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Monthly Column published in the KC Magazine of Kane County under the "Living By Design" section

Vignette Home Decor, Inc.
Batavia, IL

Vignette Home Decor, Inc.

Conceptualization to Execution

Originally Published:
October 2014 - Kane County Magazine

Pretty in Paint

You paint your walls. You paint your ceilings. Why can’t you paint your kitchen cabinets?

You can!

In fact, with the cost of kitchen remodels including new cabinets ranging from $20-80K and new cabinetry attributing to 40-60 percent of the budget, it’s a great idea to consider giving your kitchen that “designer” look without the expense of replacing your kitchen cabinets.

Painting your cabinets allows for a custom style that fits not only your home’s character, but also your personality. And with a savings of up to 80 percent over new cabinets, your home will gain instant equity!

On average, the painting of kitchen cabinets will range between $1,500-5,000. Type of finish and any hand painting will affect the final price and look of your cabinets.

In addition to saving on the cabinetry, you also will save on the demolition and removal of the old cabinets, disconnection and reconnection of all the plumbing and appliances, and installation of the new cabinetry.

Let’s not forget that painting your cabinets is also a greener option thanks to your willingness to repurpose, recycle, and reuse!

As a bonus, use the money saved to upgrade items like countertops, backsplashes, and flooring, or allow them to remain the same if you are so inclined, and save more!

If painted cabinets are not your taste, consider having them stripped and stained. Whether you go lighter or darker, your new look will definitely stand out from the old! Having outer cabinets one color and kitchen island another is a trendy and stylish look, and one I think is here to stay.

Depending on the age of your cabinets, you may consider adding additional trim work including corbels, wainscoting, and crown molding before painting or staining. This will help to enhance the finished project and the cost for such enhancements is minimal when compared to the perceived added value.

Once you have completed the painting or staining of your kitchen cabinets, it is time to purchase knobs and handles. Don’t overthink this part of the process. When done correctly, the knobs are subtle accents that accentuate the overall look and beauty of your kitchen, much like a tasteful piece of jewelry.

Whether you are looking to refresh your kitchen or completely remodel, remember that the contractor you use to complete your project should always have references. If they hesitate when asked, run, don’t walk away! And when you think you have run far enough, run a little bit further. Over the past seven years, Vignette Home Decor, Inc. has completed more than 20 kitchen cabinet painting projects including the one shown in this article, painted over seven years ago with photos taken just last month. As you can see, a job done well with the right prep work, materials, and contractor can also be an investment that lasts for many years of enjoyment.

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