Add Painted Designs To Plain Wooden Cabinet Doors

Posted on: 2 May 2016

If the wooden cabinet doors in your home's kitchen have a dull surface that you are are not fond of, give them a fresh appearance by adding painted designs to the front of each one. Once finished, add a clear coat of paint over the doors to increase shine and protect the paint from peeling or fading. These are the steps to take.


  • screwdriver
  • newspaper
  • wood cleaner
  • lint-free cloths
  • ruler
  • stencils
  • double-sided adhesive
  • craft paint (various colors)
  • thin paintbrushes
  • cup of water
  • container of clear paint
  • paint roller and frame
  • paint tray

Remove The Cabinet Doors, Clean Them, And Fill In Stencils

Use a screwdriver to loosen and remove the hardware that is holding the doors in place. Set the hardware in a safe area so that you can quickly find the pieces when you are ready to reattach the doors. Place the doors on a newspaper-covered surface. Use standard wood cleaner and a lint-free cloth to clean the front of each one. Use a ruler to help line up stencils evenly across the doors.

Secure the stencils with strips of double-sided adhesive. Apply craft paint to the stencils with a thin paintbrush. Choose colors that will match with the rest of the decor inside of the kitchen. Wait for the paint to dry before removing the stencils. 

Apply A Clear Coat Of Interior Paint

Stir a container of clear paint that is designed for interiors. Pour the paint into a paint tray. Evenly coat a paint roller with the paint and apply it to the surface of each door. Move the roller over each door in straight lines. The clear paint will add give the doors a glossy appearance. It will also protect the paint from fading or peeling. Wait the amount of time listed on the back of the container for the paint to dry.

Reattach The Cabinet Doors And Keep Them Maintained

Line the doors up in front of the cabinets and use a screwdriver to reattach the hardware pieces. Clean the doors frames with wood cleaner and a lint-free cloth if they are dirty. The painted designs that are on the front of each door will add beauty to your home's kitchen. Maintain the appearance of your kitchen cabinets by cleaning them with a mild detergent mixed with water and a lint-free cloth whenever they have dirty residue on their surface. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning materials to ensure that the painted designs will remain damage-free.