If giving your kitchen a fresh look is on your to-do list this year, you should consider painting your cabinets. Before you start planning, it’s essential to understand the potential costs involved. We will break down the factors that can impact the cost of painting kitchen cabinets so you can better understand the budget you will need for this home improvement project.
DIY or Professional Cabinet Painter?
Your first decision is whether to do it yourself or hire a professional. If you decide that you want to tackle painting your kitchen cabinets on your own, you can expect to spend several hundred dollars on materials and you will need a good bit of patience, skill, time, and energy. You also need a lot of space that’s clean and dry in order to achieve a good finish.
Professional painters come in a lot of shapes and sizes from one-man handymen to larger companies that specialize in quality wood refinishing. Professionals will range in price, considerably, based on several factors including:
· The equipment, process, and methods used
· Materials used
· Size of your kitchen
· Number of colors desired
· And other relevant factors
Skills, experience, process, method, and materials will all affect the quality of results. Small kitchens can range between $3,000-5,000 while larger kitchens can range between $6,000-9,000 for a quality, sprayed finish that’s durable and long-wearing.
Hiring a professional will reduce the impact of the project on your daily life and reduce the downtime in your kitchen, allowing you to focus on the fun parts of the project like color selections, not the nitty-gritty details of wood putty and sandpaper.
Factors That Impact Cost
Typically, there isn’t a one-estimate-fits-all for cabinet painting, as there are several other factors that can affect the cost. The biggest key factor is going to be the number of cabinets you have. A small kitchen with just a few cabinets will generally be less expensive than a large kitchen with many cabinets. If you hire a professional cabinet painter, they will most likely charge you by the cabinet door or drawer, or even by the square footage. Ultimately, the larger your kitchen is and the more cabinets you have to paint, the higher the cost will be.
Any supplies needed for the project can also impact the total cost. These may include the proper equipment, correct primer, and paint for cabinets, drop cloths, masking paper and plastic, a variety of brushes, rollers, tape, sandpaper, wood filler or putty, and, potentially, a sprayer if you already have spraying skills. Additionally, if your cabinets have any damage or imperfections that require extra time and effort to repair, this can add to the final price.
And what about the complexity of the project? For example, if you have oversized cabinets, decorative trims, crown molding, or cabinets in tight spaces, these can all make the painting process more complex and, therefore, more expensive. And don’t forget to budget for new decorative hardware, such as door and drawer knobs and/or pulls, and soft close drawer glides. These can easily range from budget-friendly options to custom, high-end selections.
The Good News? You Can Get a Solid ROI When Painting Kitchen Cabinets
As a homeowner, you are probably wanting to make improvements that will increase the value of your home. While painting your kitchen cabinets can be a way to achieve this, it’s important to note that if you do the job yourself, and the result is poor quality, it could actually detract from your home’s value. On the other hand, hiring a professional and choosing a neutral color can actually increase the value of your home.
If your hardwood cabinets are outdated in color or simply need some refreshing, painting them can allow you to leverage the value of your current cabinetry while achieving a more current look. This can be especially beneficial for older cabinets, which are often made from higher-quality materials.
According to industry experts, minor kitchen updates can have a return on investment of nearly 100%. And painting your cabinets is one of these updates that can generate a high return. Other updates that can be cost-effective include upgrading appliances, refinishing hardwood floors, adding a backsplash, and updating countertops and cabinet hardware.
Want the Best Results? Hire the Pros at N-Hance of Columbus
As we’ve mentioned, painting your kitchen cabinets is a great way to spruce up your home, especially if you aren’t ready to tackle a full renovation. Although, if you want the best results, it’s best to avoid the DIY approach. Instead, consider hiring a professional to handle the work, like those at N-Hance of Columbus.
Our process allows us to complete the project much faster and without the headaches or hassles, all the while providing you with beautifully painted cabinets that are more durable than using paint from the local paint store. Our team of expert craftsmen has extensive experience in painting kitchen cabinets and can transform yours in a way that will surprise you!