Painted cabinets aren’t exactly budget-friendly. They can be, but if you’re comparing them with stained cabinets, you’ll find that they often carry a steeper price tag. How much higher? The answer ultimately depends on who’s making the cabinets and where you’re buying them from. That’s thousands of extra rands you’re forking over, depending on the size of your kitchen.
Maintenance and cleaning - Equipment
- Dish soap
- 3 microfiber cloths
- Mix up your cleaning solution: Fill a bucket with warm water and squeeze in some dish soap as the water is running. (This will cause the soap to bubble up.) There's no need to be too precise with this: Just add a few inches of water to your bucket and a couple squirts of soap until the mixture is soapy.
- Dip a microfiber cloth: Dip part of a microfiber cloth in the soapy solution and wring it out. Be careful not to over saturate your cloth — it should be damp but not soaking.
- Scrub your cabinets: Working on one cabinet at a time, rub the damp cloth in a circular motion on the cabinet. Dip the cloth back in the soap mixture and repeat as necessary to remove any grime.
- Wet a second cloth: Wet part of your second cloth under the sink in non-soapy water. Wring it out. Again, it should be damp but not soaking.
- Wipe the cabinet: With your second cloth, wipe down the cabinet again. Work in a circular motion and make sure there's no soapy residue left behind.
- Dry the cabinet: Grab a third microfiber cloth and dry the cabinet in that same circular motion. If you're spot-treating a particular mess, then you're done. If you're cleaning the whole kitchen, move on to the next cabinet.
The cons of painted kitchen cabinets
- Unfortunately, painted kitchen cabinets tend not to be as durable as the alternatives. They’re more likely to chip than any other doors. Though chips are not easy to repair, and as I’ve said, they happen far more often.
- Painted cabinets are a luxury option, and inevitably they cost more. The price will vary, depending on the quality doors you use, but it’s always going to be higher than the alternatives.
- The lead times are a lot longer with painted kitchen cabinets. This makes sense, when you remember that they need several coats of paint, with drying time in between. This means you may have to wait up to 4-6 weeks for painted kitchen cabinets, as against 2-3 weeks for the more affordible alternatives.