Kitchen renovations aren’t cheap and it’s understandable that most homeowners need to find ways to save money while remodeling. If your kitchen cabinets are in relatively good shape but in an undesirable color or finish, you may consider the route of painting rather than replacing them. Before you ever look at a paint chip, however, do your research! A good result requires a lot of research and preparation. Your prep work starts here!
Although it looks easy when professionals take on a project like this, before you start dreaming of an easy weekend DIY, it’s important to assess your cabinet material. Don’t embark on this project without having realistic expectations of the end result. According to Good Housekeeping, “If the cabinets have a visible open grain, the grooves are going to show through the paint. Even if it wasn’t super obvious when the wood was just stained, it’s going to be more evident once the paint dries.”
Some sources call this a weekend job but in reality when done properly it can take up to a full week. Painting kitchen cabinets includes purchasing the proper tools and materials, thoroughly cleaning the dust and grease off all cabinet surfaces, removing doors, hardware, and hinges, sanding, applying primer, finally painting the cabinets, and allowing for proper drying time. Plus, it takes a certain amount of skill and experience to tackle a painting job of this size. If you are not well acquainted with your paintbrush, you might be better off to seek out professional help.
Phew! It’s a DIY job that takes a lot of prep, time, and energy. While this mini-makeover can give your kitchen an entirely new look for far fewer dollars than replacement, it’s a lot of work. In some cases it is a waste of money to repaint worn out cabinets that in reality need to be replaced because a new paint job may not meet the needs of your kitchen. The installation of new cabinets allows you to reconfigure the layout of your kitchen for better functionality. A cabinet layout from the 1970s probably isn’t working well for your family today.
Another consideration is how much of your kitchen you plan on updating. Are you installing new backsplash, appliances, flooring, or countertops? If you plan on making the investment to update your entire kitchen, it might be better to replace your cabinets during this time. For example, if you’re replacing your countertops it’s important to make sure your cabinets are in good condition and will last for years to come. You don’t want to put in new countertops and then a couple years down the road replace your cabinets as your countertops may not be able to be reused.
In conclusion, painting your cabinets can be an affordable way to update your kitchen in a relatively short period of time. However, if you desire to make a long-term investment, re-evaluating the layout of your kitchen and replacing cabinetry may be a better choice in the long run. If you’re interested in learning more about your kitchen cabinetry options, Request a Design Consultation with MBS Interiors!