Cost to Paint Kitchen Cabinets – 2021

| Last Updated: November 27, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 1184

$ 150

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 24% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Paint Kitchen Cabinets noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to paint kitchen cabinets? Save 87 percent by painting wood cabinets yourself compared with hiring a painting contractor for $1,184. A do-it-yourselfer can do the job for $150.

You’ll get more than your money’s worth by painting kitchen cabinets but it’s a time-consuming job involving many steps. It’s one of the biggest bangs for your decorating buck plus doing the work yourself saves a lot of money. It can be a dramatic facelift, especially when you give a fresh new look to old wood cabinets with a dark finish.

After the cabinet, drawer fronts and hardware are removed, the real work begins with sanding, deglossing and priming the surfaces. When they’re completely smooth, they’re ready for a topcoat of paint. You can leave some items inside the cabinets, but leave plenty of space to easily work on the frames.

A painting contractor will charge $1184 to prepare, prime and paint a small kitchen with 200-square-feet of base and wall-hung wood cabinets with one coat of alkyd paint. This includes labor and material. You can do it yourself for $150, the cost of the materials – sandpaper, deglosser, primer, paint and brush – and earn an 87 percent saving. It’ll cost more in time and money to paint the interior of the cabinets because the insides have much more surface to cover than the outside.

Another bit of advice: A great paint sprayer saves you time and allows you to paint with more precision. For more on this, see our list of the best sprayers for cabinets.

For the best results, spend more time preparing the surfaces than actually applying the paint. Remove the door fronts and drawers and set them up on a sturdy, flat, horizontal work surface for painting so the paint can level and dry to a good, hard surface.

Remove the hardware, and if there are damaged areas or hardware holes to fill, use a wood filler. Then sand the patched areas smooth before painting, which may require more than one application. Money spent on new hardware and pulls will give the cabinets a nice new look.

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Wrapping up, given the average cost to paint kitchen cabinets you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself.

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