Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets – A favorite project of our South Shore and Boston area customers

Deciding to paint your kitchen cabinets:kitchen cabinet painting south shore ma

The decision to paint your kitchen cabinets should not be made on a whim. There are a lot of considerations that you must think about before embarking on this large project.


3 Takeaways about painting your kitchen cabinets for South Shore and Boston-area homes:

1. Painting your cabinets is a time-consuming DIY job that can be accomplished with the right materials & lots of patience.

2. Having CertaPro paint your kitchen cabinets will cost less than replacing them but is still not an inexpensive project. Repainting cabinets in an average South Shore kitchen runs $4-5,000.

3. Customers tell us that painting their kitchen cabinets with a modern color (usually white or off-white) had the single biggest impact on freshening up their home’s look and feel.  

Before you paint your kitchen cabinets think about these things:

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How much time do you have to paint your kitchen cabinets?

To “Do It Yourself,” it will take you about 4 weekends to complete. Here are our DIY instructions and the products we recommend. Go slowly, this is a project that rewards patience.

If you hire a professional painter (like us!), we can complete the job on average 4-7days. We do our best to keep your home as livable as possible, but painting kitchen cabinets requires emptying all of the cabinets and draping the rest of the kitchen in plastic. You’ll need to think about getting takeout on these nights! Upper Crust or Duxbury Pizza anyone?

Oftentimes we take your drawer faces and cabinet doors directly to our warehouse and spray-apply the paint to them there. Spraying gives them a smoother finish than rolling or brushing, although, with the right formula of paint, rolling and brushing can result in a somewhat smooth finish as well.

We also mask off your cabinets and kitchen to spray-apply the coatings to the exposed portions of the cabinets.

Consider this: If you paint your kitchen cabinets, what else in your home will suddenly look outdated?

Think about wall colors, window treatments, and furniture. If they are all meant to match with your old cherry cabinets, these furnishings might need to be changed after you paint your cabinets another color.

Common Questions About Kitchen Cabinet Painting Projects

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Is kitchen cabinet paint different from “regular” wall and trim paint?

Yes, we use a special primer and paint that are much more durable than regular wall paint because your kitchen cabinets will be opened and closed often. See our DIY instructions for exact paint brands and formulas we use and recommend.

How much is it to paint my kitchen cabinets with CertaPro Painters?

While every kitchen is different, the average kitchen cabinet repaint project costs just $4,000-$5,000. This price is significantly less than refacing or installing new kitchen cabinets. If you’d like an exact quote, email [email protected] to set up a time for us to meet and give you a firm price or even send pictures of all the cabinets you’d like painted and we’ll send you a quote using photos.

What colors are popular for kitchen cabinets?

On the South Shore our most popular kitchen cabinet project is painting wooden oak or cherry cabinets white or off white. This gives our customers the most flexibility and is a timeless look.

A few of our customers have had us paint the bottom cabinets a different color than the top cabinets. Some even have us paint their kitchen island a different color than the cabinets to add some style.

Can you help me choose new kitchen cabinet colors?

Yes, we have designers on staff to work with you. This is a free service to all of our customers after they’ve chosen us to paint for them.

What about the insides of the cabinets and drawers? Do I paint those too?

cabinetsWe can paint the inside of your cabinets and drawers, but this will add to the cost. Insides of doors are generally included but our customers tend to leave the inside of the drawers unpainted.

Many customers choose to leave the inside of their solid-door cabinets alone, and only paint the inside of cabinets that are faced with glass. This way, when you see inside the glass door, you will see the new color.

You NEVER want to paint near the mechanics of the drawers (where the hardware and rollers are). This could cause the drawers to end up sticking in the humidity.

Should I buy new cabinet door handles and hardware?

Choosing new hardware with the same “footprint” as the old hardware is the safest way to proceed. This means if your old hardware fits in 2 holes, 4 inches apart, the new hardware should fit in the old holes. While we can putty up the holes to accommodate hardware that doesn’t neatly fit into the old holes, the puttied-up holes could end up showing as indentations in the doors as the paint cures.

If you are painting your kitchen cabinets yourself, we’re still happy to help you:

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Choose a few paint colors from Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore.

Email [email protected] with the color names and numbers (no limit on the colors, choose as many as you’d like!

We will order you (for free) large 8” x 11” color swatches for you to hang in your kitchen. These will be mailed to you directly so be patient with the snail-mail delivery.

Hang up the large samples, look at them at different times of the day. You’ll be able to eliminate lots of them right away.

Here are our DIY instructions for painting kitchen cabinets including all of the products we use ourselves for painting kitchen cabinets.


We’re happy to help – just email us your kitchen cabinet painting questions and we’ll get right back to