Is painting cabinets a good idea?

Like our founder says, if painting cabinet doors and drawer fronts was a better approach, then that would be the service we’d provide.

At Kitchen Refresh, though, we only repaint the cabinet BOXES, and then we ALWAYS manufacture and install NEW Doors and Drawer Fronts.

We use this approach for 7 very important reasons:

  1. Cost: Due to the labor involved, repainting doors is almost always cost prohibitive.

  2. Time: Proper door preparation and the actual repainting results in weeks or months of additional time with your kitchen in disarray.

  3. Results: Repainting doors and drawer fronts doesn't deliver the stunning, dramatic, clean, new results that a Kitchen Refresh transformation provides.

  4. Longevity: Hands, fingers, fingernails and jewelry take their toll on painted doors and drawers, resulting in signs of wear in a matter of months as shown in a photo below.

  5. Quality: With the change in seasons, the cabinet door wood will expand and contract, and painted doors will show cracking from drying as well as splits where frames and panels join together.

  6. Hinges: If you have exposed hinges making your doors look busy, you’ll still have those exposed hinges after the door painting - unless you go through the very difficult, expensive and time consuming task of trying to buy new hinges and reverse engineer them to work for your doors and your cabinets. With Kitchen Refresh, all the doors receive new concealed, soft-close hinges.

  7. Hardware: Want to change up your pull hardware? If you have knobs and want to upgrade to something that gives your kitchen a stronger design presence, it’s extremely difficult to cover and fill in old knob holes without them showing through the paint (you can see that attempt on the “scratched paint” drawer below where the two holes of a drawer pull were attempted to be filled in but poke above the drawer surface - now take that effect times the number of door and drawers you have). Plus, it’s very difficult to relocate hardware and keep it precisely level across all your door and drawers if you’re looking at upgrading to a different size hardware. All of our hardware is precisely located and machined using a robotic system that insures location precision.

Also, we’ve “saved” at least a dozen kitchens where either the homeowner, or a hired professional, started a cabinet repaint and later gave up due to the sheer amount of time and labor involved to do it correctly. As such, the homeowners really paid twice - once on the repaint attempt and again when we came in to save their cabinets.

Hands, fingers, fingernails and hand jewelry take their toll on a painted door and drawer front in a matter of months, particularly on the doors and drawer fronts that see the heaviest use - your silverware drawer and your go-to water glass cabinet. With Kitchen Refresh, we manufacture all NEW doors and drawer fronts with a durable Thermofoil finish to protect against that daily wear.

Hands, fingers, fingernails and hand jewelry take their toll on a painted door and drawer front in a matter of months, particularly on the doors and drawer fronts that see the heaviest use - your silverware drawer and your go-to water glass cabinet. With Kitchen Refresh, we manufacture all NEW doors and drawer fronts with a durable Thermofoil finish to protect against that daily wear.

A painted door is more susceptible to the underlying wood cracking, creating the unsightly splitting in the wood and paint shown here. A Kitchen Refresh door is a single, solid piece of engineered wood - no cracking!

A painted door is more susceptible to the underlying wood cracking, creating the unsightly splitting in the wood and paint shown here. A Kitchen Refresh door is a single, solid piece of engineered wood - no cracking!

Because doors are made up of 5 pieces of wood - the top and bottom and two side frame pieces, as well as the center panel insert - the wood expands and contracts , particularly between the panel and the frame, causing the paint to split along the edge where those two meet. This splitting results in chipping and flaking, as well dirt, food, and cleaning rag threads getting caught in those areas. As above, a Kitchen Refresh door is a single, solid piece of engineered wood - no cracking! And our clients often comment how easy they are to clean!

Because doors are made up of 5 pieces of wood - the top and bottom and two side frame pieces, as well as the center panel insert - the wood expands and contracts , particularly between the panel and the frame, causing the paint to split along the edge where those two meet. This splitting results in chipping and flaking, as well dirt, food, and cleaning rag threads getting caught in those areas. As above, a Kitchen Refresh door is a single, solid piece of engineered wood - no cracking! And our clients often comment how easy they are to clean!

Patrick Kellar