How To Paint Cabinet Hinges

If you're looking to give your cabinets a fresh, updated look without spending a fortune on new hardware, painting your cabinet hinges may be just what you need. Like a painter adding a finishing touch to a masterpiece, painting your cabinet hinges can be the final touch that brings your kitchen or bathroom renovation together.

With a few supplies and some patience, painting your cabinet hinges can be a simple and affordable DIY project. Before you start, make sure you have all the necessary supplies and tools. You'll need a screwdriver to remove the hinges, a degreaser or cleaner to prep the hinges, spray paint or paint and a brush, and a drop cloth to protect your work area.

With these supplies in hand, you're ready to begin the process of painting your cabinet hinges.

Key Takeaways

  • Painting cabinet hinges is an affordable and easy DIY project that can give cabinets a fresh updated look without spending money on new hardware.
  • To properly paint hinges, they must be cleaned thoroughly, removed from the cabinet, sanded, and painted in multiple coats with drying time in between.
  • Proper alignment and function of the hinges is important for smooth and easy door movement, and adjusting the tension may be necessary.
  • Hinges can be cleaned with warm water and soap or a degreaser, and prepped for painting with fine and medium-grit sandpaper. Color options range from bold to subtle.

Gather Your Supplies

Gather your supplies.

You'll want to grab all your gear ASAP so you can get to transforming those boring cabinet hinges into something truly spectacular!

First, choose your paint color options. Since hinges are small and often hidden, you can use a bold color or even metallic shades for a pop of interest. If you prefer a more subtle approach, choose a color that matches the cabinet or blends in with the wall. Whatever you choose, make sure to grab paint that's suitable for metal surfaces.

Next, prepare the hinges by cleaning them thoroughly. Use a degreaser or a mixture of warm water and dish soap to remove any dirt, grime, or grease buildup. Scrub the hinges with a soft-bristled brush and rinse them with water. Dry them with a clean cloth and allow them to air-dry completely before painting. This step is crucial to ensure that the paint adheres well and lasts longer.

Once the hinges are clean and dry, you can remove them from the cabinet.

Remove the Hinges

Once you've started, it's as easy as pie to take apart the door and its accompanying hardware. First, grab the necessary tools needed to remove the hinges. You will need a screwdriver, pliers, and a hammer. Before you begin, make sure to take safety precautions. Wear protective gloves and eyewear to prevent any injuries.

Next, start by removing the screws that hold the hinges in place. Use the screwdriver to unscrew each hinge from the cabinet frame and door. If the screws are too tight, use the pliers to loosen them. Once the screws have been removed, use the hammer to gently tap the hinges out of their slots. Be careful not to damage the cabinet or door surface. Once the hinges are removed, place them in a safe place until you are ready to prep them for painting.

Now that the hinges are removed, it's time to prep them for painting.

Prep the Hinges

Alright, it's time to get those little metal pieces ready for their makeover. Before you can start painting, you need to prep the hinges properly.

The first step is to clean the hinges thoroughly. Use a degreaser and a soft-bristled brush to remove any dirt, grime, or grease buildup. Rinse the hinges with clean water and let them dry completely.

Next, you need to sand the hinges to create a surface that the paint can stick to. Start by using a fine-grit sandpaper to remove any rough spots or bumps on the surface of the hinges. Then, switch to a medium-grit sandpaper to rough up the surface and create a texture that will help the paint adhere better. Be sure to sand all sides of the hinges, including the edges.

Once you've finished sanding, wipe the hinges with a clean, dry cloth to remove any dust or debris. Now you're ready to start painting the hinges and giving them a fresh new look.

Paint the Hinges

Now it's time to give those little metal pieces a fresh coat of color, so grab your brush and let's get creative! Before you begin, make sure the hinges are completely dry from the cleaning process. Also, ensure that you have the correct paint type for your hinges. Acrylic or enamel paint works well on metal surfaces, and you can choose from a variety of color options to match your cabinet's aesthetic.

To paint the hinges, follow these steps:

Steps Materials Instructions
1 Paintbrush Dip your brush into the paint and remove any excess paint by wiping it off the brush's sides.
2 Apply the paint Begin painting the hinges, starting with the backside. Make sure to cover every crevice and crease in the metal.
3 Let dry Allow the hinges to dry for at least two hours before applying a second coat. Once the second coat is applied, let the hinges dry completely for 24 hours before reinstalling them.

If you don't want to paint the hinges, there are alternative solutions. You can purchase new hinges that match your cabinet's color or use spray paint to give your hinges a new look. In the next section, we will discuss how to reinstall the hinges onto your freshly painted cabinets.

Reinstall the Hinges

To attach your newly painted metal pieces back onto your furniture, grab a screwdriver and place the hinge in its proper position, aligning it with the screw holes.

Make sure the hinge is flush against the cabinet and door. Once you have the hinge in place, insert the screws and tighten them to secure the hinge to the cabinet. Proper alignment is key to ensure that the door swings smoothly and without any resistance.

If the hinge is not aligned properly, it can cause the door to stick or not close properly. Adjusting the tension on the hinge may also be necessary to ensure that the door closes smoothly. Use a screwdriver to tighten or loosen the tension on the hinge until the door swings freely.

With these steps, your newly painted cabinet hinges will not only look great but also function properly.


Congratulations, you've successfully painted your cabinet hinges! With just a few simple steps, you were able to transform the look of your cabinets and give them a fresh, updated feel.

Remember to always gather your supplies beforehand and take the time to properly remove and prep the hinges for painting. By following these steps, you can ensure that your hinges will look professional and last for years to come.

So go ahead and admire your newly painted cabinet hinges, and enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done. As the saying goes, "a little paint can go a long way,"and in this case, it certainly did.

Happy painting!

Using the rhetorical device of repetition, we emphasized the importance of taking the time to properly prep and remove the hinges before painting. This not only ensures a more professional-looking finish but also helps to prolong the life of the hinges.

The technical and detailed writing style used throughout the article highlights the importance of following each step carefully and provides the reader with the knowledge and confidence needed to successfully paint their cabinet hinges.

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