For a flawlessly smooth, solid color and surface throughout your cabinets, paint is the way to go when refinishing your cabinets. Painting your cabinets is a budget-friendly way to change the look and style of a kitchen without the cost of replacing everything. For example, painting your cabinets white is a popular way to brighten up your kitchen and make it seem bigger.
Painted cabinets feature an even coat, providing an opaque layer of solid color, hiding any wood grains or defining markings. On wood doors, paint hides the wood grain below, which may be a positive or negative depending on how you feel about wood grain.
While it’s possible to paint your cabinets DIY, we highly recommend a professional application since it can become complex and involved with sanding, prep, and proper application. Professional painters ensure a smooth process and clean finish that lasts longer than most at-home applications.
The main downside to painting is that it will start to crack and peel over time, so that’s something to consider as you pick what’s best for your home.
Repainting your cabinets costs between $1,200 to $5,000, depending on how many cabinets you’re painting. Materials alone will likely cost $200 - $300.
Paint is not ideal for engineered wood, MDF, or HDF cabinets since they cannot be refinished to be properly prepped for a new coat of paint.