How should I paint my kitchen cabinets?


Hello,So I started painting my kitchen cabinets as you can see.Not happy tho.What should I do?* What colors would you suggest? I really am not a fan of the light colors. Was thinking a little darker.* Should I stay with just the different variations of blue or incorporate other colors (see pic above sink)This is obviously not professional and I am wanting to be done today.

q kitchen cabinet painting ideas
q kitchen cabinet painting ideas
q kitchen cabinet painting ideas
q kitchen cabinet painting ideas
  11 answers
  • Alan Ross Alan Ross on Mar 01, 2019

    What did you do to get that look?

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    • Melissa Wedel Melissa Wedel on Mar 01, 2019

      I did just buy a roller altho not mini

  • Melissa Wedel Melissa Wedel on Mar 01, 2019

    Are my replies going thru? Every time I go back to this page, my replies are not there.


  • Gk Gk on Mar 01, 2019

    Hello Melissa! You can't rush painting your cabinets! I don't know what you used to paint your cabinets or how your prepped them but prepping for paint and using the right paint is critical to a successful finish. I like your idea of blue. It looks like you will need another coat or two of paint. I would use a latex paint in an enamel finish. Here's a tutorial to help you out!

    • Melissa Wedel Melissa Wedel on Mar 01, 2019

      Thank you Gk,

      I know I should not rush it. I just want to get them done.

      The color that is.

      They have already been prepped and primed a couple months ago.

      I just need to tackle the "to do", figure out the paint color and get it done.


      Thank you for the link!

  • Gk Gk on Mar 01, 2019

    I see that you are trying to mimic the colors of the water in your painting on the wall. Would you be happier if you just continued with the darker blue and had them a solid blue rather than variegated? I do like the darker blue color. I think they would look pretty with just the darker blue and it would coordinate with the picture if you are leaving the picture on the wall.

    • Melissa Wedel Melissa Wedel on Mar 01, 2019

      Yes I was not quite sure what color blue to choose as I have many blue paints! Ha! ...and that's why my cabinets look the way they do with the different variations. :)

      But I also agree that darker blue would be nice.

      Ok. Darker blue it is!

      I will attach picures when I'm done!!!!! :D

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Mar 01, 2019

    if you want it ombre shades of blue a sponge is the best way to get it looking right they aren't a total waste yet I think it can be fixed ombre effect videos sponge painting video

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Mar 01, 2019

    Hi Melissa,

    By looking at the way the colors are covering, it makes me think that there is something on top of the primer that you said was done a couple of months ago. With kitchen cupboards you also need to make sure you've cleaned them well with a degreaser such as TSP. That will help the paint to stick. Also, it's much more lasting to use several thinner coats of paint. It's even better if you take the time to lightly sand each coat then clean with a tack cloth before adding the next coat.

    It's hard to tell from your picture, but if you're using a latex paint, you'll have more success with paint made for cabinets in a semi-gloss, satin or possibly an eggshell finish.

    I know you said that you just want to get this project done, but you'll have more success if you can take your time and do it in a way that will last. The tutorial GK posted shows all of the steps you should take. All of those steps are important so that the project will be worth the work. Wishing you the best.

  • Gk Gk on Mar 07, 2019

    Just checking in to see if your got your kitchen cabinets painted! It's always interesting to know how projects turned out after someone has asked a question!

  • Melissa Wedel Melissa Wedel on Mar 09, 2019

    Hello Gk and everyone!! I was in the hospital for 4 days and been taking it easy after I got out, but I finally did my cabinets.

    Nothing crazy or super fancy (or professional!) But I like the color much better!

    • Whitney Whitney on Mar 10, 2019

      You did a great job! I really like dark blue you went with. Good for you keeping at it until you were happy with it. Bummer that you had to go to the hospital but I'm glad you're doing well now. I'm hoping to do something similar to this in my master bath. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Alice Alice on Mar 09, 2019

    They look nice. I love the nautical look with the blue and white, especially the white knobs! Glad you got them done and hope you’re feeling much better after your hospital stay.

    • Melissa Wedel Melissa Wedel on Mar 09, 2019

      Thank you Alice!! The color works. Im happy with them. :)

      Yes I am feeling much better! Was rushed to e.r. having an asthma attack. Once there I was then tested positive for Influenza virus. (Ughhhhh!) - 4 days later and I was out. Feeling 100% :)

  • Linda Linda on Mar 09, 2019

    You could paint over them with chalk paint (not chalkboard!) so you would not have to sand. When dry, follow with a coat of polyurethane.

  • Ann48742136 Ann48742136 on Mar 10, 2021

    Light blue looks great, I am aware this is how the cupboards look before being painted. And in my opinion, light blue looks great, you should totally consider it. If you don't know what to choose then try consulting a professional, a designer would be perfect. When I bought the cupboards for my kitchen I got it from, the colors were great so I didn't have to worry about repainting it. As a conclusion, in order not to regret your decision always go for light shades which contrast.