We want to redo our kitchen cabinets?

Our cabinets are the square, orange, 50’s style. I’d like to redo them myself to a more modern farmhouse style. Where do I begin and what are the best but cheapest products on the market?

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  • Kristin Gambaccini Kristin Gambaccini on Aug 23, 2018

    I have painted my cabinets with both indoor paint and chalk paint. Both worked well. I clean and sand them well. I also do smaller, lighter coats. A top coat or sealant is key (wax for chalk paint).

  • Lynn Lynn on Aug 23, 2018

    I always suggest chalk paint (Farmhouse brand) because it's simple!! I've painted two sets of kitchen cabinets already plus a few dressers and I literally just wipe down the surface before painting. No sanding, nothing! Dries quickly between coats. I used two coats to cover a darker cherry stained wood. And used less than two quarts for the whole kitchen. Once done, you can sand the edges a bit if you want them distressed. No wax needed. Just wipe them off with damp cloth if they get dirty! Disclaimer: I don't work for the company in way, just love the products!


  • William William on Aug 30, 2018


    Make sure they are clean and dry. Remove the doors and hardware. Mark the doors and cabinets with tape where they go. Lightly sand the doors and cabinets to remove any gloss and roughen the surface for paint with 220 grit sandpaper or a green Scotch Brite pad.. Use a tack cloth or damp rag to remove dust after sanding. Prime with a stain blocking primer like Zinsser 123, KILZ,or BIN and have it tinted to the color of the top coat. This will prevent dark or stained surfaces from showing through the top coat. Acrylic, or water base paints are low-fume and clean up easily with water. Alkyd, or oil-base, paints require good ventilation because the paint contains solvents that can irritate your lungs and make you feel sick. Alkyd options require mineral spirits for cleanup, but they provide a hard, durable paint finish. Whichever you use, buy the best-quality paint you can afford for a lasting kitchen cabinet finish. Seal with at least three coats with a water based polyurethane. Use a small foam roller and foam brush for a smooth finish.