June 27, 2022

We’ve painted kitchen cupboards earlier than. We’ve carried out Ikea kitchen cupboards earlier than. However portray Ikea kitchen cupboards was a brand new combo transfer for us. And regardless of a nagging voice in our heads that requested if it was a nasty concept (paint laminate? or slick manufacturing unit completed cupboards?! can that even be sturdy?! ), we’re extraordinarily proud of the ultimate outcome. Plus, it was fairly straightforward to do – no paint sprayer or fancy gear vital!

We’re a few month into utilizing them each day and to date they’re holding up splendidly. They’ve been scratched, scrubbed, kicked, and real-life examined by two youngsters and to date no scrapes, dings, or dents to report. They appear nearly as good because the day we freshly painted them, and as easy as factory-made Ikea cupboards – so we’ll share how we bought such even protection.

Full Kitchen With Ikea Cabinets Lowers Painted Mauve

Earlier than I present you the step-by-step directions, let me offer you some context for the undertaking.

Why Did We Redo Our Kitchen With Ikea Cupboards?

As we mentioned in our final podcast, we wished to exchange our outdated kitchen cupboards to higher maximize the storage alongside that again wall. It’s a small kitchen and, though we’d organized it fastidiously sufficient to make it work for the previous two years, we knew there was room for enchancment.

The thin drawer pictured under is a superb instance of how inefficient the outdated thickly-framed cupboards have been. There was a lot wooden framing across the drawers & doorways that all the pieces was extra cramped than it wanted to be. What do you even put in a drawer that’s one olive oil bottle broad?

Sure, that’s the identical sized olive oil bottle within the picture under, besides now it may arise as a result of the drawer is a lot deeper together with being considerably wider, so we will retailer much more. We knew from our earlier expertise with Ikea kitchens (like at our seaside home) that we may get massive practical beneficial properties by changing the cupboards. For one, there’s a lot much less thick framing across the sides of Ikea cabinets- as you possibly can see under – plus we shifted the range over a bit, so this drawer ended up being rather more helpful for us.

Larger Slide Out Ikea Drawer With Cooking Oils

To not point out that Ikea cupboards have so many customizable methods you possibly can add (secret drawers that nest inside different drawers, caddies that match completely to corral issues, and so on). I’d say we upped our small kitchen’s effectivity by a minimum of 50% by upgrading the cupboards. We’ll present you extra about how we organized them in a future submit. For now, again to the topic at hand: how we went from “Ikea white” to a customized paint colour of our selecting.

Why Paint The Ikea Cupboards?

We REALLY beloved the mauve colour we painted the outdated cupboards (Artsy Pink by Sherwin-Williams). These are the outdated cupboards under:

The mauve looks like a enjoyable homage to the unique laminate counters and even the partitions, which we found have been as soon as that colour throughout our first section of renovations earlier than we moved in.

Kitchen Mid Renovation With Torn Up Walls And Floors

Ikea doesn’t promote any doorways that colour and ordering paintable Semihandmade doorways is considerably dearer. Their DIY flat slab fronts would’ve value us about $600 vs the $185 we’d pay for white flat fronts from Ikea. And we are not any strangers to portray one thing, so it felt price making an attempt this, despite the fact that laminate surfaces or slick pre-painted finishes (Ikea calls these “lacquered”) generally is a little tough. Fortunately, paint and primer “know-how” is consistently enhancing and now you can get robust bonds, even with out turning to oil-based merchandise. So right here’s precisely what we used:

Instruments & Supplies For Portray Ikea Cupboards

We took a low-tech, low-mess strategy to this undertaking (aka: no paint sprayer) so the fabric listing is fairly easy. Had we been portray a bigger kitchen, we would’ve opted for a sooner paint sprayer strategy, however I personally discover that we might be extra methodical and cautious once we hand paint a undertaking like this.

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Supplies For Painting Ikea Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Along with your cupboards (we ordered Ikea’s VEDDIGNE door and drawer fronts) you’ll want the next:

  1. Sandpaper or sanding block in a 120 to 220 grit*
  2. Tack cloths
  3. Paint (we used Sherwin-Williams Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel in a satin end)
  4. Primer (we used Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer for All Surfaces – a quart was greater than sufficient for us)
  5. Small 4″ or 6″ foam rollers, curler tray, and a small angled paintbrush
  6. Painter stands or tripods
  7. Dropcloth or comparable
  8. Your cupboard fronts, we had ordered Ikea VEDDIGNE doorways
  9. Non-compulsory: Painter’s tape
  10. Non-compulsory: Liquid deglosser

*You may as well use an electrical sander for a sooner outcome, nevertheless it takes some additional care that we’ll discuss in a second

How To Paint Ikea Cupboards: A Fast Video!

If you would like the fast & soiled model of this course of, I had enjoyable with this two-minute video that covers every step in a Gen Z-friendly, transition-tastic approach. You received’t catch me on TikTok or making IG Reels, however I like an modifying undertaking (I used to be the child in center faculty making all types of movies with star wipes and different “fancy” results). For the extra detailed scoop, we’ve bought a full written tutorial AND A MORE DETAILED VIDEO in a while within the submit that features extra particular ideas. That one’s for all of my fellow Millennials that prefer to see somebody discuss by way of a undertaking with out sparing a single element (as I’m recognized to do).

Observe: You may as well watch this video on YouTube

Step 1: Put together Your Cupboards

Since we have been portray our cupboards BEFORE assembling our kitchen, we simply unboxed the doorways and laid all the pieces out on a dropcloth to get began. However for those who’re portray an present kitchen you’ll need to take away your whole doorways and drawer fronts first. You’ll additionally in all probability need to take the additional step of cleansing them with a liquid deglosser to take away any cooking grease or oils which will have constructed up in your doorways and drawers.

Step 2: Tough Them Up With Sandpaper

Sanding Block On Cabinet Door To Rough Up Finish

Even for those who’ve used a deglosser or liquid sandpaper, it’s nonetheless a good suggestion to tough up the floor with precise sandpaper to create a greater floor for primer and paint adherence. Prep is de facto the distinction between painted cupboards that final and ones that look crappy inside a month. So don’t skimp on the prep, my pals. Belief me.

The purpose was NOT to absolutely take away any of the white floor because it provides moisture safety to the MDF under. So we began fastidiously with a fine-grit 220 sanding block and ultimately labored as much as 120-grit sandpaper on our battery palm sander. I filmed the how-to movies earlier than testing out my energy sander as a result of it must be used with cautio. You’ll be able to simply sand off an excessive amount of for those who’re not careful- particularly on the perimeters and corners – so I didn’t belief myself to concurrently movie and sand with it. However it may pace up this step a bit.

Step 3: Totally Take away Your Sanding Mud

Wiping Dust Off White Cabinet Door With Tack Cloth

You need your primer to stick to the door itself, not a layer of sanding mud, proper? So we went over every door with a moist paper towel first, then a tack fabric. The marginally cheesy floor of the material is nice for grabbing fantastic particles earlier than you paint or stain any floor. Make sure you get all sides.

Step 4: Prime the BACKS

Applying Primer To Cabinet Door With Small Foam Roller

Earlier than we began priming and portray, we propped all the pieces up off our dropcloth with these paint undertaking lifters. It was my first time utilizing them, so I used to be a bit paranoid that they could scratch or depart marks as I flipped the doorways over to work on either side. So to be completely secure I made a decision to FULLY PRIME & PAINT THE BACKS earlier than doing something to the fronts. This manner I’d by no means must relaxation the painted fronts on the lifters. That approach, if the lifters did depart tiny marks someplace, it might be on the less-important bottom of the drawers (luckily they didn’t!).

Oh and as for the precise priming, we simply used a small foam curler to use a skinny and even coat of Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 and let it absolutely dry for 4 hours earlier than continuing. Retailer your moist rollers in a Ziploc bag for later use.

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Step 5: Paint The Backs

Applying Pink Paint To Ikea Kitchen Cabinet Doors With Small Foam Roller

As soon as our primer was absolutely cured, we used a contemporary curler to use two skinny and even coats of paint. Once more, we used Sherwin-Williams Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel primarily based on the advice from the paint professional on the retailer. We selected a Satin end as a result of we like that low-sheen look. Should you select a glossier end, simply remember that curler and brush strokes might be simpler to see, so it’s possible you’ll need to use a paint sprayer as an alternative.

Our common order for portray every door again was:

  1. Apply paint throughout the entire flat floor
  2. Gently roll alongside all 4 vertical sides to easy out any drips (extra on this within the subsequent step)
  3. Roll evenly over the flat floor once more, utilizing parallel overlapping strokes in the identical path

Step 6: Repeat! Apply A Second Coat of Paint.

Don’t panic in case your first coat appears imperfect like ours did under. I all the time suggest two coats for any undertaking as a result of it’ll offer you a extra constant trying and stronger/extra sturdy end (and two skinny and even coats are WAY higher than one thick and gloppy one). So as soon as your first coat has absolutely dried (we let ours dry in a single day), roll on a second coat.

Close Up On Patching First Coat Of Painted Ikea Cabinet Fronts

You may as well see above that our protection is spotty on the edges. That was intentional. Since we have been focusing solely on the BACKS, we simply gently rolled the edges to easy out any drips in the event that they occurred. Therefore that bizarre half-painted impact on the perimeters above.

Why not paint the edges fully but? Nicely, for those who press a curler too firmly or apply an excessive amount of paint in opposition to a skinny edge like this, it may trigger paint to gather alongside the underside. That’s one thing you may not discover till you flip issues over and, on this case, that will imply a ridge or bead of paint on the entrance of your cupboard. So we determined to completely paint the perimeters whereas portray the fronts, that approach any errant paint build-up could be on the less-important again aspect (spoiler alert: we didn’t have any anyway, however higher to be secure than sorry!).

Step 7: Flip Over & Repeat Steps 4, 5 + 6

We gave the cupboard backs a full 24 hours to dry and harden, after which fastidiously flipped all the pieces over to start the method once more on the fronts. I do know this appears tedious, however we figured it was higher to be gradual and methodical for the perfect outcome. Keep in mind, we actually didn’t need any dings from the paint lifters on the fronts, which we anxious may occur if we have been flipped them forwards and backwards all through the method.

So we proceed with a coat of primer on the fronts…

Applying Primer To Ikea Kitchen Cabinet Doors With Foam Roller

After which, as soon as the primer absolutely dried, we painted them (you guessed it, two coats).

John Painting Ikea Cabinet Doors With Small Foam Roller

This time round we made certain to get the edges good and coated. Once more, not utilizing an excessive amount of paint or an excessive amount of stress, however being cautious to get all the pieces nicely coated.

Painting Sides Of Ikea Kitchen Cabinet Doors With Small Foam Roller

As soon as the second coat was carried out on the fronts and sides, we let issues dry and treatment for an additional full 24 hours earlier than putting in them. It truthfully doesn’t harm to attend 48 hours. Most cupboard jobs get ruined by two issues: insufficient prep, or not sufficient curing time (actually something can get dings or scrapes if the paint isn’t absolutely dry).

Step 8: Don’t Neglect To Paint The Cupboard Packing containers

We used the identical method to color any seen elements of the cupboard packing containers themselves because the one I detailed above. We sanded/primed/painted the filler items on the edges, the toe kicks, and the entrance of the frames (however not the insides – these we left white). Use a small foam curler for as a lot as you possibly can and be happy to make use of painter’s tape as wanted. You’ll seemingly want a short-handled paintbrush to edge some elements.

Ikea Kitchen Halfway Assembled With Painted Drawered Cabinet

You’ll be able to see that we additionally painted barely across the aspect fringe of this cupboard subsequent to the dishwasher so we wouldn’t see any random flashes of white when the dishwasher door was open.

Painted Ikea Kitchen Cabinet Base With Three Drawers

TIP: Perhaps Make Your {Hardware} Holes Earlier?

Confession: the pictures above have been truly taken BEFORE we completed portray the drawer fronts. The truth is for those who research the edges of the drawer fronts you possibly can see that they’re not absolutely coated but.

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Our counters have been being templated that day and we actually wished the entire doorways and drawers in place, simply to make certain the templater took them into consideration when measuring for the countertop. However the climate had delayed our portray schedule, so we made the choice to put in all the pieces with just one coat of paint on the fronts (despite the fact that we’d must uninstall the door and drawers to complete up later).

We determined to profit from this curveball and go forward with making our {hardware} holes whereas we had them hung for countertop templating (you possibly can watch our cupboard {hardware} set up tutorial right here). Seems, we have been decidedly much less nervous about marking, taping, and drilling into the drawers figuring out we wouldn’t be messing up the *last* paint coat on every door. If our drill slipped or plastic template scuffed one thing, we may cowl it with our final coat.

Drilling Holes For Drawer Knobs On Painted Ikea Kitchen Cabinets

Plus, with our holes already made, we may actually let that second coat treatment and harden with none heavy manhandling instantly afterward, which may occur if you set up the {hardware}.

Ikea Cabinet Doors Laid Out On Deck While Being Painted

So whereas it’s actually not essential to drill your {hardware} holes between your first and second coat of paint on the fronts, we discovered it to be a cheerful accident that we appreciated.

Step 9: Set up All the pieces & Take pleasure in!

As delicately as we handled these painted cupboards the entire time we labored on them, they in a short time proved that they didn’t should be dealt with with any particular care in any respect. I don’t need to be too cocky since we’re solely a month into utilizing them, however to date they’ve stood as much as bangs, kicks, spills, scrubbing, and plenty of use. Zero points. Once more, I repeat: don’t skim in your prep and let all the pieces not solely dry however absolutely treatment earlier than you beat it up. That’s actually the important thing to an excellent lasting end. It meant this kitchen took a few full week to come back collectively as an alternative of only a day or two of quick-and-dirty portray, nevertheless it’s so price it in the long run.

Painted Ikea Kitchen Cabinets Finished Under Sink

Step-By-Step Video

However earlier than I am going, as promised, here’s a rather more detailed and fewer Gen-Z-transition-heavy video that particulars the method of portray these cupboards. I’m glad we filmed this alongside the best way, as a result of generally a video is price a thousand pictures, and whereas a fast TikTok like mashup of footage makes all the pieces appear to be it takes 5 minutes, you possibly can actually see how doable this course of is on this video. It’s not quick nevertheless it’s very beginner-friendly.

Observe: You’ll be able to watch this video on YouTube

We’ll preserve everybody posted (and can replace this submit) as time goes on to see how they maintain up over months and years of day by day use. I doubt will probably be excellent, however no painted cupboards ever are anyway. The premium manufacturing unit painted white cupboards in our final home had dings and scratches throughout the pullout trash drawer a few 12 months into proudly owning them. At the least with these we will repair the end ourselves with only a contemporary coat of paint!

Completed Ikea kitchen with painted drawer fronts and brass knobs

Oh and we felt so good about how this course of went that we determined to put in extra cupboards (hi there uppers! Goodbye open cabinets alongside that again wall! And it additionally means we will add a hidden vent hood over the range!). We’re nonetheless followers of open shelving (we’ve that white shiny shelving system subsequent to our kitchen desk simply steps away) however we predict it’ll be the perfect of each worlds to have some higher cupboards too. And as for the method of portray them, we plan to do the very same factor that we detailed right here on this submit. Keep tuned for a submit stuffed with pictures after they’re carried out!

And for those who’re interested by another portray initiatives, listed here are just a few oldies-but-goodies:

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