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The pros and cons of painted kitchen cabinets

There are three things most of us want to balance when we’re looking for a new kitchen. These are how good it looks, how long it will last and how much it costs. Painted kitchen cabinets aren’t the cheapest type of cabinets you can buy, therefore, it’s important to know their pros & cons before parting with your hard earned cash. So what are their pros and cons?

The pros of painted kitchen cabinets

  • The most obvious advantage of painted kitchen cabinets is the finish. Cheaper alternatives, like vinyl, foil or PVC wrapped doors, can look good but don’t have the same silky smooth finish. You’ll only get that from painted wood or MDF.
  • The colour you choose may look good now, but maybe you’ll get bored of it in a few years. Or the colour may go out of fashion. With the cheaper alternatives, you’re stuck with it, but painted kitchen cabinets can be easily repainted.
  • Painted cabinets last longer. The vinyl, foil or PVC wrapped types can peel, but painted wood or MDF will never peel.
  • If the surfaces of your cabinets get chipped, scratched or nicked, it can spoil the whole look. If you request a pot of the original paint, you can simply touch in any blemishes on your painted cabinets.

The cons of painted kitchen cabinets

  • Unfortunately, painted kitchen cabinets tend not to be as durable as the alternatives. They’re more likely to chip than vinyl, foil or PVC wrapped doors. Though chips are easier to repair, as I’ve said, they happen far more often.
  • Painted cabinets are a luxury option, and inevitably they cost more. The price will vary, depending on the showroom you use, but it’s always going to be higher than the alternatives.
  • The lead times are a lot longer with painted kitchen cabinets. This makes sense, when you remember that they need several coats of paint, with drying time in between. This means you may have to wait up to 4-5 weeks for painted kitchen cabinets, as against 2-3 weeks for the cheaper alternatives.

Painted kitchen cabinets or not?

So there are plenty of reasons to go for painted kitchen cabinets, and a few reasons to be cautious. Maybe you don’t mind waiting a bit longer, though, or having to touch in the chips and scratches now and then. In this case, you’ll have a stylish kitchen.

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