Wood Kitchen Cabinets: To Paint Or Not To Paint?

The choice of either darker wood or painted cabinets is common for many homeowners these days. If your kitchen cabinets are still in good condition but look dated, a fresh coat of paint could possibly give your wood kitchen cabinet a much-needed facelift without draining your bank account. But depending on the ambiance of your kitchen and the overall home decor, the preference for painting wood cabinets varies from person to person. Here are a few points to consider as you make the decision.

Style of the cabinet -wood can be beautiful, but you have to look closely at the style of your cabinets and whether they complement or fit into the overall kitchen design, as well as the look and feel of your home. Painting cabinets may bring about a more cohesive and unified theme throughout the home, and this would be especially beneficial to you and advantageous in the long run especially if you plan on selling your property in the future.

Budget – If you do decide to paint the cabinets, will you be doing the project yourself or hire a professional painter? If you really want to paint the cabinets yourself, you need to ensure that the cabinets end up looking as good or better than what they look like now. A do-it-yoursef cabinet paint job is a lot of work, so make sure you’re up for it. If not, look into different options for hiring a professional so the job is done expertly..

Talk to a realtor – In many places and communities, wood cabinets are a major selling point in homes. Look at listings of similar homes in your area and look at how the kitchen description is worded. You can also reach out to a local realtor or home staging professional to get their expert advice.

Select colors correctly – Because of the importance of having wood cabinets painted properly, you also want to make sure you pick the right color. There are virtually hundreds of “white” paint choices. Keep in mind also that lighting plays a major role in how paint will look in the final space. Perhaps you should consider taping a paint swatch on the front of each cabinet and looking at it over an extended period of time to see how it will eventually look.

While all of these points should be taken into consideration, the most important question to ask really is “What is the kitchen’s role in your family’s life?” Is it truly the heart of your home? Do you use this space to entertain? Do you cook a lot? If you’re the one that will be spending a lot of time in this space, you should love it and have an efficient use for it.