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Kitchen Cabinet Painting - Make an Old Kitchen New Again

Posted by: Heidi Nyline

"You can't paint wood!" 

It is the first argument I hear from the husband when I suggest kitchen cabinet refinishing using paint in a customer's home. The wife is all ears, excited about the possibility of turning her dingy oak kitchen into the white dream kitchen she has always wished for, but her husband is reluctant to paint wood. Why are men such wood lovers?

The thing is, that even if you change the back splash, countertops, hardware, appliances and everything else in the kitchen, if you donít address the cabinets it will still look like a dated kitchen. The only difference is that is will look even worse stacked up against all the other updates you have done.

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Before - the slate and the wood cabinets date this kitchen
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After - same kitchen with a completely updated look

So what are your options? Well, you can rip out the kitchen and start from scratch but that is a big renovation with a big price tag. 

What I often discuss with homeowners is refinishing the cabinets. Many homeowners are surprised that painting kitchen cabinets is option that can produce professional results at a fraction of the cost of replacing cabinets. Itís a sensible solution if your cabinets are in good condition and you canít justify the expense and inconvenience of replacing your kitchen, simply because you donít like the colour or wood finish.

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White is by far the most popular colour for painting cabinets but there are hundreds of whites to choose from and having a professional help you with the selection can make a big difference.

To get the best finish though requires using the right products and the right techniques. It also requires hiring professional painters with experience in this specialized line of work. Proper prepping of the cabinet doors and the bases is essential in getting the best, long lasting results. So, unless you are talking about painting the cabinets in your summer cabin on Salt Spring Island, where rustic is appropriate, painting your kitchen cabinets is not a do it yourself job.

We recently completed the repainting of the kitchen in these photos for a homeowner in Morgan Creek, South Surrey. The customer was thrilled with the results. They are now having us come back to repaint the interior of house this Fall to complete this transformation. We used Benjamin Moore Advance for the cabinets and the colour the homeowner chose was Benjamin Moore Dune White (CC-70).

A new backsplash, light fixtures and hardware on the cabinets complete the look.

A project like this will take approximately two weeks from beginning to end and can be done with limited interuption and inconvenience in your kitchen. The results speak for themselves. So if you are considering options for updating your kitchen, give us a call and set up an appointment so we can help you convince the wood lover in your life that painting your kitchen is a good idea.

Posted by: The Simply Inspired Home
I agree that you will save time and money painting your cabinets. I always give this as a first option to any of my clients whether they do it them selves or they hire a professional. I would advise getting them professional sprayed or rolled so thanks this was a great post!

Posted by: Barbara
If you have oak cabinets and you paint them, will those nasty grain lines still be visible?

Hi Barbara, Thanks for stopping by. The short answer is yes. Paint alone will not get rid of the grain lines in oak. While some people love this look, there are more and more homeowners looking for a smooth finish on their cabinets. There are fillers on the market that can be used to fill in the grain before priming and painting. Keep in mind that this will add time and costs to the project but you can still get the kitchen of your dreams.

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