Video: How to paint cabinets (plus a giveaway)

Here in Pennsylvania, the fall weather has been absolute bliss … perfect for knocking out those lingering summer DIY projects before the weather turns cold. Today, I wanted to share with you my most recent outdoor-ish project as well as a giveaway you will not want to miss.

I’ve been working like mad to get The Great Garage Disaster under control. I’ve cleaned up, painted the walls, installed a tool organizer, and painted the cabinets.

In my opinion, painting cabinets is a lot like plucking your eyebrows: Painful, detailed and risky. The end result can either be beautiful or scary-looking. Either way, you have to stare at them every day. 😉

I took a stab at cabinet painting with the master bathroom vanity redo and was happy with the results. However, my one big wish for that project was that I had a paint sprayer.

So I got braver with the garage cabinets and used a HomeRight® Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer to get the job done like a, well, pro.

As I mentioned earlier, painting cabinets is tricky business. In an effort to help those of you planning to tackle a project like this, I made a video tutorial showing, step by step, how I painted my cabinets. (Note: I used chalky-finish paint, so no primer was required for my project. If you’re using regular paint, you’ll simply have to prime the cabinets first before painting them. Primer can be used in the finish sprayer just as easily as paint.)

If I had an inside spray booth, free of potential gnat and leaf invasions, that would have been ideal. But hey, you work with what you’ve got, right?

To view the video, click here or on the image below.

I am really happy with how the cabinets turned out and how quickly the project got done using the finish sprayer.

To recap, here’s a before of that side of the garage:


And the after:

Finished garage cabinets


Now, for the best part, one of you luckies will win your very own HomeRight® Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer. If you do any furniture or cabinetry painting, you definitely want this baby in your tool shed.


To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what project(s) you would use a HomeRight® Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer to tackle.

You can also get three additional chances to win by:

  1. Subscribing to HomeRightTV on YouTube
  2. Following HomeRight on Twitter
  3. Subscribing to Living Rich on Less blog posts

To get credit for each bonus entry, be sure to leave a separate comment for each action you complete.

This giveaway will be open for entries until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) Oct. 13. On Oct. 14, I’ll announce a winner. The winner must respond within 72 hours of being chosen or a new winner will be selected.

Who wants to win?

Special thanks to HomeRight for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions and sweat equity are my own.  

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120 Responses

  1. Sandy A says:

    We have several pieces of furniture to paint, some shutters for a head board or divider to make over–lots of projects to complete…

  2. Christine says:

    Oh my! I have a Steelcase desk and filing cabinet that I would love to refinish and a sprayer would complete the project perfectly. Also my front deck really needs a new finish before winter and with a sprayer I would have a chance; otherwise, spring it is!

  3. Kelly says:

    I would use the HomeRight paint sprayer on my kitchen cabinets and island. I’ve been dying to paint the island a different color than the cabinets. I’ve seen it done before, but there is no way I could even start that project without a paint sprayer. The HomeRight sprayer sounds perfect!

  4. andrea bayot says:

    Oh my! The list is long! Furniture, outside of house and garage cabinets as well. It would be awesome to have a good sprayer. We tried one years ago and the results were disappointing. We are ready to try another one.

  5. Alina says:

    I’d love to use it on our deck. Much needed!

  6. Alina says:

    Follow HomeRight on Twitter as @AlinaConn

  7. Alina says:

    Already a subscriber 🙂

  8. Sean C says:

    I’d love to paint the cabinets in all the bathrooms of the house. This would come in handy.

  9. Sean C says:

    Follow HomeRight on Twitter as @connsean71

  10. Debra Schramm says:

    I would use it on several closet doors and a couple of pieces of furniture.

  11. Debra Schramm says:

    I subscribed to HomeRight TV on youtube.

  12. Debra Schramm says:

    I subscribed to HomeRight on Twitter.

  13. Debra Schramm says:

    I subscribe to Living Rich on Less blog posts!

  14. Sean C says:

    I subscribe to via email.

  15. Melissa says:

    Love your tutorial. I am already a subscriber to your emails and bloglovin feed. Does that count as an entry?

  16. Melissa says:

    I am now a subscriber to HomeRight TV on YouTube. Looking forward to some great home DIY inspiration there.

  17. Lisa W says:

    I would use it to paint the doors and shutters.

  18. Kim Tucker says:

    I have some kitchen chairs I would use the Homeright Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer to paint!!

  19. teresa says:

    I’ve wanted a paint sprayer for years. Thanks for the chance. I already subscribe to your wonderful blog.

  20. Cheryl says:

    I want to paint all my bathroom and kitchen cabinets. This would be wonderful!!

  21. Cheryl says:

    I subscribed. Thank you!

  22. Laurie Cordeniz says:

    We are attempting to paint our kitchen cabinets before the holidays so this would be PERFECT timing! Thanks for the chance.

  23. Laurie Cordeniz says:

    I am already subscribed to your wonderful website! Thanks!

  24. Sherry Batterton says:

    Oh my…my garage would look so great if I did the exact same thing !!! I would love to win this giveaway.

  25. Rita says:

    Like you, I have cabinets in my garage. Yours a much nicer than mine (old ones from a school…..think 1950 era), and they could use an update. I think I’d start there!

  26. Carol S. says:

    I subscribe via email.

  27. Patty Lucas says:

    We are renovating our upstairs. All the molding and trim has to be painted. This would save us hours and hours and hours.

  28. Paulette says:

    I have two armoires, a side table and a bedside table I need to paint. Wouldn’t this sprayer just be awesome for the job? Here’s hoping!! P.S. – I already subscribe. Love your blog because you keep it real!

  29. Sally Kidman says:

    I would LOVE a sprayer! I have a picket fence that needs a coat (or two) and that would be PERFECT!!!

  30. Sally Kidman says:

    oh yes, I also subscribe to Living Rich on Less!

  31. Jamie says:

    I would paint the bathroom cabinets.

  32. Michelle says:

    Hello, I am a subscriber to Living Rich on Less blog posts. I would use a sprayer to paint my kitchen and bathroom cabinets. We moved into a foreclosure and everything is very, very dark depressing wood. Need I say more? Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  33. Mona says:

    I would love to have a sprayer as I want to paint my kitchen cabinets.

  34. Mona says:

    I am already subscribing to living rich on less 🙂

  35. sami says:

    What wouldn’t I use this for is a much shorter answer. 🙂 I am a big fan of sprucing up. For example: we’ve lived in our home for close to four years…Most rooms are on their second paint color. We are in the market to repaint our cabinets in the kitchen (Def not my style) and I’d love to paint our trim throughout our house. This little gem will definitely get used. And it would have one happy owner. The garage looks fabulous! !

  36. sami says:

    Follow your blog!!

  37. sami says:

    @samikrafttd4 is a follower of HomeRight on twitter.

  38. Jennifer Roehl says:

    Oh, this would be fabulous!

  39. Kathy Harris says:

    Would love to try the HomeRight sprayer on the garage full of furniture in the garage. My husband would be thrilled.

  40. Sherrie says:

    After seeing your garage before I feel a little better about my garage. I spent the weekend cleaning it up with my husband who had that “I am not happy look” and even unhappily look that I have used my freezer for my painting projects!
    So I would tell you I would paint my garage and every stick of furniture I have in it! Which is a whole lot. I will. I have now spent the last two weekends getting it cleaned and semi organized. Which also means a whole lot of trash. So much I have avoided the trash man. I am waiting for him to come up to the house to tell me no more. Have a good one!

  41. Pam OK says:

    My kitchen cabinets are circa 1965 and in need of a facelift. Once that’s done, there are a number of projects to complete including our outside storage shed! What a great tool!

  42. Jennifer Whitcomb says:

    I could really use a sprayer to paint dressers in my home. I have a few tables too! Knowing myself, I would start a project LOVE the sprayer, and then spray things that didn’t need painted to begin with! This is a great giveaway, thank you for the opportunity to win!

  43. Gale says:

    I just moved into a builders grade BLAH house (instead of white out it’s a total beige out) and need to paint everything. I would love to have a sprayer to paint the bath and kitchen cabinets and 3 bookcases that are sorely in need of updating.

  44. I plan to refinish my kitchen table and I’m also considering painting my kitchen cabinets. This prospect slightly terrifies me because, as you mentioned, tackling this large of a permanent project is risky. (In short, a sprayer would be absolutely necessary!)

    Your cabinets look great, Susan. Love the gray!

  45. Tossing in my second comment for a second vote: I already subscribe to your email list. 🙂

  46. Nancy Arnold says:

    I would love to win the prize to clean up from filing cabinet to cupboards. My house definitely needs a lift! Thank you.

  47. Stephanie G says:

    I would love to win this sprayer! We need to paint the cabinets in our bathrooms. One bathroom has an odd brown painted finish and the other bathroom cabinets looks a little like vomit. They need to be painted!

  48. Stephanie G says:

    I subscribe to Living Rich on Less blog posts 🙂

  49. Linda Ball says:

    I just spent six months plus re-finishing our kitchen cabinets last year. It was a mess and a disaster. Actually, they’re already chipping and really need to be done all over again. Plus we are renovating our bathrooms, new flooring, etc. and being able to refinish the cabinets with the right equipment would be a tremendous help! Yours look fab, as do all your posted projects! Love your video’s and tutorials too!

  50. Stephanie C says:

    This post is so timely! We are preparing to paint our kitchen cabinets (which were destroyed both by the previous owners and the painter we hired to paint them). I was planning to do them with a brush and roller here in the next month or so, once the weather here in AZ cools off (we’re still in the high 80’s – mid 90’s), but after watching your , wow! One of these sprayers would make the huge job so much easier!! Great job!! I love the color you used!! What color and brand of paint was it?


    • Stephanie C says:

      Sorry, watched the video again and you told us the brand and colors. Thanks!! That’ll teach me to watch a tutorial while cooking breakfast with 2 toddlers hanging on me. 😉 But what kind of finish clear coat did you use, I’m curious…?


      • Susan says:

        No problem, Stephanie. I TOTALLY understand. 😉 I used Decoart’s clear wax finish, but I think a coat of polyurethane sprayed or brushed on or a coat of run-of-the-mill paste wax worked in would do the trick just as well.

  51. Stephanie C says:

    I subscribe to your newsletters. 🙂

  52. Stephanie C says:

    Subscribed to HomeRightTV on YouTube.

  53. Ashley C says:

    We’re in the process of buying a foreclosed home so we would have lots to paint as the house is in need of a lot of TLC!


  54. Jacki Salinas says:

    I would start with my kitchen island, and go from there!

  55. Jacki Salinas says:

    I already subscribe to your posts!

  56. Linda H says:

    Been wanting one to spray large pieces of furniture. Thanks 🙂

  57. Colleen says:

    This would be great for repainting my kitchen cabinets!

  58. Linda says:

    Wow. The cabinets are amazing. I would use the sprayer to spray paint our garage entry door. I tried to repaint it with a brush and it just didn’t turn out well.

  59. Kay says:

    Maybe my kitchen cabinets? That would be great!

  60. mbw says:

    I have thought about painting my kitchen cabinets…maybe this would be the thing to convince my husband it is do-able!

  61. mbw says:

    I subscribe…and am always impressed by what you take on, and with such confidence! (or is it all bravado to encourage the more DIY challenged of us?)

  62. Donna K says:

    A kitchen cabinet redo that I have planned for next spring. Gonna get it done.

  63. Melanie C. says:

    I painted my cabinets myself but they aren’t holding up very well. It would be great to try again with a sprayer like this! Then I would do the cabinets in my craft room. BTW, You are so elegant in all you do and very talented. Thanks for giving people like me the encouragement to tackle projects big and small.

  64. Scotty P says:

    Me ‘n the little lady’s got a real nice 1998 pickup that’s bout three different colors (not countin the rust). This little baby ‘d be perfect to restore ol Bessie to here original greatness.

  65. Deborah Gilbert says:

    I would like to do my garage just like yours. The paint sprayer would make it so much easier and prettier. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Love your blog.

  66. Ann says:

    Garage FULL of furniture that needs to be refinished and then either used in my home or re-homed. Painting furniture with a brush is tedious!
    I really need a sprayer!

  67. Ann says:

    I already follow your blog!

  68. Melissa Cannistraro says:

    I would use this sprayer to paint my garage walls that totally need some updating!

  69. gail says:

    NOT entering– but wanted to tell you that you did a great job on your cabinets Susan!

    Fabulous tutorial for the Finish Max Pro!


    • Susan says:

      Thanks so much, Gail. You introduced me to the sprayer and, boy, am I glad! I feel like a real painting pro now. What a difference the right tool can make, right?

  70. Beverly Collins says:

    I so want to repainted my cabinets and this would be perfect to use for that and on my porch rockers.

  71. Beverly Collins says:

    I subscribe to your blog and love it!

  72. layce says:

    I have a garage full of projects that need the love of a paint sprayer! I have bad habit of picking up ugly old furniture because I can *see* what it *could* look like with a little love! A Paint sprayer would be phenomenal to own and make it that much easier to breath some new life into what they could be! Currently I have a secretarys desk, a book case, a buffet, AND a dresser to complete! Fingers Crossed!!

  73. Donna P. says:

    I want one! Great job on the cabinets, your garage looks fabulous!

  74. Kimberly crooms says:

    I would use it on everything! ! I have furnature I want to re do, sheds to re paint and if I get good with it I have kitchen cabinets also to re finish!

  75. Kimberly crooms says:

    Following you now on youtube!

  76. Kimberly crooms says:

    Subscibed to your email!

  77. Kimberly crooms says:

    Following you on twitter!

  78. theresa J says:

    I am building a media console that needs to be painted so that would be my first project

  79. theresa J says:

    I subscribe to HomeRightTV on YouTube

  80. theresa J says:

    I subscribe on twitter @tweetyscute

  81. Jessica says:

    I would love to paint our kitchen cabinets. They are an ugly medium wood color with no character. I would love to do a fun modern color!

  82. Jessica says:

    I subscribe on YouTube as Jessica Miller.

  83. Jessica says:

    I follow on twitter as @jjak2003.

  84. Jessica says:

    I subscribe to Living Rich On Less via e-mail.

  85. Liz says:

    I just purchased 6 cabinet wardrobes and the beds to match to take apart and use as shelves from a local children’s shelter. They are SOLID wood and in BAD cosmetic shape with graffiti all over them . I need to prime and paint inside and out. I have been researching the numerous options and REALLY want the HomeRight.

  86. Liz says:

    I subscribed to your blog

  87. Bev says:

    I am making an armoire that needs to be painted so this would be very helpful!

  88. Scott says:

    I would love the HomeRight paint sprayer to prime and repaint a large wicker cabinet along with a few other home items. This paint sprayer would get soooo much use around my home!

  89. Tiffany McLeod says:

    I would use it on pretty much everything! Furniture, outside of house, garage, and sheds, Cabinets, maybe even the floor…

  90. Tiffany McLeod says:

    Liked you on Facebook…

  91. Patricia C says:

    I would redo my cabinets

  92. Patricia C says:

    I subscribed

  93. Patricia C says:

    following HomeRight on Twitter – tuinimary

  94. Maria says:

    We are planning on doing an update to our kitchen. A paint sprayer would be perfect for helping to update the kitchen cabinets.

  95. Maria says:

    I follow on twitter @turnermd

  96. Maria says:

    I subscribed to HomeRight TV on YouTube

  97. Maria says:

    I subscribe to your blog posts.

  98. Christina says:

    cabinets, garage doors and deck railing!

  99. Susan S says:

    I have a 7ft folding wood screen that I’m making into a headboard. Painting with metallics and a high gloss finish.

  100. Kala says:

    Girl you are such a professional YouTuber! I love this video and just requested a paint sprayer for my birthday! 🙂

  101. beverly e says:

    I would love to try the Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer on a desk and chair that I’m ready to freshen up. This would be such a time saver!

  102. beverly e says:

    I subscribed to HomeRight ‘s Youtube channel

  103. beverly e says:

    I’m a blog subscriber by email.

  104. KathleenV says:

    Well my dining room table has been redone but I have yet to paint the chairs because I dread having to do all the spindles. So having a sprayer would definitely help me finish the project!

  105. layce says:

    Do we have a winner??!!?!!?!

    • Susan says:

      Yes! It’s Alina. I shared the winner on social media and will also post it on today’s blog post. Thanks so much for entering. Perhaps you could ask Santa for a nice HomeRight Finish Max Pro this year? 😉

  106. Athena says:

    I just purchased 6 cabinet wardrobes and the beds to match to take apart and use as shelves from a local children’s shelter. They are SOLID wood and in BAD cosmetic shape with graffiti all over them . I need to prime and paint inside and out. I have been researching the numerous options and REALLY want the HomeRight.

  107. Maicon says:

    Love your tutorial. I am already a subscriber to your emails and bloglovin feed. Does that count as an entry? – See more at:

  108. CeCe says:

    We are planning on doing an update to our kitchen. A paint sprayer would be perfect for helping to update the kitchen cabinets.

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