Kitchen Cabinet Painting Process

It seems now more than ever, the family kitchen is the true heart of our home! We spend time together in the kitchen cooking, eating, entertaining – and in the process, we add life to our homes. Over time, some of that life and love can wear on your cabinets, and you may be looking at options to update your kitchen. Instead of a complete kitchen renovation, many people look at the kitchen cabinet painting process as a more affordable option that can still make a significant impact in your home!

Kitchen remodel with painted cabinets in white and contrasting dark island.


Guy Painting Kitchen Cabinets

You may have looked at how to paint kitchen cabinets yourself and thought about tackling the project on your own. If you’re handy and have the proper tools, this may be an option for you. If you’re like many of us, though, this may be a job better left to the professionals! Our painters have years of experience doing this exact project – and our results speak for themselves! Here’s a quick behind-the-scenes look at our process for painting kitchen cabinets:

We come to you to put together a free quote

A top question is always, “How much does it cost to have my kitchen cabinets painted?” The best way for us to answer that is to visit your home and put together a free cabinet painting quote for you. Every kitchen is different, and we want to give you the price that you will pay. Some cabinets will take more prep work and have more panels and trim or intricate details, while others are simpler and take less time. Our quotes are all-inclusive, and we detail exactly what that price covers. No surprises or hidden fees; it’s all taken care of!

Choosing a kitchen cabinet color

Are you painting your kitchen cabinets a classic white? Maybe a modern black? Moody blue? We have done it all! Browse Instagram, Pinterest, Sherwin-Williams, and everywhere else for inspiration. Then, just show us your dream color, and let’s talk about how we can make it happen!

Our Work: Cabinet Painting Projects

Below are some examples of our latest cabinet painting projects.

Not sure what color to paint? We’ve got you covered there, too! Many of our kitchen cabinet painting projects qualify for free color consultation with an interior designer specializing in color. If you’ve ever tried to pick a shade of white, you’ll know how overwhelming that can be. We’ve seen these colors in action and are happy to guide you to the best color for kitchen cabinets in your home!

The Process: Getting Started

Step 1: Prep Work

Before we begin, we will walk the project with you verify all of the details, and answer any questions.

As with all painting, the quality of the finish is based on the prep work. Our painters will protect your kitchen from any paint splatters or overspray. Anything not getting painted will be covered. We also will set up a temporary spray booth, typically in your garage.

The Cabinet Painting Process

Step 2: Painting

The process for painting and the products used will depend on a lot of factors, as each kitchen is unique. When we make your quote, we will customize the process for your kitchen so that you don’t pay for anything you don’t need. A typical kitchen may have the following steps:

  • We remove cabinet doors, drawers, and all hardware. We then take these to the temporary spray booth in your garage to be painted.
  • Next, we lightly sand as needed for paint adhesion.
  • Lines and seams are caulked where needed.
  • Often, we need to use a spray primer. This is typically an oil-based primer. Oil-based primer does a great job of sealing the surface of the wood, allowing the paint to cover better.
  • Most cabinets will now have two coats of paint sprayed. What paint is best for painting kitchen cabinets? Well, it depends! Over the years, we have selected certain paints that perform better in various situations. If you’re painting a dark color, we may suggest using a different product than if you’re painting the cabinets white.
  • Through the process, our painters and Quality Managers will perform numerous quality inspections to ensure everything looks great.
  • Now it’s time to assemble everything and clean up your beautifully refreshed kitchen!
Steps in the cabinet painting process

How long does it take to paint kitchen cabinets?

Our process typically takes 3-4 days, depending on the size of the kitchen and the work needed. Our team is always mindful that we are entering your home as guests, so we will treat your house even better than our own! We will do our best to stay out of your way and keep your home and as much of your kitchen as usable as possible throughout the project.

Ready to update your cabinets?

Reach out today to set up a free quote!

Fill out our online form here or call us at 317-708-1200.

Kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets, laundry room cabinets…our team of professional painters has you covered!


Outstanding work. Guy Painting was fantastic. Worth every dollar!

Dan, Carmel, Indiana


It went perfect!! The team was very professional and very careful. The cabinets look BEAUTIFUL!!

We love you guys. You are so talented and skilled.

Dianne, Indianapolis

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