Cabinet painting is a great option if you want to update your kitchen on a budget. The right color can transform your space and create a completely different look. At the same time, you can take care of all those scratches, scuff marks, and worn out areas, so your cabinets are refreshed and feel new.

Yet, once you decide to paint your cabinets, how do you approach the job? And should you hire a professional instead of going the DIY route? 

Here are 7 answers to common questions about cabinet painting.

How Much Does Cabinet Painting Cost?

If you want a change in your kitchen, then painting is the most cost-friendly option when compared to refacing or a complete renovation. The final cost depends on whether you do it yourself or hire a professional. If you do handle it on your own, it also depends on what products you use and if you’re adding new hardware and other features. 

If you hire a professional instead, the area of the country you live in can have a big impact on the price tag. However, on average, the cost for cabinet painting is $3 to $10 per square foot for supplies, materials and labor when you bring in a pro. They might also charge per door rather than by square foot. The average cost in that case can be anywhere between $75-150 per cabinet. 

What is the Best Paint to Use When Painting Kitchen Cabinets?

When painting kitchen cabinets, you can’t use the same products that go on your walls or in other areas. You need a paint that is highly durable against heavy wear and tear. Otherwise, while your painting job might look great at first, it will quickly become worn out, banged up, and damaged in other ways. 

Look for a product that offers the hardest finish possible. For instance, higher-gloss finishes stand up better to daily use and are far easier to clean without dulling the color over time. You’ll therefore want to skip matte, satin, and eggshell finishes in favor of semi-gloss or high gloss. Also, opt for latex-based paint over oil-based paint for a more consistent finish without stroke marks. 

Can I Paint Cabinets Without Sanding?

It depends. If your cabinets are in excellent shape, the finish isn’t too glossy, and you’re not painting with a drastically different color, then you can skip the sanding process. 

Otherwise, make the extra effort to sand your cabinets. This not only helps to eliminate any scratches or imperfections, but also preps the cabinets so the primer better adheres to the surface. 

How Do I Choose the Right Color?

This is often the hardest decision to make in the painting process. It’s no wonder considering you’re going to have to live with it for a long time. Some considerations:

  • You’ll want a color that complements your existing floors, counters, backsplash and other areas in your space you’re not planning to change. You don’t have to match everything; in fact, contrast adds a lot of interest.
  • You’ll also want a color that makes your kitchen seem bigger. If the space is small already, then avoid a dark color and opt for something lighter instead. 
  • If your space is larger, then you have more freedom. Keep in mind though, dark colors, like black and navy, will show more dirt, dust, and fingerprints.

When it comes to choosing a color, you have to consider more than just your style and vision. It’s also important to take into account the space itself and your lifestyle to ensure you make a choice you love over the long run. 

How Long Does Cabinet Painting Take?

Again, it depends on whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a professional. With a professional, it typically takes a few days. The exact number depends on factors, such as the size of your space, the number of cabinets, the condition of your cabinets, and even the time of year if it’s a busy season for the painter. 

If you decide to paint on your own, you’ll want to plan for several weeks of work, especially if you aren’t setting aside vacation time from work for this project. With extensive prep time needed, along with patience during the painting and drying process, you’ll need to plan for lots of time. The worst thing you can do is rush a DIY job.

What Mistakes Should I Avoid?

If you’re tackling cabinet painting on your own, don’t cut corners. Follow the proper steps, including:

  • Removing and labeling your doors and drawer fronts
  • Cleaning everything thoroughly so primer and paint adhere properly
  • Sanding carefully without going too far
  • Choosing a paint product that’s durable for kitchens
  • Using a sprayer to avoid drips, brush marks, and strokes

Also, once you’re done, don’t let impatience sabotage your efforts. Give your cabinets several days to completely cure. That way, you won’t have to touch up smudges or fingerprints from hanging them too quickly. 

What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Cabinet Painter?

If you hire a reputable cabinet painter, you can avoid all these mistakes, get the project done faster, and achieve a more beautiful and durable end result. While it might cost more out-of-pocket, it often pays off in a kitchen cabinet color you love, one that adds value to your home and your life. 

If you have more questions about cabinet painting and how we can help, call your local N-Hance® at (855) 642-6230 today to set up a FREE design consultation.