Painting Kitchen Cabinets, Part 1

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Painting Kitchen Cabinets, Part 1

Is It Worthwhile To Paint My Cabinets?

Good question, since painting your cabinetry is not only an inexpensive way to essentially get a "new" kitchen or bathroom, it's typically a very good return on your investment. Kitchens and bathrooms are consistently high on the list of high-value home improvements. Also, painting cabinetry is typically much more cost-effective than a full replacement.

Before - After
As professional cabinet painters, we are often asked, "Are my cabinets worth painting or should I simply replace them?" In turn, we ask the following questions:

1. Do you like the current layout, functionality, and storage in your kitchen?

2. Do you like the style of your cabinets?

3. Do you need an update to your cabinets without major disruption or in a certain window of time? 

4. Can an update be done in your spare time/weekends?

If you answered "yes" to questions #1 and #2 as well as either #3 or #4, painting is certainly an option whether a Do It Yourself project or using a professional.

If you answered "no" to #1 or #2, don't necessarily be discouraged. It can be relatively easy for a professional to add to or rearrange some of your existing units. The addition of a kitchen island, built in or on wheels, will add storage space as well as work surface.


If style is an issue, the addition of moulding, other trim elements, or even furniture feet/footers, whether by you or a professional, can create an entirely new look. Perhaps the easiest method for achieving a visual change is the relatively simple act of replacing hardware. Add variety by using cabinet knobs and drawer pulls. Exposed hinges can help achieve a traditional look, hidden hinges help create a clean, modern style.



Whether DIY or by hiring a professional, painting your cabinets can typically provide a needed update at a fraction of the cost of replacement and without major disruption.


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