Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Just about any type of kitchen cabinets can be painted as long as they are in good condition. Typically homeowners consider painting because they are tired of their outdated look.

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Lu Auckram

Should you repaint your kitchen cupboards or replace them?

If you’re planning a kitchen renovation, deciding what to do about your cabinetry is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make. New cabinets can take up nearly 50 per cent of your total budget for a kitchen renovation so if the current design is functional, and your cabinets are in good condition, then you may choose to paint them instead of installing new ones. 

There are three primary ways to modernise your kitchen cupboards: 

1. Refinish or paint your existing cupboards and drawer fronts.
2. Install new wood or laminate veneer over existing cupboards and drawer fronts.
3. Install completely new cupboards and drawer fronts.

Cabinet refacing or repainting is also a much less involved process than removing old cupboards and installing new ones and the process doesn’t require removal of the appliances, so the kitchen stays functional while the work is being done. The interiors of the cupboards can also be painted to match.

Repainting vs resurfacing

The big difference between painting and refacing kitchen cupboards is simple. Painting your cupboards freshens up the existing look of your kitchen while refacing can give your kitchen a new look almost entirely. Either method, both choices are far less expensive option than doing a full replacement, which is great for any homeowner on a budget, and your kitchen remains operational during the process.

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How to determine whether your kitchen cupboards can be painted?

Kitchen cabinets with significant damage must be replaced or repaired. Warped, damaged, and cupboards with a high degree of mould are all considered excessive damage and warrant repair rather than painting. If your current cabinet design or layout isn’t efficient or functional, then even if your original cupboards are in good condition, refacing or repainting may not be the best option.  

Many Kitchens in Australia are finished with a veneer which can date. Veneer can be coated with the right type of paint using an airless gun. Together with new handles, you can change the look of your kitchen completely. 

DIY or get a professional?

There’s a fair amount of prep work in painting cupboards and the coatings are usually applied with an airless spray gun which requires experience to get an even spread. You also need to know the right primer to use, and the precise tools, and the best paints you would need to complete the painting process. In short, it is always advisable to get the job done by experts to avoid costly mistakes. 

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