Update the Kitchen by Painting Pantry Cabinet Doors

To give the design of your kitchen a spruced-up look, try painting your pantry cabinet doors. Kitchen remodels are costly and time consuming. Painting, adding new trim or just redecorating are not only less expensive, but they can be accomplished over a weekend. Of course, the update will entail a few expenses and some time. However, springing for some paint and a few brushes won't break the bank, and you can undertake the task with friends or family and still be able to catch the big game or listen to your favorite music.


Begin the project with a plan. Since the update consists of a new coat of paint on the pantry cabinet doors, it's important to match the color with the decor in the room. Kitchens often feature soft colors, whether warm or cool. Pastels are, in many cases, perfectly acceptable. It really depends on your tastes and the layout of the space. A contemporary kitchen might feature bolder colors, while traditional, rustic or transitional rooms are more suited for a softer side of the color wheel.


Considering the nature of the update, you won't have to spend an arm and a leg to accomplish a remarkable change. A new color brings new life to a room. Even applying a fresh coat of the same color works wonders. Expenses will typically involve as much paint as is necessary. Depending on the number of pantry cabinet doors, a single gallon could suffice. It's better to have too much than too little, and you can always use the excess to spruce up another section of cabinetry in the kitchen. A few disposable brushes, roller and insert, roller tray and drop cloths are necessary as well. Sawhorses or some type of work bench are helpful when painting. Priming the doors before painting is always a good idea, so be sure you have that on hand as well as medium-grit sandpaper to remove any rough spots. 

The Process

Start by removing the pantry doors from the cabinets. Remove the hinges and hardware from the doors. Thoroughly cleaning the pantry doors of all dirt, dust or other debris. Take the sandpaper and remove any rough spots, splinters or other glaring blemishes. Apply a coat of primer over the entirety of each door. Lay all the doors out at once and prime one side, let them all dry and then complete the other side to save time. Once finished, start painting. Consider using an oil-based paint as opposed to a latex-based variety, for it's more durable and resistant to stains. Paint with a semi-gloss finish is attractive and easy to clean, while mildew-resistant paint is a good choice for damp kitchens.

Design Ideas

Soft pastels enlarge a space, while bright colors add vibrance to a kitchen. Depending on the existing design of the kitchen, the door style and your personal preferences, you might like a two-tone look. White trim framing a colored, inset panel looks exquisite in some cases. Regardless of your tastes, consider this a chance to be creative while giving your kitchen a new look—without bearing a lot of expense.