Is It a Good Idea to Paint Kitchen Cabinets?

by | on Oct 09, 2023

Is It a Good Idea to Paint Kitchen Cabinets?

If your cabinets show signs of wear and tear, you may be faced with the decision to paint them or replace them completely. Painting may seem like the simpler, more affordable option, but it comes with its share of downsides. This article will review the pros and cons so you can decide what’s right for you. 


When it comes to cost, painting your cabinets wins hands down. Even if you must buy all new equipment to paint your cabinets, it will cost around $1000 on the upper end. On the other hand, replacing kitchen cabinets typically costs between $2000 and $5000 and can even cost as much as $26,000. 

More Money to Spend on Other Things

The money you save by painting your cabinets can be well spent on other things. You may devote your savings to other home improvements. Or you may decide to take a vacation!

Cabinets Can Look New

If you paint your cabinets properly, they will look new, and you will produce an impressive aesthetic in your kitchen and add considerable value to your home. 


While painting has its advantages, it won’t work on all cabinets. If your cabinets are warped, chipped, or damaged in other ways, the paint won’t look right, and it won’t work to improve their aesthetic. Unfortunately, you may not realize your cabinets aren’t fit to be painted until it’s too late. This can be a considerable inconvenience. 

When painting, you must also consider the material of the cabinets. Most cabinets are wood which takes paint easily. But there are also laminate and thermofoil cabinets which are harder to paint. 

With a replacement, you never have to consider the material of your cabinets or their shape. It’s always a viable solution. 


Painting cabinets is more trouble than you might think. It requires the following steps:

  • Take off all cabinet draws and doors and label them so they can easily be reconstructed.
  • Thoroughly clean cabinets to remove dirt and stains.
  • Sand cabinets to get rid of old paint or stain.
  • Prime and paint the cabinets (they may need several layers of paint)
  • Reconstruct the cabinets.

This process is difficult and time-consuming, but if anything goes wrong, it can produce sub-par results. 

Paintbrushes Leave Marks

Paintbrushes are typically a top choice when it comes to painting cabinets. However, they tend to leave marks. A spray gun is a better option, but it’s expensive, and if you don’t have one, you will have to go out and purchase one. 

Final Thoughts

Painting and cabinet replacement both come with their share of pros and cons. But when you consider all that can go wrong with painting, you may be better off turning to an expert for replacement. 

When the time comes, contact All Cabinets first. We are known for our reliable, high-quality service, and we are prompt, clean, polite, and dedicated to customer satisfaction. 

Call us for all your cabinetry needs.