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Painting a cabinet buffet white is a great way to give it a fresh, modern look. White is a versatile colour that can complement any kitchen style and decor. Whether you have a traditional wooden cabinet buffet or a stylish black buffet cabinet, painting it white can significantly change its appearance. In this guide, we'll explain how to paint a cabinet buffet white and give it a new lease on life.


Before you start painting, you need to prepare the cabinet buffet. Start by removing all the drawers and doors from the cabinet. You should remove any hardware, such as handles and knobs, from the doors and drawers. This will make it easier to paint the cabinet and ensure that you get a smooth, even finish.

Next, clean the cabinet thoroughly. Use a mild detergent and warm water to remove any dirt, grease, or grime from the cabinet. Once you've cleaned it, rinse it with clean water and let it dry completely. When completely dry, use sandpaper to remove any rough spots. Next, use a paintbrush to apply a single coat of primer and let it dry.

For cabinets made from wood, try using oil-based stains, with a sealer applied afterwards to preserve the tone of the wood. It would be best if you sealed metal with an oily finish or polyurethane for extra durability and protection.

If your cabinet has any scratches or dents, use wood filler to fill them in. Allow the filler to dry completely, and sand it down until it's smooth. Sand the entire cabinet lightly to create a surface to which the paint can adhere.


Choosing the right paint and tools is crucial for achieving a professional-looking finish. Use high-quality paint and brushes or a paint sprayer. Apply the first coat of paint with a brush, starting from the top and working your way down. Make sure to use even strokes and avoid overloading the brush with paint. Allow the first coat to dry completely before lightly sanding the surface to remove imperfections. Clean the surface with a damp cloth before applying the second coat of paint. Repeat the sanding and cleaning process before applying the final coat of paint.

Now that the cabinet is prepped and ready, it's time to paint it. Start by applying a primer to the cabinet. This will help the paint adhere better and create a more durable finish. Apply the primer with a brush or roller, following the grain of the wood. Let the primer dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Once the primer has dried, you can start painting the cabinet. Use a high-quality paintbrush or a roller to apply the paint. Apply the paint in thin, even coats, following the grain of the wood. Allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next one. It's recommended to apply at least two coats of paint to ensure that the cabinet is completely covered. By doing this, you will be able to achieve a professional finish that lasts and can stand up to the test of time.

Once you've finished painting, let it dry for at least two days before installing the drawers back into the cabinet. If you need to remove the paint from any areas where it's been applied, try using an all-purpose cleaner. Afterwards, sand lightly with 80-grit sandpaper and apply a sealant if necessary. For cabinets with wood veneer, use wood filler instead of paint. Allow it to dry completely before sanding down and applying a sealant if needed.

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Finishing touches:

After you've finished painting the cabinet, you can reattach the hardware, doors, and drawers. Make sure that everything is lined up correctly and tightened securely. If you need to replace any hardware, take the old hardware to the hardware store to ensure you get the correct size and style.

Here you have it! A fresh, new look for your wooden cabinet buffet. With a few simple steps, you can give it that extra touch of style that will make it stand out in your kitchen. If you're looking for other ways to update and refresh your home, be sure to check out this article on how to update a kitchen pantry.

Optional: Modern Black Buffet Cabinet:

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If you have a modern black buffet cabinet, you can still paint it white, but you'll need to take some additional steps. Start by cleaning the cabinet thoroughly, as described above. Next, use a deglosser to remove the glossy finish from the cabinet. This will help the paint adhere better.

Once you've deglossed the cabinet, follow the steps above to prime and paint it. You may need to apply more coats of paint to cover the black completely. It's also important to note that if your black buffet cabinet has a high-gloss finish, you may need to sand it lightly before applying the primer to help the primer adhere better.

Many people only think about painting their cabinets. They choose the colour and get started. While this will work in some cases, depending on the type of cabinet and its colour, it's important to plan ahead before you begin.

Your kitchen deserves a little updating now and again. It doesn't have to be difficult or time-consuming, either. Consider your style, the type of cabinet (wood or metal), and your budget, and then choose a colour!

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For more ideas, check out our Home Decorating Ideas blog for DIY tips, inspiration, and home decorating ideas. If you're looking for fresh paint colours for your home, be sure to save this article on how to paint a bathroom off-white to get an idea of colours that will work for you!

For more advice on painting cabinets white and other tips, check out this article from HGTV: How To Paint Cabinets White.


Painting a cabinet buffet white is an easy and affordable way to give it a fresh, modern look. By following these steps, you can transform a traditional wooden cabinet or a modern black buffet cabinet into a beautiful piece that complements your kitchen decor. With a little effort and some high-quality paint, you can create a cabinet you'll love for years to come.

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