Cabinet Repainting in Home Makeovers

Whether you’re just starting a home remodel or want to refresh your space without spending a fortune, painting your cabinets is one of the best ways to get a new look. Replacing or remodeling your kitchen can cost up to 5K, but a good paint job will only run you about $800-$1200 depending on the size of the space and the amount of sanding and prep work needed.

Before you begin, remove everything from the cabinet frames and clean them thoroughly. Take out the drawers as well and label them. This will save you a lot of headaches later on when you’re trying to rehang everything and make sure the doors line up properly. This is also the time to do any repairs to nicks and scratches on your cabinets. It’s also a great opportunity to install new hardware!

Once you’ve removed all the hinges and hardware and cleaned the surfaces, sand any areas with rough spots. You don’t need to sand down to bare wood, but just enough to scuff it up and give the primer something to adhere to. Wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any dust and debris.

Next, you’ll need to choose a color for your cabinets. Ultimately, this is a personal choice and should reflect your style. Don’t let trends or what others may think influence your decision, but pick a color that will make you happy and feel right for years to come.

It’s also a good idea to consider your existing kitchen elements like countertops and backsplashes when choosing your cabinet color. The goal is to make them complement each other, not clash or stand out too much. It’s also important to bring home a few paint samples and test them in the room’s lighting, as natural and artificial light can affect how colors read.

Once you have your final color chosen, it’s time to start prepping the cabinet boxes. You’ll need to sand any areas where the old paint has peeled and scuff up. You’ll also need to prime the cabinet boxes and let them dry completely before you can move on to the doors.

This is a time intensive process but well worth the effort in the end. The most important thing to remember when painting your cabinets is to be patient and take your time. Investing in some good quality tools can also help with the overall outcome. A few must-haves for me are: Shur-Line Paint Edger (saves SO MUCH TIME getting into the corners) and Frog Tape (a little more expensive but SO worth it in terms of clean and crisp lines). Paint pyramids are also a lifesaver for cutting down on wait times and making it easy to paint around your door knobs/pulls. For more details on cabinet painting visit