price while bringing that new look you desire. Be prepared to spend around $200 total for paint and supplies, depending on the size of your kitchen.

Step 2. Size Up the Job

Wood, wood-laminate and metal cabinets can usually be repainted without difficulty. Plastic laminate cabinets might not accept a topcoat of paint — those that can be refinished require special paints and techniques, and results can vary.

If your cabinets have plastic laminate surfaces, check with a knowledgeable paint dealer first.

For example, you could remove a door and bring it to a paint store for inspection. Also, test a sample of the paint you wish to use in an inconspicuous area to ensure it will bond to the material.

Flat-front doors and drawers are easily repainted, but woodwork with raised panels, routed profiles or other architectural details will require more time to prep and paint. If the woodwork is warped, badly worn, damaged or coming apart at the glued joints, you can buy new unfinished doors and drawers and paint them along with your existing cabinets.

Applicator options for repainting include spraying, rolling, or brushing with either a natural or synthetic bristle or foam brush. All have advantages and disadvantages; choose which ever is most suited to the amount of woodwork to be repainted and your own working style. The best applicator also may depend on the type of paint or finish you choose.

If you don't have a large worktable, 2x4 boards propped on buckets or boxes will also work. If you don't have those materials, work on top of a drop clothe.

Step 3. Select the Type of Paint

When selecting paint, decide if you want to use latex or oil paint. Latex paints are great for less experienced painters. They dry quickly and clean up with water, making them a user-friendly option. However, these paints take up to three weeks to fully cure (and can be damaged during this time), so they may not be ideal for those with children or pets.

If you opt for latex paint, select a 100 per cent acrylic formulation for greater durability and adhesion.

Opt for an oil-based paint for a more durable option (and one favoured by the pros). These paints are argued to level out to a smoother finished surface, hiding the imperfections of your cabinets. Another great feature is that this type of paint is stain resistant. Oil-based paint is typically more expensive, so keep that in mind when budgeting for your remodel.

Step 4. Decide on a Finish

Next, decide if spray or brush painting suits your skill set and budget. Spray paint will give you the smoothest outcome, but it's more difficult. You'll likely need to rent the spray machine (driving up the cost), and you'll have to tarp or tape all areas in the kitchen that could accidentally get sprayed.

Another option is to use high-quality brushes. You'll need two brushes: a 3 to 4-inch-wide square brush for large, flat panels and a 2 to 3-inch-wide-angled brush for hard-to-reach corners. Use natural bristle brushes for oil-based paint and synthetic bristle brushes for latex paint.

The regular or faux finish is also important to consider. Consider a faux finish with a crackling glaze if you're going for a farmhouse or rustic look. For a more polished space, opt for a high-gloss finish to bring shine to your cabinets.

Step 5. Prep the Space

Preparing your space the right way can make or break a project. To prep correctly, you must empty all cabinets and clear off the counters, including any freestanding appliances.

Furthermore, move all furniture, so you'll have plenty of workspaces. The next important step is to tape rosin paper over the counters and floor—tape plastic tarps over the backsplash, windows, fixed appliances and doorways to protect the surrounding area.

Step 6. Create a Paint Station

Setting up a paint station provides a dedicated space to get work done. You'll want a worktable for painting doors, drawers and shelves, but to take it up a level, you can also create a drying rack with two small ladders and two 2x4s.

Simply lay the 2x4s on the top rack of both ladders and screw eye hooks into both 2x4s to hang the painted items. To ensure no holes will be visible, add corresponding hooks to the top edges of upper cabinet doors and the bottoms of lower doors and drawers.

Step 7. Remove Doors and Hardware

Remove all the hinges, hardware, doors, screws and drawers from your cabinets. Use masking tape to label each door with a number and its corresponding location as you remove them, so you'll remember which one goes where. Please do not mix them up; the hinges may not line up properly when you reinstall.

If you are painting only the drawer fronts, you won't have to remove the attached slides. If you need to remove the slides, mark them and their locations. Place the hardware and screws in plastic bags inside the cabinets, where they will be easily located when you're ready to reassemble everything.

Step 8. Clean Surfaces

Kitchens are work areas, so grease, steam, and food splatters are common. You'll want to prep all the doors and drawers properly to ensure your paint will stick. Start this process by scrubbing your cabinets to remove any grease or residue.

Clean all the surfaces to be repainted with a solution made from one part trisodium phosphate and four parts water. Rinse, but do not soak the cabinets. Allow them to dry thoroughly before applying paint.

Step 9. Sand

If you plan to use new hardware, cover the current holes with wood filler. Lightly sand the doors on all sides and faces. Use a wood sanding block to prevent rounding over the wood edges. If your repainting project is just a facelift for the cabinets, you don't need to sand and paint the inside of the cabinets.

Mask off the interiors with painter's tape for a clean finish, and sand only the front surfaces and visible edges of the cabinet face frames.

When sanding, there is no need to remove all the old paint if it sounds well-adhered; just roughen the surface to provide the new paint with a firm, clean base for better adhesion. Pay particular attention to worn areas of old finish that typically get the most use. Also, be sure to sand over shiny areas to deglaze any remaining previous finish.

Stubborn finishes may require treatment with denatured alcohol and fine steel wool.

If the old paint is flaking off in places, it indicates the finish did not adhere well to the wood surface. It is typically due to moisture or greasy residue getting under the paint layer or into the wood itself, which can be expected in kitchens.

Sand these areas to bare wood and spot-prime with a stain-killing primer/sealer before repainting. Wherever you sand down to bare wood, try to blend or "feather" the edges where the old paint meets the wood, so the new paint will lay flat and the paint edges will not be visible or "telegraph" through the new finish.

Thoroughly vacuum the sanding dust from all surfaces. If you have a pneumatic air compressor, use high-pressure air to blow the dust out of crevices or molding details. Wipe down the areas to be painted with a tack cloth to pick up any remaining sanding residue.

Step 10. Apply Primer-Sealer

Apply an even coat of primer-sealer to all surfaces to ensure a well-bonded finish coat. Primer sealers also reduce the need to sand and dig-laze old finishes before repainting. Another advantage to primer-sealers is that they provide a good base for semi gloss and water-based paint.

High-gloss enamel paint was once the preferred finish for kitchen cabinets because it resists stains and water and is easily cleaned. Still, today's water-based finishes are easier to work with and provide an equally durable finish.

Step 11. Apply the Paint

Start by painting the inside edges and openings of the face frames, outer cabinet sides, and face frame fronts. It allows you to work quickly in the less critical areas and see and correct any drips or streaks in the most visible areas.

Next, paint the cabinet doors, drawer fronts and separate wood pieces or moldings. If these parts have raised or routed features, flow the paint into crevices and corners, but don't allow it to accumulate in these spots.

Always apply paint in thin, light coats to cover all areas. Thin coats leave fewer visible brushstrokes and dry more quickly. Don't lay the finish on thickly, and don't overwork the brush — too many brush strokes will create air bubbles in the finish, leaving bumps and pits when it dries.

Allow the paint to dry for at least four hours between coats. When dry, resend all surfaces lightly to prepare them for the second coat, wipe away all sanding dust with a tack cloth, and then repaint. Two coats of quality paint are usually sufficient, but you may want to add a third coat since kitchen cabinets take lots of punishment from cooking heat and day-to-day use. Additionally, wood surfaces need as much protection as possible.

Step 12. Put It All Back Together

Once your cabinets have dried, hang the shelves in their original locations according to how you have numbered them. Try incorporating new hardware to enhance and change the look of your cabinets.

Tools + Materials require while painting 

● fine-grit sandpaper

● sanding block

● tack cloth

● steel wool

● paint applicator

● primer sealer


● painter's tape

● rosin paper

● plastic tarps

● semi-gloss paint

● denatured alcohol

● trisodium phosphate (TSP)


Safety Procedures

  • Remember to observe all safety procedures, including good ventilation and donning protective attire like gloves and goggles.
  • You may produce lovely outcomes while staying within your budget if you have patience, pay close attention to detail, and exercise a little imagination.
  • Enjoy how your kitchen is changing, and bask in the accomplishment of a job well done!



If you are bored with your old cabinets, you can try these steps to repaint your kitchen cabinets on a low budget and get a really nice and spotless kitchen. These steps help you a lot to make your kitchen sludgy and fresh. These steps enhance and change the look of your kitchen. It is somehow time-consuming, but it gives you hearty satisfaction and a better look at your kitchen. Your kitchen will be improved in many ways. For more details and information must visit Grace International's site. there you will definitely get what u want according to you need, choice and style.

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