It’s amazing what a difference painting your cabinets can make. Just check out this before and after transformation. Painting your cabinets will make your kitchen more modern and up to date. And, you’ll find that your space will look lighter and brighter. It will often make your counter top look better, too!
Yes, kitchens sell home…and well-dated kitchen don’t. Painting your cabinets can improve your home’s value (in fact, it has a great return on your investment), and it will help your home sell faster. Conversely, old, dingy, dirty and dark cabinets will cause your home to sit on the market longer.
Potential buyers will factor in that they need to remodel the kitchen, and most buyers these days know that can cause a fortune. And, most don’t have the budget for that, especially 1st time home buyers (think about all their closing and moving costs, not to mention that they saved up for the deposit on the house).
When you paint the cabinets, you make the space look nicer…and importantly it will also look larger and more inviting. Then, just add a fresh coat of paint on the walls and voila, you’ve created instant value.
Painting your cabinets is way less expensive when compared to replacing your cabinets. In fact, cabinets are the most expensive item in the kitchen, so if you can avoid having to purchase new ones, you will save a big chunk of change. Of course, there is also the cost of removing and disposing of the cabinets, as well as installing new ones.
And, don’t forget that if you replace the cabinets, you will also need to replace the countertop and the sink and hire a plumber. Yes, it’s a domino effect when it comes to cost.
So, painting your cabinets saves you a lot of money. And, if you can do it yourself, it will save you even more money. The key is using the right painting products (see my recommendations below).
When you remodel your whole kitchen, it can take a long time. At a minimum, it’s 6 weeks, but more often it’s 10-12 weeks…and at times much longer (as something inevitably goes wrong or causes a delay. This means a long time without a kitchen, and it’s not fun as it feels like your house is a mess and all of your “stuff” is in other rooms.
When you paint your cabinets, it’s a much shorter process…usually, it can be done in a week. And, then, you can get on with your life. In addition, you avoid the lead times for ordering cabinets and/or waiting for contractors to be available.
As the demand for painting cabinets have increased, manufacturers have reacted and introduced new and better paint products specifically designed for cabinets. They go on better and are much more durable.
As you’ll read in this article, there are a LOT of inferior and “quack” products out there (e.g. chalk paint, Rustoleum, etc.) that promise you that you only need 1 coat, or you don’t need a primer. Do NOT fall for these gimmicks. They simply DON’T work. And, if you can get them to actually adhere (good luck), they won’t last long (i.e. they may only hold up for 6-12 months…if that).