Painting Kitchen Cabinet Backs

Last weekend on a whim I decided to paint the backs of my glass door kitchen cabinets. I gathered miscellaneous paint cans and did some tests.

I asked Instagram & Facebook for their advice.

Cabinet Back Samples

What colour to paint?

I taped up my cabinets and readied them for paint.

Cabinet Taped

Cabinet Taped and Ready for Paint

I went against almost everyone’s advice, and painted one coat of robins egg blue.

First Try

One coat of Robin’s Egg(ish) blue

I hated it, then proceeded to cover it up with two coats of Thai teal (the colour that everyone chose in the first place).

Then I ran out of paint, after only doing 1 out of 3  cabinets. Wow Kristen, you’re super awesome at planning.

Two coats

Two coats of teal (yes, I do own more than one bowl, but they were in the dishwasher, and I was impatient to take this pic)

It took me a week to get back to the hardware store and buy more paint, but at last I finally have all the cabinets painted. I still don’t have doors for two of them, but hey, they at least they’re painted.

Cabinets Painted

Coffee Bar Cabinets Painted

I should make a resolution of starting a project and sticking with it through the end in a timely manner. Then I will need to make a resolution to keep my resolutions.

For anyone who’s interested, here are the specs for the colour. I LOVE IT!

Paint Specs

Paint Specs

Have you ever considered painting the backs of your kitchen cupboards? What colour did you choose?



Materials & Cut List:
Behr Premium Plus Ultra Paint sample cans (2) – Home Depot
3m Edgelock Tape – Home Depot

Tools Used:
Paint Brush

Difficulty Level (on a scale of 1-5):

one out of five

Total Cost: $10 

3 Responses

  1. Love the painted cupboards, I m lucky enough to have some glass door uppers and am stealing this idea next summer. thanks
  2. eric
    Great idea. I have the same cabs in my kitchen. I might have to try this out... I wonder if the wife and I can come up with a color we both find acceptable...
    • Haha! Good luck with that. In my house most arguments result from trivial decisions, whereas the big important stuff is usually easy. :)

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