Kitchen Cabinet Painting Cost

About the Author Grant Barnard Grant Barnard started painting in 2000 and started Grants Painting in 2008. Originally doing business in northern Indiana, the business was moved to Indianapolis and Greenwood shortly after. Today the Grants Painting has blossomed into a reputable painting contracting company with an ever growing extensive website including our How To DIY Articles. Grants Painting covers all aspects of coatings and specialized in epoxy flooring, interior painting, exterior painting and cabinet painting.
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Kitchen Cabinet Painting Cost

Grant Barnard Grant Barnard started painting in 2000 and started Grants Painting in 2008. Originally doing business in northern Indiana, the business was moved to Indianapolis and Greenwood shortly after. Today the Grants Painting has blossomed into a reputable painting contracting company with an ever growing extensive website including our How To DIY Articles. Grants Painting covers all aspects of coatings and specialized in epoxy flooring, interior painting, exterior painting and cabinet painting.
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Kitchen Cabinet Painting Cost

Benefits of painting cabinetsAccording to painting and cabinetry contractors, painting cabinets offers several advantages over staining. “If your cabinets are dinged and scratched to the point of needing filler repair, then painting would be your option rather than refinishing,” says Andrew Walter, owner of Sound Finish in Arlington, Washington. “Painting would be needed to hide the filler. Dings and scratches are not a problem to fix when painting cabinets. When refinishing, fillers are not used.” Kinser says another benefit includes appearance if you’re trying to refinish cabinets. “If you have stained cabinets and you try to restain the cabinets, you can never go lighter. They always have to go darker. And then they will always be blotchy.” He adds that when stained, the stain soaks into the wood cabinet’s pores. When you restain wood, you need to sand it down, but you can never sand it down to completely remove the stain because it would cost so much in labor that you’d be better off purchasing new cabinets, Kinser says. Therefore, blotchiness occurs because new stain fills in heavier in some pores but not as much in others.
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Kitchen Cabinet Painting Cost

According to painting and cabinetry contractors, painting cabinets offers several advantages over staining. “If your cabinets are dinged and scratched to the point of needing filler repair, then painting would be your option rather than refinishing,” says Andrew Walter, owner of Sound Finish in Arlington, Washington. “Painting would be needed to hide the filler. Dings and scratches are not a problem to fix when painting cabinets. When refinishing, fillers are not used.” Kinser says another benefit includes appearance if you’re trying to refinish cabinets. “If you have stained cabinets and you try to restain the cabinets, you can never go lighter. They always have to go darker. And then they will always be blotchy.” He adds that when stained, the stain soaks into the wood cabinet’s pores. When you restain wood, you need to sand it down, but you can never sand it down to completely remove the stain because it would cost so much in labor that you’d be better off purchasing new cabinets, Kinser says. Therefore, blotchiness occurs because new stain fills in heavier in some pores but not as much in others.
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Kitchen Cabinet Painting Cost

Depending on the type of kitchen cabinets you have, the process involved with painting them will vary — and so will the price. For example, custom cabinets — which often are not stained before they are sold — require significant prep work to ensure a lasting paint job. If you have custom cabinets, you might consider sending them out for preparation or hiring a cabinetry contractor to apply a finish before they’re painted. You might also consider whether it is worth painting custom cabinets at all, as it may cost more to prepare them for paint than it will cost to actually paint them.
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Kitchen Cabinet Painting Cost

As such, the cost is a little steeper. According to our cabinet refacing cost estimator, the average cost to reface cabinets is just over $6,300. As you can see, it’s quite a jump from restaining or painting.
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Kitchen Cabinet Painting Cost

This is a question we get asked often. I'd like to answer it by talking about what it would cost if you hired a professional paint company to paint your kitchen cabinets, not doing it yourself. Also there are lots of painters who claim to paint kitchen cabinets for a “good price,” but in the end, the cabinets turn out looking terrible. Painting is about 75-80% less expensive than refacing or replacing cabinets. So keep this in mind! Painting or finishing cabinets requires many years of experience, knowledge of woodwork, good preparation and even safety practices.
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Kitchen Cabinet Painting Cost

Prep Work is Everything Transformed by paint and new hardware, the cabinets now the focal point of a brighter, more welcoming kitchen. Before starting, remove doors, drawers and all hardware. Doors and drawers should be identified in an inconspicuous spot (mark the bottom edge of a door, for instance) to avoid mixing them up later. “Surface prep,” says sales representative Brett Shinn, of Harrison Paint Corp., “is at least 75 percent, maybe as much as 90 percent, of the success of a repaint.” When the existing finish is a clearcoat, according to Benjamin Moore do-it-yourself product coordinator Bob Bonadies, the best route is to strip the finish to bare wood before painting. Some painting contractors agree. Stripping cabinets to bare wood eliminates a potential adhesion problem between the old finish and the new paint. Finishes typically used on manufactured wood cabinets include catalyzed lacquer and conversion varnish, both extremely hard when cured. If stripping is the option you choose, Bonadies suggests a light sanding with 150- or 180-grit sandpaper after the old finish has been removed. Sanding dust should be removed with a tack cloth or a soft cloth dampened with odorless mineral spirits. Stripping may be ideal, but it is not always practical and, according to some painting contractors and manufacturers, is not absolutely necessary (particularly if your cabinets have already been painted). If the job is intended as a short-term improvement, a thorough cleaning, followed by a light sanding, is all you need to prepare the surface for new paint. Ordinary household cleaners should remove most grime, but if that doesn’t do the trick you might want a stronger cleaner, such as trisodium phosphate (TSP), which is sold at hardware and paint stores. Just make sure you follow safety precautions on the container and use rubber gloves and eye protection. Some home centers also offer a TSP substitute, but this product does not etch the surface as well. Once cabinets are clean, they should be rinsed thoroughly with clean water. Edward Cseh, a technical-services representative with Glidden, warns that if you plan on using an alkyd paint, it is best to avoid any cleaner containing ammonia. There is no effective way to neutralize the cleaner, Cseh says, and ammonia lingering on the surface will cause paint topcoats to yellow. Nicks and dings should be filled with nonshrinking putty. Most types of putty are rock-hard once they dry, so removing as much excess as possible as you go along will save time later. Once the putty has dried, cabinets can be sanded. Many painters use 120-grit paper, although 150- or 180-grit leaves a slightly smoother surface. When the prep is complete, what you should have, according to Cseh, is a “clean, dry and dull” surface.
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Jeannette samsin More than 1 year ago Need info about painting bathroom  walls that have been wallpapered. Would appreciate to know the cost for 3 bathrooms   Marlene Makris More than 1 year ago Need bedroom door trim repainted. Color, white Gloria Winn More than 1 year ago Need 3 walls in a small room painted. Kris Schiltz More than 1 year ago I need the inside of my garage painted. And a small area of sheet rock that also needs fixed.  Lucy Dawson More than 1 year ago I have a 1600 square foot home (8 foot ceilings – 3bdr 2 bath).  I  have gotten 4 bids so far:  For all walls, interior doors, trim, and kitchen cabinets the bids range in price from 3200 to 9100. Gina Thorne 11 months ago For all of that 3200 is extremely inexpensive. STEVEN TARAS More than 1 year ago I have a patio ceiling that is 20’X30′. It needs painting.
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“If your cabinets are dinged and scratched to the point of needing filler repair, then painting would be your option rather than refinishing,” says Andrew Walter, owner of Sound Finish in Arlington, Washington. “Painting would be needed to hide the filler. Dings and scratches are not a problem to fix when painting cabinets. When refinishing, fillers are not used.”
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Before starting, remove doors, drawers and all hardware. Doors and drawers should be identified in an inconspicuous spot (mark the bottom edge of a door, for instance) to avoid mixing them up later. “Surface prep,” says sales representative Brett Shinn, of Harrison Paint Corp., “is at least 75 percent, maybe as much as 90 percent, of the success of a repaint.” When the existing finish is a clearcoat, according to Benjamin Moore do-it-yourself product coordinator Bob Bonadies, the best route is to strip the finish to bare wood before painting. Some painting contractors agree. Stripping cabinets to bare wood eliminates a potential adhesion problem between the old finish and the new paint. Finishes typically used on manufactured wood cabinets include catalyzed lacquer and conversion varnish, both extremely hard when cured. If stripping is the option you choose, Bonadies suggests a light sanding with 150- or 180-grit sandpaper after the old finish has been removed. Sanding dust should be removed with a tack cloth or a soft cloth dampened with odorless mineral spirits. Stripping may be ideal, but it is not always practical and, according to some painting contractors and manufacturers, is not absolutely necessary (particularly if your cabinets have already been painted). If the job is intended as a short-term improvement, a thorough cleaning, followed by a light sanding, is all you need to prepare the surface for new paint. Ordinary household cleaners should remove most grime, but if that doesn’t do the trick you might want a stronger cleaner, such as trisodium phosphate (TSP), which is sold at hardware and paint stores. Just make sure you follow safety precautions on the container and use rubber gloves and eye protection. Some home centers also offer a TSP substitute, but this product does not etch the surface as well. Once cabinets are clean, they should be rinsed thoroughly with clean water. Edward Cseh, a technical-services representative with Glidden, warns that if you plan on using an alkyd paint, it is best to avoid any cleaner containing ammonia. There is no effective way to neutralize the cleaner, Cseh says, and ammonia lingering on the surface will cause paint topcoats to yellow. Nicks and dings should be filled with nonshrinking putty. Most types of putty are rock-hard once they dry, so removing as much excess as possible as you go along will save time later. Once the putty has dried, cabinets can be sanded. Many painters use 120-grit paper, although 150- or 180-grit leaves a slightly smoother surface. When the prep is complete, what you should have, according to Cseh, is a “clean, dry and dull” surface.