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Would I paint my kitchen cabinets again?

IT’S BEEN 4 YEARS, WOULD I PAINT MY KITCHEN CABINETS AGAIN OR REPLACE THEM?

You may be wondering should I paint my cabinets or replace them or how long will painted kitchen cabinets last? Well, I am hoping to answer both of these questions for you with this post. Because I was wondering, would I paint my kitchen cabinets again?

would I paint kitchen cabinets again

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First off, I want to share my kitchen before and after pictures so you can see what I am working with.

update kitchen cabinets without replacing them

You can see more of our kitchen in our home tour!

After moving into our home, the kitchen needed some updating and I wanted to start with the cabinets.

So 4 years ago, I decided to paint my kitchen cabinets, see the whole process here:

I DIYed the whole process, and it did take me about one month to finish the cabinets and cost about $200, remember I also added new trim around the cabinet doors and hardware.

WOULD I PAINT MY KITCHEN CABINETS AGAIN?

The answer is YES!

You probably noticed that my old cabinets were already painted but they needed to be repainted or replaced. But it was not in the budget to pay $3,000 to replace them (just guessing on that) and my cabinets are made from solid wood so I could not bring myself into riping them out. So I repainted them!

And to me the process was worth every minute of my time!

But let’s talk about how the painted cabinets are holding up at a quick glance.

There are a couple of placed where the paint as worn but really only three places.

Painted Kitchen Cabinets -1 year later

There are some white marks on the cabinet bottoms where my kids have hit the cabinets with chairs. But the paint is not affected, its like a scoff mark on the Polycrylic finish because it can be removed.

Painted Kitchen Cabinets -1 year later

And that’s it! Now I am going to go in more detail with some of the steps I did and what I would change.

  • MDF trim: I installed MDF to the doors to update the look, I was worried about it but it has held up very well so well in fact that I have used the same process in other places!
  • I would pick a different primer. The primer I used has allowed some bleeding through on some of the white cabinets, I used Kilz Premium Primer.
  • The paint has only worn away in some areas. Next time I would like to try a cabinet paint, I used Behr Premium Plus and I am happy with how well the paint is holding up! I do have three little kids.
  • I would recommend using Polycryclic to protect the paint. This, I think, is the main reason my cabinets still looks so good!

So to answer the questions from the beginning.

SHOULD I PAINT MY CABINETS OR REPLACE THEM?

I would suggest painting the cabinets as long as the flow of the cabinets works for you. Or if you want a cheap update until you can afford the correct flow.

I actually never plan on replacing my cabinets, I will paint them again if its needed.

HOW LONG WILL PAINTED CABINETS LAST?

This one is harder to answer because it depends on how the cabinets are painted, what paint is used, if you used a protective finish, and what kind of use the cabinets receive.

But I used standard paint and polycrylic plus I have three kids and my cabinets still look amazing after 4 years.

Sorry I cannot answer the question but maybe that will help.

I really hope this helps you decide if you should paint your kitchen cabinets because I have been very happy with my painted cabinets and I hope you will be too.