How To Paint A Kitchen

A fresh color can make all the difference

How To Paint A Kitchen

How To Paint A Kitchen

Painting Advice: How To Paint A Kitchen

We've got Your Paint Plan - From Prep to Product Selection


Whether you’re in the middle of a kitchen remodel or just want to freshen up your kitchen’s look, painting this area requires specific steps to achieve the look of your dreams. If you’re wondering how to paint a kitchen the right way, this painting advice in 5 steps will teach you everything you need to know.

Find more painting advice

1. Choosing the Right Color

How To Paint A Kitchen

Painting Advice

1. Choosing the Right Color

Choose colors that complement different features in your kitchen, and that match the atmosphere in the room.

For a warm, relaxing kitchen try Blue Bayberry with turquoise undertones.

For a welcoming kitchen look, choose warm reds and yellows like Fire Weed or Turner's Yellow.

Paint with whites and neutrals for a sleek, breezy kitchen. These will go with any décor and make your room feel light and airy.

see all paint colors

2. Use the Right Product

How To Paint A Kitchen

Painting Advice

2. Use the Right Product

Messes are bound to happen in any kitchen, which is why you need a tough paint that can endure frequent washing and scrubbing.

Pick a durable, stain-resistant paint with excellent coverage like PPG Timeless Interior Paint and Primer, available at The Home Depot, which has an easy, smooth application.

For the finish, semi-gloss and satin sheens are ideal for the kitchen and other high-traffic areas. They make cleaning easier and will ensure your project holds up through day-to-day kitchen activities.

See PPG Timeless Interior Paint

3. Get Your Supplies Ready

How To Paint A Kitchen

Painting Advice

3. Get Your Supplies Ready

Make sure you have these supplies ready before you start your project:

  • paint brushes

  • a paint roller

  • a roller tray

You may also find that you need items like:

  • masking tape or painter's tape

  • wiping rags

  • drop cloths 


Explore All Interior Paints

4. Prep Your Space

How To Paint A Kitchen

Painting Advice

4. Prep Your Space

  • Remove any items like drapes or furniture you don’t want to get paint on, and then cover the floor, counters and other stationary furniture with drop cloths, to protect them from drips.

  • Clean your walls with soap and water and fix any wall damage prior to painting.

  • Use masking tape or painter's tape around trim and window frames in order to create crisp lines.

  • Finally, put paint primer on your walls, especially if you’re painting over a darker color. If you want to save time, paint with PPG Timeless Interior Paint & Primer In One that achieves one coat * coverage, available in 1,000 colors.

How Much Paint Do I Need?
* One coat coverage only when tinted to colors specified for PPG Timeless Interior Paints.

5. Paint Your Kitchen

How To Paint A Kitchen

Painting Advice

5. Paint Your Kitchen

Now you’re on to the fun part — painting your kitchen. You want to start from the top down and blend from dry, unpainted areas into wet ones.

Work on one wall at a time. Use a brush to cut in a 2 to 3-inch area between the ceiling and wall, and wall and trim. Make sure to wipe off excess paint from your brushes to prevent dripping and ensure a smoother finish.​

Use your roller brush for even paint application in large areas. Roll in a "W" or "V" pattern, then completely fill in a 2 to 3 foot section of the wall. When you think the area is completed, gently roll down the wall to even out the paint.

Search Products