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Painting your Cupboards

Oil-based or water-based paint can be used according to your preference. We generally recommend using Little Greene oil-based eggshell paint where possible, for its hardiness over time, though if you are not used to using paint then Farrow & Ball’s water-based eggshell is more user friendly and just as hard wearing.  

Where one’s patience is willing we recommend hand painting your Cupboards using a good quality synthetic bush, if possible try Purdy’s. To achieve a solid looking surface you’ll need to apply at least two coats, and sometimes three. You are looking to build up thin coats of paint, so try to avoid applying too much at once otherwise you may be left with thick ‘ridge and furrow’ like brush strokes.  Alternatively, if using oil-based paint only, you could apply the paint to the cupboards using a small six-inch foam roller, followed by lightly brushing out the paint. We would avoid solely using a roller as this can create an unappealing orange-peel like surface.


For the average kitchen you will need:

  • Around 2.5lt of paint.
  • Two-inch ‘Purdy’ brush: depending on which paint you are using (there is a water-based or an oil-based version of the same brush).
  • Soft, dry dusting brush.
  • Two-inch roll of masking tape.
  • Two-part filler, found in most DIY shops.
  • Sand paper: 2m of 120 grit and 2m of 180 grit.

The Process:

1. Using a two part filler firstly fill any defects that have occurred from loading/transit/fitting.   

2. When the filler is dry, sand all surfaces that are to be painted using 120 grit sand paper.   

3. Using a soft, dry dusting brush or vacuum cleaner with brush attachment go over all of the cupboards and the surrounding area, cleaning off the dust.  

4. Use masking tape to tape up all of the areas that you don’t wish to paint (for example around the base where the cupboards meet the floor as well as the internal edges that you see when you open the cupboards).  

5. Using your two-inch Purdy brush, apply the first coat of paint.  

6. Once the paint is dry, sand again but this time using 180 grit sand paper and dust off, then apply another coat of paint repeating as necessary.  

7. We recommend applying a minimum of two coats of paint however if a dark colour is being applied over a light base or water-based paint is being used then it usually takes three coats.




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