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You Want to Paint Your Kitchen? Here's How!

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You want to paint your kitchen and are looking for the right products?
You've had your kitchen for many years. And it is technically in perfect order, all drawers run silently. Every item has its place and you can find everything you need at the flick of a wrist, even when you're sleeping or at night in the dark. But visually it leaves a lot to be desired? Then just paint it!

Painting kitchen furniture: Before/After sample photos from our customers

Why should you paint your kitchen? Because your fully functional kitchen deserves to continue to serve you faithfully AND look great doing it. Take a look at what our customers have done with their old kitchens!

Step-by-step guide: How do I paint my kitchen?

Step 1: Choose a varnish

If you are painting your kitchen, you should use a particularly stable varnish. MissPompadour Eggshell Varnish is perfect for this. You can also paint your kitchen with chalk paint, such as Painting the Past chalk varnish Eggshell. Use our colour cards to find the perfect colour shade for you!

Step 2: Prepare the kitchen

Simply paint over the stable surface of your painted kitchen if it is still in good condition. The great thing is that you can paint your kitchen without sanding it down. If your kitchen has individual imperfections in the varnish, you can sand them down a little to create an even surface. With laminated kitchens, you can simply start as long as the film doesn't come off. However, if the film does come off, see if you can remove it completely. You can easily conceal any imperfections or holes with To Fill - MissPompadour Filler. You can remove handles. Doors can be painted hanging or unhinged.

Step 3: Clean the kitchen

Preparatory cleaning is particularly important in a kitchen. To ensure that the surfaces are completely free of dust and grease, it is best to clean them with To Clean - MissPompadour Cleaner. For particularly stubborn grease stains, you can also clean with oven cleaner or similar. It is important that you wash the cleaner off well with clean water.

Step 4: Prime the surfaces

For real wood, use To Bond & Block - MissPompadour primer to ensure that your kitchen cabinets do not bleed. For plastic surfaces or high-gloss paint, use our primer to ensure better adhesion of the paint. On smooth surfaces such as plastic surfaces, wait 3 hours before starting the subsequent coat. If you are using the primer as a stainblock on wood, leave it to dry for 8 hours or overnight. Be sure to use clean tools when painting our primer. If you need to paint over silicone joints, you can prime them with MissPompadour - To Seal Silicone and then simply paint them as well.

Step 5: Painting the kitchen

Now you can apply the coats of paint. As many as you need until you are happy with the result. Often 2 coats are enough. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly. Usually 4 - 5 hours is enough, but it can take longer depending on the ambient conditions. The surfaces will become more stable from day to day and will be very stable after 10 - 14 days.

Step 6: Sealing

If you are expecting a heavy load, you are on the safe side with the To Seal - MissPompadour Topcoat.

Pro tip:
If you have enough space, you can dismantle your fronts to paint them. You can also proceed in stages or simply paint them in place.

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How do I choose the right colour for my kitchen?

What colour suits my kitchen?

If your kitchen is rather small, a warm white, such as White with Melting, can be a good choice. The nice thing is that you can combine it with almost any wall paint. For a sophisticated look, paint the walls in Brown with Nougat.
Green also looks appetising and fresh - for a subtle style, you can use Grey with Green on the fronts. If you prefer a more powerful and intense colour, Green with Apple is a good choice. Then add White with Sun to the kitchen wall and your kitchen will become an oasis for the whole family.

With a dark kitchen, you're bang on trend right now. Admittedly, Black with Velvet requires a little courage, but you're sure to get the wow effect! You can add a creamy white, such as White with Vanilla, or another pastel colour shade to the wall.

Our chalk paints also look great on your kitchen fronts with their powdery, velvety finish. Choose from the classic colour shades from Painting The Past. The chalk paints will also definitely make an impression on your kitchen walls.
If you can't decide on a colour or are unsure what suits your style best, simply get in touch with our free colour consultancy!

Frequently asked questions about painting the kitchen

1. Can I just repaint my kitchen?

The short answer is: Yes! You can. We have explained below what you need to look out for with different surfaces.

Can you paint a fitted kitchen?

Yes, you can paint a fitted kitchen. In most cases, the quality is still perfect, it's just that they don't look right anymore. And because our paints are so easy to use, you don't necessarily have to dismantle the kitchen to paint it.

Can you paint a plastic kitchen?

If you have a kitchen made of plastic veneer or laminated fronts, you can prime with MissPompadour To Bond & Block. This gives you a non-slip surface for your colour and also ensures that the varnish adheres well.

Can you paint a wooden kitchen white?

Wooden kitchen fronts are also very easy to paint. The classic rustic oak kitchen should be primed with MissPompadour To Bond & To Block. Kitchen cabinets made from softwoods and tropical woods also require a primer. Otherwise, the wood may discolour your varnish if the original topcoat is no longer in top condition. If you are painting your beech kitchen, you do not need a primer. You can find out more about painting wooden furniture in our magazine on painting wooden furniture.

Can you paint any kitchen front?

We can't really think of any kitchen surface that can't be painted. Plastic, melamine, foils, high gloss, wood decor, wood veneer, solid wood, metal decor... #justpaint!

It might be difficult with modern materials with a lotus effect, you'll have to try it out.

Can I paint kitchen cabinets without sanding?

Yes, as a rule you don't have to sand the cabinets before painting them. However, if the kitchen has already been badly damaged and an old coat is flaking off in places, you should at least sand the relevant areas smooth. You can use a sanding pad or a finer sandpaper.

2. Around the kitchen

Can I also paint my tile backsplash?

You can also paint the tiled splashback directly. Conveniently, the same varnish qualities are suitable for this as for the kitchen fronts. The varnishes and chalk paints are particularly suitable: MissPompadour Eggshell Varnish and Painting the Past varnish Eggshell. For smooth tiles, use To Bond & Block to create a good surface. Apply an additional protective layer behind the cooker or sink with To Seal. You can find detailed information on beautifying your tiled splashback in our article Painting tiles.

How can I paint the adjacent walls to protect them from dirt?

If you also want to change the wall in addition to your kitchen furniture, you can use the wall paints from MissPompadour, for example. Choose The Valuable Wall Paint for a matt finish in low-traffic areas. The Functional Wall Paint is particularly suitable for areas exposed to dirt, such as behind the bin, as it is perfectly washable. Despite their matt finish, they offer a smooth surface. We also recommend To Seal here so that your walls can also be easily cleaned of stubborn stains.

Can I also paint the kitchen worktop?

In principle, you can also paint a kitchen worktop. Plastic and stone worktops are best primed with MissPompadour To Bond & Block. Then you can paint with the varnish in the colour of your choice. MissPompadour Eggshell Varnish and the Eggshell chalk varnishes Painting the Past are particularly suitable. The easiest way to achieve a beautiful result is with a paint roller. You can either apply one more coat or finish with To Seal.


Please note that a painted worktop is never as robust as an unpainted one. A worktop is often subject to very heavy loads. Moisture around the sink should always be absorbed immediately, and a chopping board is essential if you are cutting something. Light colours can also be subject to discolouration and very dark colours are susceptible to limescale stains or stains from cleaning agents. Whether you paint your worktop should always be considered carefully and certainly depends to a large extent on how passionately you use your kitchen.


Pro tip: Why not just paint the front edge of your worktop? This will bring about a visual change without compromising stability. This is often enough to make the old worktop look brand new and fresh.

3. Painting the kitchen: What do I need to consider?

Do the colours actually smell strong?

Our paints are very low in odour and after a few days you will no longer smell anything. Good air exchange during painting and drying is always useful.

Paint or varnish kitchen fronts?

If the fronts of your kitchen cabinets are smooth and without trim, you can easily paint them with the roller. Simply use the varnish roller. If, on the other hand, your kitchen fronts have many ornaments, we recommend using the fine MissPompadour brush. Thanks to its bevelled end, you can reach all corners without having to mask them and can also paint narrow areas without any problems.
Of course, you can also spray your kitchen fronts with our colours. Please follow the instructions on dilution for the selected colour.

Do I have to seal or can I do without?

The sealer is an additional transparent protective layer over the colour varnish. Most of our customers paint with the stable varnish qualities without sealant with super resilience. If things are very turbulent in your kitchen, then seal again with To Seal.

Brush or roller - Which painting tool do I need?

All corners and edges, as well as mouldings or recesses are easily painted with our fine MissPompadour brush in 25 or 50 mm. You can then paint surfaces with the varnish roller for water-based varnishes. Make sure to work as wet in wet as possible. For example, pre-paint the trims of a front with the brush and then roll the corresponding surfaces. This way you will get an even result.

How do I clean my painted kitchen?

To clean painted furniture, you can use a normal kitchen cleaner. Please check whether it is suitable for painted surfaces; this is indicated on the label. Do not use chlorine-based cleaners or alcohol-based disinfectants. It is also better not to leave strong acids on for a long time. By the way, our To Clean is also a great cleaner for after painting. Please avoid microfibre cloths and use normal cotton cloths instead. Microfibre can finely abrade the surface and damage the paint layer over time.

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Accessories and recommended products to paint your kitchen

You will also need the following things to paint your kitchen like a real pro. Of course, you can find all the painting tools in our shop:
  • Screwdriver to remove the handles. This saves you having to mask them. Put the finishing touches on your kitchen with new handles.
  • Cleaning bucket and cloth: Thorough cleaning of all surfaces to be painted is essential for a perfect result.
  • Maskingtape: It is best to remove the masking tape when the paint is not yet dry, so you get a clean edge. Please also read the instructions in the FAQs.
  • plastic drop cloth or newspaper: Use this to protect the areas that should not get any paint.
  • Brush, varnish roller and paint tray: It is best to pour the varnish or chalk paint into the paint tray. Paint corners and edges with the brush and surfaces with the varnish roller.
  • Sandpaper or Sanding Pad: To be on the safe side, it is a good idea to have something to sand with. This way you can easily touch up small blemishes like noses and continue working.

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