How Much Does It Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets? (2020 Estimates)

Are you wondering how much it costs to paint your kitchen cabinets?

You’ve come to the right place!

In this ProPaintCorner.com guide, you’ll learn:

  • The typical cost of DIY painting your cabinets
  • How to save money when painting your kitchen cabinets
  • How much it usually costs to hire a professional vs doing it yourself 
  • The estimated cost of labor and supplies to paint kitchen cabinets

And much more!

How Much Does It Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets? (2020 Estimates)

So, if you want to learn how much you should plan on spending to paint your kitchen cabinetry, then keep reading our cost guide for all our tips and insights below!

How Much Does Kitchen Cabinet Painting Cost?

The truth is, this will depend on your individual project.

Whether you're painting new cabinets, refinishing old cabinets, or trying to completely change the look of your kitchen by refacing and repainting kitchen cabinets, it's going to depend on the overall size of the painting project!

While square footage (surface area of the cabinet doors and cabinet boxes) will contribute to the cost, it's still going to depend on a variety of factors.

For instance, if you're planning to take on the DIY project of painting your kitchen cabinets, your costs will probably be much lower.

However, if you're aiming for a high-quality finish and you want to hire a professional painter to do the job, you're going to find your total project costs are quite a bit higher.

With all that said, let's break down the typical project costs of painting kitchen cabinets based on all of these factors.

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Average Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets If You DIY?

If you're handy at home improvement and you think you can tackle a DIY remodeling project, you're probably about to save yourself quite a bit of money!

However, since kitchen cabinets are a bit of a bigger undertaking, there are some other project costs to consider before you commit to the DIY route.

For instance, getting a high-quality finish on your cabinets is far easier if you have a paint sprayer to atomize the paint into a fine mist and lay down an even layer of paint.

You'll also want to consider the cabinet design you're working with and how difficult it might be to spray paint all over your kitchen. You'll need to buy plenty of painter's tape and drop cloth to make sure you're protecting your flooring and your countertops from all the paint and dust.

Plus, you'll need standard painting supplies like paintbrushes for detailing, sandpaper for sanding between coats, and several other key items.

However, if you happen to have several of these painting supplies handy (or can borrow them from a friendly neighbor or family member) your total cost will go down drastically and will mostly just come down to your paint costs. 

If that's the case, your costs will mostly come down to the gallons of high quality paint and primer you'll need to complete the paint job to your liking.

Below, I'll walk through an itemized list of the typical costs of the painting supplies you'll need so you can get a sense of how much your painting project might cost:

  • Drop Cloths - $10
  • Painter's Tape - $7
  • Paint Roller Frame - $7
  • Paint Roller Covers - $10
  • Paint Tray - $6
  • Paint Brushes (For Detailing) - $10
  • Paint Sprayer (rental) - $38/day
  • Paint Sprayer (to purchase) - $60
  • Disposable Painter's Masks - $20 
  • Disposable Painting Gloves - $8
  • Safety Goggles - $12
  • 1 Gallon of Behr Paint - $36
  • 1 Gallon of Sherwin Williams Paint - $40
  • 1 Gallon of Primer - $36

This isn't necessarily an exact list and there might be a few other items you'll need here or there, but it's a good idea of the material costs you're looking at for a DIY paint job.

Just keep in mind that depending on the square footage of your cabinets, you may need more than a single gallon of your chosen paint to complete your painting project.

For example, most cans of paint cover anywhere from 300 to 400 sq ft (this will be listed on the paint can you choose) so, you may need 2 gallons of paint and 2 gallons of primer to ensure that you can fully cover the cabinet doors and cabinet boxes. 

This is especially true if you need multiple coats of paint to get the proper coverage.

That said, the estimated total cost of painting supplies for painting kitchen cabinets is:

$200 - $400

This range is based on the assumption that you'd need to buy all of the painting supplies listed above, and 1-2 gallons of paint.

Your total cost will depend on how big your kitchen is and any other project costs you might have.

For instance, your cost of paint may change drastically if you decide to use a high-quality type of paint or want multiple paint colors for the cabinets, so just keep that in mind when coming up with a price estimate for your project.

The good news is, even with the prep work and supplies, painting your kitchen cabinets yourself is still probably less expensive than it would be to hire a painting contractor even if you buy the highest quality of paint. 

And the overall costs of painting an apartment pales in comparison to the typical house painting costs.

Plus, once you buy the painting supplies the first time, the project costs for every future painting project will be less!

Painting is one of the few home improvement skills that is fairly easy to learn (though it is time-consuming) and can save you a lot of money in the long run as long as you can get the hang of it and don't end up needing to repaint everything.

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Average Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets You Hire Professional Cabinet Painters?

Now let's talk about how much it'll cost you to hire a painting contractor to paint kitchen cabinets for you.

One thing to note here is that every professional painting company prices their work differently and charges different rates. 

For the sake of this article, I'll price this out based on the national average cost for cabinet refinishing when you hire a professional painter.

But, just remember, if you're hiring someone to paint a significantly larger kitchen with more surface area, it'll cost more.

That said, the national average cost for hiring a professional painter to paint kitchen cabinets ranges from $700 -$1,000.

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Did you know: Hiring a professional painter can actually save you money! Many pros use tools and paint that would cost a pretty penny to get yourself. And that's not even considering the time savings!

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How Can You Save Money When Kitchen Cabinet Painting?

Lucky for you, if you decide to go the DIY route there are several things you can do to lower your painting estimate and save money on your painting project, even if you go with good quality paint.

Types of Paint

One of the best ways to save money is to choose the type of paint you're using carefully.

Obviously, if you choose to go with multiple paint colors, your project costs will be more.

So, if you're still determined to create an epic accent wall, I'd recommend buying your paint in quart sizes to save money. 

Another way to save money here is by choosing your paint finish carefully. Typically, high-gloss and semi-gloss paints cost more than matte paints or flat paints.

Also, latex paints are typically cheaper than oil-based paints, and if you're a beginner looking to DIY a single room in your own home, I'd recommend staying away from oil-based paints as they're harder to clean up and harder to dispose of.

Renting vs. Buying Supplies

Did you know you can actually rent certain painting supplies rather than having to buy them?

Most Home Depot stores and Lowe's stores have a rental program where you can rent out certain painting and home improvement supplies. 

So if you know you'll only need those supplies for this particular project, that can be a much more cost-effective way to get the things you need.

Here's another thing that blew my mind when I learned it: some libraries rent out basic home improvement supplies!

Check with your local library to see if they have any tools like paint rollers and paint trays on hand that you can borrow. 

That'll save you lots of money on your painting project and you'll still be able to get the job done right.

Obviously, the cheapest route here is to see if any of your friends and family have some painting supplies they could lend you for the day.

Read More >> What Are The Best Paint Rollers To Use?

Sales And Dented Cans

Another way you could try to save money on paint is by waiting for your local hardware store to run a sale. 

Even if they knock off a few dollars on a can of paint, this can save you a bunch of money if you know you have a bunch of square footage to cover.

You can also see if they have any dented cans or old paint that's about to expire that they could sell to you for less. While old paint might not be as high quality as new paint, in general, it will still yield pretty decent results.

Most people don't want to buy dented cans (just like ugly produce) but the paint inside is the same stuff, and if you can get it for a bit cheaper that's more money left over for you!

Hot Tip: One more place you can look for cheap paint is Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. This works best if you're not picky on color or you're going with a standard color like white. 

I've seen some people getting rid of a large number of paint cans near their expiry date for FREE on those sites, so it might pay off to be a little thrifty.

Final Thoughts On Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets

Now that we've broken down the individual costs for refinishing your kitchen cabinets, these cost estimates should give you a good idea of the project costs you're looking at.

While every painting project is different, knowing the range of costs before you start is always helpful so you can find all the areas of the budget that you can cut back on.

Plus, it can help you decide whether you want to hire a painting service to help you avoid the time-consuming undertaking of painting it yourself.

No matter how you decide to get your kitchen cabinets painted, I wish you the best of luck on your painting project.

As always, happy painting!

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Madison Rude

Madison Rude

I’m kind of a painting nerd. My mom taught me how to paint when I was nine, and since then I’ve painted rooms, furniture...you name it. I’ve written technical advice for Wagner sprayers, and I’ve spent a lot of time DIYing my own home. I’m no expert, but I love to learn. And here at ProPaintCorner, I learn more about painting every time I work with one of our painting pros to bring you the best product reviews and How To advice available. Together, let’s make your next painting project the best it can be!

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