How to Paint Cabinet Door Hinges

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  • 2-24 hours
  • Beginner
  • 40-110
What You'll Need
Spray-on primer (rust-inhibiting variety)
Spray paint
Metal cleaner
Small bowl
Drop cloth
Wire brush

One of the most inexpensive ways to update the look of your entire kitchen is to change your cabinet door hinges. While most cabinets used to have brass hinges, most modern cabinets have stainless-steel or nickel hinges. Whatever your hinges are made of, you can paint them for a cleaner, brighter look, instead of spending money buying and installing new hinges.

Step 1 – Remove the Cabinet Door

Remove the cabinet doors from the cabinet with a regular or electric screwdriver. Do not use a drill because it could strip the screw heads. Once you remove the doors, you can remove the hinges and begin working on them.

Step 2 – Dip the Hinges in Cleaner

To get spray paint to adhere to your cabinet door hinges, you must first clean them. Pour some metal cleaner into a small container, and place the hinges and screws into the cleaner. Let the pieces sit in the cleaner for 1-2 hours.

Step 3 – Scrub the Hinges

Next, put a drop cloth down on a work surface, and put gloves on. Remove the hinges from the cleaner, and brush them clean with a wire brush to strip off the metal finish or any existing paint. Clean away any dirt. Repeat the cleaning process with all hinge pieces.

Step 4 – Dry the Hinges

After you’ve cleaned the cabinet-door hinges, set them aside to dry. Use a dry cloth to wipe them off and make sure that no cleaner remains.

Step 5 – Paint the Hinges

Warning: Wear the appropriate safety gear when working with paint, and make sure you use the paint in a well-ventilated area.

Line the door hinges up on the drop cloth. Hold the spray can about 8 inches away from the work pieces, and spray them evenly with the paint. You'll want to start with a coat of rust-free primer and add the final coat of paint later.

Painting the Other Side

Let the paint dry completely, and then flip the hinges over. Spray the underside of the hinges in the same way, holding the can about 8 inches away. Let the pieces dry completely before touching them again.

Step 6 – Re-attach the Hinges

Once the hinges are dry, re-attach them to the cabinet door. Line the hinges up in the area they were in previously, and make sure they’re flush on the door. Secure the hinges with screws, being careful not to scratch the finish with the screwdriver.

Step 7 – Hang Cabinet Doors

Finally, lift the cabinet door back into position on the cabinet face. Line up the cabinet door hinges, and make sure they are level before securing them with screws. Starting at the top, screw the hinges and install the doors. Repeat this procedure with all doors.

To continue updating your cabinets, consider refacing them.