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Weekend project: how to paint your kitchen

Dulux Quick Dry water-based paint provides a fuss-free, budget-friendly way to transform your kitchen cabinets in a weekend

Looking for an exciting makeover or saving up for a new kitchen? Dulux Quick Dry gives you a budget-friendly way to transform your existing kitchen cabinets. The paint is also hardwearing and easy-to-clean, so their new look will last.

You’ll need:

  • Dulux Quick Dry

  • Dust sheet

  • Screwdriver

  • Masking tape

  • Degreaser

  • Cloth

  • Sand paper and sanding block

  • Paint stirrer

  • Paint tray

  • Brush

  • Roller



  1. Put down dust sheets to protect your flooring, worktops and any furniture nearby that you can’t move. Remove any doorknobs and handles, and protect hinges with masking tape. Give your kitchen cabinets a thorough clean with degreaser and wait for them to dry.

  2. Gently sand your cabinets with fine sand paper to remove the sheen and create a smooth painting surface. For large flat areas, using a sanding block will help give a consistent finish.

  3. Mask up any areas where the cabinets meet walls, flooring, skirting, appliances or worktops.



When you’re using Dulux Quick Dry, there’s no need to apply primer to your surfaces: you can go straight in with your top coats, saving you time and money.


  1. Give your paint a good stir, pour it into the paint tray and you’re ready to get started. Wipe the surface of the door using a damp cloth prior to painting to help the paint flow, taking care not to oversoak.

  2. First, cut in around the edges using a brush. Then, use a roller to paint larger surfaces and allow the paint to dry for six hours before applying the second coat. When applying your second coat, try to roll in the opposite direction of your first coat to help achieve a consistent finish.

    Expert tip: In between coats, simply put your brush and roller in a plastic bag to keep them moist and you’ll be able to use again for your next coat without having to wash them.

  3. Let your doors dry thoroughly before opening and closing them. If you are also painting the insides of your cabinets, it’s usually best to do one side at a time.




  1. Once your second coat is completely dry, you can remove the masking tape and put any doorknobs or handles back on to your beautiful cabinets.

  2. Remove as much paint as you can from your brush, roller and tray using a cloth and give them a thorough wash in water. There’s no need to use white spirit, as Dulux Quick Dry is water based.

  3. Firmly close your paint tin and store it in a dry and frost-free environment.


Looking for some kitchen cabinet colour ideas that will wow? Try using the Dulux Visualizer app, then have your chosen shade mixed in either Satinwood or Eggshell finish.


Discover how to revamp a country-style kitchen with our step-by-step video

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