Cabinet Painting Vancouver & The GVRD

Welcome to Cabinet Painting Vancouver, the best kitchen cabinet painting company in Vancouver and the GVRD. Kitchen Cabinet Painting is ALL we do. You’re seen the number 604-PAINTER, (604) 724-6837 your point of contact for the best cabinet painting, staining and refinishing in Vancouver, Surrey and the rest of the GVRD.  Too often a designer or General Contractor says they can’t reuse existing cabinets so everything is torn out with the homeowner picking up the tab. Luckily for you, there is a kitchen cabinet refinishing company who’s sole purpose is to save you money. Your search is over; call now: (604) 724-6837 and lets check this cabinet refinishing job off your Projects List.

Cabinet Painting Vancouver With Epoxy Paint 

CABINET PAINTING VANCOUVER can be defined as something that is beautiful in movement, appearance and presentation. WOW, did you just read THAT? There are numerous ways to refinish your kitchen cabinets in a high quality way  and save a ton of money while doing so with the goal in mind to create something elegant with your cabinets. At CABINET PAINTING VANCOUVER & BEYOND we use stain, lacquer, paint, epoxy or polyurethane. This is the smarter way to renovate your kitchen while keeping your original cabinets! Your search is over. We have been Cabinet Painting Vancouver for years now Call us right now at (604) 724-6837 because EVERYONE loves a new kitchen! 



Cabinet Painting Vancouver for over 25 years now. IT’S ALL WE DO. Your search for kitchen cabinet painting and refinishing is over. We lacquer, paint, stain and epoxy all types of cabinetry. Don’t waste your money by doing a completely new install, refinish instead. Call: 604-PAINTER now! That’s 604-724-6837 or 


We LOVE real estate agents as they always give us lots of work. Guess THEY love us too!. We are Cabinet Painting Vancouver & beyond. Want to quickly increase the value of the property prior to listing and create the “wow” factor while doing so? It won’t cost much and your ROI will make it completely worthwhile. Here’s the math. Put in 5 grand to take 15 grand out. Pretty cool, eh?


You’re professionally trained to create a functional and quality interior environment. You can creatively resolve issues that lead to a healthy, safe and comfortable physical environment. Refinish. Re-paint. Resurface. Recreate. We have been CABINET PAINTING Vancouver and beyond, just wave your magic wand. YOU GOT THIS!


Settle your britches down General. We know your alpha male self loves demolition but you don’t always have to rip the cabinets out. Save your customer $10,000 by having them refinished instead.  In fact grab a bag of popcorn and read all about the cost to paint kitchen cabinets right down at the bottom of this page. 


Cabinet painting Vancouver for so many years we may have lost track. Talk about leaving our customers scrambling for superlatives. Whether we stripped and re-stained your maple cabinets, changed the colour of those faded IKEA cabinets or made your oak no longer a joke you will be thrilled with the finished results.  The best husband and wife team cabinet painting Vancouver & beyond, we will be there…just wave your wand. 


( the short and long answer to all your questions about kitchen cabinet painting)

Question #1) What specifically do you do when you paint (or refinish) my kitchen cabinets anyway?

Short Answer:

1) Whether we’re cabinet painting Vancouver, cabinet painting North Vancouver or cabinet painting Richmond the process is the same. We up and label everything then take down your doors and drawers.  We bag all your handles and knobs and tuck them away in one of your cupboards.  Then we leave

2)  When we show up to paint the “on-site fixed pieces” a couple weeks later we clean, fill where required..tape..sand…tack cloth then prime all cabinetry. Sand again and prime again.

3) Next is 2-3 coats of industrial pre-catalyzed epoxy to all  surfaces. 

4)  We then install the doors and drawers that were prepped and sprayed at our spray shop prior to the painting of the fixed pieces.

 5)  The transformation is complete.  Enjoy!


Long Answer:


1) oak cabinets

2)  maple cabinets

3) laminate cabinets

4) thermofoil

Lets assume, for the moment, that we’re doing what we do on a lot of our cabinet refinishing projects:  which is to paint those faded oak, maple, laminate, thermofoil (or whatever type of kitchen cabinets yo have.)  And to be fair, a lot of the kitchen cabinets we paint are, in fact, not in bad shape at all, nor are they even faded.  Furthermore, here at Cabinet Painting Vancouver there are no shortage of cabinet painting jobs we do where the cabinets are in what we can accurately describe as “new condition”.   In these cases its simply time to try a new colour.  After all, it’s looking pretty dark over there isn’t it?

For those who are thinking of going to a darker colour from you present light one that’s cool too.  Only YOU know what mood you want to create in your own kitchen.  

Now, for starters, we don’t just “throw a coat of paint on them”. The process of painting your cabinetry is a lot more involved than that. It’s extremely detailed work. Right up there with brain surgery and rocket science.  Not quite…but close.  ;>  Don’t believe me?..then read on and decide for yourself when you see exactly what’s involved in delivering a high quality kitchen cabinet refinishing job.


Don’t concern yourself with taking down any cabinets or putting them back.  There are one million other things you would rather be doing.  At Cabinet Painting Vancouver we take pleasure in the entire process. That’s why you hired us to paint your kitchen cabinets.  And part of the process of painting them involves taking them down, taking them to our shop, painting them there and then bringing them back and installing  them.


Now, if you *insist* on saving a bit of money and want us to knock some off the over-all price then feel free to discuss with us how much you can save by removing all the doors, drawer hinges and knobs and replacing them yourselves.  For 95% of our customers we remove and replace everything with 5% doing themselves.  Whatevers clever.  Again, most of our customers have one million other things they would rather be doing than removing and replacing cabinets.  Not to mention the fact that if they’re not labelled properly and you try to put a drawer back on in what you believe to be the right spot (but it’s not…AND it’s upside down but you can’t tell) then  you will spend an hour playing around with it and maybe not ever figure of the riddle.    Sound like I’m speaking from the point of view with having first-hand knowledge?   Yipper skipper. So ya, there’s a major learning curve.   But if you feel so inclined to save a few hundred bucks then dig in my friend.  


Excellent question. We will show up and do the uninstall but before we start taking anything down we will do a couple of things to give both you and us some peace-of-mind. 


1) We will open and close and examine all your cabinets (both doors and drawers) to see how easily they in fact open and close.

Some cupboards are less than perfect so we takes notes, pictures and videos to record whatever the issue is with any particular kitchen cabinet or bath cabinets door or drawer.  This is a very important step as sometimes you don’t notice a pre-existing condition until AFTER we do the work and then do the install and then things stand out a bit more and get noticed for the first time even though it’s pre-existing.

“WHAT’S A PRE-EXISTING QUESTION” you ask?  Good question.  Here are a few examples:

Example A:

We open one of your cupboard doors above your fridge and it doesn’t open all the way but instead rubs against the top of the fridge.

Example B:

The ‘lazy susan’ that hangs in a lopsided fashion due to weakened hinge placement over the years and no amount of playing around and adjusting the hinges will make it hang in a perfectly aligned fashion

Example C:  

The drawers around your sink  are in extra bad shape and are warped or bulbous in nature due to water settling on it over the years and making the surface swell.  We do a lot of extra work to make these particular drawers or doors look as best as possible.  That amounts to twice as much primer and epoxy paint than usual.  Question;  Will they look perfect?  No, only buying new will make them perfect but we can  get them up to  an 8/10 versus their current state of 3/10.


2) We look around  our work area to see if there is any damage that stands out that was caused my anyone in the past. We will also take pictures and video, where required, to help assist you in any way.

The following is an actual, verbatim, conversation we have had.

Customer:  “You scratched my floor Rick”.   

Rick: “umm…not so much.  (holding up cell  phone) Here’s the video I took of the pre-existing scratch that I noticed at the 10 second mark of me being on your property.  It’s the same video that I also emailed to you, text you about and spoke to you in  person about” 

Customer:  “Oh, THAT scratch..right..thanks…I’ve been juggling a lot of things lately with this reno..sorry.  Must have been the counter-top guys or the electricians”

Rick:  “Usually is Mrs. Jones…usually is”    


Now comes the labeling. At Cabinet Painting Vancouver we don’t want to be guessing where things go at the end so we are very methodical by clearly labeling where everything goes.  That involves putting some  painters tape on  the inside of the cabinet boxes…labeled “#1″….”#2” etc..while we simultaneously tape and label the cabinet doors associated with those areas as “#1″….#2”..etc.   until all the kitchen cabinet doors have been removed.  When the cupboard doors have all been labeled we then move onto the removal of the cabinet drawers.  Same process as above only this  time we label all the drawers with a letter instead of a number.  We also make sure we keep track of what side of the drawer is up and which is down.  Things can get a bit trick if we try to install one and it’s upside down because even though we will in fact be able to affix it it will look askew due to being slightly off.  Centimetres matter.  And those faux drawers you have under the sink…if we can get to them we will take those off as well.  Sometimes they simply don’t come off or they do come off but we can’t access the screws due to the shell of the sink being in the way.  Our goal though is to remove them if we can.


Once we get everything off we do an “official count” to make sure we have the same number of cabinet doors and drawers you said you had when we first contacted you via email and were asked of the “total number of doors and drawers”.   If there are less pieces then we will tell you what rebate you have coming and if there are more pieces than you had originally thought then we will let you know the extra charge so that we don’t leave your property with your items and THEN tell you about the extra charges.   This quite obviously is the fairest manner in  which to conduct business. At least we at Cabinet Painting Vancouver believe

Can you believe how much detail and work is involved in doing high quality cabinet refinishing and we haven’t even taken your cabinet doors and drawers out of your kitchen and to the spray shop yet!


One other nice touch we do is that when we take down, or rather, uninstall your cabinets we have to lean them up against your walls before taking them out to our truck or van.  We don’t rest them right against your walls as we don’t want to scratch any of your existing painted walls.  By placing a small piece of foam between the cabinet and the wall we protect the wall from any damage.  That foam you see is the very same foam we use to wrap and protect the doors and drawers after they are dried and cured.  But more about that later. 


We sure do.  We take off our “street  ware” and put on our DEDICATED INDOOR SHOES.  These are shoes that have never been outside, ever.  They are 100% dedicated to being inside a customers house.  Nice touch, right?



Prior to leaving we will make sure that there are no outstanding issues.  We don’t want to take your cabinetry off your property only to discover down the road when we’re painting the ‘on-site fixed pieces’ that we didn’t discuss a particular aspect of the job. Such as:




 Never the  dishwasher and sometimes behind the fridge.  With the fridge it  depends on how much of the side panels you can see and to what degree it stands out and bothers you.  Most often it’s “out of site, out of mind”.  If you would like us to paint behind the fridge then please be prepared to move the fridge in and  out yourself as we don’t want to take any risks and maybe damage your floor.  Those rolling wheels that the fridge sits on can sometimes leave marks when you least expect it.


 Wine racks are excluded from all initial quotes and the price to paint  them, if you want them done, is dependent on the difficulty of doing so.



We make sure we have an exact count of the number of doors, drawers and shelves.   If there are more than you said there were in your initial email we will let you know what the extra charge is.






Question #2) Do I need to empty my kitchen cupboards and drawers before you arrive?

Short Answer:  No.

Longer answer:

No you don’t. We won’t be painting actually inside your cabinets except maybe behind a glass door or two where you can see the old colour. Don’t worry, we won’t be getting any dust or paint on any of your personal or foot items. Once in a while we are not able to take the cabinet drawer face off without doing damage to the drawer so in that rare instance we would take the entire drawer with us at which point you would have to empty the entire contents of all your drawers and put all the contents back yourself when the job is complete. The goal is always the same…to remove the drawer face only and take that with us and leave you the rest. For a new kitchen this is not difficult but with older style kitchens where they simply glued the face cover onto the the drawer box then we have no other choice but to take the entire drawer with us as prying off the face would cause way too much damage.

What kind of primer, paint or lacquer do you use when you refinish my kitchen cabinets?

Short Answer:   2 coats B.I.N shellac based primer to seal.  2 coats Pre Catatlyzed Industrial Epoxy.  2 coats Benny Moore Scuff-X

How much is this going to cost me and what exactly am I paying for?

Great question and be sure to check out our article on all the variables that into determining the cost to paint kitchen cabinets.

What about melamine, is that any good for cabinets?

Melamine, although a bit better than regular paint is in fact just a fancy name for “paint” and also pales in comparison to a pre-catalyzed industrial epoxy.  Melamine reminds me of what it used to say on my report card when I was a kid: “good effort this term”. Melamine strives to be what it can never be;  industrial epoxy.

How do you arrive at a price for painting our cabinets? Does someone need to come and take a look?

Short Answer:  No we dont not have to go out to see your kitchen in person in order to give you an accurate quote. 

Longer Answer:  

We have been spraying kitchen cabinets for 29 yrs now so there is really nothing for us to see that we haven’t already seen…so no, no one typically has to come take a look. We just need to know the total number of doors and drawers and what type of wood or laminate you presently have. Then it becomes a simple math equation.  A couple factors that can affect our basic formula is if there is a tricky wine rack since we don’t include that in the price.  We also don’t incude painting inside any cabinets so if you have glass insets in a couple of your cabinet doors you might have to have behind the glass / inside the cabinets done for that area if you’re going from a darker colour to a lighter colour.  

Our kitchen cabinets are Oak and my daughters kitchen is laminate. We have approximately the same number of pieces. Will the cost be the same for the both of us?
Assuming for the moment that you both have the identical number of pieces, then no, the price would not be the same. Spraying over laminate is cheaper than spraying over a wooden cabinet since there are fewer coats of lacquer that need to be applied. Spraying laminate is a three coat system (one prime, two finish) whereas spraying maple and all other wood excluding oak, is a four coat system, and spraying oak is a five coat system. (three prime, two finish).
Whats the big deal with Oak; what is it exactly that causes the price to be higher than for cabinets made from different materials?
Assuming for the moment that you both have the identical number of pieces, then no, the price would not be the same. Spraying over laminate is cheaper than spraying over a wooden cabinet since there are fewer coats of lacquer that need to be applied. Spraying laminate is a three coat system (one prime, two finish) whereas spraying maple and all other wood excluding oak, is a four coat system, and spraying oak is a five coat system. (three prime, two finish).
I have 48 pieces of oak cabinets in my kitchen. How do you arrive at a price for that? How do I book a job?

The pricing is broken up into four areas:

    1. Number of pieces multiplied by our price per piece.
    2. On-site painting of fixed pieces.
    3. Removing and replacing of hinges and knobs.
    4. Cost of materials.

Book job’s online by giving a non-refundable Interac e-transfer deposit.  

How long will we be without our doors and drawers and what exactly do you do at your shop with them?

We will need your cabinetry for 2-3 weeks for the average sized job. (22-50 pieces)  .  All doors and drawers are cleaned thoroughly with disinfecting agents to remove all the oil, dirt and grime that has accumulated on your cabinets over time.  Even if you yourself have done an excellent job keeping your cabinets spotless and clean over the years we still scrub them clean prior to sanding in order to deliver a high quality refinishing project. This is a vital step in  the preparation of doors, drawers and cabinet boxes as we want the cabinet surfaces to be able to ‘take’ the primer and paint as best as possible.  We do a lot more than just a little light sanding as well.  We use orbital electric sanders in our spray shop to sand the surfaces as smooth as possible to remove all loose and peeling paint.  We typically do not strip everything entirely as that’s rarely required.  If you cabinets are delaminating…something that happens with some thermofoil on occasion then we will remove / strip the entire thermofoil off before priming it.   To paint your cabinets we typically use either an hvlp spray gun or an airless sprayer to achieve a high quality finish with no brush marks to your doors and drawers nor any brush markts to your cabinet boxes.  Most often we brush and roll the boxes to get a similar look to the sprayed doors and drawers. 

I'm pretty handy with a drill. Can I remove the replace the doors and drawers and take the hinges and knobs off myself?

No problem but again, I’m guessing that there are one million other things you would rather be doing.  If I’m wrong and this is no big thing and you’re also good at it AND you want to save some money then by all means dig in.  Please note that anything you take down ALSO has to go back up.  In other words, you can’t have all the fun (doing the uninstall of the cabinets) and THEN pass over the tricky part to us…the install. 


Actually you can provided we still get paid in full (typically $400’ish) that we charged for both the uninstall and install.  In other words, you just did an uninstall  and got paid nothing for it.  So if you **LOVE** helping out and want to be part of the process you can but in this particular case you won’t get paid for it.  Your ‘street cred’ goes up though.  ;>

I use to be a College Pro Painter. I can probably do the on site painting myself as well. Can you set me up?

 There are probably a number of things that you would  rather be doing.  We don’t really recommend it but if (push comes to shove) and you feel so inclined we can give you the exact application tools we would use if we were to do it ourselves. Typically though, the majority of our customers prefer to shy away from this aspect… and understandably so.  For what it’s worth the owner of Vancouver Kitchen Cabinet Painting used to be a College Pro Painter and was Painter of The Year in North America when he produced 1142 hours over 8 bi-weekly payrolls in Toronto, Ontario and beat out 3300 other College Pro Painters.  Despite having all those hours he was still just a College kid so it’s anyone guess at just how good the quality was.  Decent but not what it is after you get 30 yrs of painting under your belt.  Painting the fixed pieces in a kitchen to give a simulated ‘spray like look’ and painting all the crown…kicks…etc without getting any brush marks is no easy things.  If you’re up to it then dig in but your quality won’t be anywhere near what we can do for you.  Prior experience as a College Pro Painter notwithstanding. ;>

We are trying to take the fronts off the drawers that are glued with screws. Do you normally rip them off or can you paint around the drawers?
Sounds like you should leave them be as there could be issues getting them back on. We can prep, prime and spray them as is if that seems to be the better route.
We are painting the kitchen walls as well. Should we paint the walls before or after you paint the cupboards?
We would do the walls first. Touching up a wall due to any inadvertent damage during the install (by yourself) is much less egregious than injury inflicted upon a cabinet stemming from an accident by the aforementioned customer.
Do we wash the doors and frames before you guys arrive.
Thank you but don’t do any washing or cleaning of the cabinetry as that is part of what you’re paying for.
I’m a bit concerned about the smelly primer. Not only do we have a toddler but I am pregnant, so it won’t be so good for me/baby either.
We’re in full agreement with you on this one. We do not use smelly dangerous solvent based primers; we use very eco-friendly low odor pre catalyzed water based lacquer primers. The best primer/sealer on the market.
What's your policy on deposits and are they refundable?
We have been Cabinet Painting Vancouver
and beyond for years now and are exceedingly fair when it comes to handling your money. Deposits are 100% refundable if there are less than 5 emails we had to respond to. Anything between 5-10 is 50% refundable and if we responded 10 times or more during the course of the planning of your project then there is no refund whatsoever.



Over the past 30 years, 604-PAINTER, also known as Vancouver Kitchen Cabinet Painting has become one of the most recognizable brands in Vancouver, North Vancouver and the rest of the Greater Vancouver Regional District. As the undisputed industry leader in kitchen cabinet painting and refinishing Vancouver Kitchen Cabinet Painting will undertake any project of any size. Located in South / East Vancouver we will travel as far as required to service your cabinet refinishing needs. Cabinet painting Vancouver is our specialty with the price for our cabinet refinishing typically ranging from $1500 to $15,000, depending on the size of your kitchen and number of cupboards and drawers to be painted, lacquered or stained. We have been painting and staining kitchen cabinets for three decades in the Vancouver, and the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Call 604–PAINTER (604) 724-6837 if you live in Vancouver or the GVRD or call toll free 1-800-PRO-PAINTER 1-800-776-7246 if you live outside the Greater Vancouver Regional District for any of your kitchen cabinet refinishing needs.


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Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets In 2021?


“I wonder how much it costs to paint kitchen cabinets?” you ask yourself while you’re literally standing there in your kitchen, having a coffee, in Vancouver, British Columbia (or any kitchen in Canada or the United States quite frankly) and wondering whether you should replace your kitchen cabinets or have them refinished instead by a professional kitchen cabinet painting company.    Although you briefly thought about a DIY or ‘do it yourself’ scenario where you were going to tackle the project yourself you decided that there were one million other things you would rather be doing.  Smart move.  Do it yourself cabinet painting jobs sound good, in theory but there are so many things that can and will go wrong.

Time to call a professional kitchen cabinet painting company you ultimately decided.  Again, smart move.  After all, these cabinet painting companies do nothing but paint kitchen cabinets.  ALL. DAY. LONG.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

“Is it a bad idea to paint kitchen cupboards?” you wonder again then go on to ponder how much it costs to hire someone to refinish your kitchen cabinets. “Is it cheaper to paint kitchen cabinets or replace them?” your brain inquires relentlessly, essentially asking the same question over and over, different ways, as the whole idea of resurfacing your kitchen cabinets has been at the forefront of your thinking for some time now.




Isn’t it interesting though that the number one question that gets asked in the kitchen cabinet refinishing business ( “what’s the cost to paint kitchen cabinets in 2021?) has virtually no information on the internet whatsoever!


Until now that is!


Hi, my name is Rick Anderson, I do professional kitchen cabinet painting and I have been refinishing kitchen cabinets across Canada for the last 37 years so I know the answer to the question: “how much does it cost to paint kitchen cabinets?”  I refinished kitchen cabinets in Toronto, Ontario for 11 years, 3 years in Ottawa and finally in Vancouver, British Columbia for the last 23 years doing business as Vancouver Kitchen Cabinet Painting under the umbrella brand of 604-PAINTER.  As a side note if you’re wondering how all those 604-PAINTER signs got plastered all over those telephone poles by the side of the highway between the hours of midnight and 3:30 a.m I have no idea.  The name of the company says it all.  A Kitchen Cabinet Painting company in Vancouver, British Columbia specializing in…..wait for it…..Kitchen Cabinet Painting and Refinishing.


I am also the creator of the worlds largest online group (forum) for pro painters where our 30,000+ members have been sharing their pricing for kitchen cabinet painting all day,  every day for the last 5 years and half of them it seems are professional kitchen cabinet painting company’s so we will be hearing from about 30 of those members, from the United States and Canada, in this article as they share their pricing to paint a 44 piece kitchen.    So, if you’re wondering what the cost is to paint kitchen cabinets in 2021 you sure came to the right place.                                                                                                                                                                                                                If that wasn’t enough (and golly gee don’t you think it outta be?) I also have a North American wide brand called “1-800-PRO-PAINTER” that is in 24 states in the USA and 4 provinces in Canada and I get reports every day about how many kitchen cabinets my Licencee’s are refinishing.  A TON! 

My ‘hands on’ experience is second-to-none as I have personally painted and refinished over 700 kitchens (and counting) using industrial epoxy paint to lacquers and conversion varnishes and it’s because of this and the above considerations that I feel that I have the expertise, authority and trustworthiness to discuss and shed light on the number one question that gets asked in the kitchen cabinet refinishing business…which (again) is:


“How much does it cost to paint kitchen cabinets in 2021?”


I will start with an in depth look at the cost to paint kitchen cabinets in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2021 by examining the pricing for two of the most visible kitchen cabinet painting companies in Vancouver.  Cabinet Painting Vancouver and my own company, Vancouver Kitchen Cabinet Painting.   After that we will look at the pricing to paint kitchen cabinets in 32 different states and provinces in the United States and Canada and then I will discuss, in great detail the 40 FACTORS that go into arriving at a cost to paint your kitchen cabinets.  Yes, you read that right,  40 variables that cabinet refinishers consider when coming up with an exact cost to paint kitchen cupboards.


So let’s get to one of the punchlines…or one of them anyway.  The great news right out of the gates is that:

It’s significantly cheaper to have your kitchen cupboards refinished than it is to replace everything.   

How much more significant you wonder IF a professional kitchen cabinet painting company were to do it?   Well, your $5,000 kitchen refinishing job will metamorphosize into a cost of $20,000-$35,000 if you decided to remove them all and install new cabinet doors and drawers.   That is indeed a remarkable difference and what did you think about me being able to work the word “metamorphosis” into the conversation?  ;>

Ya so uh, feel free to stop reading right now if that’s the only reason you’re here at the moment, to make a determination as to whether it’s worth it to paint your cabinets instead of replacing them.  And in case it needs to be said again then here goes:


That’s assuming of course that you’re not a super wealthy insolent spend-thrift with a disdain for money who wakes up every morning looking for diabolical and non-sensical ways to torch your money….or your *husbands* money perhaps?…(but surely I digress).  If that’s you though then go right ahead and replace those cabinets instead of refinishing them and by the way, enjoy using the flame thrower on your cash and feel free to use it on the cabinets themselves as they DO have to come down… way or the other.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I I mean, what’s a few cinders between friends?   

If the General Contractor doesn’t have the time to do the demolition of your kitchen cabinets with his own hands because you went all Armageddon on them I’m sure he will be nothing short of appreciative….because he knows himself…every time he does a brand new install of kitchen cabinets he’s thinking (yet not saying it out loud) that the cabinets should have been refinished instead.  But that’s food off his plate (and a vacation in the Philippines for me) so he doesn’t ‘go there’.  Now everybody stay calm….and happy torching.



Replacing your kitchen cabinets instead of refinishing them pretty much looks like this.



The History of Kitchen Cabinet Painting As It Pertains To The Question: How Much Does It Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets?

(by a professional kitchen cabinet painting company)


Truth be told, for the last 15 years anyway, you’re certainly not alone in wondering if it’s worth it to paint kitchen cabinets and asking what the cost is to paint kitchen cabinets by a professional kitchen cabinet painting company as there are tens of thousands of homeowners across Canada and the United States, not just in Vancouver, British Columbia, who stand there asking the exact question;  or variations of it anyway.  Asking themselves if it’s worth it to refinish their cabinets by a professional kitchen cabinet painting company just might be the most popular question asked by homeowners across North America over the last 10-15 years.  Am I guessing or do I know this to be fact? It’s a FACT and this is how I know.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

As mentioned above already I am the creator of the largest online group for Pro Painters on the entire internet located on Facebook, which has 30,000 members with an average of 90,000 posts and comments per month.  We were first online at Painters Chatroom (.com) in 1999 as the first pro painter group to be online and then migrated to Facebook in 2016.  Back then, at our original .com site at the turn of the century there was virtually no discussion about kitchen cabinet painting whatsoever amongst our 20,000+ members.  That all changed right across North America in 2007-2008 and then exploded in 2010. Now it’s like the whole world is doing nothing refinishing kitchen cabinets.



You could be a homeowner anywhere in Canada or the United States asking this question.  After all, it’s the #1 question that gets asked by ANY homeowner in North America, irrespective of their actual location, when they’re trying to make the determination if they should replace their kitchen cabinets entirely or have them refinished instead.


In short, is it worth it to paint their cabinets, price wise that is…by a professional kitchen cabinet painting company?


A lot of homeowners wonder how much it costs to hire someone to paint their cabinets after having been over to a friends place and seeing a completed cabinet painting job.  Chances are it was an old oak kitchen and it was just time to freshen things up as that old faded golden honey look has run its course.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You think of your friends old oak kitchen with the old oak cupboard doors and drawers and then think of the new completed resurfacing that got down and are quite literally startled when you visualize the before and after shots in your mind.








By the end of this article, (and it’s a rather lengthy one) you will have a very good idea about the costs to paint kitchen cabinets by a professional kitchen cabinet painting company; not only in Vancouver, British Columbia but numerous other locales as well throughout Canada and the United States.


I will avoid getting into specific pricing from cabinet refinishers around the globe and will instead place an emphasis on the North American market with EVEN more details about my own service area:  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

This article will cover, in depth, the variables or considerations that are made by a typical cabinet refinisher when they’re making their own determination as to what the actual price should be for your cabinet resurfacing project.  Rarely is there just a set-price for doing any cabinets as most cabinet refinishers like to consider a number of variables before submitting a firm price.  It’s those variables that we will look at so as to give the average customer out there a lot of insight into the considerations involved with submitting accurate pricing for refinishing kitchen cupboards.

We can start with taking a look at the price to paint or refinish kitchen cabinets in Vancouver, British Columbia by taking an in depth look at two of the leading cabinet refinishing companies there, according to the Search Engines anyway with both companies having over 25 perfect 5 Star ratings on Google My Business.   We have Cabinet Painting Vancouver and 604-PAINTER (aka: Vancouver Kitchen Cabinet Painting).  The pricing for kitchen cabinet painting, for these two refinishing company’s is as follows: (note: pricing could be subject to change)

chart of two cabinet refinishing company's pricing

Even though these are cabinet refinishing companies doing the EXACT work why the big difference in price?    Easy answer,  604-PAINTER, aka: Vancouver Kitchen Cabinet Painting is a husband and wife team.  I fired all my employees over 10 years ago and dropped my prices by 33% and although I have a bit of overhead with a small shop and spray booth it certainly doesn’t amount to the overhead that my competitor has.    By the way, they will get your cabinet refinishing job done in 3 days, even those 70 piece kitchens.   Someone’s making some good coin huh?  So maybe this husband and wife thing is a good thing?  Ask yourself a question.  Was Gretzky and Kurri a good combo?   Jordan and Pippen?   Montana and Rice?   I think you get the idea. 

Imagine that you did your 10 piece kitchen and passed along the contact info for the company on the left (Cabinet Painting Vancouver) to 50 of your friends who also have a 10 piece kitchen somewhere in the Vancouver (Canada) area.   So you and all your friends spend a total of $201,960 (51 x $3,960 = $201,960) and then one of your other friends who was not included in these 50 gets her 10 piece kitchen done by 604-PAINTER (aka: Vancouver Kitchen Cabinet Painting) and passes along the contact for 604-PAINTER to 50 of her friends who then hire 604-PAINTER (aka: Vancouver Kitchen Cabinet Painting) to  refinish all 51 kitchens.   51 kitchens at a cost of $1,500 per equals $76,500 making the difference $125,460.  ($201,960 – $76,500 = $125,460)    Wow!  Both are professional kitchen cabinet painting company’s but thats some difference.

File this under: FFT…food for thought.   If you get your 51 kitchens done with 604-PAINTER (aka: Vancouver Kitchen Cabinet Painting) , instead of the “other guy”  then you could afford to go to Costa Rica with your 50 friends and stay in a beach-front hotel for a month and come back with enough money left over to all go for a celebratory dinner at Monk McQueens.  Oh wait a minute,  they closed their doors in 2012 after a superlative run of 26 years.  Oh well, you will have to find another cool restaurant, but you get my point.

“Wait Rick” you say….”your math is flawed as the average kitchen is not 10 pieces but it about 30″.      Good point but the math is virtually the same…but in that scenario you and your 50 friends save *only* $106,080  (trust me on  the math).  So with all the money you save you can STILL all go to Costa Rica for a month…all expenses paid BUT when you get back to Vancouver you can’t go to (insert cool restaurant here), but you CAN all go to the MacDonalds Drive Thru!   #giddyup.   The math is pretty clear here.    But let’s move on from Vancouver, British Columbia and take a look at some pricing for kitchen cabinet painting in some other areas in Canada and the United States and some other professional kitchen cabinet painting company’s.

I asked some of the members of The Painters Chatroom to give a price for the following kitchen cabinet refinishing job.  A 44 piece kitchen to be taken from it’s original natural look to all white.  Going from natural wood to all white is the most popular way of resurfacing your kitchen cabinets at a fraction of the price it would cost to replace them all.  Here are those results.

In 2021 the price of $6092.00 is the average cost for a professional cabinet refinisher to paint a medium sized kitchen with 44 doors and drawers in the United States or Canada. The range is between $3,500 and $10,500 and all prices are based on a survey of 34 cabinet refinishing company’s in the United States and Canada conducted at The Painters Chatroom on Facebook in January of 2021.  

This average price is based on a survey of 34 professional kitchen cabinet painting company’s in the United States and Canada done at The Painters Chatroom on Facebook at the beginning of 2021. (See chart below).   The kitchen cabinet painting professionals were all asked to submit a legitimate bid for a 44 piece kitchen (depicted below) with the instructions to take the cabinets from their natural honey look to a solid white color.  The most popular request made by homeowners in North America.







State Company Price Phone
Arizona Lilacs & Lace Painting $3,500 (480) 980-1607
Arkansas Jacobs Painting   $5,500 (701) 500-0490
California Marlow Painting: Valley $10,500 (760) 617-5586
Colorado Andrande Painting: Telluride $7,500 (970) 316-1247
Connecticut All Star Painting:  Hartford $6,000 (860) 867-6059
Florida GR Cabinet Painting: Tampa $4,700 (727) 351-6971
Georgia Rustin Rentals And Creations $6,200 (229) 947-9231
Hawaii The Right Painter: Oahu $8,600 (808) 321-4841
Idaho CleanLine  Painting: Boise $4,500 (208) 957-2468
Illinois Jays Painting & More: Alton $5,000 (618) 610-2075
Indiana Painting Daisies: Goshen $4,500 (574) 361-8714
Iowa Interior Painting Plus $6,000 (712) 563-2166
Kentucky Louisville Painting Company $6,200 (502) 424-4390
Louisiana Neighbor Painting $6,500 (225) 364-7316
Maine iPaintMaine $6,500 (207) 749-5606
Mass Renaissance Finishes $7,700 (617) 501-0480
Minnesota The Hillcrest Company $6,800 (612) 741-9863
Missouri Arnoldy Painting $7,500 (660) 251-1817
Montana CleanLine Painting $5,500 (208) 957-2468
New Hamp Nelson Contracting $6,500 (617) 908-6570
N. Carolina Zanes Painting LLC $4,200 (828) 406-4764
N. Dakota JLG Sharpline Painting $5,000 (701) 799-5292
Ohio Dan Pro Painting $5,000 (740) 586-3048
Oregon Quality Painting Services $7,000 (540) 921-6000
Penn Pride Painting & Restoration $5,500 (717) 753-4425
Rhode I. Adams Painting $5,000 (401) 263-8312
Tennessee Premier Painting $5,000 (931) 359-9999
Texas Robinson Painting & Const $5,500 (325) 227-0233
Washington All Covered Painting $8,800 (206) 682-7110
W. Virginia Absolute Improvements $6,500 (304) 673-2150
Wisconsin CGR Painting LLC $5,500 (608) 214-3474
New Jersey Isla Restoration $7,000 (973) 382-4595
Vancouver 604-PAINTER $4,895 (604)724-6837
Toronto Toronto Cabinet Painting $5,995 (416) 618-0400

The 40 factors and that go into determining the cost to paint kitchen cabinets have been categorized into three groups:

Group One:  Significant factors Professional Kitchen Cabinet Painting Companies Consider
Group Two:  Minor considerations Made By Professional Kitchen Cabinet Painting Companies
Group Three:  Associated Costs When Dealing With Professional Kitchen Cabinent Painting Companies.

Significant Factors Affecting Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

1.  Total Number of Cabinets Most Assuredly Affects Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

It’s the number one variable that affects pricing if you’re trying to determine the cost to hire a professional kitchen cabinet painting company to paint your cabinets.  The number of kitchen cabinet doors.  Obviously, if you have 65 doors and drawers that will cost more than if you have 30 doors and drawers. Although it’s true that  some cabinet refinishers involved with cabinet painting Vancouver, and beyond, will ask you for the square footage of painted doors and cabinet boxes to determine the cost of painting, myself, as a cabinet refinisher who is actually spraying your cabinets in a spray shot and paint booth will want to know the total number of pieces with a breakdown as to how many doors and how many drawers, in total, you have.  Remember,  we’re doing spray painting here (for the pieces sprayed at the shop anyway) by a professional painter so it’s more than just throwing on a coat of paint and calling it done.   The process involves spray painting on a couple coats of KILZ shellac primer /sealer followed by a couple spray applications of epoxy paint so the total number of cabinets is a pretty big thing…..this whole concept of square footage or number of kitchen cabinet doors.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

That one factor alone will get me (and any other cabinet refinisher in North America) in the ballpark as to what the overall cost will be to resurface your cupboards.    Breaking the overall total down into two numbers; one number for doors and one for drawers is a smart and fair way to proceed.  If you have 55 doors and 10 drawers it will cost more than if you have 40 doors and 25 drawers since the doors will (for the most part) be larger than the drawers and there will be more overall square footage.    Factoring in large pantry doors will be a consideration as well as a single large pantry door can be counted as “2” or “3” “regular doors”.  More about that later.

2.  Painting or Staining Absolutely Will Affect The Cost To Refinish Kitchen Cabinets 

No single variable (other than the total number of doors and drawers and faux finishing) affects the pricing of your kitchen cabinet refinishing job more than whether you decide to paint your existing cabinets or have them stripped down to the bare wood and then stained followed by three top clear coats. This is not just a basic paint job with some good Benjamin Moore cabinet coat applied.  Whether you’re cabinet painting Vancouver or beyond, the additional cost involved with stripping and staining turns a $4,000 project into an $8,000 job in a heartbeat due to all the paint removal (stripping) that is necessary to get the old finish off in preparation to take new stain.  Most kitchen cabinet refinishing companies won’t even want to re-stain since most lack the skill to do it properly and as a result can sometimes call it a $12,000 job (instead of $8,000) just to scare you away.                           

And IF they (the professional kitchen cabinet painting company) lands it (are awarded the contract) they will struggle their way through it and learn on YOUR dime. And that 3’rd clear coat that SHOULD be applied probably won’t actually happen as most cabinet refinishers will do two and call it done. “Is it worth it to have my kitchen cabinets stained or should I have them replaced instead?” is ALSO a very common question asked by homeowners.
The short answer is that oak is outstandingly beautiful when stripped and re-stained (then triple clear coated) and maple, despite being a hot mess when stained….can be described as “beautiful” provided you define beauty as “wild hot mess”.  Regardless though, it still beats the heck, price-wise, out of replacing everything.


3.  Brushing and Rolling or Spraying The Fixed Pieces Will Influence The Cost To Resurface Cabinets

The fixed pieces or cabinet boxes are the pieces that can’t be removed when your cabinet painter is there to paint your kitchen cabinets. Hence the name “fixed” pieces. Since the doors and drawers are going to be removed and sprayed in a shop some place the question becomes:  How to paint the fixed pieces?  Brush and roll them or spray them?   They can be brush and rolled for a similar look or sprayed for an identical look.    If you’re going to be asking how much it costs to have a professional kitchen cabinet painting company paint your cabinets then you had better be hip to the significant difference in price between brushing and rolling of the fixed pieces versus spraying the fixed pieces.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

A good professional kitchen cabinet painting company cabinet painting Vancouver can brush and roll the fixed pieces and simulate a sprayed look quite well, in terms of colour, sheen and texture.  Provided that high density foam rollers and good artist brushes are used for the painting of the fixed pieces an expert cabinet painting company can score an 8/10 for recreating the sprayed look, and truth be told; you can’t even tell the difference from 3 feet away anyway. #good #value.

So, IF you want to score another two points and go for the 10/10 because you’re the type who wants to scrutinize the fixed pieces from 12 inches away then by all means have the fixed pieces sprayed and budget an additional $2500.00 to have that done.  What? Ya, I just said that.

4.  Oak: Grain filling Will Significantly Impact The Cost To Re Paint Kitchen Cabinets

It’s virtually impossible to get oak kitchen cabinets laminate smooth but if that is the desired look then all the cabinetry can be grain filled with a thick plaster like compound then sanded and refilled and sanded again to smooth out the grain and eliminate the undulations.   This has to be done to not only the doors and drawers but to the on-site pieces as well done by any refinisher who is engaged in cabinet painting in Vancouver.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Grain filling will turn a $4,000 job into an $8,000 job and a $6,000 job into a $12,000 job.  In other words; it doubles the cost thus making the job (perhaps) prohibitively expensive.  Oh ya…and you *still* see the undulations so if you were looking for a “laminate” look with those oak cabinets…not happening.  Time to buy new if that’s the goal.  That will be the only time you hear me talk like that but you have to get superb value or it’s not worth it.

5.  Company with employees Inescapably Affects The Cost To Paint Cabinets

A professional kitchen cabinet painting company that has employees will ALWAYS have to charge more for the company owner to make any money versus a husband and wife team so that one factor alone will add significant costs onto the overall cost of having your cabinets refinished.

Hire a company with lots of employees if you want to pay a lot

Best bang for your buck by a country mile

6.  Faux Effects Will Quadruple The Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets Professionally

This one could actually be the most expensive in a heartbeat if you want to go down the decorative painting road. Funny thing is though that most professional kitchen cabinet painting companies involved with cabinet painting Vancouver and beyond, don’t offer this service. Doing just about any faux effect to your cabinet resurfacing project will skyrocket your price.  Whether it’s additive ragging / sponging,  the crackle look, marble look or worn look be prepared to pay triple and quadruple the price that you typically pay for “regular” cabinet refinishing in which one simple colour is being sprayed.


7.  Pinstriping Naturally Adds To The Cost To Refinish Kitchen Cabinet

Pinstriping is a type of “faux effect” so why the separate mention?  Only because sometimes it’s a request that is made in lieu of a straight up request for faux finishing in the hopes of making the request for *only* pinstriping seem like it’s not a big deal.  Well, it is a big deal…so the whole:

“hey Rick, can you just throw a few stripes on there to make the cabinets tickety boo” can be done so no problemo but “tickety boo” in the pinstriping world will take the average price for a cabinet refinishing job and double it. It takes time, and a lot of it, to add a couple lines of paint or tinted glaze to the crevices of your 65 cabinets.

Time is money, honey.

8.  Present Condition of Cabinetry Can Sometimes Add To The Cost To Resurface Kitchen Cabinets 

A 40 piece kitchen that is in a serious state of disrepair will cost a lot more than the same 40 piece kitchen that is in impeccable condition. The extra cleaning, sanding, filling, re-filling, sanding and double priming required to get the beat up cabinets looking most presentable in preparation for the application of the finish coats is no small thing for a professional kitchen cabinet painting company cabinet painting Vancouver, and beyond. For what it’s worth about 7/10 jobs can be described as in “very good condition” with another 2/10 being in good condition but really greasy leaving just 1/10 that has a starting point of being less than stellar.  It’s rare that a cabinet refinisher actually has a kitchen as described above:  “in a serious state of disrepair”.

8.1  Delamination Will 100% Guaranteed Add To The Cost To Resurface Kitchen Cabinets Professionally 

Loose and peeling paint on cabinets that are being refinished is a fairly standard thing but a complete failure of the paint whereby  it lifts off in sheets (called delamination) will change the whole ball game.   What was going to be a $4,000 job could turn into a $6,000 dollar job or a ‘forget the whole thing Honey, let’s replace them instead”.    Fortunately, serious delamination happens only 1 in 200 kitchen cabinet refinishing jobs done by any professional kitchen cabinet painting company.  That one time is typically due to the cabinets being thermofoiled  which is a flexible vinyl material that is applied by heating the vinyl and molding it over medium-density fiberboard (MDF) or engineered wood.  So, how much does it cost to paint kitchen cabinets?  Lets just hope you don’t run into delamination issues because ANY cabinet refinishing company cabinet painting Vancouver will have to charge to have everything stripped. And that’s no good. 

9.  Painting Inside The Cabinets Invariably Adds To The Cost To Refinish Cabinets 

Most kitchen cabinet refinishing companies involved in cabinet painting Vancouver, and beyond, do not include, as part of their quote, the painting of any interior of the cabinets.   This is due to a number of reasons.

1) It would skyrocket the overall price of the job and scare away customers (not smart)

2) It just isn’t any fun as it’s extra smelly and extra dirty. 

“Out of site out of mind” is the best way to go if you’re interested in keeping the overall  pricing favorable.   What happens most of the time as sort of a ‘middle ground’ is that only the inside gets painted if you can see it through a the glass in some of the cupboards.   If you’re taking your natural cabinets and getting them painted all white then it might look a bit odd to see remnants of the original look when you look through the glass cupboards.

10.  Shelves Will Add $70 More Per Piece To The Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinetry

If you’re going to be painting inside a few cabinets (behind the glass) then you will be painting the shelves that you find in there.  Not only do these shelve have to be primed and painted but an ultra-strong clear urethane automotive coating has to be sprayed on as the surfaces will be subjected to the most abuse in the entire kitchen whenever you remove and replace items.  Not only does it have to be scratch resistant but the surface has to withstand objects being dragged and dropped onto it’s surface all day long.  So when you’re asking the professional kitchen cabinet painting company you’re dealing with how much does it cost to refinish kitchen cabinets be on the lookout for all those shelves in the cupboards if you’re painting behind the glass. 

11.  More Pieces Than You Thought Will Unfortunately Add More To The Cost To Refinish Your Cabinets

All my contracts have the exact phrasing which is: e.g:  pricing is based on 20 pieces.  Add $75 (+ materials) for every piece over 20.

“Honey, you said there was 34 cabinets but the ‘cabinet painting guy’ says there’s 45. Guess your night out with the boys is on hold huh.” –Mrs. Jones–

12.  Painting Tricky Area (Crevices) Will, Once In A Blue Moon Add A Little To The Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

99.9999% of the time the cabinet doors and drawers that are uninstalled from your kitchen for the purposes of being sprayed at your cabinet refinishers shop will spray out just fine.  Easy peazy.  Despite some of them being “decorative” in nature they don’t present any challengers to the trigger-man and his sprayer can cover the entire surface.  Even if multiple thin passes have to be made to some area in between the decorative part it still can get done and look perfect.  However!  There are “one-in-a-million” type cases where no amount of thin passes with the sprayer will get into the crevices entirely leaving any attempt at such method with a build-up of product on the surrounding surfaces.  This is disastrous leaving only one available option to the sprayer:  Do those crevices by hand.  And to our Chinese customers out there…this would be the personification of the feeling that the phrase “aiyaaaa” is meant to capture.   In fact, we may have just entered the world of “aiyoooo!”…you know that level of bewilderment, disbelief and frustration way higher than the level of simply being perturbed that “aiyaa” is meant to capture and embrace. 

13.  Materials Used Should Always Affect The Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

A huge factor that affects the overall price to get your cabinets refinished are the materials used.  A real professional kitchen cabinet painting company will use the best products so that will cost some money. And it SHOULD! This is not an area you want a professional kitchen cabinet painting company cutting corners in. With so many people resurfacing cabinets these days there seems to be as many types of products as there are applicators.  The type of cabinet coating used to refinish your kitchen cabinets is not the area you want to save money in.  A $35.00 gallon of “paint” would be the low end  of the scale with $80-120 a gallon for some products being the upper end. So the question: How much does it cost to paint kitchen cabinets? had better include some decent money for some respectable cabinet coatings.

14.  Two Tone Most Assuredly Adds To The Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Two tone is not to be confused with “two colours” although two tone uses two colours.   Two tone refers to two colours being applied to each and every cabinet door and drawer versus “two colours” where half the kitchen is sprayed white (usually the top) while the lower section is painted using a second colour.  Two tone is more of a decorative technique and prices can increase significantly if your cabinet refinisher has to tape off a section of a cabinet and spray it out while protecting the rest of the cabinet and then removing the paper to then protect what was just painted and then spray the second area not sprayed the first time around. What da?   In other words, if you want to get all cutzie with your cabinet refinishing job by having your professional kitchen cabinet painting company get all artistic then the cost of doing your cabinetry will pretty much double. Aiyooooo!

Two-tone cabinets. Two colours on each cabinet.


15.  Fill Handle Holes And Drill New Ones Obviously Adds A Little Sumpm Sumpm To The Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

If the exact same handles and knobs go back on after the end of getting your cabinets resurfaced then there won’t be any added costs but if you are getting new knobs and handles and they don’t fit into the existing holes due to being different sizes / lengths then the holes will have to be filled and new holes measured and drilled by the professional kitchen cabinet painting company you hire.  It  typically takes more than a single fill of wood filler to fill a hole properly and make it flush with the surface.  Expect to pay anywhere between $300-$800 to fill and drill new holes for a 40 piece kitchen.  So, ‘how much does it cost to paint kitchen cabinets?”  Factor in something if you’re getting new “pulls”….aka:  cupboard handles. 

16.  Trim on Ceiling Quite Understandably Affects The Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

It doesn’t happen often but when it does it an add significant cost onto the bill when you hire a professional kitchen cabinet painting company because now we’re actually not painting “cabinets” per se but areas that ought to be painted to ‘complete the look’ of getting a whole new kitchen without actually going through the trouble of replacing everything. Even with the added cost of ceiling trim it’s still very much worth it to paint your cabinetry as the overall price will be 1/3 the price of replacing.  Again, here’s the match.  Pay $6,000 (or so) to refinish your kitchen cabinets and get your ‘dream kitchen’ OR spend $40,000 and go through heck for months on end while turning your home into a war zone.  Hmmmm, geeeeee…that’s a clos call.   NOT!  ;>

Extensive trim on ceiling requiring painting.

17.  Glass insets In The Cupboard Doors For Sure Affects The Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Mama mia, look at all that glass that has to be taped.

For a professional kitchen cabinet painting company to protect all that glass is time-consuming to say the least.  Instead of just spraying the entire pane, or multiple small panes, easy peasy like they ALL have to be meticulously covered so as to not allow a single bit of overspray to go where it doesn’t belong.  And if that wasn’t enough then it all has to be removed after the painting is all done. Holy Time Consuming Task Batman!  While removing the tape you can’t just start pulling randomly or the tape will ALSO pull off the paint on the cabinet so all areas that have been tapped have to also be ‘scored’ as well prior to removing the tape.  “Scoring” is when you take a razer blade and cut along the tape where it meets the glass to break the seal which then allows for a worry-free removal of the tape.

18.  A 2nd Colour Adds A Bit To The Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets     

Expect to pay anywhere between $400 to $1000 more for an additional colour when you hire a professional kitchen cabinet painting company.   Taking your natural cabinets and painting them all white is one thing but the second colour slows up production a few different ways.   1) having to clean out one spray machine perfectly in order to switch over to a different colour  2)  the second colour is typically darker and darker colours take a lot longer to dry and cure (due to the extra amount of colourant).   This fact alone will add a full day of production, and associated costs,  that would not otherwise occur but for the fact that a second colour was used.

19.  Decorative Crown Increases Cost To Refinish Kitchen Cabinets

One of the ways to keep costs down, already discussed, is to have the on-site fixed pieces brush and rolled instead of sprayed.  Even if thats your plan your kitchen may have other plans for you.  Most kitchens have either no crown moulding  regular crown moulding that is oftentimes affixed to the top of the cabinets and runs along just above the upper doors.   If this moulding is particularly fancy and decorative then it should really be sprayed for best results.  Sure it can be brush and  rolled but the cost would be disproportionately high and the job itself would be sketchy due in large part to the inevitable brush marks left by the brush.  These areas are virtually a ‘must spray’ area for a professional kitchen cabinet painting company nothwithstanding the fact that the rest of the fixed pieces may not be getting  sprayed.

Decorative crown molding must be sprayed.


20.  Sub Zero Fridges With Affixed Cabinet Panel Could Add To The Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Google the phrase “pain in the butt” or “cabinet refinishing sucker” and check out the images Google gives you as a result to your search query. Chances are that the first image they show you will be either a picture of a kitchen cabinet refinisher trying to take that panel off the Sub Zero fridge or even worse, he got it off and sprayed it at his shop only to find out, much to his chagrin and dismay, that it’s almost impossible to put back on.  “It , should be easy” you say out loud to the “misses”.   Cool, love your confidence (you do it then) but everyone is much further ahead by having those panels stay put and spayed on site.

Sub Zero fridge getting prepped for spraying

Sub Zero fridge getting spray primed with lacquer primer sealer

Minor Considerations That Affect Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

21.  Size of The Cabinets Can Sometimes Affect The Cost To Refinish Cabinets Professionally

Large pantry doors.

Most cabinet painting companies have an “average price per piece”, irrespective of size.  There is an exception to this rule though when dealing with pantry doors.  Pantry doors are typically disproportionately larger (in comparison) to the other cupboard doors so they can sometimes be counted as 2 or 3 “cabinets” (instead of 1) when getting an “Official Count” of the doors and drawers.

22.  Wine Racks Add To The Amount Paid For Cabinet Refinishing

Most wine racks are exceedingly difficult to paint well and some simply impossible and as such most kitchen cabinet refinisher will not include wine racks as part of their initial quote.  “It’s one of the only areas that we can make less than perfect” many a cabinet refinisher has said prior to forging ahead after bumping up the overall cost of painting the kitchen cabinets commensurate to the difficulty of the actual painting.

23.  Weight of The Doors Might Affect Cost To Reface Cabinets Professionally

Bigger doors are harder to handle and if they’re much heavier as well then that will affect the price. At least thats how most professional kitchen cabinet painting companies feel about it.

24.  Type Of Cabinet Substrate Does NOT Affect The Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Some type of cabinets simply require more work.  For example, oak has a very grainy substrate and as such requires a different method of application than laminate or maple.   If you spray the primer on oak it won’t seep down into the grain and seal the oil and resins in so the primer has to be brush and rolled in order to push the product deep into the pores.  Two coats of brush and rolled primer takes a lot longer than what would normally be one simply spray primer application.   Avoiding this method of application and instead choosing to spray the primer instead will lead to ambering (yellowing) as the resins can easily escape as they’re not sealed in due to the spray coat sitting loosely on top of the substrate.


Different types of cabinet doors to be refinished.


25.  Painting Behind Fridge

“Out of sight out of mind” is the best way to keep costs down when dealing with the cabinet panels behind the fridge and dishwasher.  Particularly the dishwasher in which you actually can’t see behind at all.  You can usually see a couple inches of the side panel beside the fridge if you look over the fridge and if you feel that area needs to be painted in order to complete the look then be be prepared to pay a bit for that.

26.  Adding Crown Inescapably Adds To The Cost To Repaint Cabinets

Rick Anderson from Vancouver, BC painting some crown molding. Lots of it! #extra

There is some basic crown molding that is affixed to the top of cabinet boxes who’s cost is part of the “painting of the fixed pieces” pricing.  Adding some  crown molding *other* than that will add a bit to the pricing.  The specific amount will be directly proportional to the amount of crown that needs painting.

27.  High Gloss Inevitably Adds To The Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

The higher the gloss the more of the substrate you can see which means that the higher the gloss the more the flaws in the substrate of the cabinetry will be pronounced. That means more preparation due to more scrutiny from both up close and further distance away.   High glosses emphasize EVERYTHING, for better or for worse.  Trust me, there are a lot of knicks, indentations and (natural) irregularities you really don’t want to see. It’s your kitchen though so if you insist on high gloss good luck finding a cabinet refinisher who will actually want to do the work and if you find that person then be prepared to pay a bit more.   It’s not a *major factor* but it’s a consideration none-the-less.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         About those “knicks”. One little knick that doesn’t really sand out nor can it be filled, if left alone with a mid-sheen eggshell, velvet or satin sheen will not be as noticeable as the very same knick is if a semi or a high gloss is put on.  Now multiple that by thousands of knicks since that’s how many knicks an average kitchen has accumulate over the years of wear and tear.  Don’t believe me when I say “thousands”?  No problem…hundreds then.

Laminate cabinets are less prone to knick so higher glosses will typically be ok for that substrate.   Oak, with it’s undulating grain….even if sealed properly will highlight every single undulation that the grain pattern makes.  This is neither “good” nor “bad” but rather a “it is what it is” kind of thing.   If you love having the oak grain POP out at you then by all means go with a higher gloss. Most people however find this particular look distasteful. The best approach, psychologically speaking anyway, is to simply reconcile yourself that the cabinet refinishing job won’t look “perfect”.  That’s not to say though that you’re still not getting amazing value when the cabinets score a 98/100 as thats *almost* perfect.   ;>  You’re still light years ahead in terms of pricing as the cost to refinish all your kitchen cabinets will always work out to be 1/3 what it would cost to replace everything.


28.  Time Travelled To And From Jobsite Could Occasionally Add To The Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets   


Expect to pay $200-$500 more if your kitchen cabinet refinisher has to travel more than an hour to reach the jobsite…in this case, the kitchen in your house.   And it’s not just for a single trip.  It’s for 4-5 trips.

  • Trip #1:  Uninstall
  • Trip #2:  Prepping the fixed pieces
  • Trip #3:  Priming the fixed pieces
  • Trip #4:  Painting the fixed pieces
  • Trip #5: Installation

Every cabinet painting job is a dream job to a real cabinet refinisher Even if they have to drive forever to get there.

29.  Drawer Faces That Don’t Come Off Unfortunately Might Add To The Cost To Refinish Kitchen Cabinets

Most drawer faces just screw off which enables your cabinet refinisher to simply carry the little faces back to their shop to prep and spray them.  In some of the older kitchens though the face doesn’t come off so the entire drawer has to be taken back to the shop.   Since  the inside of the drawer is not getting done is has to be covered in order  to spray just the face and not get any overspray onto the drawer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

This is a huge hassle for any professional kitchen cabinet painting company as they are moving around entire drawers instead of little drawers covers and doing all that extra work to protect a bunch of surfaces that should not be part of the equation.  Depending on the deal you made with the cabinet painter it can sometimes add $400-$700  onto the job if they call it an “unforeseen condition”.

30.  Using Dark Colours Adds A Bit To The Cost To Refinish Kitchen Cabinets

It takes much longer for darker colours to cure than lighter ones so if you’re taking your natural look or the original look of your kitchen and painting the cabinets an espresso or a colour equally dark than that entire kitchen (assuming it’s an average 35 piece kitchen) will take a few days longer than had you chosen all white.  This is because most cabinet refinishers spray each cabinet one side at a time and then place the cabinets in racks to dry.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

If the cabinets are flipped then sprayed on the other side too soon…as in, before the side facing up has a chance to cure properly then when the cabinets are placed back on the drying racks again to dry (after spaying the back side) then the drying racks will leave indentations or marring on the (front side) coating due to the non-cured product coming into contact with the drying rack.  (So, when trying to figure out how much does it cost to paint kitchen cabinets ask yourself whether you’re going with a dark colour.)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The solution is simple.

Simply wait an extra day or two for the one side to cure properly but since time is money, this waiting-game (for the coating to cure) inevitably adds costs onto a cabinet refinishing job as each side of the cabinets has to be sprayed top coat at least two times.  Essentially, 3-5 days can be added onto the entire process simply due to waiting for the paint to dry…or cure rather.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Some kitchen cabinet refinishers way of dealing with this waiting game opt to hang their cabinets on a clothesline of sorts and spray both sides at once thereby avoiding altogether this whole notion of marking up the coating due to resting the cabinets on drying racks.   This method works out wonderfully for the cabinet refinisher, financially speaking, as they can fly through your order and make more money in less time than cabinet refinishers who opt to spray each piece horizontally while it’s laid flat.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Having your cabinets sprayed individually with each one laid flat is an infinitely better method though to ensure a long lasting life of the newly resurfaced cabinets.  Here’s why.  It’s simple.  By spraying the cabinets while they are lying flat the kitchen cabinet painter is able to apply a coating that is 4 times thicker than the cabinet refinisher who sprays them all vertically as he (the vertical spraying guy) has to be very concerned about his epoxy paint or lacquer sagging.   He is forced, by this methodology to do very light coats which means over the course of two full spray applications:  coat #1 and coat #2 the vertically spraying refinisher has in fact, applied two thin coats and called it “done” versus the horizontal spraying cabinet refinisher who after two spray applications has essentially sprayed on 8 coats; or 6 more coats (in terms of mil thickness) than the vertically-let-me-make-as-much-money-off-Mrs-Jones-as-possible-sprayer-guy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 So, one spraying refinisher takes a lot longer but delivers a much better product due to no fear of his coating sagging thanks to his chosen methodology versus again, the spray painter who (it would appear) seems to be more interested in getting it done the fastest way possible. Quality be damned.

31.  Getting A “Reaction” Is Rare But Could Certainly Add To The Cost To Resurface Your Cabinets

A professional kitchen cabinet painting company will categorize this as an “anomaly” (a deviation from the common rule) for sure.  A “reaction” in the kitchen cabinet refinishing occurs when an applied primer or topcoat ‘reacts’ with the substrate of the cabinet and causes the coating to instantly fail.  The result is cratering or a wrinkled look with the solution being a complete removal of existing cabinet coat prior to applying any new coating.  These reactions typically occur when the applicator is spraying a hot solvent based coating like a pre catalyzed solvent based lacquer primer overtop of a weaker coating.  There can be a significant increase in the cost of the cabinet refinishing job if the applicator insists on continuing to use their solvent lacquer instead of switching to a less toxic coating that would be more suitable for cabinetry that is causing the reaction since the only way that they could continue to use their product of choice would be to strip the entire existing coating prior to applying their own.  Most shops or cabinet refinishers who use hot solvent lacquers will typically do a test spot on the back of one drawer before they commence spraying a whole order to see if there is any sign of any reaction.

32.  How The Refinished Cabinets Are Transported Has Little Affect On The Price

Protective foam used during transport of finished cabinets

There are about 10 different ways to transport the refinished cabinets and some ways affect the overall pricing very little and some ways…not a lot but certainly something.  About $25.00.  The cabinets in the picture below have been finished and are on the way to be installed and this is the #1 way in which kitchen cabinets can be transported.  It’s $25.00 well spent and is virtually an insignificant pricing factor.

33.  More Than One Kitchen Logically Adds More To The Cost To Repaint Kitchen Cabinets

Hey, if you want to throw in a second kitchen into the mix, from the same house no less, then you’re going to be saving some money so feel free to factor that in if you’re trying to figure out if it’s cheaper to paint your kitchen cabinets or replace them.  So, the price to paint kitchen cupboards could be seriously reduced by a good 20%-40% if you ask your cabinet refinisher to also paint the kitchen in the downstairs suite.

34.  Having To Match Existing Colour In Kitchen Inevitably Adds To The Cost To Reface Cabinets

Having to match an existing colour perfectly is no small task for a professional kitchen cabinet painting company.  You may want your newly refinished cabinets to match your existing crown moulding or or entry doors for a consistent look.  After all….nobody likes the old ‘hodge podge’ affect where there are varying shades of the same colour.  Typically variations of white.                                                                                                                         

And even though you know your existing colour is “Cloud White” from Benjamin Moore  do you know for a fact that the previous painters BOUGHT Benjamin Moore or did they say they did but actually bought a competing brand (for a lot less money that the expensive Benny Moore stuff) and the other company labelled it “Cloud White (match)”. 

Even IF you know for a fact that you have CC-40…aka: Cloud White, because maybe you applied it yourself then how long ago was it?  Paint fades so when you ask the cabinet refinishers for a “Cloud White” do you mean Cloud White mixed today or Cloud White, your faded Cloud White?   Getting concerned right about now?   Good, you should be. 

The ONLY way to match your existing trim PERFECTLY is to take a piece off, give it to the kitchen cabinet refinisher, have him match it up….spray out a sample….show it to you…THEN you give the “go-ahead”.  That all takes time.  Like about a week.  So budget at least $500 for all the running around.  You can, however, save yourself $500 by saything these magic words to the kitchen cabinet refinisher: 

“Listen dawg, I’m easy to get along with.  Just get it close.  A 7/10 is fine…perfection, ain’t nobody got time fo dat”    

It’s exactly because of the neccecity of the above routine that 9/10 kitchen cabinet refinishers will politetly decline or not answer your email or calls if your specific cabinetry painting project consiste of :

“only matching up a couple damaged drawers beneath the sink”.   (it’s only a couple doors right?  How hard can it be?)

The chances of matching the existing cabinetry PERFECTLY in terms of sheen and colour are next to nil.  Sure it can be done and there ARE some cabinet refinishers who do this type of work but it takes time.  And typically lots of it.  And if you call ME up and ask if I can do this for you I have only one thing to say:                                                                                               

“Me no spake Tonglush”….evidence of me standing there in this picture doing that very thing I say I won’t do notwithstanding. 

Rick Anderson Holding Up Sample To See If It Matches



35.  MacGyverism – Aka: Blowing Up Your Kitchen


MacGyver +‎ -ism, after the US television show MacGyver (1985-1992) in which the  secret agent resolves crises through practical application of scientific knowledge and inventive use of common items. An ingeniously improvised solution to a problem.


Richard Dean Anderson as “MacGyver”

So, how did MacGyver make it onto the list as one of the possible variables that helps a cabinet refinisher determine how much it costs for someone to refinish their cabinets?   This is how.  It’s more of a ‘heads up’ to a customer as a potential cost that will be added during uninstall if they opt to metamorphosize from their mild mannered (insert occupation here) into a MacGyver.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

But MacGyver solves problems so what on earth kind of “problem” could possibly arise during a customers uninstall of their cabinets?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

It goes like this.  There is a price to paint the “on-site fixed pieces”….usually around $700.00 for a 40 piece kitchen as there are two separate trips involved (sometimes 3 trips).  Then there is a separate price to paint the doors and drawers at the shop.  The price per piece is typically around $75.00.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

So, imagine if you will the cabinet refinishers showing up to remove 40 pieces (since that’s what was quoted over the phone or by email).  During the uninstall Mr. Jones gets the brilliant idea to shave some price off the painting of the ‘fixed pieces’ by removing the fixed pieces to have them spayed at the shop.    WAIT A MINUTE….how can he remove “fixed” pieces if they’re fixed?   “Fixed” means they are pieces to the kitchen that can’t be removed…right?       Typically, but I will get to that in a minute.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

The newly transformed “Mr Jones”…now parading around in his kitchen as MacGyver figures that he doesn’t have to pay any shop fees ($75.00 per piece) for the bunch of new pieces he just manufactured because he just (allegedly) saved the cabinet painter SO much time by not having to paint ALL those fixed pieces when they show up for a couple days to paint all the fixed pieces.  He has (by his math) just got the ‘fixed piece’ painting price down from $700.00 to $200 (in his mind) due to decreasing the amount of actual work that has to get done on-site.

What Richard Dean is not accounting for is the fact that the price you charge the “painting of the on-site fixed pieces” (in this example, $700) is NOT based on the number of fixed pieces you have.  It’s based on simply having to drive across town back and forth 2-3 times and the actual amount of work done on site is not entirely relevant. In FACT…it’s not relevant at all! WHAT!? Sorry, not sorry Richard Dean and by the way the 80’s called and it wants its hair back. Whether there is a lot of on site painting or a little on site painting is not relevant to the issue of charging for “mobilization”.  Want to see this mobilization concept in full affect? Try having us paint just one cabinet for you. First of all we won’t do it and IF we did we would charge $1000. That’s $999.00 to mobilize our labour and $1.00 to paint the cabinet. Wait…I thought you said it costs $75 per piece. OK, thats clever, you got me….how about $900.00 for mobilization and $100 for the cabinet. Now back to your kitchen.    So, blowing up your kitchen to dislodge a bunch of pieces in NO WAY saves you money for the painting of the fixes pieces but in fact causes you you to PAY MORE since you DIDN’T get a rebate for the fixed pieces YET you introduced another 10 pieces that have to be sprayed in the shop. So, blow things up all you want Richard Dean but you get jack for your efforts AND you increase the costs (shop fees) all the while unwittingly depleting your budget for the hair salon. After all, you STILL have nice hair.     Now, does a cabinet refinisher factor in AT ALL the actual amount of on site painting for their price?   Sure, but, for all the reasons stated above, not nearly as much as a customer could ever realize.   Until now that is.


Associated Costs With Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

36. Replacing Old Hinges                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    37. Replacing Handles and Knobs                                                                                                                                                                                                                      38. Getting Soft Closing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       39. Getting The Cabinet Refinisher To Get All of The Above                                                                                                                                                                             40. Hiring Carpenter To Reconfigure Existing Layout of Cupboards

36. Replacing  Old Hinges Increase The Price To Resurface Kitchen Cabinets

Replacing old Euro style hinges is not a big deal as most hinges come off easily and go back on easily and on occasion a few have to be replaced because it’s rusty.  No problem.  The challenge comes in though with the older kitchens and the ‘old style’ hinges / plates that can be found with older oak kitchens.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     It sounds easy enough to say to the cabinet refinisher ‘just go to Home Depot and replace those’ but that typically turns out to be a sucker play with the cabinet painter being the sucker.   Here’s why.  The chances of getting an “identical” hinge with the 3 holes  in the same part of the plate so that the hinge can  easily go back into the existing holes is almost zero.  Moreover, the actual configuration of the hinge may look exactly like the ones you’re replacing but oftentimes they’re slightly different with the difference not being easily noticed to the naked eye.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

To simply forge ahead with these hinges because they’re “close enough” will come at a cost and most professional kitchen cabinet painting companies won’t get involved in this aspect of the process as they don’t want to become a partner in your misery. WHAAT?

37. Replacing Handles Adds To The Cost To Reface Cabinets



When you’re deciding how much it costs to hire someone in Vancouver, British Columbia to refinish your kitchen cabinets you might have to factor in the price to buy new handles and new knobs.  Most professional kitchen cabinet painting company’s don’t supply new hardware so be prepared to do a little shopping yourself.  I personally recommend Home Depot, Lee Valley, Richelieu and of course Amazon.   Amazon Prime if you want to have the package delivered  to you from the other side of the world  in 7 minutes. 






38. Getting Soft Closing Unavoidably Increases Price To Refinish Cabinets Professionally

Although it’s not part of the cabinet refinishing itself and so your cabinet refinisher won’t charge you for it you can add ‘soft closes’ to make the doors and drawers close more softly.

39. Having The Cabinet Refinisher Run Around Adds To Cost To Resurface Kitchen Cabinets 

Time is money and no professional kitchen cabinet painting company will include in their initial quote to paint your cabinets the cost to go out and get new handles or hinges.  They have one million other things they would rather be doing than going to Home Depot to get half your order and then driving over to Lee Valley to pick up a few more with another trip to Richelieu to complete the order only to find out they can’t in fact complete it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

If, for whatever reason you can’t do that for yourself then budget $800 for a days running around.   That would be $400 for the running around and another $400 for the psychological stress and don’t forget the other $700 + for the handles and hinges themselves.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Thinking about replacing your cabinets at this point instead of refinishing them?   Don’t, you’re still way further ahead by refinishing them.  Psychological stress notwithstanding.  Who’s this runner guy here.  That’s the cabinet refinisher going out to get stuff for you not moving fast enough.  


40. Hiring Carpenter To Reconfigure Existing Layout Will Add To The Price To Professionally Repaint Cabinets

Most professional kitchen cabinet painting companies will not be able to reconfigure  your kitchen by taking down a few cabinets here and there and then making and installing new ones.  That’s the job of a cabinet maker.  For repair type work you can hire a carpenter and not the cabinet maker.   Either way, your budget should allow for these modifications and although these costs are not part of the kitchen cabinet painting price, per se, they are nonetheless a very real cost towards the overall process of getting your kitchen cabinets refinished.


 Who is Rick Anderson and why listen to him?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Does he have the trustworthiness to be talking about the pricing for kitchen cabinet painting?
Does he have the authority to speak on the subject about the costs involved in kitchen cabinet refinishing?
Does he have the expertise to be writing information on the internet about the pricing for painting kitchen cabinets?

Does he even have permission to be on the internet?

Expertise, Authority and Trustworthiness of Rick Anderson

1980-1981: Marik and Stuart Painting: Toronto, Ontario, (Painter)

1981-1982: College Pro Painters:  Oakville, Ontario (Painter)

1982-1984: College Pro Painters:  Toronto, Ontario (Painter)

1985-1986:  College Pro Painters:  Oakville Ontario (Franchisee)

1986-1987:  Anderson & Maloney Painting:  Toronto, Ontario (Owner)

1987-1990: Certa Pro Painters:  Toronto, Ontario (Painter)

1990-1994: Pro Beach Painters. Toronto, Ontario (Beaches).  (Owner)

1994-1995:  Certa Pro Painters. Toronto, Ontario (Painter)

1995-1996  Certa Pro Painters.  Ottawa, Ontario.  (Painter)

1996-1998  Certa Pro Painters.  Vancouver, British Columbia (Painter)

1999-2010: Vancouver’s Best Painters,  Vancouver, British Columbia (Owner)

1999-2010: Vancouver Industrial Painting. Vancouver British Columbia (Owner)

2010-2021: Vancouver Kitchen Cabinet Painting, Vancouver British Columbia (Owner)

2010-2021:  1-800-PRO-PAINTER, North America (Founder)

2016-2021:  America’s Best Painters,  North America (Founder)

2015-2021: Painters Chatroom,  World Wide (Creator)





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