How Much Does It Cost To Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets in Bend, OR?

Okay. By now you’ve probably heard a lot about cabinet painting on tv or the interwebs, or at least have seen the alluring transformations. You know the ones... Drab, honey pecan cabinets from the early 2000s are suddenly gleaming white or classy gray, celebrating a bright, modern style. It looks like a full replacement, but it’s not!

The before and after shots may intrigue you, but that naturally leads to the all-important next question: how much does it cost to paint your kitchen cabinets?

Before we get to the numbers, let’s take a look at a few of the key factors and considerations that will shape your estimate.

What Impacts the Cost of Cabinet Painting?

Before and after comparison of cabinets

Every time we evaluate a potential cabinet painting project, we take a number of factors into consideration:

  • Size of the kitchen. That’s a no-brainer, right? Larger kitchens equal more surfaces to paint, more product to purchase, more time involved, but also greater economies of scale.
  • Is there space available for on-site finishing? We need a controlled environment in which to work. If you have a garage space available, for example, it simplifies the process and lowers transportation costs and the time involved. We’ll do our prep work, and then paint your removable components in an enclosed environment that seals out dust and other contaminants that you don’t want to have stuck in your drying paint.
  • Condition of your cabinets. When clients wonder if they should paint or replace their cabinets, condition is one of the biggest factors we ask them to consider. The best candidates for a cost-effective paint job are in good overall repair, simply needing light reconditioning and a fresh, updated finish.
  • Type (and quality!) of your finish. One of the biggest selling points for cabinet painting is the fact that you can choose from an almost endless number of finish styles, colors, and options. But, more complex, labor-intensive techniques will drive up the cost. Certain color choices also may require more coats (such as a lighter color covering a darker one), and that calls for more time and product. Your professional cabinet painter can help you navigate these options, and if cost is a major consideration, we can steer you toward alternatives that will better suit your budget.
Kitchen with bright yellow cabinets.

Fair Warning: You Get What You Pay For

We’d be remiss in our duties if we didn’t offer a very candid warning, coming from a painting company that has seen (and repaired!) all kinds of poor workmanship and DIY projects gone bad.

You can paint your cabinets VERY cheaply, either by doing the work yourself or hiring a bargain painter with ultra-low pricing. When it comes to this type of project, however, you really do get what you pay for. Almost anyone can paint a cabinet, but far fewer know how to do it well, and in a way that works for your home and won’t need to be repainted in a year or two.

Even if you invest in really high-quality products, your project can be doomed before the first coat of primer if you don’t know how to prep the surfaces. Those silky smooth finishes you love on Pinterest and Instagram also are most often not created with brushes and rollers, but high-tech spray equipment in controlled environments.

A higher up-front investment can pay you back over and over again when you have a finish you really love and that performs as it should.

How Much Does Painting Cabinets Cost?

Before and after example of kitchen cabinets.

On average in Central Oregon can expect to pay anywhere between $3500 and $8000 to paint your kitchen cabinets.  The size of your kitchen will be the biggest factor playing into this range.

While we don’t often share ballpark figures like this since every kitchen is so unique, we want to help you make the very best decision for your home, especially if that involves avoiding a costly mistake.

Determining If Painting Cabinets Is Right for You

Here are a few key questions to ask yourself:

  1. Do your cabinets “work” for you? Meaning, does the function, layout, and storage meet your needs?
  2. Are they in good overall condition, maybe just needing a little TLC due to age and use?
  3. Are you happy with the style, minus the color or finish or even knobs/pulls?
  4. Are your cabinets good quality (worth repairing and refinishing)?

If you answered “yes” to all of the above, you’re a perfect candidate for painting.

For more info and inspiration, here are a few resources you might enjoy:

What’s the next step?

If you live here in Central Oregon, we’d invite you to contact our Seriously Great team. It would be a pleasure to discuss your project, answer more of your questions, and talk cabinet painting and refinishing directly.