Cabinets are some of the most intriguing parts of your bathroom and kitchen décor. Given their elevated placement in these spaces and the manner in which they jut out from the wall, they are naturally eye-catching. At the same time, they can and ideally should complement your bathroom or kitchen décor schemes as well. They’re a perfect mixture of form and function, and they need to reflect that marriage.
One of the most important things to take into consideration when installing and decorating new cabinets, therefore, is whether or not these new choices are durable. You hardly want to sink a considerable amount of time and money into decorating your cabinetry only to see it chip, flake, and fall apart after only a few years.
Painting cabinets may seem like a natural way to go.
But just how durable are painted cabinets, and what are some risk factors to avoid when marrying form and function by painting your cabinetry?
The Upsides of Painted Cabinets
There are many upsides to painting your cabinets, the most obvious of which being that doing so can be a huge win for your home décor. Painted cabinetry, when done right, can look absolutely magnificent. Its sleek finish and bright coloring can be marvelously eye-catching while simultaneously complementing the rest of your décor.
In addition, not only can you paint cabinets, but you can repaint them, allowing you to refurbish old color schemes or, if you’re bored with them, opt for entirely new ones. In addition, where metal cabinets or wood-stained ones can be ruined if they’re scratched, a scratch here and nick there can be easily touched up with painted cabinets.
The Downsides of Painted Cabinets
That being said, paint is, on the whole, much more susceptible to painting and chipping than other types of cabinet surfaces. This is what contributes to the idea that painted cabinets are not durable. If you have painted cabinets, you’d better be prepared to perform touch up work, and potentially do so more often than you’d like.
What’s more, you’ll have to be prepared to pay a bit more than you’d like as well. Between the upfront cost of quality paints and the cost of having to touch up and repaint your cabinetry, the long-term cost of painted cabinets can actually be higher than that of other cabinetry options. This presents a bit of a Catch-22 as well. Less expensive paints will cost less but chip more, meaning more touch up work, while more expensive paints cut down on touch up time but can see the upfront costs soar by comparison.
Making Painted Cabinets More Durable
So, how can you combat some of the durability problems posed by painting your cabinets? For one thing, higher grade paints are usually worth the upfront costs, helping your cabinets’ paint jobs to be more durable and thus cut down on the cost and hassle of repaints. You’ll also want to add glazing, which can help further protect your cabinets.
With this insight, you’ll be able to confront the problems with painted cabinets in order to try and make them more durable.