Cabinet Painting


Cabinet painting seems to be at the height of popularity. With light-and-bright kitchens being on trend, many homeowners choose to kick off their remodeling project with renovated cabinets. Many have found the cost of painting cabinets to be far more affordable than replacing. With new paint and updated hardware, homeowners can go from dated natural oak cabinets to modern white or gray cabinets.Medium oak to white cabinet transformation - April 2020

Following a slow but proven process will give your cabinets a new look and life and the finish will last for years to come and when combined with upgraded hardware you can enjoy the look of new cabinets for a fraction of the cost you would spend replacing them.

Unfortunately for homeowners, the cost of cabinet painting is not as straightforward as one might expect. Popular websites that quote the cost of cabinet painting tend to be all over the map at best, and inaccurate at worst. For example, Thumbtack quotes a price range of $1,200 to $7,000. Similarly, Angie’s List provides a range of $1,200 to $6,000. However, for many cabinet painting jobs, the lower end of this range would barely cover the cost of a quality paint, primer, and necessary sundries. HomeAdvisor presents a much narrower price range, $1,662 to $3,780. With all of the different information available, it’s easy to see how consumers may become confused.

For most cabinet repaints there is a base price of $900 which is an absolute minimum cost. This is due to the length of time required for our cabinet painting process and even doing a very small set requires the same time span as an average size set. For cabinets we typically start pricing at $75 a door and $25 a drawer  which includes a degloss, light sand, bond primer application and up to three coats of enamel urethane paint and is generally a seven to nine day process when done properly.

The price includes what would be considered standard – removing the doors and hardware, one coat of primer on entire door surface, facing, sides and any exposed backs of cabinet boxes and the front plate of drawers and under sink plates then applying up to three coats of top coat, remounting the hardware and rehanging the doors then checking for any needed touchups. It does NOT include the cost of paint or primer however material costs on most cabinet repaint jobs will usually end up in the $100 range.

The Fenton Cabinets
A large set of cabinets we did using a standard enamel paint in March of 2017.

For most other painting of stained wood related items the same process applies such as converting stained wood trim to paint, bookcases/built ins, railings, wood doors and wainscot.

The enamel urethane is a specific product that we use as it offers one of the highest durability levels out of all the similar products we have tested and is one of Sherwin’s top of the line paint brands fortunately cabinets do not require much paint at all so you have the luxury of using a product that retails at 109 a gallon and is what recommend for all cabinet repaint jobs as well as many woodwork projects where applicable.

As one would expect if the surface has already been painted in many cases fresh paint can be applied over the top of the existing if the current surface is sound.