If you are looking for an easy way to brighten up a dark or outdated kitchen, try painting the inside of your cabinets! You could create a custom pattern (my best friend has stripes painted on the inside of her cabinets, it’s adorable!) or just brighten things up with a shade of classic bright white. This DIY project is one of the easiest out there and you’ll love the easy how-to steps. Here’s how to paint the inside of your cabinets in only a day.
Are you trying to paint the outside of your kitchen cabinets first? Use this tutorial of mine!
Here’s what you’ll need to paint the inside of your cabinets:
-Paint and primer
-Rollers (I like to use small paint rollers) and paint trays
-Sandpaper (so, so important!)
Step One: Empty your cabinets. Now, use your electric screwdriver to remove your cabinet doors. Set aside. You will want to remove any cabinetry shelving as well (you could always paint those too, but remove them first) before painting. Next, fill a bowl full of warm water and a wood cleaning solution and give the back panels of your cabinets a good once over. I find that it’s always easiest to begin a new painting job if it’s done on a clean surface!
Step Two: Wait until your cabinets have dried from their sudsy bath and start sanding! Wipe off dust with a cloth (or a Shop Vac) often as you go to make the cleanup process go as smoothly as possible.
Step Three: Line the areas surrounding the back panel of your cabinet with painters tape. Always remember that a clean tape line makes for a clean finish, so try your hardest to keep a steady hand!
Step Four: Use a smaller paintbrush to line the edges of the cabinet paneling first, followed by a few coats with the roller. If there’s one thing I know, it’s to always use a paint brush to line the edges! I used to think I could wedge my paint roller into any corner and honestly, I was rarely right. Opting for the paintbrush when it came to that first coat in tiny corners would have made my life a whole lot easier. Remeber to open your kitchen windows or use a ventilation system when working around wet paint!
Step Five: Repeat the process as many times as you would like, waiting for each coat to dry.
PS…You can paint your cabinet shelves and walls as well, or just leave them be. It’s completely up to you, just make sure you make adjustments to your painter’s tape in the areas that need them.