Kitchen Cabinet Paint

Kitchen cabinet panels often shrink and expand throughout the seasons from changes in humidity

Therefore, it’s important to use a paint that is flexible that bonds well to all types of products.  We always use Benjamin Moore colours and their top acrylic paints.

Note: lacquer and oil based products applied over older wood cabinets will yellow, shrink and crack over time.
Unlike acrylic paint, (which doesn’t yellow or shrink) lacquer and alkyd products makes no sense to use when painting white cabinets. Read more on chipping and cracking

  • We always use high quality acrylic paint.
  • We don't use lacquer or oil products, including hybrid oil paints because they yellow and shrink over time.

Countertops before or after painting?

Should new countertops be installed before or after the cabinet painting is done? 

In most cases new countertops can installed before or after but it’s important installers hold off on applying any silicon where new paint will be applied. Paint does not stick to silicon!

NOTE: We can remove silicon but it’s time consuming which adds to labour costs. 

If you are changing countertops before painting, installers should not apply Silicon anywhere wood will be painted.


  • Paint does not stick to silicon.
  • Silicon removal is tedious and problematic to kitchen cabinet painting. Any silicon touching wood should only be applied after painting.

  • Installing countertops prior to kitchen cabinet painting

Painting vs Refacing Doors & Drawers Kitchen Cabinets

Refacing cupboards is an option to consider as it's less expensive to buying new cabinetry. In most cases refacing cabinets is unnecessary if it’s colour you wish to change

  • Kitchen cabinet painting is affordable
  • Kitchen cabinet painting has more colour choices
  • You'll have a better matched kitchen
  • Refacing an average sized kitchen generally starts around $8000 which is substantially more than painting cupboards.
  • Refacing usually takes longer to get organized and complete. 

Professional Kitchen cabinet painting costs thousands less to refacing and usually looks superior to refacing because everything matches.

Here is an example of a kitchen we’ve painted. 

Kitchen cabinets painting

Does Cabinet Paint Chip?

Kitchen cabinet paint is no different to auto body work. It will chip if you hit it.

However, in order for paint to stick and feel smooth, surfaces should always be prepared properly. After 40 years in the painting business we have learned one thing that sets our work apart from others, paint chips far less, adheres to a surface much better when old finishes are clean and sanded back down to the wood again.

Sanding greatly improves paint adhesion, durability and overall look.

Kitchen cabinet painting

Before Painting, Priming or Undercoating

⚠️ When is comes to kitchen cabinet painting, it is very important wood surfaces are extremely clean and porous (never shinny). The deeper paint gets absorbed into wood, the less chance paint will chip or be as noticeable. See flood coating

(sanding is particularly important when painting darker wood cabinets light colours or shades of white)

Note: We never use lacquer because it yellows, cracks and chips at corner joints with expansion. Benjamin Moore Acrylic paints however are the best choice when it comes to kitchen cabinet paint because it never yellows, it is more durable and flexible and comes in any colour you desire!

Finishing Back in Your Home

What to Expect

painting cabinet frames in Victoria

After spraying doors and drawers we return back to your home to hand finish areas of the kitchen cabinets which can consist of:

  • crown mouldings
  • gable ends
  • face frames
  • kick plates

This process usually takes 2 days to complete.

 Step three: 

After everything is painted we install the freshly painted doors and drawers.

The Finished Kitchen

 I knew they were going to look good but not this good, WOW!

Victoria kitchen cabinet painting

Professionally painted kitchen cabinets look great, feel silky smooth, clean well and should last for years. Painting vs replacing is a fraction of the cost to buying new cabinetry. See our examples

Kitchen Cabinet Bumpers

There are a few types of cabinet door bumpers. 

  • Clear Synthetic
  • Felt in whites or browns 

We only recommend felt bumpers because synthetic bumpers tend to bond to acrylic paints. Synthetic bumpers feel tacky in comparison to felt. 

Good felt bumpers have a softer feel when a door or drawer opens or closes.

Adding felt cabinet bumpers

We supply new felt bumpers as part of our cabinet painting service.