Brass kitchen cabinet handles and pulls on Pure White by Sherwin Williams top kitchen cabinets, marble tile kitchen backsplash, white quartz countertops, hale navy by Benjamin Moore bottom kitchen cabinets, wooden cutting board kitchen decor

Painting Kitchen Cabinets with an Air Sprayer

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets with an Air Sprayer

Painting kitchen cabinets with an air sprayer was easy with the Lowes Home Improvement tutorial! It was very easy to follow and straight to the point. Click here to see our entire DIY kitchen renovation with a $5000 budget.

The colors we chose is Pure White from Sherwin Williams for the top cabinets and Hale Navy from Benjamin Moore for the bottom cabinets.

However, if you’re still trying to decide between painting kitchen cabinets with an air sprayer vs brush/roller, read more below.

Paint Sprayer VS Brush/Roller Painting

Below are our pros and cons for painting kitchen cabinets with an air sprayer. Overall, we preferred quality over cost, so we highly recommend air spraying for the smooth, professional look.



  • Results are a professional look – smooth with no visible brush strokes
  • Faster to apply the paint on the cabinets
  • A lot more material is needed:
    1. Painters Builder’s Paper to cover the floor, inside of the kitchen cabinets and all other surrounding areas that you don’t want paint on
    2. Painters tape
    3. Primer
    4. Paint
    5. Airless sprayer
    6. 2, 5 gallon buckets for the sprayer
    7. Paint project respirator mask
    8. Cleaning solution to remove grease off cabinets
    9. Sandpaper
    10. Drill and hooks to hang cabinet doors on hangers
    11. fan to blow out air out of house while air spraying
  • Additional prep and cleaning is required:
    1. Placing the painters builder’s paper before spraying took the longest
    2. Cleaning the airless sprayer can be messy and takes 15-30 min especially if you’re doing two colors like us
  • More money – more material is needed and the airless sprayer uses up more paint

Air Sprayer Tips

  • If you’re refinishing your hardwood floor, make sure to do it after you’ve painted the cabinets. You can leave the kick toe plate unpainted so that it isn’t damaged when your floor is being refinished. We refinished our floors before painting, and paint got into the little crevices through the paper and onto the floor.
  • We used Sherwin Williams for top white kitchen cabinets and Benjamin Moore for the bottom kitchen cabinets, and we found that Benjamin Moore was better quality. Although Benjamin Moore is more expensive.
  • Highly recommend the hooks and hangers to paint as mentioned in the video – we didn’t do this and painted one side and had to wait the next day to paint the other side. We then had to repeat this for each coat.
  • Highly recommend the fan as mentioned in the video- we did not get one and just opened the windows, but there was still a lot of paint residue lingering in the air

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