Should You Paint or Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets? - Matt the Painter

Should You Paint or Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets?

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Should You Paint or Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets?

A recent exposé published by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies concluded that homeowners in the United States will allocate an unprecedented $340 billion towards domestic renovations this year – a gargantuan sum of money to say the least.

By the same token, it’s important to note that up-to-the-minute polling numbers from the National Association of Home Builders confirmed that kitchen updates are in the highest demand, with more than four out of every five US contractors reporting that scullery projects constitute the lion’s share of their portfolios.

When tackling a kitchen facelift, however, the proverbial 800-pound gorilla in the room is definitely your cabinetry.

Where should you begin? Do you repaint them? Do you replace them? Do you simply swap out the doors? What about the hinges and the handholds? Which type of makeover is most cost-effective?

The questions are abundant and inescapable, but cogent, practical answers seem to be missing in action, so let’s go behind the scenes and size up these cabinet concerns from an expository angle.

Brainstorming Like a Professional Designer

At the end of the day, you want your kitchen to look refreshed and modernized, but you have to create a homogenous strategy that synchronizes and balances the space – the key is to ensure that the final product is in tune with the rest of your décor.

Your cabinets are at eye level and they draw the most attention at first glance, which is why kitchen schemes are largely dependent on top-to-bottom transitions – not the other way around.

Hence, before you start tinkering with your kitchen elements, you need to determine whether you like the fundamental composition of your cabinets. You must assess the appearance of the hatchways, the style of the knobs, the material comprising the cupboards, and the current colors in order to develop an appropriate vision.

Painting Versus Supplanting

Once you ascertain what you don’t like about your cabinets, you can begin conceptualizing what you do like, but the heart of your decision-making process will probably revolve around the cost of replacing versus painting. Shown below is a bird’s-eye view of the price matrix:

  • As a general rule of thumb, repainting your cabinets will be roughly 40-70% more economical than tearing down all of the built-in cabinets and installing new components.
  • You can contract a professional cabinet paint job for approximately $100 per cupboard, while purchasing brand new cabinets can cost twice that amount.
  • Furthermore, if you have to appoint a contractor to facilitate the dismantling and installation process, the total cost of a replacement project will rise exponentially.

As such, it’s much more sensible to hone in on some good-looking handholds, pick up some replacement hinges, and then repaint all of your cabinets, because this progression will help you moderate material and labor fees without sacrificing any of the flare that comes with a reimagined kitchen space.

If done correctly, a cabinet paint job can transform your kitchen and in most cases, the finished product will end up looking like a wholesale renovation, so don’t feel as though you have to spend a king’s ransom for an impactful kitchen upgrade.

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