Flat-front doors and drawers are easily repainted, but woodwork with raised panels, routed profiles or other architectural detailing will require more time to prep and paint.
If the woodwork is warped, badly worn or damaged, or coming apart at the glued joints, you can opt to buy new unfinished doors and drawers and paint them along with your existing cabinets.
You could even put corbels under the breakfast bar for added dimension and inexpensive customization.
These kitchen cabinets are hopefully in worse shape than yours, but they're not that uncommon.
But more often than not, the room itself lacks those attributes.
Wood, wood-laminate, and metal cabinets usually can be repainted without difficulty.
A fresh kitchen is just a few days' elbow grease away.
Prep work and light, even coats are the keys to a successful paint job.
If your kitchen has good bones but simply looks tired, painting your cabinets can be just what the doctor ordered.
The best applicator also may depend on the type of paint or finish you choose. Start by removing the cabinet doors and drawers and remove all pulls, knobs, latches and other hardware from these parts.
Place the hardware and screws in plastic bags inside the cabinets where they will be easy to locate when you're ready to reassemble everything (Image 1).