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Ask a Painting Contractor: Is Cabinet Painting Inconvenient?

calander Dec 17 , 2020 user-icon Nash Painting

Home renovations can be exciting, necessary, worthwhile, and even fun to witness or partake in -- but if there’s one thing they’re not, it’s convenient. Any update to your home will inevitably interfere with your daily routine and deplete your finances, just to varying degrees. Exterior painting projects, for instance, might not be too much of a nuisance if you spend most of your time indoors, and minor interior painting projects might only take up a portion of your day. If your kitchen could use some attention, you might wonder where cabinet painting fits into this equation -- will it be a minor intrusion or a major inconvenience, and will it matter to you either way?

Different interior painting contractors will give you slightly different takes on this matter. Ultimately, the best way to figure out whether a cabinet painting project will be a significant inconvenience is by breaking down what the process entails, which we’ll do in this article.

What to Know About the Cabinet Painting Process

How Long Does Cabinet Painting Take?

When judging the degree of disruption delivered by a particular task, time is probably the first factor you’ll consider. The longer it takes to paint your cabinets, the less freedom you’ll have inside your own home, and the less useful your kitchen (or whichever room) will be during the process. Every cabinet painting project is different, of course, and the duration of said project will vary based on the number and size of cabinets, the number of coats being applied, the size of the crew working on the job, and so on. Generally speaking, a standard cabinet painting job will take about 2-3 days, which can be somewhat inconvenient for some homeowners.

The relatively long duration of this process has to do with the extensive prep work necessary for achieving the best results. The basic steps to painting cabinets the right way include:

  • Removing doors, drawers, and hinges

  • Cleaning grime, dirt, dust, and other debris from cabinet surfaces

  • Filling holes and repairing damages due to wear and tear

  • Sanding, vacuuming, and tacking surfaces to ensure proper paint adhesion

  • Applying quality primer to surfaces

  • Carefully applying paint to boxes, doors, and drawers

  • Allowing sufficient dry time for durability

  • Re-attaching hardware, door, and drawers

If your cabinets are in rough shape, each of these steps may take longer than usual, extending the length of the job. Conversely, if you’ve taken decent care of your cabinetry, you might save some time. Also, if you hire professionals for the job, they will be able to get the job done much quicker than you would on your own.

What Does Cabinet Painting Typically Cost?

Your next priority will most likely be your budget. There’s nothing convenient about spending an inordinate amount of money on a home renovation. That said, quality work doesn’t come for free. If you want to end up with the best results, you may need to stretch your budget a bit (without breaking it, of course). Knowing what the job might cost from the outset can help you plan and save up so the bill isn’t such a burden or shock when it comes.

Unfortunately, running a cursory online search won’t yield you the most reliable answer here -- the cost to paint your cabinets can vary wildly based on your region’s cost of living, your personal needs and desires, the cabinet painting company in question, and so on. For this reason, it’s a good idea to seek as many free estimates as you can and compare prices for your specific project. This process takes time, though, and you might want a more immediate idea in the meantime. You might expect your project to cost anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 depending on some of the factors listed above. Of course, it’s worth keeping in mind that painting your cabinets can deliver a significant return on investment (ROI) if and when you sell your property. In other words, the inconvenient short-term costs associated with cabinet painting can be offset by the long-term benefits. Still, you’ll want to make sure you can afford such a project in the near-term so you don’t put yourself in too much debt.

Will Painted Cabinets Transform Your Interior?

There’s no doubt that the more time and money it takes to complete a project, the less convenient it is. Still, it’s important to weigh these inconvenient aspects against the final results. If the outcome is truly transformative then the previous disruptions may be entirely worth it. In order to determine whether a cabinet painting job is truly inconvenient, then, you have to consider how happy you’ll be when the job is finished. Your mileage may vary based on the contractor you hired and the products they used, of course. Ideally, you’ll have maintained an open line of communication with your painting provider to determine the best paint finish for cabinets, your preferred colors, and so on. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure your painters have a solid reputation and plenty of experience with cabinet painting. If all goes well, this seemingly small renovation has the potential to transform your interior, and all of that turmoil will have been worth it.

How Long Will the Paint Job Last?

Finally, it’s worth considering the durability and longevity afforded by a proper cabinet painting job. A shoddy paint job isn’t just an eyesore -- it’s a major inconvenience, forcing you to tackle this project once more in a short span of time. Conversely, the best cabinet paint jobs look great and hold up for a long time, meaning you won’t need to think about undergoing such a process again for a decade or more. Indeed, when the best products are used, professionally painted cabinets can maintain their appearance and integrity for as long as 15 years (more in some cases).

The Verdict

So, is cabinet painting inconvenient? Sure, it can be, though not much more than any other type of paint job or home renovation. The project will cost you time and money, but if you work with the right company you’ll end up with beautiful results that last anywhere from 8-15 years under normal conditions -- a few days of interference hardly seems like an inconvenience when you put it that way.

At Nash Painting, we know that even thinking about home renovations can be a pain, let alone actually getting them done. We make it our mission to make these projects as painless as possible. Our experienced teams work efficiently and use only the highest-quality products for every project in Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, TN. In doing so, we can render even the most complex cabinet painting project barely an inconvenience. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!