5 Crucial Painting Mistakes to Avoid for Kitchen Cabinets

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Painting your cabinets is one of the best ways to give your kitchen a makeover without the hassle of replacing them. We put together a list of the most common painting mistakes to avoid when painting your cabinetry.

1) Not Sanding Before Applying the Paint

Painting over cabinets without sanding first can lead to an uneven finish and unsightly bumps, dimples and imperfections in the paint. It is a good idea to sand the cabinets using medium-grade sandpaper before applying the paint.

Once the cabinets are sanded, they are ready to be primed. The primer will help the paint stick to the surface.

2) Skipping the Primer

You may not know this, but most paints will not stick to the surface of bare wood. This is why sanding of the cabinetry is so important before painting. The primer will also help the paint stick to the surface and greatly increase the life of the paint job.

Although acrylic paints are a newer innovation and do not require the use of a primer, it is still a good idea to apply a coat of primer before painting with acrylic paint. The primer will help the paint bond to the surface.

3) Using the Wrong Paint

Different paint has different uses. While one type of paint can be used to paint furniture, it might not be suitable for painting cabinets. If you are not sure what paint to use, be sure to check with a professional first.

For example, many paints that are used to paint furniture are not suitable for kitchen cabinets, as they are not water-resistant enough. If they are not water-resistant, the paint will not be able to withstand the abrasion from the dishwasher and exposure to cutting boards.

4) Not Having a Set Colour in Mind

A good coat of paint can brighten up a kitchen, but you need to have a specific colour in mind before you begin painting. Go to a local hardware store and take a look at their paint section. 

Bring some sample colours home and try them on the cabinets. If you need to, use light-coloured paint so that the colour of the paint is clearly visible.

5) Not Taking Safety Precautions

Paint can be hazardous when it is not properly disposed of. You need to be sure not to leave paint-soaked rags in a spot where they can be easily ignited. You can also put them in a plastic bag and then put the bag in the trash.

Take safety precautions when painting your cabinets, including wearing gloves and goggles. It is also a good idea to make sure that the area is well-ventilated.


Painting your kitchen cabinetry is a great project that can be done on your own. If you are unsure of where to begin, we recommend that you paint your cabinets before you move in. This way, you will be able to avoid the stress of moving and updating at the same time.

For a more harmonious overall look, you might want to take on a full kitchen renovation. Azztek Kitchens offers kitchen renovation services in Mandurah that will transform your space completely. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

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Aaron Rekman is the owner of Azztek Kitchens in Mandurah and has over 20 years experience in kitchen design, manufacturing, kitchen installation, home renovation and the building industry. Do you have a question for Aaron? Contact Azztek Kitchens today.