How to Paint Cabinets!

Since we started to sell Maison Blanche paint at our store, the #1 question is~ “Can I paint my kitchen cabinets with this paint”?  The answer is, YES!  So here is a step by step guide on how to paint your cabinets.

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets using Maison Blanche Paint- Modern Vintage


Even though Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint is a “No Prep” paint, I would recommend doing some prep work on your cabinets.  Start by removing all doors, drawers and hardware.  Since you won’t be painting inside your cabinets, you can leave all items in your cabinets while you begin to prep and paint.  This will help to keep your sanity while you take on this project and you will still be able to use your kitchen.

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Using a medium grit sanding block, lightly sand done all the cabinet bases.  You may want to have a hand vacuum next to you while sanding to help minimize dust in your kitchen and house.

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The cabinet doors and drawers can be sanded outside with an electric sander.  You will need to smooth out any major scratches and dings.  If your cabinets have a high sheen or gloss you will want to make sure you sand away the sheen, this is a very important step in order for the paint to adhere.    Clean your cabinets throughly after sanding.  Use a vacuum to remove dust, wash with vinegar and water and use tack cloth to remove any excess dust paying extra attention to crevices.

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Tape off areas that you don’t want to get paint on: sides of the drawers, back of drawers, back of cabinet doors, walls etc.  I recommend using Frog Tape, they use  “PaintBlock” technology and it works great.


This step is not needed, but recommended.  If you choose to prime your cabinets, I would recommend a gripper primer.  Any of these brands will work for your project.

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If your cabinets are laminate, high sheen or metal, DO NOT skip the primer.  You may also want to test dark wood or mahogany cabinets for “Bleed Through”


“Bleed Through” looks like this.  It is an exception and not the rule when painting cabinets or furniture.  If this happens you will need to prep your cabinets with a stain block primer or a Shellac primer.


You can brush, roll or spray on Maison Blanche paint.  If you brush and roll, use a high quality brush/roller like Purdy or Wooster.  If you use a paint sprayer, you will need to dilute the paint.  Each sprayer is different so test the dilution ratio being sure not to over dilute.  You will need 2 good coats of paint allowing to throughly dry between coats.   If you have a drip mark or build up of paint along an edge, make sure to sand down before proceeding. You could also distress the cabinets after they have been painted and before glazing or waxing.

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You can also do a light sanding between paint coats to smooth out any brush marks.  Once you sand, the paint becomes smooth as silk.


You have many options for your final steps in painting your cabinets.  The easiest step would be to wax after you have painted.


Maison Blanche Paint Company’s Antique Wax is a premium formulation that has been manufactured from an old Dutch recipe for over 100 years. Well known for its quality, this finishing wax is used to give special protection to pieces painted with Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint. Available In: Clear, Amber, Light Brown and  Dark Brown.

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 To obtain a natural shine, apply thinly using a wax brush, chip brush or a lint free cloth.  Spreading around t to achieve even coverage.  It glides on easily and melts into your painted surface. It is a penetrating wax that soaks into your Maison Blanche Furniture Paint painted surface.   Let dry about 15-45 minutes before polishing with a soft cloth. Follow with a second coat for more protection.

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I prefer to use a wax brush as this helps to spread wax into all cracks and crevices.  Once wax is applied, use a lint free cloth to remove extra wax and to spread evenly over cabinets.  Allow to dry and buff (if preferred. )


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Apply a thin layer with a brush.  While gel is wet, manipulate with a soft lint free cloth. For a smooth, even effect, wipe with a damp sponge in the same direction as the wood grain. Dry time is about an hour, depending on gel thickness.  You can also use a spray bottle and lightly spray the cabinet before applying the glaze.  If you have never used a glaze, I recommend that you practice to find a proper technique before applying on your cabinets.  I also advise for one person to do the glazing, everyone has a different technique and you will notice the difference between the techniques.

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Cobblestone Vintage Furniture Paint Door: Coal Tar glaze Base: Tobacco glaze

You may also want to varnish the cabinets before glazing, this will provide you with a longer working time for the glaze.

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Maison White Vintage Furniture Paint, Door: Licorice glaze, Base: Bourbon glaze


Your cabinets will need to be protected after doing all of this work.  If you use wax for your cabinets, you have sealed your cabinets and are now ready to assemble.  After glazing you will need to protect them with a Varnish or Wax.

Varnish: Allow your painted and glazed surface to dry for 24-48 hours prior to applying Varnish. Maison Blanche Paint Company’s Satin Varnish can be brushed, rolled, or sprayed.  For best results and maximum protection, it is recommended to apply a minimum of two coats.

You can also use the clear wax to seal the cabinets after glazing.   Please feel free to leave us comments or questions.

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