Kitchen Painting 101: DIY Painting Ideas

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Giving your kitchen a makeover should be a fun and exciting project that you and your family can do as a bonding activity. You’ll get to share ideas about the paint color or the style you wish to achieve for your kitchen remodel.

If you’re planning a kitchen makeover, here are some DIY painting ideas and other fundamentals you should consider, including choosing a color scheme, the best colors for kitchens, the tools and materials you would need, and a step-by-step guide to help you get the job done smoothly.

Choosing a Color Scheme

According to paint color experts, some essential factors must be considered before choosing a color scheme. For example, you should consider kitchen paint cost, size and layout, appliances, fixtures, and personal preferences.

If you’re still in a dilemma about what color to choose for your kitchen, here are some recommendations for the best colors for a kitchen:


Given that most people begin their day in the kitchen, a kitchen must be in a bright color, such as white, that revitalizes and rejuvenates. Furthermore, an all-white kitchen exudes a sense of cleanliness and freshness and will awaken your senses rather than dull them.


Gray is a neutral hue that has recently taken center stage in numerous homes. With the proper shade, gray can perform wonders in a kitchen despite its reputation for being overly dull. Best of all, gray goes well with various shades and is the ideal foundation for a kitchen. It also works well as a color for countertops and cabinets.


The color blue is also a good choice for kitchens. Walls, cabinets, and even the ceiling benefit from the refreshing appearance of lighter blue tones. Blue is an energizing hue most effective when used sparingly; otherwise, it can overwhelm a space. Moody blues also work well in kitchens, but it’s necessary to accent the space with white, gray, or other neutral shades to prevent it from feeling too intense and dark.


Yellow can instantly illuminate a room like a ray of sunlight. Yellow is also considered to stimulate appetite and has a calming effect that quickly makes guests feel peaceful and comfortable in your kitchen. In addition, yellow is an excellent choice for tiny spaces because it makes rooms appear larger and brighter and pairs nicely with white and gray decorations.

Kitchen Remodel Painting Ideas

Other than the basic and plain colors mentioned above, you can spice it up a bit with these decorative painting ideas that everyone will adore:

  • Stripes – Adding stripes to the walls of your kitchen can instantly make it appear ultra-chic. The process of painting stripes may be time-consuming and arduous, but the results will be well worth your time and effort.
  • Chalkboard Wall – Many households keep a chalkboard in the kitchen for notes and a running list of groceries. If your kitchen is predominantly white or neutral, paint the accent wall black, or add a splash of color using chalkboard paint.
  • Pantry Makeover – Do you like magenta or emerald green but are frightened to apply it to your kitchen cabinets or walls? Try using these colors to paint your pantry if this is the case. You’ll instantly feel delighted when you open the door to retrieve an ingredient and see a fun and vivid color.
  • Paint Inside the Shelves – If you’re thinking about painting your cabinets an intense shade, try using it on the inside of your cabinet first. This way, you can test how it looks and decide if it’s an appropriate color for the outside surfaces. You can also try using colorful paint to revitalize your open shelving.
  • Stencil the Walls – Stenciling your walls isn’t easy, but it’s a terrific way to create a customized space in your kitchen. Choose a stencil that speaks to you, and then place it on a wall where it will be noticeable.

Tools and Materials

Now that you have some ideas on what color or decorative patterns to add to your kitchen, you can start the project immediately. But make sure you have the necessary tools and materials mentioned below:


  • 2.5-centimeter paintbrush
  • Roller frame with roller cover
  • Paint pan and liner
  • Painter’s drop cloth
  • Dust mask
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Tack fabric
  • Cotton rags


  • Interior acrylic-latex paint
  • Primer
  • Painter’s tape
  • TSP (tri-sodium phosphate)

How To Paint a Kitchen

With all the essential tools and materials ready, you can now start painting. Follow the step-by-step guide below:

1. Start by cleaning all surfaces.

Typical areas that require a more thorough cleaning include the wall surface above the stove and oven and the kitchen countertop where food is prepared. You can wash these areas using warm water and TSP (tri-sodium phosphate). Some paint color experts recommend using warm water and TSP to clean door trims before painting them.

2. Use a primer.

If a surface has been previously painted and the paint is in good, clean condition, priming will not be necessary. On the other hand, priming should be applied to unpainted drywall, raw wood, and poorly maintained painted surfaces.

3. Paint the larger areas.

Identify the sections where the roller will fit. Pour a small quantity of paint into the tray, wet the roller cover, and then roll out the excess. Begin by using a W-pattern to paint the wall parts. Bring the roller within one or two inches of the painter’s tape.

4. Use a paintbrush for tighter spaces or edges.

Let the paint dry for at least two hours. Paint the spots the roller missed by dipping the paintbrush into the paint and painting them manually. Applying paint sparingly and re-brushing can help you avoid drips. Remember only to re-brush recently painted surfaces to avoid splotchy results.

5. Apply the subsequent coats.

By applying two or three coats of paint, colors achieve their maximum depth and sheen. Allow the paint to dry for a minimum of two hours before rolling and brushing it again.


Base cabinets, wall cabinets, and backsplashes occupy most of the kitchen’s wall space. It means a kitchen has limited wall space, making it easier to paint than other areas like bedrooms and living rooms. However, the small area that needs to be painted typically necessitates substantial cleaning and prep work. Therefore, consider the tips and information in this article and let them guide you regarding proper painting instruction, choice of color, and decorative DIY painting ideas.

Now is the right time to revamp your kitchen with Jeff Schultz Painting.

Now is the time to revamp your kitchen with these trendy DIY painting ideas. If you have the experience, you can try the DIY approach. Still, if, like most people, you have only limited experience, it is highly recommended you call in experts like Jeff Shultz Painting, the professional Sarasota painters you can trust. With years of experience under our belt, we will work with you and paint your kitchen to achieve the culmination of your vision, and we guarantee you’ll be delighted with the results.

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Jeff Schultz is a skilled painting contractor with more than 35 years of experience. Since 1988, he's been offering top-notch painting services for homes and businesses in Sarasota, Bradenton, and along the Gulf Coast. Jeff knows how to choose the right paint for the area's weather, making sure the paint job lasts. His team can paint many different types of buildings, like high-rises, offices, churches, and more, without causing much disruption. Jeff's goal is to give the best painting service around, with great customer care, reliable work, and excellent results.

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