Costs to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

How much will it cost to have your kitchen cabinets professionally painted?

The average cost to paint kitchen cabinets


We don't just charge based on how many cabinet doors or drawers you have. Costs are based on:

  1. Condition of wood
  2. Type of wood
  3. Door profile
  4. If any painting is required inside cabinet boxes (examples: behind glass doors, microwave box etc)
  5. Glass doors
  6. Open shelving
  7. Types of hinges
  8. Overall condition of the entire kitchen cabinets

As of January 2022 - the average cost to refinish kitchen cabinets is between $3500 and $6500. Our clients consistently agree that when comparing all other options, painting their cabinets was the good choice.

NOTE: If you are interested in alternative ways to pay, please ask as we are happy to barter in exchange for our services.

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Caulking oak cabinets

When painting honey oak cabinets white, we take extra steps to fill cracks and fill in the open grain.

NOTE: If  door panels are floating (move inside the door frames), we won't caulk because caulking can eventually push out. Instead,  we will often clean up these areas with tools so the paint looks clean between the panel and the frames. This process makes a huge difference in how well the cabinets look!

caulking cabinet doors - painting guys

Cleaning and degreasing cabinets

Before you Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Every kitchen cabinet we've ever painted has some grease or food of some hind on the doors and drawers. Over time airborne pollutants, which include grease settle on the tops of cabinet doors. Before any painting begins... GREASE HAS TO BE REMOVED.

NOTE: you cannot use TSP to clean grease alone. We know products like TSP are recommended but in our case this is simply not true. Every kitchen has to be sanded so primer and paint bonds "deeper" into the wood.  The better the bond, the less likely paint will chip.
Below is an example of how we use a razor edge to scrape grease. Chemicals such as de-greasers NEVER WORK!  Once scraping is done, the next step is using chemical cleaners, wiping clean followed by sanding and then finally by air blasting all the dust away. There is no easier or better way to prepare cabinets for painting than this.

Why it costs money to paint kitchen cabinets and why you choose a re-finisher that takes the time to do it right.
You have to get the grease off the wood and out of the grain. If you don’t... the paint won’t stick!

de-greasing oak cabinets prior to painting