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Colour in your kitchen - DIY

Painting your cabinets can give your kitchen a completely different look and feel – and it’s easy on the pocket too.

Colourful kitchens. With a little support from the colour experts and DIY guidence you will have a new & fresh kitchen in no time.

Kyal and Kara show us (above) how to use a deep turquoise colour named Taubmans 'Midnight Hour', and create a fresh costal entertainer kitchen.

Whether you choose a darker cabinet or a pastel like Three Birds Renovation's (below) have in their kitchen renovation using Taubmans 'Misty Lake'. The bold moves pay off! Creating a talking point with guests and brighting up your home, moving away from arocramatic schemes like white, grey and black.

 Coloured kitchen cabinetry

Your DIY kitchen project can go smoothly if you have a plan, that is knowing equipment, preparation and products needed.

Time to allow for this project

4 hours

  • The time needed will depend on the condition of the cabinets.
  • Allow at least 4-6 hours between coats.


Here's what you're going to need:

  • Bristol Supreme Waterbased Enamel in your chosen colour
  • Norglass All Surface Primer
  • Paintbrush - 2 1/2-inch (63mm)
  • Paint roller - short nap (4mm – 6mm)
  • Drop cloth
  • Masking tape
  • Large plastic sheeting
  • Sandpaper of varying grits (course, mild, fine)
  • Dust mask or respirator
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Step ladder


  • Fun Part - Choose colour scheme for your kitchen. Check out our colour charts for ideas on the colour themes.
  • Pick your chosen shade to be mixed into Bristol Supreme Waterbased Enamel  paint. Use our Paint Calculator to make sure you have enough paint on hand.
  • (A little) Muscle needed - Empty your cabinets and remove all knobs and handles. Use masking tape to protect hinges and glass. Put down dust sheets to protect other parts of the room as necessary.
  • Wash your cabinets down with soap or detergent (nonabrasive). This will remove grease and help the paint adhere to the surface. Wipe off any soap residue with a damp cloth.
  • When the cabinets are dry, remove any loose or flaking paint. Sand any gloss or semi-gloss finishes with fine sand paper. Fill any imperfections with a good quality filler and sand again.
  • Apply 1 coat of Norglass All Surface Primer to the cabinets. You may want to use a short nap roller on doors for a smooth finish.
  • Prepare your paint and apply two coats of your chosen colour in Bristol Supreme Waterbased Enamel. Use even strokes with the brush and finish the stroke back into the wet paint and feather out the edges. Let the first coat dry for at least 4 – 6 hours.
  • Once you’ve completed your second coat, brush over the surface with the paint brush once more, this time without paint. This will ensure an even coat.
  • When the second coat is completely dry, carefully remove the masking tape, and install the knobs and handles.

Stand back and admire your beautiful kitchen, maybe even bake a cake to celebrate!

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