DIY Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

DIY Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Posted by DecoArt on Oct 19th 2021

Use Americana Decor Satin Enamel paint to give your cabinets the update they need.


  • black pen
  • orbital sander or sand paper and hand
  • 1 inch blue painters tape
  • adhesive remover
  • TSP (Tri-sodium phosphate)


  1. I started out by testing on one of the drawer panels to see if I would need to wash, strip, and sand the doors before painting. I was surprised by how easily the finish came off so I went ahead and did the whole drawer panel. I then tested to see how many coats I would have to do. It went on so smoothly and leveled out perfectly and I only needed to apply two coats.
  2. Instruction #1
  3. When I arrived at my son’s kitchen, I took all of the drawer fronts and cabinet doors off.
  4. Instruction #2
  5. When I arrived at my son’s kitchen, I took all of the drawer fronts and cabinet doors off.
  6. Instruction #3
  7. I taped off the ceiling, floors, and walls and the edges of the front sides of the shelves and I then wiped down both sides of the doors and drawers with a mixture of warm water and TSP. This removed any grease particles from the surfaces.
  8. Instruction #4
  9. I took all the pieces to the garage and lightly sanded them with a palm sander and 100 grit sandpaper to remove the varnish coat. If your varnish coat is thicker, you might consider using a 220 grit. To quickly and easily remove all the dust, use a vacuum with the dust brush attachment on the cabinet pieces and then thoroughly blow out the garage with a leaf blower. This keeps sanding dust from settling on your wet paint later.
  10. Instruction #5
  11. Now, I was ready to paint. Before painting, I wet the brush and dry it off on a paper towel. It makes for easy clean-up later and the paint glides on better. I mostly used a wide, flat brush, smoothing the paint out in long strokes as I went along. After applying the first coat to the drawers and doors on one side, I let those dry and went inside to paint the cabinets. I cut in from the edges first and then used long strokes to apply the rest of the coat. Once the cabinets had the first coat, it was back outside to flip the drawers and doors to add the first coat on that side.
  12. Instruction #6
  13. Once everything had a solid first coat, I allowed it to dry to the touch. I checked all of the surfaces for any drips or imperfections in case I needed to sand again but did not find any. The brush strokes leveled out perfectly saving me tons of time sanding! As I applied the second coat to the cabinets, I began to tear off the painter's tape while it was still wet. It keeps the edges and lines clean. After the second coat had dried on everything, I put the hinges back onto the doors and attached them to the cabinets. I was anticipating this project to take me a lot longer than it did but overall, it was less than 2 days.
  14. Instruction #7