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Cabinet Update

Create a gourmet kitchen without a major overhaul. With a few coats of paint and a change of accessories, you'll instantly liven up your space and create a more modern style. Masking in and around cabinets is easier when you use ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape.





  • Remove cabinet doors, drawers, and all hardware
  • Make sure surfaces are clean, dust-free and completely dry



Step By Step Guide:

Step 1: Mask Cabinets

Mask Cabinets

Mask walls around cabinets, as well as cabinet inner shelves and sides, with ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape. Hint: use the tape selector chart to find the right tape for your project.

Step 2: Prime Frames

Prime Frames

Apply a coat of primer to the cabinet frames per manufacturer instructions. Let the primer dry for 24 hours. Hint: for best results, follow the wood grain as you prime frames and cabinets.

Step 3: Prime Doors

Prime Doors

Make sure you have removed all hardware (hinges, door pulls). Apply primer to cabinet doors, and let them dry for 24 hours.

Step 4: Paint Frames

Paint Frames

Apply the first coat of paint to the cabinet frames and let the paint dry for at least 4 hours. Apply a second coat and let that dry for 24 hours.

Step 5: Paint Doors

Paint Doors

Paint the cabinet doors and let them dry for 4 hours. Apply a second coat of paint and let that dry for 24 hours.

Step 6: Remove Tape

 Remove Tape

Remove tape at a 45° angle. If adhesive begins to transfer, use a 90° angle. If paint starts to lift, use a sharp tool to cut along the painted tape edge.

Step 7: Reassemble


Re-attach cabinet hinges and then re-hang your cabinet doors. Finalize by attaching your new or existing door pulls.

Helpful Hints

Paint Pointers

  • Choose colors that will complement and enhance your existing countertops and flooring.
  • Consider that lighter colors make a room look more open, while darker colors add a warmth that transforms a look from dated to modern and sophisticated.
  • High-gloss and semi-gloss paints are the way to go for cabinets. They are easy to clean and add a rich finish.
  • Use a high quality brush. The better the brush, the better the finish.


Resist the Urge to Stretch

Resist the Urge to Stretch

When masking any surface, pull tape off the roll a few feet at a time. Avoid stretching the tape, as this can cause it to lift up or break.

Get into the Grooves

Get Extra Sharp Lines

If your cabinets require masking along a tile backsplash, press the tape into the grooves as you go. This will help the tape adhere properly to prevent paint bleed.


  • Add a tile backsplash and under-cabinet lights. Both are functional and design-oriented, and both deliver a big bang for your buck.
  • Replace fixtures like faucets, lighting, and cabinet door handles to give your room an instant and cost-effective makeover.

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