We get asked a lot of great questions about cabinet painting in San Diego, but the one we hear the most? You guessed it: how much does it cost to paint kitchen cabinets?
Well, it depends.
Let’s drill down into the question and take a look at what’s involved and what you can expect at different price points. At Chism Brothers Painting, we believe in full transparency and helping you make the right decision for your home, goals, and budget.
The most basic cabinet repaint will include a brushed and rolled finish. Your painter won’t remove doors or drawers, but will do a solid job keeping everything masked and in place. Will it look like it came from a factory? No. But it’s economical and decent, probably costing about $1,500 depending on the size of your kitchen, and it will likely last a few years.
Your cabinet painter has a good handle on the process, removing all the doors and drawer faces. Either on-site or at a spray shop, they spray your doors and drawers, but still use a brush and roller on your cabinet boxes. They likely use a better quality paint too; maybe even a pre-catalyzed lacquer. The finish looks much better than the “cheap” option and will last longer too. This paint job will cost more like $4,000 – 5,000.
This cabinet painter knows their stuff. Doors, drawer faces, and hardware are removed and thoroughly prepped (degreasing, sanding, priming, and multiple topcoats), and your cabinet boxes are sprayed too for a uniform finish quality. Masking and project containment is meticulous. Every step is designed for performance, and the finish looks like it came right from the factory. This option costs more like $5,000‑7500, or as much as $10,000 – 12,000 if you have a very large kitchen and/or island.
Yes! Even if you choose the “best” option, cabinet painting costs much less than a full remodel. 50 – 75% less in many cases.
Certainly consider your budget, but also your goals and how long you’ll be in your home. If you’re refreshing a rental property or just doing a quick update, the cheaper route might be fine. But if you’re investing in your forever home, we would strongly recommend a better quality, longer-lasting paint job. Ultimately you know best, but we do want to be sure you know what to expect.
We would also caution you, especially if you’re paying the “Best” rates, to ask your painter for samples of their work and a detailed overview of their process. Cabinet painting is a big deal, and you deserve to have a trustworthy professional.
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