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Do I Need to Paint Behind My Cabinets?

When you paint your home, the amount of time and money you invest in the project depend a lot on your budget. You must also weigh the pros and cons of taking shortcuts. Case in point, just about everyone would agree that you should paint behind furniture, appliances or items that you can move. However, if you ask around, you will receive a variety of opinions about “painting behind kitchen cabinets.” Some people think that painting behinds cabinets waste time and resources. Other believe that you paint all space—even behind the base and wall cabinets—to deliver a professional paint job. To help you make the best decision for your circumstances, consider your intents for your home and your personal preferences as it relates to your budget.

Maintain Color Quality and Consistency

If you have a color scheme that you really appreciate, take the extra step and paint behind the cabinets, as well as light switches, outlets and other nook and crannies seemingly out of the direct line of sight. Furthermore, whenever you open the cabinet doors, the last thing you want to see may be the old color serving as a reminder that you did not complete the task. For homeowners who plan to sell their homes, a complete and professional paint job can help you get the best sales price for your home.

Remember, many home buyers look for the “perfect paint job” and prefer to avoid the responsibility of matching up colors or covering bare walls behind/under the kitchen cabinets. This oversight could have a direct impact on the offers made for your home.

Protect Your Walls

Using a combination of various shades of paint, you have the ability to create a color scheme to match the style and décor of your home and your personal preferences. If you plan to live in your house for a while, taking the cabinets down may be worth the time and effort. Painting now alleviates any concern about paint color down the line, especially if you plan to upgrade your cabinets at some point. Some considerations for making your decisions include:

  • Paint starts to break down and loses its ability to protect drywall and wood over time.
  • Paint functions as a barrier to stains, heat, humidity and moisture.
  • Paint hinders mold and mildew in damp environments because the warm, dark areas behind cabinets create the conditions conducive to mold growth.

Before removing the cabinets, take out all the shelves and remove the doors to lighten the units. In most cases, you only have to take out a few screws to dislodge the units. If the previous installer nailed the cabinets to the wall, it may take a good amount of prying and jostling in order to remove the cabinets from the wall.

Painting behind Kitchen Cabinets: Thinking Ahead

If you plan to install new cabinets, you can choose to paint the area behind the cabinets or you take the chance that your decision will come back to haunt you. For example, you may want to remove a cabinet on the wall near the kitchen window to create more space or better symmetry. You will have the freedom to make these types of adjustments without concern about the need to match the original wall paint with the new color.

Whether you plan to paint your kitchen walls, cabinets or other interior/exterior painting project, consider hiring a professional painting company with a commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Schedule a free estimate now!