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Kitchen Cabinet Painting: Options, Colors, & Cost

by | Dec 2, 2021 | Interior Design, Interior Painting

One of the more popular trends in updating homes has moved from replacing kitchen cabinets to painting them instead.  The cost of replacing cabinets and countertops is extremely high and sometimes does not give you a return on investment when you go to sell your home.  Painting these cabinets with high-quality enamel paint can not only change the entire look but can save you many thousands of dollars.


Kitchen Cabinet Painting Offers Incredible Transformations

Many homeowners have older wood cabinets that looked amazing back when their home was built.  Oak was very popular 30 years ago but most people prefer the more updated look of painted cabinets these days.  Our process of painting cabinets can totally transform old, tired-looking cabinets and make them look new for a fraction of the cost of new cabinets!

The process to paint cabinets involves a lot of prep work including removing all doors, drawers and hardware.  Wood repairs may need to be done ahead of time along with caulking and sanding them down.  We apply primer coats that can be sanded along with two coats of enamel paint that will dry very hard and clean easily.  If all of these steps are not followed you will likely have problems with the cabinet paint.  Most kitchen cabinet projects take us about 1 week to complete and it is hard to use your kitchen when the project is going on. Check out our Portland Oregon interior painting before and after photos below!
before kitchen cabinet painting

white kitchen cabinets

Professional Cabinet Painting: A Worthwhile Investment

Painting your cabinets can improve the look and value of your home very quickly.  Older cabinets can completely make a home look outdated and not well maintained.  The cost to prepare and paint old cabinets can be a fraction of the cost of replacing them and can have the same results.  If you are wanting to update your home to sell it this is a great way to update your home and possibly get more interest from buyers.  Compare the price of new cabinets to painting them and see which option is best for you. 

A Closer Look at Cabinet Painting Cost

Depending on the type of cabinets you have we need to do different types of prep work for them. Some cabinets require getting fully primed if they had not been painted previously.  Some just require good sanding and cleaning prior to painting.  If they have a lot of dents and dings we need to fix that can add to the price.  The cost can vary widely on painting cabinets based on these factors.

An average set of kitchen cabinets would cost $5500-$6500 to prepare and paint with high-quality paint that will hold up and clean well.  A larger set of kitchen cabinets can be $6500-$10,000 or more.  Adding a second paint color is very popular but will add to the cost as well. 

What is Cabinet Refacing vs Painting?

Cabinet refacing involves removing all the doors and drawers of your cabinets and applying some type of veneer to cover them and the boxes to give them a new look.  Customers will also typically replace all the hardware on cabinets when refacing them.  When painting cabinets we are not adding any type of veneer but we are taking the existing surfaces and prepping them to apply paint for the new look.  Many customers will also replace hardware when doing this as well. 

White Kitchen Cabinets vs. Black Kitchen Cabinets

When we started painting cabinets a few years ago, most people just said they wanted white paint on them.  In the last couple of years that has changed to using many colors and sometimes more than one color on them.  Some customers are choosing one color for an island and different colors for main cabinets or doing upper cabinets one color and lower cabinets another color.  You can be very creative in picking colors for cabinets to make them really stand out.

Painting Bathroom Cabinets Too

We not only get requests for kitchen cabinets but we also paint bathroom cabinets or other built-in cabinets in your home.  It is much easier to paint all cabinets at the same time if we are already in your home so let us know if you are considering other cabinets getting painted and you might save money doing them all at the same time.

Enjoy Your New Kitchen Cabinets!

Once your cabinets are painted you should be careful with them for a couple of weeks until the paint fully cures.  You can use them as you normally would, don’t be too aggressive until they are fully cured.  Cabinet paint can last for many years when done the right way and you will have an amazing transformation you can enjoy for years to come!

If you’re in the Portland Metro or Vancouver area and want to learn more, contact us and we would be more than happy to walk you through your options!

Portland Oregon Kitchen Cabinet Painting

Absolute Painting & Power Washing has been providing the highest quality painting and construction services in and around  Portland, Oregon since 1995. We specialize in interior and exterior residential and commercial painting and offer some construction services as well along with free color consultations to our customers. In addition to proudly serving the city of Portland, we offer our services in the following cities:

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or when you’re ready to revamp your home’s cabinets and aesthetic! 

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