Pros and Cons of Painting Kitchen Cabinets


Whether you’re looking for a cost-effective way to update your Kitchen Cabinet Brea or want new cabinets that look better than those in your current home, one of the most important decisions you will make is whether to paint or reface your cabinetry. While it’s easy to assume that refacing is the better option, there are some cases where the painting is the right choice. So, here are some pros and cons of painting kitchen cabinets.

Pros and Cons of Painting Kitchen Cabinets

The Pros

Save Money with Paints

The main benefit of refacing is that it is a very cost-effective alternative to a total cabinet replacement. Refacing typically costs at least half of what a new cabinet plus installation would cost. That means you can spend more of your budget on other aspects of your remodel, like getting new countertops or high-end appliances, than you would with a replacement.

Achievable Results in Days

Another great advantage of painting is that it can be done quickly, usually in just a few days. The doors and drawers can soon dry up as the rest of the framework remains. This is a massive saving over having the old cabinetry ripped out and replaced.

Aesthetic Effect

Painting cabinets using coordinating color palettes can bring out the best atmosphere for a kitchen. Customizing the kitchen with paint is the easiest way to give life to any kitchen. And if your cabinetry is made of medium-density fiberboard, it will surely be effective because the material takes the paint well.

The Cons

Wood Character Features are Hidden

If we compare stain and paint, the color has a better tendency to be absorbed by the wood, and the paint might take some time to settle. If you are after the features of your wood cabinetry, then do not go for color.

Touch Up May be Difficult

Paint touch-ups can be challenging. Your cabinet’s precise hue might only sometimes be known to you. Moreover, cabinetmakers and manufacturers may spray paint on surfaces (something that you might not have or invest in), which creates a smoother appearance but is challenging to recreate with a DIY repair kit.

But here’s Another Option You May Want to Consider

Refacing. This cabinetry facelift can also give your kitchen a completely new look that can be incredibly eye-catching. Applying wood veneer for a more realistic look is one-way professionals do it.  However, it can be very costly, depending on the size and quality of your door fronts.

In addition to the cost of new doors and drawers, refacing can also include the expense of installing a designer and a painter. This can add up to a considerable sum, especially if you are doing a large-scale renovation and require many cabinet boxes.

The other con of refacing is that it can be brutal and dangerous to work on, so it is a project that should be left to the pros. That’s not to say that DIYers can’t reface their cabinets, but it can be highly challenging and risky.


Knowing these pros and cons and another possible alternative, the choice will always be up to you as a homeowner. Whatever you choose, ensure that you’ll work with professionals who may give input to your preference.


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