How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets Black


Black kitchen cabinets can give a sophisticated, modern look to any kitchen. If you want to give your kitchen a lift, but don't have the budget to replace your existing cabinetry, you can solve your problem by giving them a coat of black paint. Painting cabinets is not hard to do and can give your kitchen an instant makeover without costing thousands of dollars.

Things You'll Need

  • Ammonia Rags Screwdriver Painter's tape Spackle Rollers Roller pan Brushes Paint Primer Fine sand paper Newspaper Drop cloth Box cutter
  • Remove your cabinet doors and all of the hardware. If you are painting the inside shelving of the cabinets, remove all items and set them out of the way. If your kitchen is large and has good ventilation, you can work on your cabinet doors in there as long as you are using interior paint. If need be, you can bring them outdoors or into a garage if it would be more convenient.

  • Wipe down all the surfaces you are planning to paint with a mixture of 1 cup of ammonia to 1 gallon of warm water. Repeat this two or three times, if necessary, to remove any residual grease or soot buildup from over the years.

  • Fill the existing holes with spackle or wood filler If you are planning on using new hardware and handles, and drilling new holes. Allow to dry.

  • Give all the surfaces you are painting a light sanding. Wipe them down thoroughly with a rag to remove all of the dust. Any dust residue will prevent the paint from sticking, so wipe as many times as is necessary and be sure to get into the corners.

  • Use painter's tape to protect your walls and ceiling near the edges of the cabinets. Cover your backsplash with newspaper and put a drop cloth on your appliances and countertop to protect them as well.

  • Prime all of the surfaces you'll be painting with a good primer, such as Kilz. Use a roller for as much of the flat surfaces as you can for more even coverage, and a brush when necessary for edges, corners or creases that a roller can't reach. One or two coats of primer will help the paint adhere better and coat more evenly. Allow it to dry 12 to 24 hours before proceeding.

  • Choose an interior semi-gloss or high-gloss black latex paint for your cabinets. This will give your cabinets a nice sheen and also make it easier to clean if they are splashed with food or grease. If you want less of a sheen, use satin, but stay away from eggshell or flat paint in a kitchen as they are difficult to clean, and many cleaners you use on them will result in a stain.

  • Paint two to three coats of your chosen paint onto your cabinets for good, dark coverage. Again, use a brush for the tricky spots, and a roller for the flat surfaces for even coverage. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly, and you may want to give them an extra day for the paint to set so that the doors don't stick to the frame and your supplies on your shelves don't settle in and leave a mark.

  • Before removing painter's tape, run a razor or box cutter along the edge of the tape against the paint. This will prevent peeling off some of the paint when you remove the tape.

  • Replace your hardware, or drill new holes if adding new hardware. Replace your cabinet doors.

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