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How Much Does It Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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How Much Does It Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

This is a question we get asked often. I'd like to answer it by talking about what it would cost if you hired a professional paint company to paint your kitchen cabinets, not doing it yourself. Also there are lots of painters who claim to paint kitchen cabinets for a “good price,” but in the end, the cabinets turn out looking terrible. Painting is about 75-80% less expensive than refacing or replacing cabinets. So keep this in mind! Painting or finishing cabinets requires many years of experience, knowledge of woodwork, good preparation and even safety practices.
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How Much Does It Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

In order to make paint last, Schmidt suggests lining the inside of the cabinets with paper if you decide to paint the inside of your cabinets. That way, pulling out and putting away dishes doesn’t scrape away at the paint. Kinser suggests always installing knobs and handles on your cabinet doors and drawers so your fingers don’t touch the paint job. “When you touch the wood, the oils from your fingers will start breaking down that paint over a long period of time,” Kinser says. “Over a year, you’ll get more blemishes where you’re touching, and those spots will get dirtier quicker.” Did you paint your kitchen cabinets, or hire someone to do it? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

How Much Does It Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Depending on the type of kitchen cabinets you have, the process involved with painting them will vary — and so will the price. For example, custom cabinets — which often are not stained before they are sold — require significant prep work to ensure a lasting paint job. If you have custom cabinets, you might consider sending them out for preparation or hiring a cabinetry contractor to apply a finish before they’re painted. You might also consider whether it is worth painting custom cabinets at all, as it may cost more to prepare them for paint than it will cost to actually paint them.
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How Much Does It Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Benefits of painting cabinetsAccording to painting and cabinetry contractors, painting cabinets offers several advantages over staining. “If your cabinets are dinged and scratched to the point of needing filler repair, then painting would be your option rather than refinishing,” says Andrew Walter, owner of Sound Finish in Arlington, Washington. “Painting would be needed to hide the filler. Dings and scratches are not a problem to fix when painting cabinets. When refinishing, fillers are not used.” Kinser says another benefit includes appearance if you’re trying to refinish cabinets. “If you have stained cabinets and you try to restain the cabinets, you can never go lighter. They always have to go darker. And then they will always be blotchy.” He adds that when stained, the stain soaks into the wood cabinet’s pores. When you restain wood, you need to sand it down, but you can never sand it down to completely remove the stain because it would cost so much in labor that you’d be better off purchasing new cabinets, Kinser says. Therefore, blotchiness occurs because new stain fills in heavier in some pores but not as much in others.
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How Much Does It Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

According to painting and cabinetry contractors, painting cabinets offers several advantages over staining. “If your cabinets are dinged and scratched to the point of needing filler repair, then painting would be your option rather than refinishing,” says Andrew Walter, owner of Sound Finish in Arlington, Washington. “Painting would be needed to hide the filler. Dings and scratches are not a problem to fix when painting cabinets. When refinishing, fillers are not used.” Kinser says another benefit includes appearance if you’re trying to refinish cabinets. “If you have stained cabinets and you try to restain the cabinets, you can never go lighter. They always have to go darker. And then they will always be blotchy.” He adds that when stained, the stain soaks into the wood cabinet’s pores. When you restain wood, you need to sand it down, but you can never sand it down to completely remove the stain because it would cost so much in labor that you’d be better off purchasing new cabinets, Kinser says. Therefore, blotchiness occurs because new stain fills in heavier in some pores but not as much in others.

How Much Does It Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Paint TypeYou also need to consider the type of paint you’re going to use on the kitchen cabinets, as this will impact the price and longevity of their appearance. The quality of paint you apply will determine how quickly or slowly it wears, as well as whether it chips and is resistant to water, dirt and grime. The most common types of paint for kitchen cabinets are oil/water-based and latex paints.
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How Much Does It Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

The best colors to paint a garage door are white, brown or grey. Hues like green, red and blue can also look nice, but these can be more difficult to maintain. A wood garage door may be stained, but be aware that this requires regular maintenance. If you aren’t certain about how to proceed, garage door professionals are well equipped to recommend paint types and colors. Return to TopHow Much Does it Cost to Paint Walls and Ceilings?If you want to increase the appeal of a room without completely redoing it, repaint one wall or the ceiling. Doing so allows you to try out a new color and it also helps to renew your ceiling in case it has wear, small cracks or other problems. You won’t have to spend much money on paint with this project; and if you don’t like the color or decide you need to go more neutral to sell the house, it’s easy to go back and change the wall later. Painting the ceiling also gives you an opportunity to stencil or draw patterns in a child’s room, an art studio or another room you’d like to personalize.
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How Much Does It Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Paint RequiredHow much paint will you need for a garage door? Metal doors typically require less paint than wood doors, though it depends on the square footage. You will also need less paint if you’re freshening up the original paint color. You’ll need more paint if you’re changing the color of the door, especially if you’re going to a drastically bright shade.
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The number of cabinets will play the biggest role in the final cost to refinish your cabinets. The more cabinets you have to refinish, the higher your refinishing cost will be. Likewise, the bigger your cabinets, the more it will cost.
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How to get paint to lastThe downside of painting kitchen cabinets, however, is that paint does not last as long as stain. Paint chips and wears fast than stain, which dyes the wood. However, that’s not to say it doesn’t last. Brad Bernard, owner of Bernard Painting in Portland, Oregon, says a good cabinet paint job should last a minimum of 10 years if done correctly.
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Do not use paint intended for interior doors on your exterior door. While interior paint is strong, it cannot handle outdoor climate conditions. The best paint to use on exterior doors is 100 percent acrylic latex paint. This paint is both flexible and chemically ready to handle harsh climate conditions — and it won’t allow for dirt, grease or rust, so your door will be easy to clean. Just be sure to thoroughly scrub the door ahead of time so you’re not covering grime in a layer of paint.
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Here are some other tips to ensure a professional and smooth exterior trim job:Prepare the surface with a paint shaver or hand scraper so the paint properly adheres. Sand afterward and apply epoxy or caulk as needed, depending on the material of the trim.Make sure any caulking or epoxy applied has thoroughly dried. Clean the trim with a mixture of water and bleach and use stiff, bristled brush to get rid of dirt, mold and grime. Rinse thoroughly before applying paint. If you have wood trim, you will need to apply a layer of primer before the first coat of paint. You should use primer that repels water and preserves the wood. Gables, eaves, dormers, windows, porches, stairs and gutters should be approached from the top down. Use a paint shield if needed and scrape away the splatters.Windowsills that have been particularly worn down by the elements might need additional coats of paint.
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Refinishing your old cabinets is a terrific and very inexpensive alternative to replacing your bathroom or kitchen cabinets. To refinish your cabinets, you or a cabinet pro removes the old paint or stain, sands the surface, makes minor repairs and finally, applies the new paint or stain. Clearly, this process is less expensive then completely replacing your cabinets.
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The downside of painting kitchen cabinets, however, is that paint does not last as long as stain. Paint chips and wears fast than stain, which dyes the wood. However, that’s not to say it doesn’t last. Brad Bernard, owner of Bernard Painting in Portland, Oregon, says a good cabinet paint job should last a minimum of 10 years if done correctly.
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In order to make paint last, Schmidt suggests lining the inside of the cabinets with paper if you decide to paint the inside of your cabinets. That way, pulling out and putting away dishes doesn’t scrape away at the paint.

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