Should You Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets? Answer These Questions to Find the Answer

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If you are ready for a kitchen makeover, you might be wondering: should I paint my kitchen cabinets? After all, changing the color could help completely change the look of the kitchen and improve the overall look. That said, it can take a long time to paint it yourself, and you do not want to do that if the result will not be up to bar.

To determine if painting your cabinets is the right choice for you, keep reading. If you decide that cabinet refacing might make more sense for your situation, contact Cabinet Magic at 800-570-4194 for help.

What Material Are Your Cabinets Made From?

Quality cabinets are made from solid wood and can be painted fairly easily. However, if you have stainless steel or engineered cabinets, you can find them much harder to paint. Your engineered cabinets could be made from plywood, particleboard, or MDF, and then covered with thermofoil, laminate, or veneer. None of these are easy to paint, and you will be better of refacing your cabinets.

What Type of Finish Do Your Cabinets Have?

If you have determined that your cabinets are made from solid wood, you will then need to check to see what the finish is. If it is stain or polyurethane, then it can likely be painted, but if you are trying to go from a painted finish to a stain, you will need to remove the paint first. If you are dealing with latex paint, then you are likely better off refacing your cabinets as latex is notoriously difficult to remove.

Do You Like the Wood Grain?

If you think that painting your cabinets will mean that you will not see your wood grain, then we invite you to think again. The truth is that there are no paints we are aware of that will fill in wood grain. This might not be a problem for you, but if you do not want to see the wood grain, then we recommend refacing your cabinets instead of painting them.

How Much Time Do You Want to Spend?

Yes, you can paint cabinets yourself, but you should not realistically expect that it will be easy or quick. You should expect to need at least four days to paint your cabinets, allow them to dry, and then get them installed again. While you are waiting, your kitchen will be a mess. And this is assuming no issues. If you run out of paint and must wait for the new paint to come in, you could be without a kitchen for weeks.

While painting your cabinets is a good option for certain homeowners in certain situations, it is often true that refacing your cabinets is the better option. To find out if this is the right choice for you, contact Cabinet Magic at 800-570-4194 for help.