before painting kitchen cabinets

Before painting a kitchen

So, the time has come for a kitchen cabinet update, but you’d like to keep the budget manageable; what should you do? There are two options for a kitchen cabinet facelift without the costly option of total replacement: painting kitchen cabinets or having them refaced. What is the right choice for your kitchen?

Refacing Vs. Painting: Colour Options

Colour options are practically endless for both refacing and painting of cabinets. When you choose to paint your kitchen cabinets, you can choose any colour you want, just as you would with any other interior painting project.

Refacing Vs. Painting: Which Is More Green?

The process of kitchen cabinet refacing consists of removal of the current cabinet doors and hardware, while retaining the boxes behind. This is certainly “greener” than a full cabinet replacement, but there is still waste created because the doors are usually simply discarded. If your cabinet doors were in great shape or solid wood, this is — well, kind of a shame!

Kitchen cabinet painting is more earth-friendly, because you’re simply “up-cycling” what you already have, and not using more resources. There are special “green” paints that are low-odour and low off-gassing, as well, if that is important to you.

Refacing Vs. Painting: What Is the Process?

completed kitchen cabinet painting job

Completed kitchen after painting is completed.

Refacing involves a replacement of the cabinet doors, so they will last as long as they are well-maintained within the manufacturer’s specifications. If the cabinet boxes are in good condition, refacing is a long-lasting option.

Kitchen cabinet painting can be long-lasting, especially when painting contractors use a process that ensures an enduring paint job. At Gallagher Painting, the process begins with removal of the cabinet doors, after which they’re sanded and stripped at their specialized spray shop.

Using the selected paint, the doors are sprayed up to 6 times with a product called “Pre-catilized epoxy.” The doors cure for 7 days, while other painting processes can require up to 30 days to cure and harden. Meanwhile, the cabinet boxes and framing are painted with a foam roller in the home.

This pre-catilized epoxy product is superior to even the now-popular melamine. This high-quality product ensures that the paint will look great for at least 10 years, if not more with good maintenance.

The Bottom Line

If your cabinets are in good shape, solid wood, and simply in need of a facelift, then painting is the cost-effective, earth-friendly option to consider. Refacing is the best idea for those with cabinets that are damaged and not easily repaired.

Call Marc Gallagher at Gallagher Painting today to discuss options for your kitchen cabinets. You’ll be amazed at the difference a professional paint job can make!