Considering a kitchen remodel in the Sioux Falls area? Find out if you should paint or refinish your cabinets with these tips from N-Hance.

Painting Vs. Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets


Where do you feel like you spend most of your time while you’re home? For most of us, coming home after a long day of school or work, we head straight to the kitchen where we talk about our day, prepare food and spend time with one another.


Because our kitchens are one of the most loved rooms in our homes, they are also often the first target for larger scale projects and renovations due to daily wear. However, these large-scale projects can take a lot of time to finish and require a good chunk of money. Our best advice is to take it one step at a time. Updating kitchen cabinets is a great place to start. By painting or refinishing them it can significantly update your kitchen and make it feel brand new. 


A Quick and Easy Makeover For Your Cabinets


“Kitchen remodeling” can be an intimidating term and can lead to financial strain if it is not carried out correctly. One simple remodeling project that can give your kitchen a fresh new look without hours of labor is a cabinet color change. This allows you to update and revive your kitchen without a huge overhaul or dipping deep into your savings.


What Method is Best For You? Paint vs. Refinish


The two best and most affordable methods for breathing life into outdated kitchen cabinets are refinishing and painting. With so many cabinet styles and designs, it can be difficult to know what will look best in your home. Both painting and refinishing cabinets are excellent methods to update your kitchen but achieve very different looks. To help you consider the components of each method, we have compiled a pro’s and con’s list. 


Cabinet Refinishing


Why choose cabinet refinishing? Cabinet refinishing brings out the natural grain of your wood surface and enhances its beauty. The refinishing method is quick and effective if you are looking to restore rich color and tone to your cabinets. In as little as 1-2 days you will be able to achieve cabinets that are full of character and speak volumes of your space. Keep in mind that this time frame refers to the process it would take a cabinetry professional who has the expertise and resources.


Caution: Cabinet refinishing leaves your cabinets looking very natural. You will notice that the textures of the wood are more profound and as this method creates a more classic look. Cabinet refinishing works to enhance what is already there rather than painting over it with a solid color. Refinishing cabinets brings new life to the wood of your cabinets at a fraction of the cost compared to other techniques, but does not give you a drastic, unnatural color.


Note: An excellent choice could also be a cabinet color change that alters your wood finish to a significantly lighter or darker tone—like from oak to walnut. This gives you a more drastic makeover while keeping the integrity of a natural wood grain. Color change services only take about 3-5 days to complete.




What makes painting the right option? If you have made up your mind that you want to make a major change in your kitchen, then look no further. For a dramatic custom color that isn’t a natural wood shade, painting is right for you. Painting cabinets will give you a solid bright color, hiding the texture or natural look of the wood.


Caution: This will require a lot more time. Painting cabinets is time-consuming and will require a lot of work. This isn’t a project to be attempted by yourself because of the product and skill it requires. A lot of painting companies miss crucial steps throughout the cabinet painting process that could cause wood to peel or leave behind unwanted brush strokes. If you have been looking to invest in a new color for your cabinets then be sure to find a company who offers custom cabinet color finishes.  


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Professionals Specializing In Kitchen Cabinet Remodels


Whether you choose to refinish your cabinets or you want to go with a custom color, it is important to remember that this isn’t a task you should take on by yourself. Professional cabinet refinishing companies can get the job done quickly—and right the first time—with minimal mess and dry times.


Are you ready to start your cabinet refinishing or cabinet color change project?


Schedule your free estimate with N-Hance of Sioux Falls!