How Much Does It Cost to Paint Kitchen Cabinets?

Paint Kitchen Cabinets

The cost to paint cabinets in an average-sized kitchen can be in the range of $3,500 to $7,500, but it could be more for larger kitchens. Other factors (such as paint quality, cabinet design and size, the condition of the cabinets, as well as the amount of prep that’s required) can also affect the final cost. Refinishing kitchen cabinets may seem like a DIY job. But in reality, it’s a project that’s both difficult and time-consuming. Cabinets that are in rough shape usually need a primer and a few coats of finish paint. Getting a smooth finish will require the best sanding and spraying equipment (including a spray booth). Sanding and solid prep work are the key to a quality paint job. And if it’s not done properly, the paint won’t adhere to the surface.

Here are the important steps that must be completed thoroughly:

  • Cleaning
  • Degreasing
  • Sanding
  • Patching with wood filler
  • Caulking
  • Minor wood repairs

All of this can increase the cost to paint kitchen cabinets. In addition to applying a primer coat to all the surfaces of your cabinets, they will also need at least two coats of special cabinet paint.

The Cost to Spray Paint Kitchen Cabinets

A good cabinet painting company will remove the panels and drawer covers. Painters who “roll and brush the panels” won’t be able to get a smooth painting surface like those who spray with high quality HVLP professional spray guns.

Spray Kitchen Cabinets

Other Factors Related to the Cost of Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Other factors that can affect your cost to repaint kitchen cabinets include:

  • Kitchen Size — The square footage of the kitchen will often determine the number of linear feet of cabinetry that needs to be painted. Most professional painters will charge per cabinet box, door, drawer face, and other factors. The size of your kitchen will also affect the cost of materials. The bigger the kitchen, the more material will need to be used. Not to mention, the extra drop cloths that will be needed to cover the space.
  • Cabinet Layout — The current layout of your kitchen and other cabinetry can make the paint job more complicated. If your cabinets are architectural-carved or have bead-trimmed moldings, tight angles, cabinets that have been installed in corners and have double-hinged doors, as well as other confined spaces can make it hard for painters to paint cabinet doors or drawer faces without knocking other surfaces. Some professional painters will charge extra in labor because of tricky or tight layouts that will require them to remove doors (which will need to be painted outside or in some other location). Not to mention, the time it will take to reattach them.

Painting and refinishing kitchen cabinets require a strong attention to detail, as well as experience in removing doors or drawers without damaging the cabinet itself. So, you want to ask about their experience. You also want to ask any potential painters to give you an estimate on how long the project will take, so you can have an idea of what’s involved before you commit to the project. You may have to move furniture and other items ahead of time. Ask whoever you’re thinking about hiring if they’re willing to buy paint and other materials on their own or if you’re required to pick up some of those tasks.

If you’re concerned about the cost to paint kitchen cabinets and need to find a place where you can get the most out of your money, be sure to get in touch with the Cabinet Painting Guru. We are the leader in painting and refinishing kitchen cabinets, and we would be happy to speak with you about what you need to give your cabinets the new look and feel that you hope to achieve.

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