The Inside Scoop on Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

The Inside Scoop on Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

Are your cabinets old and outdated? Or are you just ready for a new look? No matter your reason, fresh paint can work wonders on everything, and kitchen cabinets are no exception. In fact, painting cabinets has never been more popular. And for good reason. You can dramatically transform your kitchen at a fraction of the price it would cost to replace. However, this is not a project for most DIYers.

Painting cabinets requires skill, craftsmanship, high-quality materials and a proven process.  We use high quality Sherwin-Williams products that dry to a “super hard finish”. Although it dries to the touch quickly, these cabinet-grade products can take up to 2-3 weeks to cure and achieve optimal hardness.

However, the biggest expense in painting cabinets is not the paint. It’s the labor. If you are going to paint them yourself, then you could literally paint your cabinets for less than $500, with buying all the tools needed. But, if you are going to hire a company, you are paying for the professional experience they have. And that is worth every penny. Cabinets are the centerpiece of your home and, if not done correctly, will create huge problems and cost you more in the long run.

What elements impact the cost of a cabinet painting bid?

  1. Number of cabinet doors
  2. Number of drawers
  3. Linear feet of paintable boxes
  4. Type of wood
  5. Experience level of the painting contractor

One of the most underappreciated factors in painting cabinets is experience level. Most homeowners believe that just because a painter owns a brush, that they are capable of any type of painting project. And this is just not the case. Experience and systems are everything. Just like the old adage states, “you get what you pay for.”

Unfortunately for consumers the cost of painting cabinets is not as straightforward as one might expect. Popular home remodel websites show a range of $1,200 – $7,000, with an average cost of $3,000. With that type of price variance, it’s easy to see how consumers may become confused.

However, a recent study surveying 85 paint contractors nationally, showed the “real” average cost in the US for professionally painted kitchen cabinets is $4,900. And if you have add-in components such as an island, built-in desk or wet-bar area, expect the cost to be slightly higher. Bottom line, when it comes to kitchen cabinets it is wise to do your research and choose experience and quality over best price.

For 5-Star quality and craftsmanship, trust the pros at Sunbow Painters. Call 920-659-7515 or go to to request a free estimate.

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