Kitchen Cabinet Painting

Are you happy with your cabinets, but not the color? Painting them is the best alternative to buying replacements. Most of the cabinets we paint, even the older ones, are in good condition.

Check out our before and after pictures further below to see how paint can transform your kitchen and save you thousands of dollars.

Buying new cabinets is very expensive. You're going to spend anywhere from $8,000 to $20,000 on replacements, depending on the size of your kitchen.

Unless you want to change the layout of your kitchen, why buy new ones?

We spray paint cabinets for a professional, fine finish. Brushing and rolling creates noticeable texturing, even using a foam roller. A sprayed finish always look superior. We use high quality paint that self-levels for a super smooth finish. 

Most of our cabinet painting projects are stained wood the customer wants painted white. This often includes oak, cherry, and maple. If your cabinets are missing knobs, no problem. We can drill holes and install them for you. 

Do you want to request an estimate now? Questions? Call Matt - (847)845-6876. You may also submit your estimate request online. We paint cabinets in Crystal Lake and the surrounding suburbs (Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Woodstock).

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

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Hickory cabinets we painted in a home in Mchenry, Illinois. The customer chose the Sherwin Williams color Alabaster, a cream white. We painted the kitchen walls with the color Dorian Grey, also a Sherwin Williams color. The customer is having tile installed between the counter and upper cabinets.

Maple cabinets in Crystal Lake, Illinois spray painted in the color Extra White from Sherwin Williams.

Cherry cabinets in Huntley, Illinois (Northbridge neighborhood) spray painted white. The customer chose a satin finish instead of semi-gloss. The color is Snowbound from Sherwin Williams.

Oak cabinets in Lakewood, Illinois (Wedgewood neighborhood) spray painted white with our most frequently used color Snowbound from Sherwin Williams. The walls were painted in Sherwin Williams color Mindful Gray to get nice contrast with the white cabinets. We installed brushed nickel knobs and pulls for the customer.


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 cabinets for paint is a tedious process that has to be done right for durability. We start by removing the doors, knobs, and hinges. Doors are numbered accordingly to make installation easy at the end of the job.

Our surface preparation consists of cleaning, sanding, and spraying two coats each of primer and paint, sanding in between coats for a smooth finish. The kitchen is tented off with plastic to contain dust and material fumes. For grainy wood, we can apply grain filler if desired. Filler reduces the wood grain so it's less noticeable when painted.

Spraying the Doors and Wall Boxes

We spray everything, including the wall boxes. Spraying produces a professional, fine finish, without the stippling texture and brush marks you get with the brush and roller method. Spraying is also much faster than painting everything by hand. The doors are usually 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 until the day of installation.

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 contain the dust and paint odor. 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 usually sprayed off site.


Cabinet Paint

On cabinets, the durability and hardness of the paint you're using is very important. Cheap latex paint is too soft and not hard enough for every day use.

When painting cabinets, we now use Emerald urethane enamel from Sherwin Williams. Emerald urethane is an acrylic alkyd enamel that dries hard. We like this product because it provides the same benefits of oil-based paint without turning yellow over time.

The paint dries fast, allowing painted doors to be installed the day after spraying them. When sprayed, the paint levels out over the surface for a uniform, smooth finish that looks awesome.

The pics below are cherry cabinets we spray painted using Emerald urethane in the satin finish.

This product is available in satin, semi-gloss and gloss. We use semi-gloss the most, but if you don't want your cabinets to be too shiny, satin is the best option. The satin finish is still very smooth without being overly glossy.


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 some of the shallow cracks in the grain, but without filler, some deep 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.

Wood like maple and cherry usually don't need filler, other than patching knicks and damage. Maple and cherry both have a very smooth profile that looks very nice painted.

Cabinet doors are primed two coats. We spray our cabinet doors, using a urethane enamel that levels out over the surface for a beautiful, smooth finish.

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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"I called Advantage Painting for an estimate on removing wall paper in my home. Matt the owner was on time for the estimate and was very friendly. He was very professional and did the job in less than a week! I was amazed with how clean and great of a job he did! I felt very comfortable with him being in my home and he is defintely is someone you can trust! I highly recommend you give him a call, you will not be dissapointed!"

--Jacqui Majesky

Island Lake, IL

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-- Brad Miller

Crystal Lake, IL