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Is Cabinet Painting Expensive?
Cabinet painting (Including Kitchens & Bathrooms Cabinets ) seems to be at the height of popularity. Many homeowners choose to begin their remodeling project with new cabinets since white kitchens with Dark contrasts are hot right now. Painting cabinets is far less expensive than replacing them. Painting older natural oak cabinets white or gray and updating the hardware will make them look more modern and just like brand new.
Painting cabinets is a costly endeavor for homeowners, as they would expect. Popular cabinet painting price comparison websites are often inaccurate at best, and sometimes all over the place at worst. Using Thumbtack as an example, a price range is given of $1,200 to $7,000. Angie’s List gives an estimate between $1,200 and $6,000. Nevertheless, the lower end of this range barely covers the cost of a quality paint, primer, and sundries for many cabinet painting projects. HomeAdvisor offers a much narrower range of prices – $1,662 to $3,780. Consumers may become confused when there is so much information available.
Where should consumers look for legit information?
After doing our due diligence and gathering legit information from over 15+ different professional painting companies and painting contractors to quote a price for a particular set of kitchen cabinets. Interestingly, the highest prices quoted were right here in Washington state. And of the four Seattle painting contractors surveyed, the average quote was roughly $9,300. Prices in our city are high due to
- High wages
- High living costs
- Booming housing market
- High demand for contractors.
Thus it shows that painting contractors tend to understate the price of cabinet painting on home improvement websites. Based on his survey of 15 contractors, the average cost of cabinet painting across the country was roughly $4,900. This is a significant difference from the ~$3,000 average that the websites above have suggested.
Process of Selecting a Cabinet Painting Contractor
Cabinet painting prices can vary greatly regardless of the city. Choosing a painter for your cabinet project is not only about the price, but also many other factors. These factors include the following:
A cabinet painting project begins with a thorough preparation (which is crucial). Sanding and degreasing of all surfaces is necessary to facilitate a bondable surface. If you don’t sand and clean the surface, the paint will simply sit on top. A chipped or peeling finish is likely as a result. The next step should be a bonding primer. A team member recommends using an oil primer, which bonds to surfaces well and sands smoothly without gumming up. It will be a good idea to sand and fill in between coats.
When selecting a product for millwork or cabinetry, it is highly important to choose a product that is durable. The topcoat should be applied at least two times. The consumer will also want to discuss with their contractor the level of sheen of the paint (satin, semi-gloss, etc.). The level of shine will have a big impact on the finished look.
A longtime favorite product of cabinet painters is Benjamin Moore’s Advance. Benjamin Moore has also recently released a new product, Scuff-X, which is their most durable paint yet. It comes in satin and, in limited markets including Seattle, semi-gloss sheen. We have found that it lays out beautifully on cabinetry and trim. As its name suggests, it is also washable and holds up to a lot of wear!
Duration & Locality of Project
In a written proposal or contract, it is critical that a contractor communicate how long the project is expected to take. Paint your cabinets to make them look more streamlined and to change the way the room looks. This will take you away from your possessions while your cabinets and drawers are being painted. In addition, your kitchen may not be usable at all. Painting cabinets is typically a long-term job that takes several days.
Potential of Contractor
We encourage consumers to vet potential contractors to ensure that they have prior experience painting cabinets. Other than examining the specifics of a cabinet painting proposal, consumers should make sure that their contractor has a positive reputation in the community and verify that they are licensed, bonded, and insured.
Another item to consider is whether the contractors’ own employees will be performing the job, or if they will be subcontracting the work. Subcontracting can lead to more unpredictable results, as the general contractor has limited control over the sub’s workforce. If they will use employees, the employees must be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. In the state of Washington, companies are covered by the State Department of Labor and Industries. Similarly, it is useful to have some insight into the company’s culture and compensation. Happy employees tend to take more pride in their work, leading to a better result for the homeowner.