This story covers the proper sequence and steps for painting cabinets.
Painting built-in cabinetry and bookcases is a time-consuming job because of the many surfaces. Paint built-ins after you've painted the wall.
Remove adjustable shelves and paint them first so they'll be dry when you're ready to reinstall them. If possible, paint them in another room to get them out of your way, and support their edges with nails driven into predrilled holes in the ends. That way, you don't have to wait for one surface to dry before painting the other one. Be sure to remove the shelf supports before you paint the inside of the cabinet.
You can paint the cabinet doors either on or off the cabinet, but removing them makes painting easier. Remove the hardware from both the cabinet and the doors.
If you prefer to leave the doors on, as shown here, you probably won't need to paint the interior of the cabinets. If you do, paint them from the inside out as shown in the illustration at right.
Remove drawer hardware and stand the drawers on their backs. Paint the fronts and leading edges, but don't paint any other part of the drawer or the tracks inside the cabinet. For cabinets with fixed shelving, paint them in the order shown at right.
From 1 to 2 days, depending on size of cabinet installation and your skill level and experience
Screwdriver, pliers, paintbrushes, rollers
Preparing and painting wood cabinetry
Clean, repair, and sand surfaces
Sandpaper, primer, paint
Since paint won't stick to glossy surfaces, scuff-sand them with 150-grit sandpaper or use a commercial deglossing agent. Apply the deglosser in sections small enough that you can paint them within an hour. Applying paint within an hour after the deglosser will give you better adhesion.