How to Decorate Kitchen Cabinet Doors

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Kitchen cabinets make up a large part of kitchen décor. If the cabinets look bad, the whole kitchen looks bad. Refacing kitchen cabinets is expensive. Instead of replacing the whole door, try adding some decorations to spruce up the look of your kitchen. Paint decorations on your kitchen cabinet doors to make your kitchen look like a brand new place.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Scrubber
  • Hot water
  • Dish soap
  • Ammonia
  • 80-grit sandpaper
  • Stencils
  • Tape
  • Paint
  • Styrofoam plate
  • Foam sponge
  • Paintbrush
  • Clear coat sealer
  • Use the screwdriver to take the doors off the cabinets. Take them to a garage or a large area for working.

  • Lay the doors on a flat surface. Fill a bucket with hot water, and add dish soap. Use a soft scrubber, such as a green pad, to thoroughly clean the cabinet doors. Remove all the grease and grime. Use a little bit of ammonia if your cabinet doors are really dirty and simple dish soap does not work. Allow the doors to air dry.

  • Use 80-grit sandpaper to lightly sand the doors. Do not try to sand off the finish; just rough it up a little to help the paint adhere better.

  • Tape the stencil on the door where you want to paint your decoration.

  • Put a little bit of paint on a Styrofoam plate. Dab the foam paintbrush into the paint. Do not use too much paint at a time. Blot the paint onto the door. Make sure to blot and not brush; brushing will cause the paint to go under the stencil and mess up your design.

  • Pull the stencil off the door. Move it to another place if desired.

  • Finish painting your design. Allow the paint to dry for several hours or overnight. Brush on a clear coat sealer to protect your painted design.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once you use a sealer, clean your kitchen cabinet doors as you regulary do. Just use a soft sponge with soap and water.

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