Should I paint the inside of drawers when painting cabinets?


I’m painting my kitchen cabinets white. Do I paint the inside of drawers and shelves?

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  • Yarnmiss Yarnmiss on Sep 02, 2018

    yes, you need to take the doors off anyway so it is accessible.

  • Buddy Buddy on Sep 02, 2018

    I recommend cleaning the inside thoroughly if you are refurbishing a dresser but not painting. Other paint scents stick to your clothes. If you are painting a display cabinet with mirrors where the inside is visible, a china cabinet for example, I think you may but make sure the color compliments or blends.

  • Mona Blake Mona Blake on Sep 02, 2018

    Only if you want to

  • Completely up to you. I would definitely paint the inside of the cabinets, as it makes them easier to clean and wipe down when necessary, plus it keeps them brighter and easier to find things if lighting is not the best.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Sep 02, 2018

    That depends on what their current finish is now. Are they damaged, dirty, melamine-faced, varnished, or ...?

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    • Pat, since your posting of this request was nearly 3 years ago! This reply is for anyone who may be considering doing the same. Contemplation is one thing, but painting the insides of the drawers & cabinets is a major undertaking! Not for the faint of heart! If they need it, I would consider getting quotes from 3 reputable companies. If it turns out to be cost prohibitive, at least you have an understanding on how much you’re saving when you do it yourself! I’m more for painting only the outside frame & then the door & drawer fronts. Then, after the frame has dried overnight, start painting the door “backs” & let them dry. Next is the outside fronts of doors & drawers. The contents can remain inside/in place, less work! Otherwise, if your insides are in terrible shape (& that would have to be bad for oak), then you will have to empty all & everything out of drawers & cabinets or you will never be satisfied!

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Sep 02, 2018

    That is a personal choice, and I have seen it done both ways. I have also seen some people break up the project so it isn't such a task and do the outsides first, then take a month or so break, and slowly concur the insides.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Sep 02, 2018

    Oak is a serviceable hardwood, I would clean them w/ Murphy’s oil soap and put in fresh shelf liner material. That way if that cooking oil bottle of that syrup bottle’s drips make it to the shelf, you can throw out the shelf liner instead of dealing w/ a stain.

    If you want to seal the oak, I would use a water-based low VOC polyurethane. Consider that whatever residues or stains that don’t get cleaned up will become sealed forever into the wood.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 05, 2021


    It is a matter of choice! Do you want it to look new? Do you like the inside colour or finish ?

  • The DIY Doghouse The DIY Doghouse on Apr 06, 2021

    This is a personal choice! If you want there to be a fun pop of color or pattern you can use contact paper or peel and stick wall paper! This can also be used on the sides of your drawers.

    Kristin, Chief Dog Mom | The DIY Doghouse

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