Replace or repaint your Kitchen cabinets?

Can’t decide if you should replace or repaint your Kitchen cabinets?

One of the most cost effective home repair or home improvement items is paint. Adding a new color to a bedroom or repainting some wood trim around the home can add quick value to your home. However, one of the questions we get asked often is regarding kitchen cabinets. Homeowners want to know if they should repaint their cabinets, replace them completely or reface.

It is always less expensive to apply paint than replace, so let’s look at some of the reasons why you might consider repainting your kitchen cabinets and you decide what is best for you. Just about any type of kitchen cabinets can be painted. Typically homeowners are considering painting because they are tired of their outdated stained cabinets. The popular finish of the late 1980s and early 1990s was the whitewashed oak. This was then replaced by more of a natural oak finishes followed by dark cherries, maples and very dark stains.

The latest in kitchen cabinets tends to be more in distressed woodwork and stains (made to look older yet clean), solid colors or cabinets with a faux finish applied to it, typically known as French Country. So, the question remains what should you do with your kitchen cabinets? Price out replacing your kitchen cabinets and painting will look better and better.

The Cost of Painting

The cost to paint a kitchen is typically 1/3 to ½ the cost of replacing. The paints applied to cabinets are also very durable and will last just as long as new cabinets in most cases. If a professional paint company is handling your cabinet project, that has lots of experience with woodwork, you will be surprised at how good the finish product will look.

The only time you really do not want to paint or re-stain your cabinets is when you are tired of the look of the doors and drawers. This is where you can do a combination of replacement and repainting or refinishing. In other words, if you want new doors and drawers, you can typically hire a professional cabinet maker to install unfinished doors and drawers with new hinges and drawer guides; then have your cabinet painting company do the finish work.

When it comes to kitchen cabinets, there are many different options a painting company can offer you. The main thing you have to decide is what you want the cabinets to look like when you are done. Do you want a solid color? Do you want a different faux finish? Do you want them to look “Old World” Whatever it is you want, typically for a lot less than gutting your kitchen and starting over your painter can make it happen. But remember; only a few companies are good at painting cabinets. Don’t go with the cheap guy if you decide to repaint rather than replace. You’ll thank me in the end! If you would like me to take a look at your Cabinets, give me a call at 520-881-0542

2 thoughts on “Replace or repaint your Kitchen cabinets?”

  1. Would like to get a professional opinion on painting kitchen cabinets. They are an unpainted wood surface from about early 80’s. Seem solid enough, and reasonable design. Maybe new look and updated hardware will do. New countertops, sink faucets also. Cabinets first.

  2. Hello. I just got an estimate to completely remodel my kitchen and…..well….now I’m considering painting the 15 year old cabinets, which are in really good shape, have no profile, are modern looking, but NEED HELP in this century! I like your website and I’d like you to tell me if you think I’m a good candidate for cabinet painting. My home phone is 219-4200; cell is 241-4248. Thank you!!

    Nikki Dodier


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