Why should you paint your kitchen cabinets?Call to Action With the constant changes in the interior decorating trends, those stained
cabinets that were once in style are not so trendy anymore. Painting your
stained kitchen cabinets can revive your dated cabinets, and with over 3500
colours to choose from, the possibilities are endless.
The initial thought homeowners have when they don’t like their cabinets anymore
is to have them replaced. This option is ideal if the kitchen cupboards are in rough
shape or if the current layout of the kitchen doesn’t fit your lifestyle anymore.
However, if there’s little to no damage and the kitchen is still functional, there is
Painting your kitchen cabinets can be a smart, cost-effective alternative that many
people are not aware of.
With the latest advancements in technology within the paint industry,
manufacturers have developed a line of hybrid paints that can be used on cabinets
and furniture. With low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and low odour, these
products are durable and can safely be applied inside an occupied residential
Cost to paint kitchen cabinetsProfessionally painting your kitchen cabinets can be a cost-effective way to get a
brand new kitchen look. While a custom new set of kitchen cabinets can cost
around $15,000 for an average-size kitchen, having them painted will typically cost
between 25% to 35% of the price of a new kitchen. Not to mention saving yourself
the hassle of living in a construction zone for a few months and having to eat out all
Our price to paint an average size set of kitchen cabinets starts at $4000+GST. Factors that can influence the price of refinishing kitchen cabinets:
Type of wood
Size of the doors
Raised side panels
Filling old hardware holes and drilling new ones.
Will the paint last?There are a lot of painting contractors out there that claim they can paint cabinets.
The fact is that the majority don’t have the knowledge, patience or the skills to paint
When the job is done right, and all the necessary steps are followed, painted
cabinets can last a very long time. We spray-paint the doors and drawers in our
shop that is specifically designed for cabinet painting.
For the cabinet frames and sides that remain in the house, we offer the option to
either get a brush and roll fine-finish or have them spray painted for a factory finish
look. The product we use for the topcoat is both strong and durable and will stand
up to everyday wear and tear.
How long will it take to paint my cabinets?The process of painting kitchen cabinets is meticulous and time-consuming. We
complete an average kitchen in about 3 to 6 business days. It takes up to 30 days
for the paint to fully cure and achieve its proprieties, and during this period you will
have to be extra careful around the cabinets.
We offer 3 year warranty on all our painted cabinets.
Painting Kitchen Cabinets Step by StepPainting kitchen cabinets is a meticulous process, and it requires a lot of patience,
knowledge and skill. From removing and labelling all the doors, drawers and
hardware, cleaning, caulking, gluing, patching, sanding, and finalizing the process
with a fine-finish spray painting technique, it is not a job for the faint of heart.
1. CleaningWith all the cooking taking place around your cabinets, a lot of grease, food residue
and oils from your hands can be found on the doors, drawers and the frames. The
primer will only adhere to a clean surface free from any of the above elements. We
use a strong degreaser called Krud Kutter to scrub all the cabinets. We rinse
everything with clean water and dry all the surfaces with microfiber cloths.
2. Patching and SandingOnce everything is clean, we shine a bright light onto the cabinets and look for any
holes, cracks and any imperfections. We glue any joints that are loose and use a
strong compound mixture like Bondo to fill all the flaws. We repeat this process
after we prime all the surfaces to make sure we didn’t miss anything.
We then scuff sand all the surfaces of the cabinets to break the finish and create a
tooth for the primer to adhere to. We use top of the line Festool and Surfprep
sanders with abrasive foam pads that mould to any contour and design. We couple
them with dust extractors with HEPA filters to ensure a dust-free environment at all
Even though we’re using dust extractors, there is still a small amount of dust
remaining inside the cracks. To ensure a flawless finish, we vacuum all the doors
and drawers after sanding. Post vacuuming, we are using damp clean microfiber
cloths to wipe down all the surfaces and make sure all the dust is gone. We complete the cleaning process by drying off the surfaces with a dry microfiber
3. CaulkingWhen painting stained kitchen cabinets to a solid colour (especially white), all the
open seams are going to stand out like an eyesore. Before we prime, we use a high-
quality paintable caulk to fill in all the gaps in the frames, crown mouldings and the
sides of the cabinets where it meets the walls. We do not caulk the seams in the
doors or drawers as most of them are built with center panels that are designed to
float in the stiles and rails. The center panels can shrink and swell with extreme
changes in temperature or humidity and can cause the caulking to crack.
4.PrimingThere are a lot of different primers for different applications and using the right
kind for the job at hand is imperative. Depending on type of surface we use
different primers like UMA or Extreme bond and it’s bonding properties are
impressive. We have painted glass, mirrors and tiles with this primer and works like
a charm every time.
As amazing those primer are, they have one drawback: it does not have stain-
blocking capabilities. Some woods like pine, cedar and oak might have knots and
tannins that can bleed through the primer and the topcoat, leaving a yellowish-
brown stain on the surface.
The best way to make the bleeding through stops and never comes back is to use
shellac or oil base stain-blocking primers. Our go-to primers for this step are
Zinsser Bin Shellac Primer/Sealer and Zinsser Cover Stain Oil Base Primer Sealer.
When working with grainy and bleeding woods, we spray-paint our first coat of
primer on the doors and drawers and roll the second coat of stain-blocking primer,
making sure the primer gets in all the grains.
5. Sand, clean and apply the first layer of topcoatOnce the primer is dry, we buff sand all the surfaces with fine foam abrasive pads
and clean all the remaining dust.
We use HVLP sprayers for painting cabinets and the finished product is very similar
to a factory finish look. When refinishing kitchen cabinets using a good, durable
paint that cures to a hard finish is a must. Solvent-based paints and lacquers are
some of the toughest products out there. Unfortunately, they’re not the ideal
choice for occupied homes due to the high content of VOCs they contain, and not to
mention the high risk of producing an explosion.
6. Sand, clean, and apply the last layer of topcoat.We repeat the entire buff sanding process with a very fine foam abrasive pad, clean
the remaining dust and apply the final coat of paint.
7. Packing, delivery and resemblingWe keep the doors and drawers in the shop for at least 24 hours before we start
handling them. Each door/drawer is packaged in an individual foam sleeve to
protect them from damage while we transport them back to the house. We reinstall
all the hardware to the original location, hang the doors back to their initial position
and do the final touch-ups. All the remaining paint remains at the house for touch-
ups. If you’re planning to take this project in your own hands, arm yourself with a
lot of patience and be prepared to spend anywhere from a couple of weeks to a
few months doing it. On the plus side, it is the most cost-effective method to paint
your cabinets and you will only spend a couple of hundred dollars on materials and
If you’re considering hiring a painting company to have your kitchen cabinets
professionally painted, ensure you do thorough research and hire a reputable
company. It will cost you less money to do it right the first time than having to do it