Kitchen Cabinet Painting

Tired of your old cabinets? Don't waste money buying new ones. Make your old cabinets look amazing by having them professionally spray painted. Check out our before and after pictures further down this page.

Depending on the size of your kitchen, buying new cabinets can cost upwards of $10k, while having them painted by a professional is much less.

If your cabinets are in good condition, but you're simply unhappy with the stained look, painting them is an excellent alternative that will totally transform your kitchen. 

Most of our customers want their stained cabinets painted white, which seems to be the current trend.

Grey is another color trend, but white is by far the most popular choice that coordinates well with pretty much any color in the kitchen. White is also timeless in decor. Old hardware can be replaced with new knobs and hidden hinges for an updated look.

If you would like to request an estimate for painting your cabinets, Call Matt - (847)845-6876, or submit your estimate request online.

Check out the before and after pictures below of our cabinet painting projects.  

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 (Oak cabinets in the Lakewood, Illinois neighborhood Turnberry. These were spray painted white in the color Snowbound by Sherwin Williams).

(A cabinet project we did in a Lake in the Hills home. These were spray painted white with the popular color Snowbound from Sherwin Williams)

Maple cabinets in Crystal Lake before painting. Maple cabinets after spraying white.

Freshly painted maple cabinet doors before installation.

(Oak cabinets in a Lake in the Hills home painted white with dark bronze hardware installed. The paint color is Sherwin Williams Snowbound 7004)

 oak cabinets before paintingkitchen cabinets after paint

oak cabinets before paintingoak base cabinets after paint

oak cabinets after spray painting

(Oak cabinets in a Huntley home painted white, using Sherwin Williams color Snowbound).

Cabinets in Huntley, Illinois before paintingCabinets after prep and spray painting.

Kitchen cabinets before paint.Kitchen cabinets after spray painting.

Huntley base cabinets before paintCabinets after prep and paint

Kitchen cabinets before prep and paint.Cabinets after painting.

Kitchen island before painting.

(Oak cabinets in Lake in the Hills home painted white with grey accent wall above microwave. Cabinet color is Sherwin Williams Divine White 6105)

lake in the hills cabinets before paintinglake in the hills cabinets after painting

oak kitchen cabinets before paintafter spray painting white

(Oak cabinets in Crystal Lake home spray painted white. The color is Sherwin Williams Extra White 7006)

Oak cabinets before sprayingOak cabinets after spraying with primer and paint

Oak cabinet box before sprayingOak cabinet box after spraying

Oak kitchen cabinets before paintingOak kitchen cabinets after painting

(Pine cabinetry spray painted white with Sherwin Williams Extra White 7006)


Surface Preparation

Preparing and painting cabinets is a tedious process that must be done correctly to get a durable, smooth finish. We start by removing the doors and hardware. Our surface preparation consists of cleaning, sanding, and spraying two coats each of primer and paint, sanding in between coats. For grainy wood, like oak, we can apply grain filler if desired. The filler reduces the wood grain so it's less noticeable.

Spraying the Doors and Wall Boxes

We spray everything, including the wall boxes. Spraying produces a really nice fine finish and makes it possible to finish the work much faster than painting everything by hand. The doors are sprayed off site to reduce dust and chemical fumes in your home.

The total time to prep and paint cabinet doors is usually five to seven days, or less. Kitchen wall boxes usually take no more than five days. Wet doors are stored on professional drying racks in a controlled environment. 

cabinet drying rack 

Protecting Your Kitchen

Having your cabinets spray painted over your appliances and countertops is an understandable concern. We completely mask your kitchen so everything is carefully protected from dust and over-spray. Floors are protected with heavy duty masking paper.

The wall box openings are taped with plastic to keep dust and paint out. The surrounding kitchen area is tented off with plastic to keep sanding dust and fumes out of nearby rooms. The whole process for prepping and painting the wall boxes takes less time than the doors, usually no more than five days. The doors are sprayed off site.


Cabinet Paint

On cabinets, the durability and hardness of the paint you're using is very important. Cheap latex paint isn't hard enough to resist damage from cleaning and every day use.

When painting cabinets, we use Emerald urethane enamel from Sherwin Williams. Emerald urethane is a hybrid enamel (acrylic alkyd). We like this product because, similar to oil-based paint, it dries hard, but won't yellow over time like oil paint.

The paint dries fast, allowing your painted doors to be installed the day after painting the wall boxes. When sprayed, the paint levels out over the surface of cabinet doors in a uniform, smooth finish.


Filling Oak Grain

Oak is a grainy wood with deep cracks and pores that can show through paint if filler isn't used during preparation.

We can spray the primer and paint heavier to fill most of the cracks in the grain, but without filler, some cracks will remain.

Some of our customers prefer the rustic look with the grain showing. It's personal preference.

Using a grain filler won't completely hide the natual pattern of the grain on oak, but it will reduce it so it's less noticeable when painted.

Maple has a closed grain and doesn't need filler. When painted, maple has a very smooth profile, showing no grain through paint, but oak can be smoothed out with filler for a similar look.

Cabinet doors are primed with two coats of primer to seal the surface, preventing oil inside the wood from bleeding through the top coats of paint. We spray our cabinet doors, using a urethane enamel that levels out over the surface for a beautiful, smooth finish.

Spraying vs Rolling Cabinets

We spray paint cabinets, including the doors and wall boxes, but the doors are sprayed off site. Painting cabinets with a brush and a roller creates noticeable brush strokes and roller stippling on the surface. While you can certainly achieve decent results with careful technique, using a foam roller, the finish will never look as nice as a sprayed finish.

Spraying is always faster too than brushing and rolling. We can spray paint your cabinets and put your kitchen back together in about one week, but painting them by hand would take much longer. The sooner the painting is done, the sooner you can have your kitchen back to normal.      

Ready to paint your cabinets?

Call Matt - (847)845-6876, or submit your estimate request online.

We paint kitchen cabinets in Huntley, Algonquin, Woodstock, Lake in the Hills, Crystal Lake, Cary, Lakewood and most suburbs in Mchenry County.

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