Quick and Low Cost Kitchen or Bathroom Cabinet Makeover

Your natural wood cabinets looking a little old and tired lately?   Try painting them!   For the cost of a can of paint and primer, you can give your cabinets a fresh new appearance.

Using a color that is anything but neutral can give your kitchen a customized look but for resale value, neutral is the safest bet.  White and black are always classic but if you want the cabinets to still appear to be wood, I love Behr’s Paint and Primer in One in the Espresso brown tint.  I’ve also noticed a trend toward grays or sage greens, but those get a little more personalized.  Some like the eggshell finish, I like the satin.  Choose the sheen you like the best for your own project.

Ready to do it?  Here are 5 easy steps to give your kitchen cabinets a quick makeover:

Step 1) Remove doors and drawer fronts.  Remove any door hardware.  A quick tip for hardware is to secure them with masking tape to the inside of the cabinet or drawer with masking tape so they won’t get lost or mixed up.

Step 2) Sand down the doors and drawer fronts with medium-grade sandpaper to roughen the surface

Step 3) Use a damp towel to remove dust and let completely dry.   Use a small roller or brush to apply a thin coat of the paint/primer in one. Allow to dry, then apply a second coat.  Don’t worry about “appearance” here.

Step 4) Sand lightly with a fine-grade sandpaper (the primer may have raised the wood grain) and remove dust again with a damp rag and let dry.

Step 5) Apply a third coat of paint and let dry overnight.  Re-attach your hardware and to your cabinets.

You might also consider just giving your cabinets a fresh look with new hardware:


Here’s a kitchen that went from honey oak to Espresso Brown:

Here’s a bathroom that went from honey oak to black:

Bathroom remodel-Before

Bathroom remodel-After

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  1. Whays the name of the paint used on the kitchen cabinets? It looks really nice!

    • Thanks! The color is Home Depot’s Behr “espresso”

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