How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets Easily Using a Paint Gun

Today, I'm going to teach you how to paint kitchen cabinets. It's the best decision I've made for my home. My cabinets, vintage '92, were really showing their age with water damage and worn wood grain. But with a little love and a fresh coat of paint, they look brand new!

Tools and materials

  • Filler for imperfections
  • Sandpaper (various grits for sanding)
  • Paint gun
  • High-quality paint for cabinets
  • Painter's tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Screwdriver (for removing hardware)
  • New cabinet hardware (handles, knobs, etc.)
Old cabinets
Applying wood filler to the cabinets
Assessing the condition of the cabinets

Step 1: Assess the condition

Start by assessing the condition of your cabinets. If they have water damage or rough wood grain, like mine did, it's a good idea to fill those imperfections for a smoother finish. I used a filler to address these issues, ensuring a clean and even surface.

Sanding the wood

Step 2: Sanding

Next comes the tough part – sanding. I won't sugarcoat it; this was the most challenging step for me. Sanding is crucial to prepare the surface for paint by removing any existing finish and creating a smooth texture. Take your time with this step for the best results.

Using a paint gun

Step 3: Rent or buy a paint gun

Now, let's talk about the game-changer – the paint gun. I fell in love with mine during this project. It made the painting process so much faster and more effortless. The smooth, even coat it provided was exactly what I needed to breathe new life into my cabinets.

Step 4: Choose the right paint

Select a high-quality paint suitable for cabinets. A durable and washable paint will ensure your hard work lasts. Consider colors that complement your kitchen's overall aesthetic. This is your chance to infuse some personal style into your space.

Adding new hardware to the cabinets

Step 5: Add new hardware

After the paint has dried, it's time to give your cabinets some hardware love. Upgrading the handles and knobs can make a significant difference in the overall look. Choose hardware that complements your kitchen's style, whether it's modern, vintage, or somewhere in between.

Cabinets before
Cabinets after


  • Take your time with sanding to ensure a smooth finish.
  • Use painter's tape to protect areas you don't want to paint.
  • Work in a well-ventilated space for better air circulation.
  • Experiment with different hardware styles to find the perfect match for your kitchen.

How to paint kitchen cabinets

There you have it – a step-by-step guide for how to paint kitchen cabinets. If you've been contemplating whether to paint your cabinets, just do it! Have you painted your kitchen cabinets? Share your tips in the comments below.

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  • Nancyd Nancyd on Dec 12, 2023
    Looks great! Love the way you raised the cabinets for your microwave. It really changed that wall by creating interest in the uppers.