Cost to Paint Kitchen Cabinets (and for Cabinet Painters)

Kitchen renovations are notoriously the most costly you can take on. Appliances, flooring and most importantly, cabinetry can all add to the bill. You can save yourself some serious money if your cabinets are in good shape. Cabinet painters can create a new look from your existing kitchen. Here’s what it costs to paint kitchen cabinets, and for cabinet painters to do it for you.

Painting kitchen cabinets can be a daunting task that takes up several days or a long weekend. The job is messy, and time intensive. There is also the potential for quite a few things to go wrong. It might be worth your piece of mind to consider bringing in a professional. Price may determine your options. Here are a few things to consider:


It stands to reason the bigger the kitchen, the more painting will need done. Larger rooms allow for more area to move around. If you are considering a professional, more cabinets mean more labor hours to be charged. Most pros charge either by the square foot or hour. Many will want to see the project before they quote a price. If you are working on it yourself, know this. Typically a gallon of paint will cover 400 square feet. Plan for some extra for a cabinet renovation.


As a do-it-yourselfer, arguably your biggest cost is the supplies for the job. You’ll need brushes, rollers, tape, drop cloths and paint. You should expect to spend $200-$600 on supplies, dependent on quality and size of the kitchen. Our experts warn those taking this project on not to skimp on quality. Because cabinets get so much touch ware, it’s important to use quality paint or it could break down faster. Bristles and fuzz can be left in the finish from lesser quality products. Bringing in pros mean you don’t have to worry about issues with the outcome or shopping for things like ladders. Crews will bring their tools of choice with them.

Geographic Location

Geography affects prices of items across the board. As you can imagine, this goes with the home services industry as well. Thumbtack researched painter projects of similar sizes in different areas. The prices quoted varied from $400 to over $1,500. Some of the larger providers have online estimator tools you can use to get an idea of their costs.


To properly paint kitchen cabinets, you should remove doors, hardware and prepare it properly. A room painting project requires you plan to spend ⅔ of your time on preparation; with cabinets the number is much higher. Sanding and priming can take an entire day for a novice. If you are not in the job for the long haul, consider hiring a crew.

CertaPro Painters would be happy to schedule a free, in-home estimate for your kitchen cabinet painting project.