Painting your kitchen cabinets is one of the easiest ways to completely change the look and feel of your kitchen on a budget. These 30 beautiful painted kitchen cabinets include ideas for many different styles of cabinets painted with a whole range of gorgeous colors.
Painted kitchen cabinets are very popular and it isn’t hard to see why.
A fresh coat of paint can make even the most dated kitchen look fresh and new in just a few days. It really is amazing how much painting your cabinets can completely transform your kitchen even if you don’t change anything else in the room.
You can hire a professional to paint your cabinets, but I highly recommend painting your own kitchen cabinets as a DIY project.
Painting cabinets isn’t a particularly difficult or complicated DIY and you will save thousands of dollars by doing it yourself rather than paying someone else.
But even if you decide DIY isn’t for you, hiring a professional to paint your cabinets is still much more affordable than taking on a full kitchen remodel.
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Before we get to all the beautiful kitchen cabinet inspiration, I want to share a few tips for choosing the right paint for your kitchen cabinets.
When you decide to paint your cabinets, you have two very important decisions to make –
- What paint color to choose.
- And what type of paint to use.
Choosing the best paint color for your painted kitchen cabinets
Choosing the right paint color for your kitchen cabinets is the fun part. But it can also be extremely intimidating.
Your kitchen cabinets are usually the biggest component of your kitchen. That’s why painting them can completely transform your whole kitchen.
But that also means that the color you choose is going to have a huge impact on your finished kitchen so you want to choose a color you are going to really love.
Different paint colors can give the same kitchen a completely different feel.
White or gray might be perfect for that modern farmhouse look while a deep dark green or even black can give a more contemporary, sophisticated look.
The most popular colors for kitchen cabinets right now are white, gray, shades of blue, shades of green, and black. But that doesn’t mean you can’t choose any color you like – I’ve even seen pink kitchen cabinets that looked beautiful!
I’ve gathered kitchens with cabinets in a wide range of colors below to make it easier to see how different paint colors affect the look and feel of different kitchens.
Choosing the best paint for your painted kitchen cabinets
Just as important as the color is what type of paint you use to paint your cabinets.
Most of us use our cabinets every single day, opening and closing cabinets and drawers repeatedly, and all of that use can quickly destroy a poor paint job.
The biggest factor in making sure your beautiful paint job will last is using a high quality paint that is meant for cabinets. This isn’t the time to grab some leftover wall paint and start painting.
The great thing about painted cabinets being so popular is there are now lots of great cabinet paints out there with new ones coming out all the time.
I haven’t tried all the cabinet paints available, so I can’t comment on all of them, but I do have two paints that I highly recommend for painting kitchen cabinets.
Both of these paints hold up well to moisture and regular cleaning, resist yellowing over time, and dry to a very durable finish.
My top paint picks for painting cabinets
Benjamin Moore Advance
Benjamin Moore Advance is a self-leveling, non-yellowing, paint that helps block stains. It is also low VOC, low odor, dries to a hard finish, and does not require a separate sealer. You will need to use primer before using this paint on wood cabinets.
General Finishes Milk Paint
General Finishes Milk Paint is actually an acrylic paint, not a true milk paint, and doesn’t usually require primer. It is easy to work with, goes on smoothly, and dries to a hard finish. A separate sealer is not required, but it is recommended to use a sealer for high-traffic projects like painting cabinets.
General Finishes High Performance Topcoat is my top pick for sealing painted cabinets. I’ve used General Finishes Milk Paint + High Performance Topcoat to paint my bathroom cabinets as well as many furniture pieces and they have held up beautifully.
Kitchen Cabinets Painted White
You can never go wrong with classic white cabinets. They look beautiful in any style kitchen and work well with every type of countertops, backsplash, or flooring.
Blue Painted Kitchen Cabinets
Blue painted cabinets have gotten very popular in recent years and it's not hard to see why! Whether it's a dark navy or a lighter shade of blue, painting your cabinets blue is a great way to really make them stand out.
Gray Kitchen Cabinets
If you want a great neutral color for your cabinets, but white's not for you, gray may be the perfect choice!
Kitchen Cabinets Updated with Green Paint
Green is an increasingly popular choice for painted cabinets and once you see these gorgeous makeovers you will understand why!
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- How my painted countertops look after three years of use
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