How much does it cost to paint kitchen cabinets?

A kitchen cabinet makeover can transform your kitchen. It could be that paint gets you to the point where it feels like your appliances and cabinets are from the same decade. It could be that paint gets you a totally new wow factor when you walk in the room. Naturally, you’ll want to know how much does it cost to paint kitchen cabinets? Let’s dig a little deeper and look at the components that go into a kitchen cabinet painting quote, the options available to you as a homeowner, the considerations you should make before giving the green light, and the cost-benefit analysis of painting kitchen cabinets.


What factors into the cost of painting kitchen cabinets?

It pays to have a professional paint your kitchen cabinets (DIY aint easy!). And it pays to have a professional quote your kitchen cabinet painting project. Why? Consider the details that go into painting kitchen cabinets.

  • Square footage – The size of your kitchen (how many cabinets you have) correlates with the cost to paint.
  • Scope – Painting kitchen cabinets varies from other paint projects due to the level of detail required. Hardware must be removed and doors pulled off. Often, there is substantial cleaning to do before applying anything new. Your crew may even take your cabinets off-site as that is the cleanest option for you.
  • Prep work – Your countertops, appliances and other kitchen fixtures are all covered and protected. Cabinets are cleaned and degreased, then removed and sanded to create a proper surface for paint adherence.
  • Painting – After dust is removed, a primer coat is applied followed by two finish coats of a satin or urethane-based semi-gloss. Once the finish coat has dried, doors and faces are reinstalled, hardware attached, and then it is time for inspection and clean-up.


Should I replace my kitchen cabinets?

At the top of the cost scale is cabinet replacement. A step below that in terms of cost is cabinet refacing. And one step below that is paint. This is cost only – less expensive doesn’t necessarily mean it’s any less transformative!

When you’re considering giving a kitchen project the green light, it’s helpful to examine all the costs of these options. Obviously, if you’re replacing, the cost is higher. In addition, your old cabinets are probably headed to a landfill, so there’s an environmental impact. Refacing is usually about 40% less than replacing, there’s less landfill waste because the cabinet boxes remain, but making old boxes match the new faces adds extra time and effort. Painting uses the cabinets, drawers and cabinet boxes you have and improves them at a low cost with a relatively small environmental impact.


The final effect of painting kitchen cabinets

As you think about any residential interior painting job, it’s good to place the project into perspective with your living situation. If you’re planning on selling soon, talk to your realtor about painting your kitchen cabinets. They may want you to consider the color choices in terms of marketability and where the market is in general. Maybe a kitchen cabinet painting will distinguish your home from its peers in a buyers market. If you’re not selling – just looking for an improved kitchen, think about what first prompted you to think about painting your kitchen cabinets. It might have been a simple psychic reward you were seeking. If you’ve looked at some before-and-after images of kitchen cabinet painting projects, you’ll understand the gut reaction that is difficult to measure, but easily expressed with a ‘wow!’ 

If you’re thinking about upgrading your kitchen cabinets, it may also be a good time to consider other residential painting services that ONiT provides as well. This includes kitchen islands, bar areas, bathroom cabinets and mudrooms. It also includes carpentry repair and replacement and color consultation.