Painting Kitchen Cabinets: A Guide to Refreshing Old Units

Painting Kitchen Cabinets with grey paint
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Painting kitchen cabinets is an easy way to give a kitchen a quick makeover, whether you've inherited units in a new house you don't love, or just fancy changing up your kitchen design

However, some kitchens will take better to being painted than others. A good quality timber kitchen is perfect for re-painting, while a laminate kitchen will need extra work to ensure that paint adheres and doesn't chip off with use. Either way, re-painting a kitchen is a great way to use existing cabinets, making it an environmentally friendly choice. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.