Even if the guy on This Old House makes a do-it-yourself kitchen cabinet painting job look easy, it isn’t always as easy as it looks. If you want it done right you need to have it done by a professional painter.


Whether the cabinets in your house are that 1970s orange Formica or just old and dingy dark wood, a professional paint job can save you the cost of replacing the cabinets and bring your kitchen back to life. One popular way to restore old cabinets is to refinish the wood with paint or varnish. Do-it-yourself websites make no secret that it could take weeks of working on the project for hours each night for you to even try to paint the cabinets yourself, but a professional painter has the equipment and the materials to do the job quickly, efficiently and safely.

In order to choose the best kitchen cabinet painter for the job here are a few questions you should ask before hiring:

Experience Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Do you have previous experience painting kitchen cabinets?

Experience is key! You want the job done right the first time by professionals who know what they are doing and have worked with your cabinet type and style many times before. This is not the time to hire your co-worker’s son or Bob from down the street.


Positive Reviews From Happy Customers

Do you have reviews or testimonials from happy customers?

Do your homework before you hire a kitchen cabinet painter. Check out their reviews online and see what other customers have to say about their experiences. Every review doesn’t have to be a 5-star review for it to be a great company, but take a look at how the company handles any negative reviews. Did they correct the problem? Were they professional? If there are 4- and 5-star reviews, what is it the customers really liked about their project?


Before and After Photos of Past Jobs

Can you show me before and after photos of past jobs?

If a potential painter has professional experience they should be able to show you before and after photos of previous jobs. This may even give you ideas about how you want to repaint your own cabinets based on their wonderful results.


Licensed As A Painter

Are you a licensed painter?

If your painter is a professional, their business will be licensed and insured. Be sure to ask if the painter is licensed and insured before you hire the company and don’t hesitate to ask to see a copy of the license.


No Smoking

Do you smoke or allow smoking on the job?

Yes, it is true, some companies allow their workers to smoke on the job and potentially in your house or near your doorways. When painting kitchen cabinets not only is this a health and safety hazard, but smoke smell can get into wet paint and come out later so don’t be afraid to ask and set down firm rules about no smoking.