trendy kitchen dimly lit with high gloss cabinets

Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing in North Vancouver: Projects Completed in 2023

The City of North Vancouver is a city on the north shore of Burrard InletBritish Columbia, Canada. It is a suburb of Vancouver. It is the smallest in area and the most urbanized of the North Shore municipalities. Although it has significant industry of its own – including shippingchemical production, and film production – The city is served by the Royal Canadian Mounted PoliceBritish Columbia Ambulance Service, and the North Vancouver City Fire Department.

Cabinet painting in North Vancouver has gone very well for us because of many reasons.  At the top of the list is communication.  At Cabinet Painting North Vancouver we take the time to answer all inquiries very thoroughly.  Even though we have a very comprehensive FAQ’s section we treat every question like we’re hearing it for the first time and answer each email in great detail.  As opposed to providing a link to the answer on our website. 

More North Vancouver Cabinet Painting Projects

glossy white cabinets

Cabinet Painting Deep Cove

Answer the Public: 

Is it worth painting kitchen cabinets?

It is strongly recommended that you paint your kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them.

You can save thousands of dollars. Even 10s of thousands of dollars, by repainting your kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them.   And here’s another great thing:  When we’re done, it looks like you got a brand new kitchen; and that’s the whole idea isn’t it?

maple cabinets in modern kitchen

Cabinet refinishing and restaining in Delbrook / Upper Lonsdale

Answer the public:

What’s a good colour for painting my cabinets?

That really depends on a few things.  For the most part our customers want to go with a white or an off white as they have been surrouned by their natural brown cabinets for a while. A standard approach is to go with Cloud White from Benny More to ‘pick up’ beige in the backround or Dove White does the trick as well. 

freshly repainted cabinets in kitchen

Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing in Lions Gate / Lower Capilano

Whites, whites and more whites to choose from.  You won’t be surprised that Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, Decorator’s White, Cloud White & Chantilly Lace are the most popular white paint colors in their collections.

Don’t make it complicated, stick with one of the above to be sure your cabinets look great.  Now, the question is, which white or off white?   Truth be told, it’s usually the colour of the floor and countertops that dictate what white you pick for you cabinet doors. 

big kitchen with brown wood cabinetry

Satisfied in Seymour

Answer the public: 

How much does it cost to paint kitchen cabinets?

The cost to paint kitchen cabinets varies significantly depending on the size of your kitchen.  Obviously, a 20 piece kitchen is going to cost a lot less then a 70 piece kitchen. Some other factors that go into pricing the kitchen cabinet painting job include whether or not you have complicated crown molding up top, whether you have tricky wine racks whether you’re painting inside the cabinets and also how many cupboard doors have glass in sets. 

A cupboard door that has a glass inset takes a lot longer to refinish and paint because there is more preparation involved with protecting the glass. Some other factors include the type of paint or lacquer being used. 

Some gallons of lacquer can cost $200 while other gallons of paint can cost $40 or $50.  It’s always good to find out ahead of time what your cabinet painter is using on your cabinets.  

If you have a 40 piece kitchen you should expect to pay about $6,000 to have all the doors and drawer and fixed pieces painted. 

gray kitchen cabinets in modern kitchen

Cabinet Painting in Upper Capilano

Answer the Public: 

How do you prep the cabinets?

Some people say that preparation in painting is 80% and painting is 20%.

That’s pretty accurate as far as painting kitchen cabinets goes. There is a lot of work involved with prepping kitchen cabinets and getting them ready for top coating of paint or lacquer. 

The first step is to clean them and remove all dirt and grease and contaminants because you don’t want anything ruining the finish and contaminants will do precisely that.

After a thorough scrubbing we then sand all the cabinets followed by compressed air to blow off all the dust.

From there we’ll spray some primer on top and after that dries we will sand the primer and used compressed air again.

We will fill any divots with wood filler and caulk any cracks that we see and once that’s done we’ll sand those areas and prime again.

After we prime and sand and clean with compressed air we’re ready for the topcoat.

clean kitchen in north vancouver

Repainting Cabinets in Lynn Valley

Answer the Public: 

How do you paint the on-site fixed pieces?

When we show up to do the uninstall of your cabinets we’ll take all your doors and drawers to our shop and that’s where the doors and drawers get painted.

There is however, some painting of the on site fixed pieces which means that if you have boxes and kicks inside panels and such and we will have to paint those areas prior to doing the installation of the finished cabinet painting that’s done in our shop.

It usually takes between two and four days to paint to fix pieces. We show up and clean and sand the surfaces and tape the floor and tape the walls and tape any place where the boxes touch the wall.

We then go ahead and apply a couple of coats of primer — sanding in between each coat and then apply three top coats sanding in between of course.

When that’s all done we remove the tape that we applied at the beginning so that you can see the laser lines.

glossy black cabinets in small kitchen

Lynn Creek Epoxy Cabinet Painting

Epoxy cabinet painting in North Vancouver

Is it worth painting my kitchen cabinets in North Vancouver?

Painting your kitchen cabinets can indeed add value to your kitchen, transforming its appearance and contributing to a more attractive and modern living space.

The cabinets are a prominent feature, and their visual impact on the overall ambiance of the kitchen cannot be underestimated.

Firstly, a fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into worn-out or outdated cabinets. Choosing a colour that complements the existing decor or follows current design trends can instantly update the entire kitchen, making it feel more contemporary and inviting.

This aesthetic improvement can significantly enhance the perceived value of your home, especially if you’re considering selling in the future.

Secondly, painting cabinets is a cost-effective alternative to completely replacing them, which can be a pricey endeavor.

By investing in high-quality paint and taking the time to properly prepare and apply it, you can achieve a professional finish that rivals the appearance of brand-new cabinets.

This cost-conscious approach can be particularly appealing to potential buyers who are looking for well-maintained properties without breaking their budget.

We have painted over 200 kitchens on the North Shore area so we can assure you that painting your kitchen cabinets is a strategic home improvement that can add substantial value to your kitchen.

It rejuvenates your kitchen, making it more visually appealing and aligned with contemporary design standards.

Additionally, the cost savings compared to cabinet replacement make it a practical choice.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy a refreshed kitchen yourself or aiming to increase the market value of your home, this simple yet impactful upgrade is a worthwhile investmen for your kitchen cabinets in North Vancouver. 

big modern kitchen with shiny cabinets

Lynn Valley Cabinet Refinishing

Painting kitchen cabinets in North Vancouver can be a remarkably accessible home improvement project.

We would like to do your cabinet painting ourselves but there are a few DIY’s that take on the task themselves.  And bravo for them!

With the right approach, it’s a simple and cost-effective way to rejuvenate your kitchen cabinets.

Although we’re not there to help in person you might find the following useful.

Begin by cleaning and sanding the surfaces for proper adhesion. Choose a high-quality paint that suits your style, whether it’s classic white or a vibrant hue.

Removing doors and hardware makes the process even smoother. Apply thin coats of both primer and paint for a professional finish, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly.

The transformation is swift, and with a bit of patience, you will achieve impressive results, turning a drab kitchen into a fresh and inviting space.

Success Stories?

Over the years we have have dozens of potential kitchen cabinet painting customers in Langley paint their kitchen cabinets themselves instead of hiring the best kitchen cabinet painting company in North Vancouver;  us!

Now, do we know how it turned out for ALL of these people who decided to “do it youself”  (read: “themselves”)?    Of course not but we heard back from a number of them who quit after the first or second day.

Getting the kitchen cabinets off was easy for them but it’s what happened next that typically had them reconsidering their life choices.  ;>

Should they clean or sand first?  That’s a basic prep question that was a bit confusing to them.  From there it got worse because now they had to apply the correct primer and most of the time they bought the wrong primer.   

Their water-borne stuff that was highly touted by the Home Depot paint department didn’t seal the oils and resins in the wood and they had ‘bleed through’ or “ambering” (yellowing) as it’s called in the trade. 


dark gray cabinets in kitchen

Seymour Cabinet Painting Company

The DIY Dilemma: Kitchen Cabinet Painting in North Vancouver

The decision to embark on a kitchen cabinet painting project is not one to be taken lightly. In North Vancouver, homeowners often find themselves at a crossroads: whether to roll up their sleeves and tackle the task themselves or to enlist the services of the best kitchen cabinet painting company in the area. While both options have their merits, over the years, a growing number of residents have chosen the path of DIY cabinet painting.

Undoubtedly, the DIY trend in kitchen cabinet painting is fueled by several factors. First and foremost is the allure of cost savings. Painting cabinets yourself can significantly reduce the overall expenditure, especially when compared to the fees charged by professional painting companies. In an era where homeowners are increasingly budget-conscious, this financial incentive is a powerful motivator.

Moreover, DIY cabinet painting offers homeowners a sense of accomplishment and personalization. It allows them to exercise their creativity and vision, selecting colors and finishes that align perfectly with their aesthetic preferences. This hands-on involvement in the project can be immensely satisfying and rewarding.

Another factor contributing to the surge in DIY cabinet painting is the wealth of information and resources available online. With the click of a button, homeowners can access tutorials, tips, and step-by-step guides that demystify the cabinet painting process. This easy accessibility to information empowers even novices to take on the challenge with confidence.

However, it is essential to acknowledge the potential pitfalls of the DIY approach. While cost savings, creative freedom, and readily available information are enticing, they come at the expense of time, effort, and the risk of subpar results. Cabinet painting is a meticulous task that demands patience, precision, and experience. Inadequate preparation, improper techniques, or low-quality materials can lead to disappointing outcomes, requiring costly corrections down the road.

In contrast, hiring the best kitchen cabinet painting company in North Vancouver ensures a professional touch, high-quality finishes, and a stress-free experience.

dark gray cabinets in kitchen

The Colour Grey

Grey is the colour of.

In color psychology, grey represents neutrality and balance. Its color meaning likely comes from being the shade between white and black. However, grey does carry some negative connotations, particularly when it comes to depression and loss

Why We Love North Vancouver

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, North Vancouver had a population of 58,120 living in 27,293 of its 29,021 total private dwellings, a change of 9.9% from its 2016 population of 52,898. With a land area of 11.83 km2 (4.57 sq mi), it had a population density of 4,912.9/km2 (12,724.4/sq mi) in 2021.

As of the 2011 census, the median age was 41.2 years old, which is a bit higher than the national median age at 40.6 years old. There are 24,206 private dwellings with an occupancy rate of 94.1%. According to the 2011 National Household Survey, the median value of a dwelling in North Vancouver is $599,985 which is significantly higher than the national average at $280,552. The median household income (after-taxes) in North Vancouver is $52,794, a bit lower than the national average at $54,089.

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Cabinet Painting North Vancouver is THE premier kitchen cabinet painting company on the North Shore and has painted hundreds of kitchens.  Every one of our cabinetry refinishing jobsites is what we call a “site of interest”. 

The following areas are also sites of interest.  Pun intended.

The area around lower Lonsdale Avenue features several open community spaces, including Waterfront Park, Lonsdale Quay, Ship Builders Square and the Burrard Dry Dock Pier.

Other sites of interest in the city include:

  • Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Avenue
  • First Church of Christ, Scientist, a local heritage site
  • North Vancouver Museum & Archives, 209 West 4th Street
  • The Polygon Gallery
  • Presentation House Theatre, 333 Chesterfield Avenue
  • St. Edmund’s Church, 535 Mahon Avenue, a local heritage site
  • Trans Canada Trail Pavilion, Waterfront Park
  • The Shipyards, near Lonsdale Quay, which includes Ship Builders Square and the Burrard Dry Dock Pier, on the site of the old Wallace Shipyard
  • Lonsdale Quay Market, easily accessible from the Seabus. The Quay has a view of Vancouver’s skyline and is locally owned and operated.