Use Quality Paint
Painting your own kitchen cupboards is very do-able if you follow some very basic but necessary rules. If a new, clean, fresh AND LASTING finish is what you desire then following the correct process is a must. Use the best quality paint and materials you can afford (you will save money in the long run). Seek advice from your local independent store, they know EVERYTHING!
Preparation is necessary and though the most tedious stage, if done thoroughly will serve you well. You will need either decorators cleaner or sugar soap and some scrubbing sponges or fine grade wire wool and some protective gloves. Remove all your doors from their hinges scrub, rinse and allow to dry, while repeating with the carcass. Pay particular attention to the more greasy areas around cooker and food prep areas.
When your surfaces are clean dry, scuff with medium/fine grade sandpaper to remove loose paint and provide a key. Carry out any repairs and fill holes with wood/decorators filler. Some primer/undercoat brands will read that the sanding stage is not necessary, but if 100 % adhesion and endurance is guaranteed without sanding, then why not be 200% sure with a quick scuff I say! Always sand in the direction of the wood grain.
Slow and Steady
Ensure your workspace is bright, dust and dirt free and reasonably warm. Begin applying your primer/undercoat with a sponge / velour roller. Use a brush to cut into corners and along edges. Don’t over load surfaces with thick coats of paint, this will only leave lumps, lines and drips, steady wins the race. Allow correct drying time and lightly sand between coats with a fine sanding pad to remove any surface imperfections.
Rinse and Repeat
Continue this method with your paint until you achieve coverage (usually 2 coats of primer/undercoat and 2 topcoat (paint) plus touch ups. Allow your surfaces to dry fully before re-hanging your doors. Your beautiful newly painted kitchen will need a couple if weeks to ‘ cure ‘ , so treat her very gently until then Remember Quality Takes Time! And enjoy the process!