New Kitchen; $25,000 vs. $120

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Partners ~ 678.462.1191 Georgia Broker 175548

Homes for Sale in Woodstock, GAHomes in Cherokee County

You may recognize the photo to the right as the same photo in my signature below.  I get a lot of nice compliments on what a nice Kitchen this is.  The secret to the Kitchen cabinets is that they are PAINTED! 

The vast majority of homes built in this area were constructed during the ALL WHITE kitchen and bathroom cabinets stage.  Yes, new cabinets for this Kitchen would have been about $25,000 compared to about $120 in painting materials. 

The other secret to this beautiful kitchen is that there was additional wood moldings added to the top and bottom of the kitchen cabinets instead of the normal builders grade moldings that you see in most of the homes in this price point.  You can also see in the bottom left side of the photo that molding details were added as well.  I added similiar moldings to the bottom of my kitchen cabinets and it was an easy, DIY project that cost me $36 for all the cabinets.   



Posted by

Laura Andersen, REALTOR®, Associate Broker / Keller Williams Realty Partners





 Laura Andersen | Associate Broker at KW Realty Partners |




Comments (42)

Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Nice job -- what kind of paint was used?  I tried painting some non-kitchen cabinets and I wasn't happy with the way it turned out.

Apr 16, 2014 08:56 PM
Gordon Wood
Canyon Ridge Realty LLC - Scottsdale, AZ

Nice looking kitchen but my experience has been rather poor with painted cabinets. I believe if they aren't professionally painted brush of roller marks are evident. Good luc 

Apr 16, 2014 09:59 PM
Heather Crabtree
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Milford, CT

Wow looks great! I have never hd great results like you though!

Apr 16, 2014 10:45 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Laura, an inexpensive way to upgrade an existing kitchen. Great tips!

Apr 16, 2014 11:14 PM
Karen Mathers - REALTOR®
Keller Williams Vero Beach - Vero Beach, FL
When it Matters, Choose Mathers! 772-532-3221

The finished product is beautiful!  The addition of the trim pieces and molding are fantastic.  Great work, but not sure I would get such professional results! 

Apr 16, 2014 11:36 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

A good looking kitchen doesnt just happen nor are they born that way. Creating this eye candy is worth the time and the finished results...

Apr 16, 2014 11:55 PM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

It's definitely a nice picture. White is coming back, you know, but not the formica of the '80's - just wood.

Apr 17, 2014 12:27 AM
Jimmy Chickey
Keller Williams Realty Southwest - Las Vegas, NV
Realtor, Nationally Recognized Author, Teacher

Those are the best painted cabinets I have ever seen.  Great job.  Love that you added the molding at the top.  That is what puts it over the edge.  :)

Apr 17, 2014 12:51 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

If you have someone who can do that for $120 please send them to Oklahoma City, they would never be unemployed.

Apr 17, 2014 01:08 AM
Suzanne De Vita
Online Associate Editor

Moldings are so inexpensive and add a custom look to any home. Smart tip, Laura!

Apr 17, 2014 01:21 AM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Wow!  Impressive. I would never have guessed those were painted cabinets. I often wish I had the patience (& of course talent) to do that sort of thing.
Thanks for sharing!


Apr 17, 2014 02:41 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

You did an amazing job with the paint, trim and moulding additions.  I agree with #30, they are the best looking painted cabinets I have ever seen.

Apr 17, 2014 02:46 AM
Sellstate Partners Realty - Cooper City, FL
Selling Broward County Homes with Passion!

I was impressed with those cabinets...they do not look painted.  Well done!

Apr 17, 2014 03:07 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Laura, this is a beautiful kitchen, and sometimes those features sure make the kitchen stand out!

Apr 17, 2014 03:22 AM
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Not all painted kitchen cabinets are equal. You did a great job, Laura! 

Apr 17, 2014 02:28 PM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

That looks great!

BTW my uncle charges $10,000-$25,000 to custom paint old kitchen cabinets, he is totally booked!

Apr 17, 2014 05:33 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Wow....quite a difference .....sure looks new and improved and worth far more than your investment in eye appeal.

Apr 17, 2014 08:12 PM
American Brokers Realty Group
American Brokers Realty Group, Inc - Cape Coral, FL

We're definitely adept at finding answers for questions we're allowed to answer.

Apr 17, 2014 08:28 PM
Laura Andersen
Keller Williams Realty Partners ~ 678.462.1191 - Woodstock, GA
A HomeSOLD Name (678)462-1191 Woodstock, Georgia

I've had over 300 views on this post!  Please note that the $120 is for the painting materials only!  It does not include any labor or the cost of the additional moldings to the cabinets. 

I had to BEG one of my sellers to paint his kitchen cabinets after negative feedback on the kitchen cabinets.  He was looking at replacing the cabinets at $25,000, but he finally agreed to try painting them instead.  I held my breath since I thought he would be hiring a professional to do the painting, but he did it himself.  The results were outstanding and professional looking.  He proudly informed his neighbors that he finally listened to his real estate agent on the painting instead of replacing the cabinets! 

Apr 18, 2014 01:11 AM
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Kary Gregor - Charlotte, NC
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The house we bought was a short sale, and had far too many necessary projects and repairs to justify a new kitchen on top of that. I had those light maple cabinets, and built ins in the open family room. The painter we were using for the rest of the house was able to spray the built-ins (white) and the kitchen cabinets a blue-green martha stewart-ish color. They came out really nice -- much better than painting with a brush or roller. Think the total add on was around 3k, which buys me a few years before I consider a whole kitchen re-do!


Apr 18, 2014 03:49 AM