How Much Does It Cost to Paint Cabinets

Written by David | March 5, 2021

One question we are asked several times a week is how much does it cost to paint cabinets?

Painting cabinets are the most effective ways to renovate your kitchen space. However, making sure that it is done the right way with the right products is the key to enjoying the look of painted cabinets.

How do you determine the cost of painting kitchen cabinets?

There are several factors when we price out cabinet painting.

  • What type of cabinets do you have? (solid wood oak or maple, veneer plywood, MDF?)
  • Have the cabinets been painted already?
  • Are the cabinets stained?
  • Are you removing hardware?
  • Is there any water damaged cabinets?
  • Do you want a solid color paint or are you looking to have them glazed?

Each of these questions affects the price of the cabinet painting job.

So, how much does it cost to paint cabinets? We start out at about $105.00 per door/box set. A door/box set consists of both sides of the door and the frame on the cabinet. The cost of drawers is about $45.00.  The cost can increase to about $150.00 per door/box set depending on the questions above.

What is the process you use to paint cabinets?

We recently posted a few small videos on YouTube about the painting process of cabinets. It is a good introduction to the process we use.

  • We start with cleaning. Cabinets gets cleaned with a de-greasing agent
  • Each cabinet is sanded to scuff the surface in preparation for the primer
  • Rubber gloves are used at all times when cleaning and painting
  • The cabinets are wiped clean before the primer is applied
  • Primer is sprayed on, allowed to dry, then we sand it to remove any uneven areas
  • Finally, we paint!

What products do you use to paint cabinets?

One of our products of choice for priming are Duralac white vinyl primer or the same type made by ML Campbell, but we have really taken a liking to Stix bonding primer. They are heavy bodied and have some of the best adhesion properties. When we are painting Oak doors, two coats of these primers will fill in quite a bit of the oak grain.  Once we paint, we use ML Campbell Aqualante, Chem Aqua, or Sherwood paint. This paint is a true cabinet grade paint hybrid lacquer. It dries ultra smooth and hard. It resists stains, it touches up well, and it is water clean up. There is some smell but what paint doesn’t?

Damaged Cabinet doors?

If any of your doors or drawers have water damage we have some extra work to do.

  • MDF doors with water damage are difficult to repair. MDF swells once water is introduced. It swells like a sponge but does not go down again. The area must be sanded smooth to the existing door surface. We then use a shellac based primer or problem surface sealer which will seal the damaged area from further damage.  If a filler is needed we use glazing putty to make smooth. Then we are ready to prime and paint.
  • Doors that are cracked, broken, or other wood damage are repaired using wood glues, putty or other fillers or repair materials.

Other ways to improve the look of your kitchen

Hardware!! Aside from new paint, new hardware is the last factor you need to consider. If there was no hardware previously, we need to drill holes to mount them. That adds about $7.00 per door.

A few other things you can do:

  • Changing out your hinges to a soft close style…pretty cool!
  • Change out your counter tops
  • Add or update your backsplash
  • New appliances
  • New sink/plumbing fixtures

That, in a nutshell, is a basic course on how much it will cost to paint cabinets. It is a lot to take in and digest, so if you want a quick ballpark figure, text us some pics of your cabinets to 847-553-1726 and we can give you an idea of what to expect. If you have any other questions, give us a call!

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