Why Would I Repaint My Cabinets?
Jordan Paul , null
May 12th, 2022
Cabinets can be expensive. If you are looking for an inexpensive reason to update your cabinets, this information is for you. Cabinets come in nearly all shapes and sizes, colors, and uses. Laundry rooms, bathrooms, garages, and of course, kitchens can benefit from a refresh, adding both value and lifespan. Today, we will offer up a few reasons why painting, (or repainting) your cabinets can allow you to express your creativity and put a few dollars in your pocket.
Added Value at Resale Time
Repainting cabinets often makes sense when the time comes to sell, because most prospective buyers have done their homework. To a buyer, many times dilapidated cabinets are a sign of neglect, so they may adjust their offer accordingly. Cabinets generally last for many years if they are well maintained, so take care of your cabinets and they’ll take care of you.
The idea is not necessarily to make your cabinets a focal point, but rather to keep them from becoming one. Not to say you shouldn’t express your artistic flair if you have one, but don’t worry about making dilapidated cabinets look new. Just don’t allow them to look old, worn, and in disrepair.
Let Your Kitchen Shine
Generally, we love a clean kitchen, even if it only looks that way. Kitchen cabinets that have obvious stains, missing hardware, crooked doors, and sticky drawers add up to dingy. Kitchens can seem dark in older homes with smaller windows, especially natural or synthetic wood grain textures, like oak and cherry.
Why spend thousands of dollars to replace kitchen cabinets when all they need is brightening up? These cabinets are often perfect candidates for repainting if the process is carefully controlled. You also have the option of just replacing the doors and hardware.
You Need to Squeak a Few Years Out Of Your Cabinets
Sometimes we are planning for a family addition or other life event that may require us to purchase a larger home. Many homeowners are apprehensive about installing new kitchen cabinets, although the old ones clearly need help. Many are concerned about recovering their investment when they sell the home, so they look for other options, like repainting.
In most cases, you can expect your cabinets to live for about 25-30 years, depending of course on use. If your cabinets are this old or older, but still in relatively good condition, repainting them may be the answer. If the cabinets look refreshed to the buyer, they may not be as concerned about the actual age. If the cabinets look even older than they are however, expect a lower offer.
It’s a Great Excuse to Clean
When was the last time you removed something permanently from your cabinets? Bathroom vanities are notoriously damaged underneath the sink by all the stuff we tend to store there. Most drain pipes are made from thin PVC, so it doesn’t take much of a bump to cause a leak.
Repainting your bathroom vanities forces you to get serious and remove the clutter. You might be surprised to discover how much space you actually get rid of the junk you don’t need. Getting a coat of paint on cabinets in humid environments like bathrooms also helps prevent moisture damage to the vanity base.
Help Out the Environment
When we replace our cabinets, we have to rid ourselves of the old ones, which can mean burning, or more likely, tossing them in the landfill. Some old cabinets get at least partially recycled, but much of it still ends up in a landfill. Cabinets take up space in the landfill, so the fewer we destroy the better it is for everyone. Repainting your existing cabinets eliminates waste, adds years to the cabinets, and can potentially save you thousands of dollars.