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Should I paint the inside of my Cabinets?

Written by David | November 17, 2023

If you are considering painting your cabinets, then you have questions. Painting your cabinets can be overwhelming and confusing. We are here to help you with your questions about cabinet painting. Today it is a question from Darin last week as we are working on this exact project in BArrington, IL-“Should I paint the inside of my cabinets?

Hello!!! My name is David, owner of Dfranco Painting and wallpaper, in Huntley, IL lets dive into this question, and see if we can help you with your decision on cabient painting.

Painting Cabinets

As we are doing estimates for cabinet painting, there are several common questions that almost every single home owner is asked.

Today we focus on last one. The other questions we posted links for either articles we have written or videos we have made.

Typically, we say no. But today, we are gonna show why we said yes

Not painting the inside of cabinets

95% of all kitchen cabients that we see are about 10-20 years old, are oak and are pretty basic in their contruction and installation. The interiors of these cabinets are typically the same color or a lighter color than the stained wood of the cabinet doors or drawers. These same interior cabinets are typically in very good condition. This really is a prefference or budget item. (blog article-cost ot paint cabinets).

The inside of the cabinets are usually sheltered, not a lot of wear and tear. Most of the time the shelves have some type of shelf liner that protects the shelf from wear and tear. We are from the if its not broken- dont try and fix it!

Top reasons to paint the insides of cabinets

OK- lets do the down and dirty- show the list of why you should paint them..

  • if you have glass doors- then YES paint the inside of the doors or drawers. This would be a preference more than pratice.
  • Older plywood cabinets- previously painted- Then do it! The cabinets in our house were all made with mdf plywood. Dark black stain- and NASTY!! PLUS-someone took a brush and roller to paint the cabinets.
  • the cabinets have damage. There are people that never have used or even heard of shelf liner. When the interior of the cabinets are stained or have a veneer application- those surfaces wear off, are are easilty damaged by water or wear and tear.
  • If your cabients are already painted (youtube short)- and your changing colors- it is not a great look to have old yellowed dark cabients on the iside where your glasses or dishes sit, yet have bright and clean paint/color on the out side doors/drawers etc.

So.. are you ready?

This is a quick, some highlights or why you can, should or should not paint the insides of cabinets. Someimmmes the answer is very clear- very easy. Sometimes it really come down to preference. Either way- we hope we helped. If you have a questio- please let us know, we are here to help with argueably the most popular room of your house!

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