Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Written on 10th May 2019

Refitting the entire kitchen isn’t the only way to completely transform the heart of your home – it can be as simple as treating cupboards, cabinets and islands to a new coat of paint with our hard-wearing Modern Eggshell, Full Gloss or Estate Eggshell. We’ve gathered a few of our favourite ways of combining colour in the kitchen, plus your step-by-step guide to painting cabinetry to perfection.

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All-Over Colour

Painting cabinets and walls in the same shade can look very striking, as this India Yellow kitchen proves, or soft and easygoing, as illustrated by the matching tongue-and-groove walls and cabinets of this Purbeck Stone galley kitchen. If you’re feeling bold, you can even bring the floor in on the fun – scuff-proof Modern Eggshell is tough enough to withstand everything from muddy feet to spilt milk.

Sunny Hues

Painted in India Yellow No.66 in Modern Emulsion and Modern Eggshell; Green Smoke No.47 in Modern Eggshell

All in One

Painted in Purbeck Stone No.275 in Estate Eggshell

Keep it in the Family

Creating a palette with shades from the same colour family is a great shortcut to a beautifully cohesive scheme. This light, bright Kent kitchen features pale grey Ammonite on walls to make the most of the abundant light, while the deeper Down Pipe is used on cabinetry for a grounding effect.

The same principle applies in this inky blue kitchen. Using intense blue-black Railings in the lower half of the room and on the eye-level shelves adds structure and drama to lighter De Nimes walls without being overwhelming.

Soft Contrast

Painted in Ammonite No.274 in Modern Emulsion and Down Pipe No.26 in Estate Eggshell

Cool Blues

Painted in De Nimes No.299 in Modern Emulsion and Railings No.31 in Estate Eggshell

Go Bold

For a really striking look, don’t be afraid of unexpected colour combinations. Sulking Room Pink walls and Paean Black cabinetry make a bold, beautiful pair in this contemporary kitchen, where a simple wooden worktop and sleek fittings step back to let the rich hues of the walls and woodwork shine.

If you prefer a lighter touch, you could try swapping Paean Black for De Nimes, as the owners of this compact kitchen-diner have done, for an effect that’s lower contrast but still high-impact.

Rich Tones

Painted in Sulking Room Pink No.295 in Modern Emulsion; Paean Black No.294 in Modern Eggshell

Opposites Attract

Painted in Sulking Room Pink No.295 in Modern Emulsion; De Nimes No.299 in Modern Eggshell

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

It’s easy to breathe new life into your kitchen units and cupboards with our hardwearing mid-sheen Modern Eggshell. Here are our step-by-step guides to painting kitchen cupboards, with guidance on the three different surfaces you’re likely to encounter. For all other surfaces and finishes including Full Gloss and Estate Eggshell, please refer to our product advice sheets.

FOR NEW, UNPAINTED WOOD

• Ensure all surfaces are sound, clean and dry, and free from dirt, grease and other contaminants.

• Lightly sand the surface to improve the paint’s adhesion.

• Use Farrow & Ball Wood Knot & Resin Blocking Primer to patch-prime any knotty or resinous areas.

• Apply a diluted coat of Farrow & Ball Interior Wood Primer & Undercoat (20% water) in the correct colour tone for your topcoat,* followed by one full coat, allowing a minimum of four hours’ drying time between coats.

• Apply two coats of Modern Eggshell, allowing the correct drying time between coats.

FOR PREVIOUSLY PAINTED WOOD

• Ensure all surfaces are sound, clean and dry and free from dirt, grease and other contaminants.

• Strip and sand any areas of paint that have peeled or blistered.

• Blend the edges of any old paint patches to smooth out the surface.

• Lightly sand the surface to improve the paint’s adhesion.

• Use Farrow & Ball Wood Knot & Resin Blocking Primer to patch prime any knotty or resinous areas.

• Apply one full coat of Farrow & Ball Interior Wood Primer & Undercoat in the correct colour tone for your topcoat*.

• Apply two coats of Modern Eggshell, allowing the correct drying time between coats.

FOR MDF

Depending on how tightly bound the fibres of your MDF surface are, you may need to take extra precautions when painting. If the fibres start to become raised as you apply your paint, lightly sand the surface in between coats for a smooth finish.
• Lightly sand the edges of the MDF to provide a sound surface and to reduce paint absorption.

• Apply one coat of Farrow & Ball Wood Floor Primer & Undercoat in the correct colour tone for your topcoat.*

• Allow a minimum of four hours’ drying time between coats.

• Apply two coats of Modern Eggshell, allowing the correct drying time in between coats.

*Our Primers & Undercoats are available in four colours to enhance the depth of your chosen colour. Check the product page for your topcoat colour to see which shade is recommended.

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