10 Steps to Professionally Spray Your Cabinets


The cabinets of your kitchen are the main focal point, it makes the bold statement about your kitchen of modern or outdated. Unfortunately as you may have discovered by now, kitchen remodeling is often the most expensive home improvement project. What if we told you it doesn’t always have to be, what if we told you that you can get that modern look you desire at a fraction of the cost. That’s right! If you are satisfied with how your cabinets look and function, re-facing or painting them might be the affordable solution you are looking for. It’s not as extensive of a project as replacing your cabinets but it does require a high level of skill and experience to execute this project correctly. What does your process look like?  How much does it cost to paint my cabinets? How long does the process take? We get questions like these all the time. Well to answer some of those questions we have decided to share the Bright Painting 10 step process to painting your cabinets.


  1. Preparation – Detach all the doors and drawers from the main cabinet body. Also remove hinges, knobs and all other hardware from each individual door and drawer. Make sure to leave them labeled in a safe place where you won’t lose it.
  2. Masking – Cover flooring and mask inside the cabinets, all of the countertops and back splash if applicable. Essentially anything that you don’t want painted should be covered. Walls and ceiling should be prepared and painted after the cabinets are sprayed so don’t worry about masking that off.
  3. Sanding – De-gloss and sand all of the cabinet surface that will be painted, including but not limited to body, doors and drawers. Make sure to thoroughly vacuum and clean both the cabinets and work space once sanding is complete, you don’t want sand dust or contaminants on the surface during the spraying process.
  4. Priming – Once all surfaces and work area is fully clean, set up a negative air machine to remove over spray from the air. You can now begin to start spraying the first coat of primer on the cabinet body, doors and drawers. We always recommend oil primer or a cover stain, especially if your cabinets are made of knotty pine, cedar or pressure treated wood. You want thin layers to avoid excess paint, do two coats of primer if necessary.
  5. Creating a smooth base layer – One more quick sand with a high grit sand paper, I’d recommend no lower then 220. Vacuum and clean all of the cabinet surfaces and work area once more after sanding.
  6. Caulking – Caulk all corners, seams and joints, make sure to use a moist rag to remove excess caulking. Make sure the caulking has proper drying time before moving forward with any other step.
  7. First coat of paint – With the negative air machine on again, spray the first coat of paint to the cabinets.
  8. Quality check – One last quick sand, once more with a high grit sandpaper. Don’t forget to clean very thoroughly now! You will soon be spraying the last coat of paint on the cabinets and you don’t want as much of a speck of dirt in the work area prior to the last coat.
  9. Final coat – Turn on the negative air machine for the last time and spray the final coat of paint.
  10. Assemble & final touches – Remove all the plastic and paper you used to cover. Re-assemble the doors and drawers back to the body with all the hardware. Prep and paint the walls and ceiling with brush and roller. Last but not least take a step back and admire your newly finished kitchen!


With this process our cabinets come out with a smooth factory finish every single time. However the paint and sheen that you decide to use also plays a huge factor on the finish of your cabinets. Different paints have different results and finishes, it really depends on the look you are going for. There’s many different options that we’d recommend from oil-based enamels, water based alykd enamels to lacquers. There is environmental regulation on oil and lacquer based paints, so we at Bright Painting would recommend a satin water based alkyd enamel such as Advance from Benjamin Moore or ProClassic from Sherwin Williams.  They run high in price but trust us on this one, you do not want to cut costs on the product you put on your cabinets. Not just do you want them to look beautiful but you also want them to last for many years, so choose the product wisely.


Spraying cabinets we consider to be a specialty, it’s not like rolling paint on a wall and if the contractor doesn’t have experience spraying… you might not get the results you were expecting. The truth is that there’s a lot of expensive equipment that comes into play with spraying cabinets, from airless paint sprayers to negative air machines.  Also it takes a lot of experience to properly apply thin yet even layers of paint and primer to different surfaces, never mind knowing the difference on how to spray different types of paint. At Bright Painting we start training our craftsmen with the fundamentals of spraying first. They begin with spraying exterior shingles, then primer to new sheetrock and once they’ve finally proven to our supervisors that they are skillful they join the cabinet crew as helpers to learn the process before getting promoted to spraying cabinets. Like many other remodeling projects you’ve done, you will find contractors that know what they are doing and contractors that have no idea. Unfortunately we’ve seen first-hand a few too many times clients get assured by a painting contractor that they’ve done cabinets before, only to realize after the job is done that the client could’ve probably done a better job tackling the task themselves. Don’t pay for the same job twice, get it done right the first time around, do your research and avoid the hassle and disappointment of hiring the wrong contractor.

If you have any questions on how to paint your cabinets or which products to use, don’t hesitate to call Bright Painting, we will be more then glad to give you our expert advice or give you a free estimate for the project.

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