Cost to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Updated: December 2016

Kitchen Cabinet Painting Cost CalculatorZip Code
Sq Ft Finished*
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Cabinetry Painting Cost 
Non-discounted retail pricing for: Exterior enamel paint. Latex based, paint and primer in one. Eggshell and semi-gloss finish options. For wood, vinyl, masonry, stucco, brick. Mildew resistant. 15 yr warranty. Quantity includes typical waste overage, material for repair and local delivery.
129 square feet$32.48$94.42
Cabinetry Painting Labor, Basic 
Basic labor to paint kitchen cabinets with favorable site conditions. Prep up to 4 hr per 100 SF - remove or mask hardware. Mask adjacent areas. Clean, scrape, sand and repair up to 4 minor defects per 100 SF. Caulk gaps and spot prime. Roll / brush 2 coats of paint. Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
129 square feet$32.48$94.42
Cabinetry Painting Job Supplies 
Cost of related materials and supplies typically required to paint kitchen cabinets including: masking tape and paper, surface repair and preparation material, primers, and cleanup supplies.
129 square feet$32.48$94.42
Cabinetry Painting Equipment Allowance
Job related costs of specialty equipment used for job quality and efficiency, including: 115 v high velocity, low pressure paint sprayer for fine finish quality.
129 square feet$32.48$94.42
Option: Remove Finish
Protect adjacent surfaces. Apply 1 layer of chemical finish remover. Scrape surface, edges and ridges. Sand or rub with steel wool to remove final residue. Dispose of job waste responsibly. For polyurethane, varnish or non-lead based paint finishes only. Does not include extra steps and extra costs required for lead based paint removal.
129 square feet$32.48$94.42
Cabinetry Painting Debris Disposal
Costs to load and haul away old materials, installation waste and associated debris.
129 square feet0.236250.26875
 Unused Minimum Labor
Balance of 2 hr(s) minimum labor charge that can be applied to other tasks.
   
Totals - Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets   
Average Cost per Square Foot  

Get an INSTANT, detailed estimate of the cost to Paint Kitchen Cabinets! Our free calculator uses up-to-date, trusted data to estimate typical subcontractor costs for a Kitchen Cabinet Painting project. This estimate is for better quality repainting work: neatly patch holes and minor damage, caulk edge gaps, mask/protect adjacent surfaces not to be painted, clean and spot prime surface, roll/brush two coats of paint. For a basic 120 square feet project in zip code 47474, the benchmark cost to Paint Kitchen Cabinets ranges between $3.28 - $7.30 per square foot* .

To estimate costs for your project:

1. Set Project Zip Code Enter the Zip Code for the location where labor is hired and materials purchased.

2. Specify Project Size Enter the number of "square feet" required for the project.

3. Re-calculate Click the "Update" button.


NOTE: *Input the total of the finished surface area AND the area of any openings enclosed by the finished area.


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Cost to Paint Kitchen Cabinets - Notes and General Information

These estimates are for BASIC work performed in serviceable conditions by qualified trade professionals using MID GRADE materials. Work not mentioned on this page and/or work using master craftsman, premium materials and project supervision will result in HIGHER COSTS!

These estimates are NOT substitutes for written quotes from trade professionals. Homewyse strongly recommends that you contact reputable professionals for accurate assessments of work required and costs for your project - before making any decisions or commitments.

The cost estimate includes:

  • Costs for local material / equipment delivery to and service provider transportation to and from the job site.
  • Costs to prepare the worksite for Kitchen Cabinet Painting, including costs to protect existing structure(s), finishes, materials and components.
  • Costs for job cleanup and debris removal at project completion.
  • Labor setup time, mobilization time and minimum hourly charges that are commonly included for small Kitchen Cabinet Painting jobs.

The cost estimate does NOT include:

  • Costs for removing, relocating, repairing, or modifying existing framing, surfacing, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems - or bringing those systems into compliance with current building codes.
  • Costs for testing and remediation of hazardous materials (asbestos, lead, etc).
  • General contractor overhead and markup for organizing and supervising the Kitchen Cabinet Painting. Add 15% to 23% to the total cost above if a general contractor will supervise this project.
  • Sales tax on materials and supplies.
  • Permit or inspection fees (or portion thereof) required by your local building department for your overall project.

Cost to Paint Kitchen Cabinets - References

Kitchen Cabinet Painting - Average Cost Per Square Foot Finished

Expect to pay in the higher end of the price range for a licensed, insured and reputable pro - and for complex or rush projects.

To lower Kitchen Cabinet Painting costs: combine related projects, minimize options/extras and be flexible about project scheduling.


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