If you want to give your kitchen a fresh look, painting your cabinets can be a cost-effective way to achieve a stunning transformation. Before you take the plunge, there are some essential factors to consider. 

This article will discuss part 2 of the series on painting kitchen cabinets, we will cover several key things you should remember before beginning your project. We’ll provide all the information you need to guarantee a successful result.

Preparing the Cabinets 

Ensuring your cabinets are adequately prepared by thoroughly cleaning and sanding them is essential. 

Cleaning the Cabinets 

Start by thoroughly cleaning your cabinets with a mild soap and water solution. Ensure to get into all nooks and crannies of your cabinets, as any dirt or grease will prevent the paint from adhering correctly. Once finished, allow the cabinets to dry completely before moving on to the next step. 

Sanding the Cabinets 

Using medium-grit sandpaper and sanding block, lightly sand down the surfaces of your cabinets to remove any remaining dirt or residue and to smooth out any imperfections on their surface. After sanding, use a clean cloth to remove any dust before painting. 

Applying Primer 

Finally, apply one or two coats of primer to your cabinet surfaces, depending on the instructions specified on the can of primer. Primer allows for better adherence to the paint and will help create an even finish. Allow the primer to dry completely before moving on to painting your cabinets.

Choosing the Right Paint 

Types of Paint 

When selecting the right paint for your kitchen cabinets, there are a few different types. Latex paints are some of the most common and popular paints, as they offer excellent adhesion and durability, allowing you to clean and maintain your cabinets easily. 

However, for high-gloss finishes, oil-based paints are best. These paints are more challenging than latex paints and offer a durable finish that won’t chip or fade over time.

Color Selection 

Choosing the right color for your kitchen cabinets is an important decision. When deciding on a shade, consider the other elements in your kitchen, such as flooring, appliances, countertops, wall colors, and general design style. 

Neutral colors such as whites and off-whites can be paired with any kitchen décor, while grays, blues, and greens offer a more modern look. You can also opt for a bolder color, such as red or yellow, to add a pop of vibrancy to your kitchen. 

Sheen Selection

The sheen level of the paint will also determine how it looks. The higher the sheen, the more easily you can wipe away water and oil stains from your cabinets. Semi-gloss and gloss are ideal for kitchen cabinets as they offer the best look, durability, and cleanability. 

You can opt for a satin or eggshell sheen for a more subtle finish. Remember that higher sheens also emphasize any imperfections on the surface of your cabinet doors, so ensure that your sanding is thorough before applying them.


When painting your kitchen cabinets, there are many important considerations. Preparing your cabinets before painting them ensures a beautiful and long-lasting finish. Consider using a professional if you need clarification or are overwhelmed. Proper planning and preparation allow you to have freshly painted kitchen cabinets that look great and last for years!

All Seasons Painting offers comprehensive cabinet painting for Colorado Springs residents. Our professional painters have the experience and skills to transform your cabinets into something beautiful and unique. If you’re thinking about giving your cabinets a fresh new look, check us out and get started today!

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