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Should You Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets?

Should You Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets?

Cabinet painting is incredibly popular right now, and it doesn’t show any signs of losing momentum. Here in Rhode Island, homeowners love the flexibility and versatility it offers, and the much faster timeline than a full remodel requires. It’s a great opportunity to showcase your own style too - the color combos and finish options are endless.

But is it right for everyone and every kitchen? Not necessarily.

Today, let’s address an important question: should you paint your kitchen cabinets? We’ll look at factors and considerations, plus answer some common questions along the way. As always, if you have more questions that we don’t cover here, feel free to contact us at Dennis Moffitt Painting.

Factors To Consider Before Painting Kitchen Cabinets

  1. The current condition of your cabinets. Take a closer look… Every kitchen is going to have signs of wear and tear since it’s such a high-traffic space, so chips, fading, and scratches are no big deal. But if you have structural problems or significant damage, it might be more cost-effective to consider replacement. Plus, many painters aren’t equipped for repairing heavy damage.

  2. Cabinet material and quality. Solid wood cabinets are excellent candidates for painting, as they provide a durable surface for the paint to adhere to. On the other hand, laminate or veneer cabinets may require more preparation to ensure proper paint adhesion and longevity. Ask yourself: are your cabinets worth investing in? That’s really what it all comes down to.

  3. Budget and cost comparison. With your longer-term goals in mind, consider your budget and desired outcome. Painting is definitely more cost-effective than remodeling or replacing cabinetry. Not cheap, but substantially less expensive. If your cabinets are in good condition and meet your needs overall, painting is likely the right way to go, saving you time and money.

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What Are the Benefits of Painting Kitchen Cabinets?

As we just mentioned, one of the key benefits is the cost-effectiveness of cabinet painting. There’s so much less waste too! Why tear out and destroy perfectly good cabinets when you can repaint what you have and get the exact style you want?

Speaking of the exact style you want, customization and design flexibility is another huge benefit. With a wide range of paint colors available, you can easily match your cabinets with your kitchen decor and create a cohesive, personalized look. Whether you prefer classic white cabinets or bold, trendy colors, painting allows you to tailor your kitchen to suit your style.

The return on investment is much stronger too. If you spend $60-80,000 on a full kitchen remodel, including cabinets, you likely won’t recoup all of that when you sell your home. But if you repaint for $10,000, drastically updating your kitchen in a week or so, the value is going to be extremely high.


Q. Can I paint my kitchen cabinets myself?

Technically, yes. But many homeowners quickly realize that there is way more time involved than they anticipated, and that they don’t have the skills or tools to do the job right. It’s a highly technical process that requires the right prep, product knowledge, application skills, and tools. At Dennis Moffitt Painting, for example, we have a dedicated spray shop with highly-trained technicians that specialize in this service. It can’t be taken lightly or else the finish won’t look as good or last as long.

Q. Can I paint laminate or veneer cabinets?

You can, but it should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Additional steps and products are often required for secure paint adhesion, and it depends on the condition and quality of the cabinets themselves, too.

Q. Are painted cabinets durable?

It all depends on how they’re painted. If you use basic house paints applied with minimal prep, the finish won’t last long. But if specialized cabinet painting products are used and applied correctly, it becomes much like any factory finish. Hard, durable, and beautiful.

Q. What type of paint is best for cabinets?

You can’t use regular interior house paint, or even basic trim/door paint. We use premium products formulated for cabinets that cure to a smooth, ultra-hard finish. That’s the best way to get the performance and longevity you need.

What’s Your Takeaway?

Cabinet painting can be an amazing way to radically transform your kitchen in a short amount of time. But it can’t be approached lightly… You need to partner with an established painting company that really specializes in cabinet painting, offering the facility, process, and experience you deserve.

Have any more questions? Contact us at Dennis Moffitt Painting! We’re here to help and make the process easy.