Cost To Strip And Paint Kitchen Cabinets

The cost to strip and paint kitchen cabinets can cost anywhere from $900 to over $10,000.

The final cost of your kitchen cabinet painting will depend on:

  • The size and condition of your cabinets
  • The type of paint
  • The quality of paint and tools
  • Whether you hire a professional

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Factor #1: Cabinet size and condition

Your cabinet painting cost will increase with the size and number of cabinets you have. It makes sense that larger cabinets require more time and product (stripper, primer, paint, etc.).

However, the job cost and time will also increase if your cabinets:

  • Have a complex layout or hard-to-reach areas
  • Require disassembly to properly paint
  • Are in poor condition and need to be repaired or replaced

The second largest factor will be which type and sheen of paint you choose.

Factor #2: Paint type

Depending on the type and sheen of paint you choose, you can pay anywhere from $30 to over $120 per gallon.

When repainting your kitchen cabinets, you have 4 paint options (ranked from least to most expensive):

  • Latex paint: A water-based paint that’s easy to apply and has a shorter dry time than oil-based paints.
  • Oil-based paint: Oil-based cabinet paints are usually more durable than water-based ones, but take longer to dry and can yellow over time.
  • Alkyd paint: A water-based paint that uses resin to create a super durable finish. Alkyd paint is thinner and generally easier to apply than latex paint.
  • Waterborne coating: One of the most durable products on the market, this acrylic coating is sprayed on cabinets to create a long-lasting finish. In fact, we guarantee the coating we use at Cabinet Coatings won’t chip, crack or fade for at least 5 years after application.

You’ll also see price differences depending on which paint sheen you choose. The following sheens are ranked from least durable (and cheapest) to most durable (and most expensive).

  • Flat: No sheen (or matte sheen) and tends to easily mark and show dirt
  • Eggshell: Slight sheen similar to that of a chicken’s egg
  • Satin: Subtle luster that can dirty somewhat easily but is also easy to clean and touch up
  • Semi-gloss: Noticeable shine that cleans easily
  • High-gloss: Shiny, reflective sheen that makes it the most durable and easiest to clean

Whichever type and sheen of paint you choose, you’ll want to make sure you invest in quality materials.

Factor #3: Paint and tool quality

You’ll pay more for better quality paint and tools, but the extra cost is always worth it in the long run because they help the paint last longer and look better.

We’ll go over why you should invest in high-quality products for your cabinet repainting:

  • Stripper: A high-quality stripper will require fewer coats—not to mention less time—to remove the paint from your cabinets.
  • Brushes and rollers: High-quality brushes and rollers won’t show brush strokes and roller marks the way cheap ones do. Cheap brushes also have a tendency to fall apart faster, leaving brush hairs stuck to the paint.
  • Primer: High-quality primers will do a better job preventing spots and stains on the cabinet boxes, doors and drawer fronts from showing through the paint.
  • Paint: With high-quality paint, you won’t need as many applications. This saves you not only time in applying the paint, but also how much paint you’ll need. Plus, better-quality paint will hide show brush and roller marks better than low-quality paint. A top-quality finish will also last much longer (like our ultra-durable coating that lasts years), helping you get the most out of your remodeling investment.

If you’d rather not have to buy all the painting supplies, you may be better off hiring a professional painter.

Factor #4: Hiring a professional

Hiring a professional painter will increase the cost of your kitchen cabinet paint job.

Most professionals will follow the same general process, but you’ll pay more if they:

  • Strip and sand the cabinets before painting
  • Apply a primer before painting the cabinet boxes, doors and drawers
  • Apply more than one coat of paint
  • Hand-paint the cabinets (which usually costs more in labor than spray painting)

You could save a chunk of money stripping and repainting cabinets yourself, but we recommend hiring a professional because you’ll get:

  • Better quality paint options. Professionals have access to better quality finishes than what you can find at your local home improvement store.
  • High-quality work. Cabinet experts have the experience and tools to properly paint your kitchen cabinets so the finish lasts. At Cabinet Coatings, we have over 30 years of experience updating kitchen cabinets.
  • Quicker turnaround time. Cabinet professionals can usually strip and paint kitchen cabinets within a few days. On the other hand, a DIY paint job could easily take you weeks, even months, depending on the size of your kitchen.
  • Guarantees. Most professionals worth hiring will back their work with some kind of guarantee after repainting your cabinets.

Hiring a professional can also give you other recommendations for updating your kitchen cabinets.

Other ways to update your kitchen cabinets

If you’re looking to give your kitchen cabinets a facelift, also consider a cabinet refacing.

A refacing (also called a cabinet resurfacing) is a step above painting or refinishing cabinets. It involves:

  1. Removing and disposing of your existing cabinet doors and drawers.
  2. Stripping and sanding your existing cabinet boxes.
  3. Applying the finish of your choice to the cabinet boxes.
  4. Installing brand new cabinet doors and drawers that have the new finish.

Visit our blog “Cabinet Painting vs. Cabinet Refacing: Here’s What Every Arizona Homeowner Should Know” for more differences between cabinet refacing and painting.

Ready to update your kitchen cabinets?

Schedule an appointment online or call us at 480-641-9611 for an honest, upfront quote. Our Phoenix cabinet experts will give you a free in-home or virtual consultation. They’ll go over your options for updating your kitchen cabinet paint color, and then give you a same-day quote to help bring your kitchen back to life.

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Chuck Derouen

For 20 plus years chuck has been helping homeowners make decisions on how to bring new life into their kitchens. Most homeowners know what they want but don’t know how to communicate it. When chuck does the in-home consultation he draws from the client and uses his expertise to help them bring their imagination to life (achieve the look they imagine.) Chuck dubs himself a “professional mind maker upper.”

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