How to decoupage a kitchen cupboard door


Making over your kitchen cupboards is rewarding in itself, but you don’t have to stick to the tried and trusted simple paint job.  Decoupage – using printed paper to create effects – is a great way to add some individuality to your doors – and your kitchen.

You will need

  • Kitchen cupboard door
  • PVA glue
  • Paint brush
  • Paper of your choice (we used an old copy of the Beano – but it could be gift wrap, old books, newspapers or something you created yourself)
  • Scissors/scalpel knife
  • Cutting board
  • Varnish
  • Paint brush

Step one – prepare your door

Spending a little time preparing your cabinet doors will save you lots of time and tears later.
Read how to prepare a door for painting

Step two  – paint your door

painted kitche cabinet
Follow these instructions for creating a good finish.  If you are only decoupaging the centre panel you don’t need to paint the whole door just the outside panel.

Step three – prepare your paper

decoupage kitchen door
While your cupboard door is drying start preparing your paper to apply to the door.  Use any paper you like, or buy specialist decoupage paper.  Choose the images you  like and cut them out.  Practice arranging and grouping the images together before you start to stick them.

Step four – apply the paper

decoupage kitchen cabinet
Water down PVA glue and use a paint brush to apply the paper to the door – about half and half of PVA and water.  Start with the larger background images and slowly build up the images until you have the desired effect. Don’t be sparing with the PVA, but make sure it’s good and thin to get an even surface.

Step five – varnish

decoupage kitchen cabinet door

Once your design is dry, finish off by applying several coats of polyurethane varnish. Leave each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next coat. Given them a quick rub with fine sandpaper between coats to ensure a good surface for the next coat.


  1. jane65 says:

    Spooky!! I was only standing in my kitchen earlier, looking at my drab kitchen cupboards and wondering if it would be possible to decoupage them and hey presto….I can!!! :)). Now all I’ve got to decide is which of my enormous stash of papers to use….hmmmmmm. Thank you xxx

  2. Izza47UK says:

    I am going to have a go at this on a table for my bedroom
    thank you for a wonderful idea

  3. queenie says:

    This would also be good for Bedroom Wardrobes, i am going to do roses for a romantic look.

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