Cabinet Painting and Refinishing

The Flying Colors team converted these stained cabinets to an updated look. This process saved the homeowners thousands of dollars.

Cabinet refinishing is a terrific way to breathe new life into your kitchen. Your cabinets are one of the most visually prominent aspects in a kitchen, and a new coat of paint can make a significant difference for your kitchen’s overall look and feel. With new paint, you don’t need to buy a whole new set of cabinets or replace countertops to create an entirely fresh look and make your old kitchen feel like new again. Moreover, cabinet refinishing is a much higher quality process than just “painting” your cabinet, not to mention it is better for the environment. As a Certified Green Business, we are always looking for ways to improve our environment. 

Cabinet painting requires a lot of masking and protecting of the home.

When you’re refinishing your cabinets, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of color options. A change in cabinet color can strongly alter the whole room’s aesthetic. For example, if you’ve have light stained cabinets, a bold red paint could give your kitchen some pop and a fresh look. We are seeing a lot of folks choose white, gray, and navy blue. Sometimes even a combination of those colors. Most often people are choosing to finish their cabinets with an enamel finish giving the final product strength and durability as well as a washable surface. Enamel finishes come in a variety of sheens from high gloss to matte. If you are looking for ideas on what kind of finish or color to choose for your home, head over to our Pinterest page and do a little homework. When you get inspired give us a call.

There is a lot to consider if you are thinking about having your cabinets painted. Should you repaint your cabinets or just get new cabinets installed? Should you just paint them yourself?  Here are some things to consider in making this decision.

Can you paint cabinets yourself? Sure. Will you get the results that a professional painter is able to accomplish? No. Most often our process for painting kitchen cabinets is to disassemble your kitchen cabinet doors and drawers, sand the box faces, and spray or roll the boxes. Then the process on the drawers and drawers is to sand, prime (sometimes multiple coats), then apply enamel (usually 2 coats). Between all these steps there is also hours of masking, dry time and caulking of cracks, splits and gaps.

What is the condition of your countertop? Most often new cabinets will require new countertops. If you are happy with your current countertops or don’t have it in the budget to replace them, painting your cabinets may be the right answer.

I like my cabinets, but they are outdated. What can you do for me? Are you happy with the current condition and layout off your cabinets? If you like the quality and function of your cabinets, why mess with a good thing? Quality cabinets are very expensive and if you are replacing high quality cabinets just to change the esthetic, you may be a viable candidate for having your cabinets painted.

This sounds expensive, what is it going to cost? Cost will be relative to the size of the kitchen. If you have a nice kitchen with marble, quartz or some other high-quality countertop you can expect to save up to 70% by refinishing your cabinets rather than replacing them. Some projects will not see this type of savings but expect to save at least 30% or more for every job compared to buying new cabinets.

Are there cheaper options? My cabinets are plywood, what can you do for them? There are less expensive process that can be done for plywood cabinets. Not every cabinet needs the “full meal deal.” Recently we painted cabinets in a rental property. The owner knew they needed to improve the look of the home but didn’t want to take the time or invest more money to replace the cabinets. For a fraction of the cost, the Flying Colors team sanded, primed and painted the cabinets. No, this isn’t the same as the extensive process performed on high-end cabinets, but it was a way to get an updated look for a rental property for a fraction of the cost and time.  

Before - High quality cabinets with an outdated look.

After - Cabinets painted by Flying Colors Painting - Crew leader Lynne.

Flying Colors Pierce County Has A New Face.


Hey Pierce County, you have you met Katie?

This spring Flying Colors Painting Co. promoted Katie Tobin to be the Pierce County Area Manager. If you are looking for a painter in Dupont, Lakewood, Tacoma, University Place or anywhere in between, Flying Colors has you covered. Katie is not new to the Flying Colors family. She has started painting with us in 2007.

Katie loves bringing out the character and beauty of a home. She had an opportunity to put her skills on display recently as she headed up the exterior restoration of the Winstanley House, a historic 1910 craftsman. This beautiful restoration required special attention to detail and a lengthy process of preparation involving handling lead abatement.

Katie and the award winning Flying Colors Painting Co. team is ready to address any of your painting needs. From interior painting to cabinet refinishing to exterior painting, we have you covered!

Quick Facts about Katie:

Katie is no stranger to historic homes. In the summer of 2017 Katie was trusted with painting the 1910 Winstanley Historic Registry Home.

Katie is no stranger to historic homes. In the summer of 2017 Katie was trusted with painting the 1910 Winstanley Historic Registry Home.

How long have you been in the trades? I’ve been in construction since I was born. I grew up flipping houses with my parents - I lived in 5 different homes before I left for college. Child memories included tearing down wall paper, destroying brick walls, cleaning out basements and yard work!  That hard work ethic carried me through college and into the present day. 

When did you start working for FCPC? I started working for Flying Colors my first summer living in the great PNW - 2007. That summer I started as a helper and was lucky enough to become a full-time employee that year - where I experienced my first interior season. 

What are your favorite kinds of houses to paint? I love painting craftsmen and Victorians. I love multiple accents, multiple body colors. . . The whole kit and caboodle! The more intricate the better. 

When and why did you start painting? My first season painting was when I was 17, going into my senior year of high school. I wanted a job that was physical and, most importantly, outside so I could work on my tan. I would put lemon juice in my hair because my dad said it would help my hair turn blond but all I got out of that were bees being attracted to me. Oh how things have changed as I go through bottles of sunscreen every summer and almost always wear a hat! 

Katie and the Flying Colors team have got you covered. 

Katie and the Flying Colors team have got you covered. 

What do you love about living in the Pacific Northwest? I love lots of things about the NW but if I had to name one thing it would be the climate.  Being an East coast transplant, I absolutely love the fact that it barely ever snows here and how temperate it is year-round. I love the long summer days and, on the opposite side, the short winter days.  I feel they both serve a purpose - summer serve as a time to "get stuff done" and winter to "hunker down". 

What are common misconceptions homeowners have? I would say the most common is the amount of time it takes to prep a house properly. A paint job is only as good as the work done on it before the paint goes on. It is not uncommon to spend as much or more time protecting a house as actually painting it.