How to Paint Metallic Silver on Kitchen Cupboards

Updated February 21, 2017

Changing the colour of your cupboards, especially if there are many in your kitchen, is one of the fastest and most efficient ways to make a huge impact. If you desire a very sleek, modern look, silver metallic may be the look for you. Many people wonder how to give their wooden cabinets this type of look without it appearing cheap or spray-painted. Using a process of applying metallic stains and glazes, you can achieve a shimmering silver cupboard finish.

Begin with clean, smooth, bare cabinets without any finish. Line along the floor, backsplash and other areas where the cupboards touch other surfaces with painter's tape. Cover countertops, major appliances and floors with tarps or dust sheets.

Combine 56.7gr. of cream colourant with 56.7gr. of a silver stain and seal mix. Mix these into 1 gallon of metallic silver set coat. Stir the paint well with a wooden paint stick.

Transfer some of the paint into a paint pan. Apply the paint all over the cupboards with a low-nap paint roller; work paint into any crevices or onto detail work with a paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry overnight, and apply a second coat.

Mix together 113gr. of the silver stain and seal mix and one quart of acrylic-based glaze. Brush the glaze onto the cupboards with a 2-inch chip brush, working with the grain of the wood. Dab off most of the glaze while it is wet with a clean rag, and let the glaze dry completely.


Protect your cupboards with a good quality, clear wood sealant.

Things You'll Need

  • Painter's tape
  • Tarps or dust sheets
  • Cream colourant
  • Silver stain and seal mix
  • Metallic silver set coat
  • Wooden paint stick
  • Paint pan
  • Low-nap paint roller
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic-based glaze
  • 2-inch chip brush
  • Rag
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Jourdan Townsend has been writing since childhood. Her articles appear in a collection of student works at the University of Oklahoma as well as in the school's "Honors College Journal." Townsend also composes poetry, some of which can be found in an edition of the "Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans." Townsend holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication.