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Kitchen Cabinet Reface vs. Repaint. Is it cheaper to repaint kitchen cabinets or replace doors?

Are you torn between remodelling your kitchen cabinets but unsure whether to choose between cabinet reface or repaint? At Chromatist Painting, we understand this dilemma. In this guide, we will explore the budget-friendly choices: repainting and refacing. By the end, you’ll have a clear understanding of which option suits your kitchen’s needs best.

Option 1: Cabinet Repaint

Many homeowners seek a fresh kitchen vibe without shelling out for new cabinets. That’s where repainting swoops in as the pocket-friendly superhero. Here at Chromatist, we carefully remove cabinet doors and drawers, sprucing them up with a professional spray paint job in our workshop. Meanwhile, we meticulously brush and roll paint onto the remaining cabinet structures right in your kitchen. The result? An instant transformation that’s easy on the wallet. Plus, if you desire a change in cabinet knobs or handles that require new holes, we do it at no additional cost!

A typical cabinet repaint project, bringing new life to your kitchen, costs between $1500 to $2000. Affordable, quick, and impactful – that’s our promise to you!

Option 2: Cabinet Reface

For a more elaborate makeover,  cabinet refacing (or resurfacing) steps in. This approach retains your existing cabinet frames but swaps out the doors, giving your kitchen a modern facelift. At Chromatist, we offer a myriad of styles and colours for your new cabinet surfaces. From trendy slab designs to classic wood finishes, the choices are endless. You can even consult with our colour specialists for a free session, ensuring your kitchen exudes the ambiance you desire. You can also read more about the trendy kitchen cabinet colours in 2023 in this article.

When it comes to resurfacing, we present three fantastic options: Laminate, Rigid Thermofoils (RTFs), and Wood Veneers.

Laminate: Sleek and durable, laminate works best for simple cabinet designs. You can buy laminate in sheets already coated with self-stick adhesive, which is slightly more expensive, but also much more convenient and easier. You can also apply the adhesive separately.

Rigid Thermofoils (RTFs): RTFs are more malleable than laminates, making them ideal for intricate designs like cathedral doors and arches. While they have fewer colour choices than laminates, RTFs offer a more realistic wood grain appearance.

Wood Veneers: For a touch of natural elegance, wood veneers are the go-to choice. These are actual wood sheets that are applied to your cabinet surfaces. This option allows you to stick with all-wood cabinets while changing their appearance com

Concerned about costs? A kitchen cabinet repaint project typically ranges between $1,500 to $2,000, making it a cost-effective solution for a revamped kitchen. Each option caters to different needs, whether you prefer a subtle change or a complete transformation. Ready for a kitchen makeover? Contact us at Chromatist Painting for a free quote and embrace the kitchen of your dreams!


In conclusion, when it comes to transforming your kitchen, both repainting and refacing are excellent options. Repainting offers a budget-friendly refresh, while refacing provides a more substantial change. At Chromatist Painting, we specialize in both, ensuring your kitchen reflects your style and taste. Don’t hesitate to reach out for a consultation. Let’s create a kitchen that truly embodies your vision!

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